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Since its introduction in late-2016, the Essential III from Pro-Ject Audio Systems has been a revelation in the affordable turntable market. Combining stunning cosmetics with exceptional performance, the price-per-pound ratio has been unrivalled, and the initial market response has been phenomenal. As a result of this impact, the Essential III is beginning 2017 by extending into a range of three turntables at various prices.
Essential III £289

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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.

One notable upgrade from the Essential II is the new gloss MDF platter which is anti-resonant and acoustically neutral in its performance. 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.

The Essential III is a significant step forward for vinyl enthusiasts on a budget. The sound and the style have been pushed to new heights, all for a price that defies belief.

Key Features:

High quality MDF gloss platter
Belt drive mechanism with silicone belt
Low vibration synchronous motor
Integrated motor control with DC power supply secures silent running
Main platter bearing made from stainless steel runs in bronze bushing with Teflon bottom
8.6" aluminium tonearm with sapphire bearings
Factory fitted Ortofon OM10 cartridge
Pre-mounted gold-plated RCA interconnect cable
Special turntable feet for effective decoupling
Lid included
Technical Data:

Nominal Speeds: 33 / 45 RPM (Manual)
Speed Variance: ±0.70% (33rpm) / ±0.60% (45rpm)
Wow & Flutter: ±0.21% (33rpm) / ±0.19% (45rpm)
Signal-to-Noise: -66dB
Effective Tonearm Length: 8.6" (218.5mm)
Effective Tonearm Mass: 8.0gr
Overhang: 22.0mm
Pre-Fitted Cartridge: Ortofon OM 10
Replacement Stylus: Ortofon 10 Stylus
Power Consumption: 4.5W
Dimensions (W x H x D): 420 x 112 x 330mm
Weight: 5.0 kg

Essential III A £329

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The Essential III A 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.

One of the most obvious changes with the new model is in the use of an upgraded Acryl-IT E platter. Also available separately, the Acryl-IT E offers 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 A 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.

The Essential III A is a significant step forward for vinyl enthusiasts on a budget. The sound and the style have been pushed to new heights, all for a price that defies belief.

Key Features:

High quality Acrylic-IT E platter
Belt drive mechanism with silicone belt
Low vibration synchronous motor
Integrated motor control with DC power supply secures silent running
Main platter bearing made from stainless steel runs in bronze bushing with Teflon bottom
8.6" aluminium tonearm with sapphire bearings
Factory fitted Ortofon OM10 cartridge
Pre-mounted gold-plated RCA interconnect cable
Special turntable feet for effective decoupling
Lid included
Technical Data:

Nominal Speeds: 33 / 45 RPM (Manual)
Speed Variance: ±0.70% (33rpm) / ±0.60% (45rpm)
Wow & Flutter: ±0.21% (33rpm) / ±0.19% (45rpm)
Signal-to-Noise: -66dB
Effective Tonearm Length: 8.6" (218.5mm)
Effective Tonearm Mass: 8.0gr
Overhang: 22.0mm
Pre-Fitted Cartridge: Ortofon OM 10
Replacement Stylus: Ortofon 10 Stylus
Power Consumption: 4.5W
Dimensions (W x H x D): 420 x 112 x 330mm
Weight: 5.0 kg
ESSENTIAL III HP £399





Pro-Ject's III HP is based on the standard Essential III turntable , but now features a built-in Headphone amplifier and is supplied with a High Power - IT PSU

Key Features:

High quality MDF gloss platter
Belt drive mechanism with silicone belt
Low vibration synchronous motor
Integrated motor control with DC power supply secures silent running
Main platter bearing made from stainless steel runs in bronze bushing with Teflon bottom
8.6" aluminium tonearm with sapphire bearings
Factory fitted Ortofon OM10 cartridge
Pre-mounted gold-plated RCA interconnect cable
Special turntable feet for effective decoupling
Lid included
Technical Data:

