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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.

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Specifications
Dimensions
420 x 330 x 112
Size of unit (W x D x H) in mm
Pitch Control
No
Is pitch control included? Adjusts the pitch of the music - usually by around +/- 9%
Onboard Phono Stage
No
Does it feature an onboard phono stage? Allows the turntable to be plugged into an amp without a phono input
Speeds
33/45
Weight
5
Weight of unit,unboxed, in Kg
Eco Friendly
No
Does this product conform to energy efficient standards? These standards include the American "Energy Star", the European "Energy Flower" or "EcoLabel" and the UK EST (Energy Saving Trust) certification.
Direct Drive
No
Does it feature a Direct Drive system?
Belt Drive
Yes
Does it feature a Belt Drive system?
Connections
USB Output
N
Does it have a USB output? This allows the turntable to be plugged directly into a computer - allowing for easy copying from vinyl to the computers hard drive. Output may only be compatible with PC or Mac.
Digital Output
No
Does the turntable have a digital output? This could be optical or coaxial and allows connection to a digital system.
Bluetooth Output
No
Bluetooth output lets you easily connect to your choice of Bluetooth speaker - no cables required
Onboard Phono Stage
No
Does it feature an onboard phono stage? Allows the turntable to be plugged into an amp without a phono input
Green Credentials
Power Consumption - Normal Use
4.5
This is the power used in watts when the unit is on, using standard settings. Note, different manufacturers use different methods to arrive at this figure. In some cases only the maximum power consumption is quoted
Eco Friendly
No
Does this product conform to energy efficient standards? These standards include the American "Energy Star", the European "Energy Flower" or "EcoLabel" and the UK EST (Energy Saving Trust) certification.
General
Replacement Stylus Code
Ortofon 10
Replacement stylus code - required for ordering a new stylus for the cartridge.
Auto/Manual
Manual
The type of operation. Auto turntables start/stop the record, lift the arm and return it to rest. Semi-Auto perform a proportion of these functions.
Dimensions
420 x 330 x 112
Size of unit (W x D x H) in mm
Pitch Control
No
Is pitch control included? Adjusts the pitch of the music - usually by around +/- 9%
Onboard Phono Stage
No
Does it feature an onboard phono stage? Allows the turntable to be plugged into an amp without a phono input
Cartridge Included?
Yes - MM
Whether or not a cartridge is included. MM = Moving Magnet, MC = Moving Coil.
Carbon Fibre Tonearm
No
Does the deck come supplied with a carbon fibre tonearm? Generally stiffer than equivalent metal ones, a carbon fibre tonearm usually enhances the sound quality.
Speeds
33/45
Acrylic Platter
Yes
Does the deck come supplied with an acrylic platter? Generally more expensive to produce than a metal one but often preferred for their sound quality.
Weight
5
Weight of unit,unboxed, in Kg
Eco Friendly
No
Does this product conform to energy efficient standards? These standards include the American "Energy Star", the European "Energy Flower" or "EcoLabel" and the UK EST (Energy Saving Trust) certification.
Direct Drive
No
Does it feature a Direct Drive system?
Belt Drive
Yes
Does it feature a Belt Drive system?