|Warranty length||2 Years|
|Product Award||HiFi Choice Recommended, HiFi Choice 5 Star|
Speed: 33/45 RPM (manual)
Drive Principle: Belt drive
Platter: 300mm acrylic
Main Bearing: Stainless steel
Bronze bush: Teflon bottom
Wow/Flutter: ±0.21%/ ±0.19% (33/45)
Speed Drift: ±0.70%/ ±0.60% (33/45)
Tonearm: 8.6” aluminium
Effective Arm Length: 218.5mm
Effective Arm Mass: 8.0g
Supplied Cartridge: Ortofon OM 10
Inc: Cover, Felt Mat, Power Supply
Power Supply: 15V / 800mA DC
Power Consumption: 4.5W
Dimensions (WHD): 420 x 112 x 330mm
Weight: 5.0kg (net)
Pro-Ject Essential III Turntable adds over £100 worth of improvements, including acrylic platter, improved motor configuration, high-quality tonearm and improved OM 10 cartridge, to the multi-award winning Essential II despite only retailing at £30 more than its predecessor. It is available in three lovely gloss finishes; black, red and white.
The multi-award-winning Essential II has changed the shape of affordable audiophilia since its introduction in 2013. The design, ease of use and superlative sound quality combined to make it the centre of countless hi-fi systems across the globe. Now, Pro-Ject Audio Systems are thrilled to announce their new, dramatically improved version; Essential III. The Essential III boasts a series of notable improvements that elevate the new model past the ability of its predecessor, both technically and cosmetically.
Acryl-IT E Platter
One of the most obvious changes with the new model is in the use of an upgraded Acryl-IT E platter. The Acryl-IT E provides an inert platform for your vinyl records to reduce the unwanted effects of resonance. Available for use with and without the supplied felt mat, the platter uses a stainless steel bearing in a bronze bushing with Teflon-lined bottom for liquid-smooth rotation. The overall sound result is an open, exciting sound that arrives at a foot-tapping tempo.
The Essential III uses the same 9V motor as its predecessor, but it’s also the first to use a new integrated grounding link that dramatically reduces electrical interference to unprecedented low levels. The motor is a premium, synchronous AC design that’s driven by a built-in signal generator, ensuring optimal speed stability and minimal resonances. The brand new aluminium pulley improves the performance and the appearance even further still.
The Essential III is pre-fitted with an 8.6” aluminium tonearm for its lightweight, rigid characteristics. The gimbal bearing assembly uses sapphire bearings to allow for smooth tracking across a record, and the supplied counterweight allows for a variety of premium pick-up cartridges to be installed. The tonearm is supplied with an Ortofon OM 10 cartridge installed. Superior to the Essential II’s OM 5E cartridge, the OM 10 uses an elliptical profile and precision micro-mechanics to deliver a nice, full soundstage with plenty of impact.
Simple & Elegant
The Essential III retains the simple yet elegant frame of the Essential II. Made from high-quality MDF for its acoustically neutral character, and now wrapped in a high-gloss paint finish (available in red, white or black); the main structure combines both elegance and functionality. The plinth is then mounted on three anti-vibration feet, for effective decoupling from the surface on which the turntable is placed. The Essential III is a significant step forward for vinyl enthusiasts on a budget.
'Pro-Ject’s latest Essential deck is the new one to beat in the competitive entry-level turntable market.' (Hi-Fi Choice Magazine February 2017)
'Visually, the turntable is a genuinely pretty proposition with the gloss finished plinth and acrylic platter improving on its older sibling’s aesthetics and giving an improved sense of quality.' (Hi-Fi Choice Magazine February 2017)
'This is a serious statement of intent from Pro-Ject at the asking price. The Essential III A doesn’t simply better the performance of its predecessor, it realistically sets the new benchmark in the sub-£300 turntable market. There are rivals available offering slightly more extensive specifications, but few have the same level of finish and aesthetic, and none can match the Pro-Ject’s balance of refinement and energy in their performance.' (Hi-Fi Choice Magazine February 2017)