Project ESSENTIAL III A (Black)

Turntable

In stock
£279
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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

We'll happily come to you!

Our experienced advisors are able to visit you at your home or place of work today, to help select the right equipment at the best prices.

6 Year Guarantee included 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

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

Lowest price guaranteed! 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

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

Buy now, pay later available
on purchases over £500 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

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

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
More Information
Auto/Manual manual
Belt Drive/Direct Drive belt_drive
Cartridge Included? Yes - MM
Dimensions WxDxH 420 x 330 x 112
Phono Input No
Power Consumption- Normal Use 4.5
Replacement Stylus Code Ortofon 10
Speeds 33 / 45
USB Output No
Weight (KG) 5
Brand Project
Colour Black
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cheap but more than cheerful I'd been looking into purchasing a new turntable for a while, and finally settled on the Project III acrylic platter. Out of the box it's about 15 minutes maximum to set up (and that's if it's your first turntable), the instructions aren't fantastic but you can find videos online thankfully! Sound quality is fantastic in my opinion, especially for how budget the table is compared to some on the market. I'd definitely recommend it to both friends, and probably even enemies too, because we all need good quality sound systems.
Date published: 2018-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Project Essential 3a Black I reviewed a lot of turntables before I went to Richer Sounds, This was the turntable that kept shouting out to me, Best bang for buck imho. Quality of this turntable is 2nd to none, it feels and looks good, sound output was spot on, if I didn't know any better I would of thought i was playing a cd. This is a vinyl connoisseurs turntable for music lovers wanting to hear quality sounds.
Date published: 2018-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 5 star turntable Top quality product with superb sound. Old rock classics got a new life. I have underestimated the power of vinyl ;)
Date published: 2018-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very impressive sound I bought this a couple of weeks ago as a Christmas present and, naturally had to ensure everything worked well prior to to christmas day. What a superb sound. this was complemented by a particularly good sound system but the combination works great together.
Date published: 2017-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Essential review I bought my project essential II 3 weeks ago, replacing my old player. Great player with deep atmospheric rich sound that you don't get from CD's. Highly recommend product and richer sounds. Staff are very friendly and helpful even in this busy period at Xmas.
Date published: 2017-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Sound It took about 15min to change over from my old turntable, and set-up the Pro-ject Essential 3. The sound from the OM 10 stylus is excelent. The turntable looks good with clean lines. I like the simplicity of the totaly manual operation.
Date published: 2017-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quality I have been collecting vinyl since the 60's and have had various turntables over years but the Project Essential 3a is a class above. The clarity and punchy bass gives 50 year old vinyl a new lease of life.
Date published: 2017-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unbeatable Venturing back into vinyl and could not have wished for a better turntable, for my budget.
Date published: 2017-10-30
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Buy in-store Call store to order. Find store details Buy by phone Call our UK based team on 0333 900 0093

We'll happily come to you!

Our experienced advisors are able to visit you at your home or place of work today, to help select the right equipment at the best prices.

6 Year Guarantee included 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

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

Lowest price guaranteed! 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

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

Buy now, pay later available
on purchases over £500 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

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