Project ESSENTIAL III A Turntable

Project ESSENTIAL III A (Black)

Turntable

In stock
£279
There wasn't a whole lot wrong with its predecessor but now with an acrylic platter and upgraded cartridge, the Project Essential III A is better than ever.

The perfect turntable for audiophiles on a budget

Putting engineering quality above frills, the Project Essential III is perfect for those that enjoy their music above all else. With a specification that includes an acrylic platter, isolation feet, a low vibration motor with DC power supply and a quality Ortofon cartridge, the Essential III A offers much more than just the basics and gives a class-leading sound.

Sound enhancing acrylic platter on this 'A' version
Swapping the pressed steel platter of the previous Essential models for an acrylic one makes a big difference. These are usually only standard on turntables costing much more as they cost far more to produce than pressed steel ones. Acrylic offers an inert surface contact, reducing the unwanted effects of resonance. This means you'll not only hear more detail but more a more natural tone, too.

Engineered for sound
Unlike many other turntables around this price, the Pro-Ject Essential 3A has all the elements of a proper hi-fi turntable - just at a lower price. The low vibration DC motor gives stable speed for accurate pitch and timing. The main bearing is made from stainless steel and runs within a bronze bushing with a Teflon coating. This type of build integrity is usually reserved for much more expensive designs and gives the Essential 3A a remarkable precision of sound for its price.

Single piece aluminium tonearm
Continuing its hi-fi credentials, the Pro-Ject Essential III A is supplied with a good quality tonearm. Made from a single piece of aluminium, it's both light and rigid. The more rigid the more precisely it tracks, making listening to your records a more involving experience. For long-lasting quality, the tone-arm is fitted with sapphire bearings.

Cartridge upgraded to Ortofon OM10
Another great new upgrade with the version 3 of the Essential is an Ortofon OM10 cartridge. Replacing the previous OM5 model, the higher spec cartridge uses a finer stylus to get deeper into the groove, giving you a broader sound and more detail.

More impressive than ever, the Project Essential III A is the 'go to' turntable at its price.

Click here for link to our blog review

6 Year Guarantee included

Our VIP club is completely FREE for ALL customers and comprises a fantastic set of privileges. Sign up instantly in-store or online

What you get

Full parts and labour cover
If your unit goes wrong we'll fix it . No quibbles and no fuss . (Excludes projector bulbs)

Like for like machine replacement if unit is unrepairable
If, for any reason, we are unable to repair your unit, we'll replace it . Naturally, models do change, so while we can't guarantee that it will be the same model, we do guarantee that it will have equivalent specifications

Lowest price guaranteed!

We’ll beat any genuine advertised price, even from the web & give you up to £100!

We're confident that our prices are amongst the very keenest out there, so we've made it as easy as pie to qualify for our Price Beat. Richer Sounds also guarantees to beat web prices, and Price Beat is even valid for 7 days after purchase, so if you've seen a cheaper price, let us know, and we'll happily beat that price by up to £100!

Products must be brand new, boxed, carry a comparable guarantee and be in stock at time of purchase. Richer Sounds price used to compare will be net of any voucher / trade in discounts.
T&Cs apply

Free UK delivery

Next day delivery and timed options available. Please see checkout for further details.

Buy now, pay later available
on purchases over £500

We offer 6 month interest free options. Call or ask in-store for details

For purchases over £500, pay a 10% deposit now and the balance in 6 months. Pay the balance in full before the end of the 6 months and there is no interest to pay whatsoever, just a one-off settlement fee of £29. Find out more

 Disabled assistance

Richer Sounds are happy to offer FREE delivery on all our products to blind, partially sighted and disabled customers.

Please place orders online, then contact webaftersales@richersounds.com who will advise on how to arrange the refund of your delivery charge
There wasn't a whole lot wrong with its predecessor but now with an acrylic platter and upgraded cartridge, the Project Essential III A is better than ever.

The perfect turntable for audiophiles on a budget

Putting engineering quality above frills, the Project Essential III is perfect for those that enjoy their music above all else. With a specification that includes an acrylic platter, isolation feet, a low vibration motor with DC power supply and a quality Ortofon cartridge, the Essential III A offers much more than just the basics and gives a class-leading sound.

Sound enhancing acrylic platter on this 'A' version
Swapping the pressed steel platter of the previous Essential models for an acrylic one makes a big difference. These are usually only standard on turntables costing much more as they cost far more to produce than pressed steel ones. Acrylic offers an inert surface contact, reducing the unwanted effects of resonance. This means you'll not only hear more detail but more a more natural tone, too.

Engineered for sound
Unlike many other turntables around this price, the Pro-Ject Essential 3A has all the elements of a proper hi-fi turntable - just at a lower price. The low vibration DC motor gives stable speed for accurate pitch and timing. The main bearing is made from stainless steel and runs within a bronze bushing with a Teflon coating. This type of build integrity is usually reserved for much more expensive designs and gives the Essential 3A a remarkable precision of sound for its price.

Single piece aluminium tonearm
Continuing its hi-fi credentials, the Pro-Ject Essential III A is supplied with a good quality tonearm. Made from a single piece of aluminium, it's both light and rigid. The more rigid the more precisely it tracks, making listening to your records a more involving experience. For long-lasting quality, the tone-arm is fitted with sapphire bearings.

Cartridge upgraded to Ortofon OM10
Another great new upgrade with the version 3 of the Essential is an Ortofon OM10 cartridge. Replacing the previous OM5 model, the higher spec cartridge uses a finer stylus to get deeper into the groove, giving you a broader sound and more detail.

More impressive than ever, the Project Essential III A is the 'go to' turntable at its price.

