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Pro-Ject Essential III Digital Turntable


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Part of EISA award winning Essential III FlexiRange, this Digital model features built-in phono stage with optical digital output.

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Warranty length 2 Years
Brand Pro-Ject

Tech Specs

- Speed: 33, 45 (electric change)
- Drive principle: belt drive
- Wow/flutter (33/45): 0.70%/0.60%
- Speed drift (33/45): 0.21%/0.19%
- Platter: 300mm MDF
- Bearing spindle: Stainless steel
- Tonearm: 8.6” aluminium
- Effective arm length: 218.5mm
- Overhang: 22.0mm
- Effective tonearm mass: 8.0g
- Compatible cartridges: 3-5.5g
- Tracking force: 0 - 25mn (OM10 18mn)
- Accessories: power supply, dust cover
- Power consumption: 4.5 watts max
- Dimensions (WHD): 420 x 112 x 330mm
- Weight: 5.0kg net

Product Description

Pro-Ject Essential III Digital Turntable shares the award-winning qualities of the standard version but adds an integrated phono stage and optical digital output.


Essential III offers a diamond-cut aluminium drive pulley, an acoustically neutral resonance-optimised MDF main platter and chassis. The refined, high-gloss and high-precision platter bearing has significantly lower tolerances than Essential II.

Simple Setup

The setup is very simple and the performance of the included Connect it E Phono RCA cable surpasses its price range. This turntable comes with a pre-installed high-quality cartridge (OM10) from the world-renowned pioneers in cartridge production, Ortofon, Essential III delivers lively, balanced and highly involving sound that will delight every vinyl lover.

Flexi Range

The Essential III Digital is part of Pro-Ject's affordable turntable concept series that ensures you don't waste money on features you won't use. This new FlexiRange gives you the opportunity to choose the correct turntable for your own personal preference and system. The models in the Pro-Ject FlexiRange are based on the classic Essential III turntable.

High Quality

From the high-quality decoupling feet, all the way onto the aluminium tonearm, Ortofon OM 10 cartridge and 9V asynchronous motor; the Essential III is a proven performer that’s more than justified its 5 Star rating from What Hi-Fi magazine. Based on the standard Essential III turntable, the digital version adds a phono stage that was employed in the multi award-winning Essential II Digital turntable.


The Essential III Digital has been designed to be easy to use immediately out of the box and connected to your hi-fi system. This turntable has an integrated phono stage which gives users the option to switch between analogue line level output or switchable 24-bit/96kHz digital Optical output. The optical output has a variable sampling rate, which can be either 48kHz or 96kHz, utilises a high-quality Analogue-Digital Converter (ADC) to send a clean, uninterrupted signal to any digital input. The Essential III Digital is a highly versatile turntable, so whether you are listening to your music through a soundbar, an AV receiver, a digital pre-amplifier, a DAC or a multi-room setup using different input options.

Optical Output

This turntable has the benefit of optical transmission, which allows you to use longer cables without the same signal loss you would experience with long RCA cables. So if you desire to have your turntable physically away from your amplifier, and still sound great without the need for wireless technology, you have the possibility

Phono Stage

This turntable is designed upon Pro-Ject's iconic Phono Box design with a switchable analogue output which is intended to deliver a brilliant performance from the fitted Ortofon cartridge. For when you're ready to upgrade your system, the whole phono stage can also be bypassed for connection to an upgraded external phono stage. Similiar to the other models in the Essential III FlexiRange, the Essential III Digital is available in a high-gloss red, white or black finish.

Key Features

- Belt driven, using a synchronous motor and silicone belt
- Optical output connection on the back panel
- Diamond cut aluminium drive pulley
- Chassis & platter made of resonance in-sensitive MDF
- Integrated DC-powered motor control
- Low tolerance platter bearing with stainless steel spindle
- 8.6” aluminium tonearm with sapphire bearings
- Ortofon OM10 cartridge pre-mounted
- High-quality semi-balanced Connect it E phono
- Interconnect includes gold-plated RCA connectors
- Special decoupling feet and dust cover included

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