Click here for link to our blog review
Auto/Manual manual
Belt Drive/Direct Drive belt_drive
Cartridge Included? Ortofon OM 10 - MM
Dimensions WxDxH (mm) 420 x 330 x 112
Phono Input No
Power Consumption- Normal Use 5
Replacement Stylus Code Ortofon 10
Speeds 33 / 45
Unit Dimensions (WxDxH) 420 x 330 x 112
USB Output No
Weight (KG) 5
Brand Project
Colour Black
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant purchase, excellent service I bought this as a gift for my partner who is a bit techy (more than me) and knows what she likes. I spent ages deliberating, reading reviews and pondering. I am SO glad I finally decided to purchase this excellent turntable from Richer Sounds. The service was superb. The turntable sounds great, looks great and - what's more important - my partner is CHUFFED!
Date published: 2018-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Elegant design with impressive sound quality I have had this a few weeks now and am pleased to report that it is a great upgrade from my previous budget turntable. As well as having an impressive level of sound detail and character it is a beautifully simple design which feels really well made and is a pleasure to use. Thank you to the Richer Sounds staff for taking the time to go through a range of alternative products in the showroom, very pleased with the one I chose.
Date published: 2018-05-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not impressed A regular customer with trust in the whole business ethos - have been toying with a turntable for some time Took the plunge with Essential 3. Power supply was not working and no counter balance (and yes for the 5th time - I did check all the packaging!) So 3 days later received a power supply and the anti skate weight Was told when I rang (again) to check the packaging (again) and that I had requested an anti skate weight - NO I HAD NOT! So still awaiting to play my vinyl
Date published: 2018-04-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love my new Pro-ject Essential IIIa I have just bought my very 1st new turntable for over 35 years and dug out my vinyl LP collection - wow what an amazing change to listening to dowloaded MP3's or ripped CD's. The Pro-Ject Essential IIIa (acrylic platter) looks georgeous, easy to set up and sounds amazing out of my 38 year old KEF Caprice II speakers and Yamaha amp. My HiFi lives again !!! So glad I went to Richer Sounds for this, cracking customer service and really freindly staff at the Cardiff store.
Date published: 2018-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Essential 3A......Well worth the extra few pounds I opted for the Project Essential 3A over the 'standard' Essential 3. On the advice of the staff in store, the extra £40 or so was great value for money. Coming back to vinyl after an absence of 20 years or so, research done in handed over my money. The acrylic platter not only looks better but sounds markedly better. The level of detail gained from a "lower end" turntable is quite staggering. I'm playing through a Roksan Kandy Mk 3 and was a tad worried the difference in perceived quality would shown the 3A up and sound, well, naff. As said above, it shone. Great bass response, mid range punchy and bold but not over the top and the high end treble is crisp, detailed and a highly accomplished sound emirates the second the stylus drops. I'd highly recommend the Essential 3A to anyone looking to get into the vinyl renaissance. My local store were simply brilliant, they allowed me to bring the 3 and 3A home and to an A-B comparison myself rather than just take their word for it. These guys know their stuff. True to their initial advice the 3A is a superior model than the 3. Go buy one now..... You won't regret it.
Date published: 2018-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good sound advice I went to Richer Sounds Plymouth with a good idea of what I wanted. After 10 minutes talking to David I had the turntable that I actually needed and still within my budget. I am now sat at home listening to my vinyl with such clarity and warmth I never thought I would get in my price range. The Project Essential III not only sounds good but it looks good and that acrylic platter makes it look a lot more expensive than it actually is. Thank you David you have bought my vinyl collection back to life again.
Date published: 2018-02-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent turntable I bought this to get back into vinyl and have not been let down. You are paying money for the sound quality so ensure you know the speed slection is manual, as is retrieving the arm at the end of the record. Solid construction and a good lid too. Why 4 stars? The only downside is the set-up - if you are new to decent turntables (as was I) then the instructions for the arm, balance, weight and anti-skate are wordy with poor diagrams, and could do with a Youtube video. I got there in the end!
Date published: 2018-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great turntable! This is a great turntable - beautiful clarity and definition of sound - really bringing my records to life!
Date published: 2018-01-23
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6 Year Guarantee included

Our VIP club is completely FREE for ALL customers and comprises a fantastic set of privileges. Sign up instantly in-store or online

What you get

Full parts and labour cover
If your unit goes wrong we'll fix it . No quibbles and no fuss . (Excludes projector bulbs)

Like for like machine replacement if unit is unrepairable
If, for any reason, we are unable to repair your unit, we'll replace it . Naturally, models do change, so while we can't guarantee that it will be the same model, we do guarantee that it will have equivalent specifications

Lowest price guaranteed!

We’ll beat any genuine advertised price, even from the web & give you up to £100!

We're confident that our prices are amongst the very keenest out there, so we've made it as easy as pie to qualify for our Price Beat. Richer Sounds also guarantees to beat web prices, and Price Beat is even valid for 7 days after purchase, so if you've seen a cheaper price, let us know, and we'll happily beat that price by up to £100!

Products must be brand new, boxed, carry a comparable guarantee and be in stock at time of purchase. Richer Sounds price used to compare will be net of any voucher / trade in discounts.
T&Cs apply

Free UK delivery

Next day delivery and timed options available. Please see checkout for further details.

Buy now, pay later available
on purchases over £500

We offer 6 month interest free options. Call or ask in-store for details

For purchases over £500, pay a 10% deposit now and the balance in 6 months. Pay the balance in full before the end of the 6 months and there is no interest to pay whatsoever, just a one-off settlement fee of £29. Find out more

 Disabled assistance

Richer Sounds are happy to offer FREE delivery on all our products to blind, partially sighted and disabled customers.

Please place orders online, then contact webaftersales@richersounds.com who will advise on how to arrange the refund of your delivery charge