Nominal Speeds: 33 / 45 RPM (Manual)
Speed Variance: ±0.70% (33rpm) / ±0.60% (45rpm)
Wow & Flutter: ±0.21% (33rpm) / ±0.19% (45rpm)
Signal-to-Noise: -66dB
Effective Tonearm Length: 8.6" (218.5mm)
Effective Tonearm Mass: 8.0gr
Overhang: 22.0mm
Pre-Fitted Cartridge: Ortofon OM 10
Replacement Stylus: Ortofon 10 Stylus
Power Consumption: 4.5W
Dimensions (W x H x D): 420 x 112 x 330mm
Weight: 5.0 kg
Essential II Digital £249

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The multi-award winning Essential II turntable from Pro-Ject has been a huge success since its launch back in 2013. The simplistic yet elegant design built on solid hi-fi principles have delivered a great turntable at an affordable price. But now Pro-Ject have taken their own traditional design, and completely revolutionised it to accommodate the needs of the vinyl listener.

The Essential II Digital aims to be the first turntable that can be connected straight out of the box to any modern hi-fi system. The brand new integrated phono stage gives users the option between an analogue line level output or a 24-bit/96kHz digital Optical output. The Optical output uses a high-quality Analogue-Digital Converter (ADC) to send a clean, uninterrupted signal to any digital hub. So whether listening to music through a soundbar, an AV receiver, a DAC, a digital pre-amplifier or a multi-room system with different input options - the Essential II Digital should fit in flawlessly. The analogue output uses a phono stage based upon Pro-Ject's iconic Phono Box design to deliver a brilliant performance from the fitted Ortofon cartridge.

The added benefit of optical transmission is that you can run longer cables without the same signal loss you would experience with long RCA leads. So if you want your turntable to sit away from your amplifier while still sounding great, that's now possible!

The Essential II Digital further stands out from those around it thanks to the new black and white high-gloss paint finishes, and the "Digital" logo emblazoned on the plinth. It also boasts all the pre-existing features that have made the Essential II an international award winner. The 8.6" aluminium tonearm, heavy MDF platter and low-voltage motor with perimeter belt drive make a winning combination; while the Ortofon OM5E is the perfect cartridge to get instant gratification from your vinyl collection.

Key Features:

Ideal for connection to multiroom systems or TVs, soundbars and portable audio (see below FAQ)
Belt drive with silicone belt
Low vibration synchronous motor
Integrated motor control with DC power supply secures silent running
Main platter bearing made from stainless steel runs in bronze bushing with Teflon bottom
8.6" aluminium tonearm with sapphire bearings
Factory fitted Ortofon OM5e cartridge
Built in phono stage based on Phono Box design
Optical output
Special turntable feet for effective decoupling
Lid & felt mat included
Technical Data:

Replacement Stylus: Ortofon 5e Stylus
Pre-Fitted Cartridge: Ortofon OM5e
Output: RCA or Optical
Nominal Speeds: 33/45 RPM (Manual)
Speed Variance: 0.12%
Wow & Flutter: 33: 0.14% 45: 0.25%
Noise Floor:: >73dB
Effective Tonearm Length: 8.6" (218.5mm)
Effective Tonearm Mass: 8.0gr
Counterweight for Mass: 3 - 5.5g (Incl.)
Overhang: 22.0mm
Tracking Force Range: 0 - 25mn
Optical Output: 24/96kHz
Power Consumption: 4.5W
Power Supply: 15v/500mA DC
Dimensions (W x H x D): 420 x 112 x 330mm
Weight: 4kg

To watch the Essential II Digital set-up video click here.

F.A.Q.

Q:How does the Essential II Digital work with multi-room systems?
A:Because the Essential II Digital is internally grounded and has a built-in phono stage, it can be connected direct to the AUX or LINE input on a compatible multi-room speaker/amplifier. We supply an RCA-3.5mm cable in the box for exactly these kinds of set-ups.

Q:How does the Essential II Digital work with my mini-system or traditional hi-fi amplifier?
A:Like when connecting to a multi-room system, because the Essential II Digital is internally grounded and has a built-in phono stage it can be connected direct to an AUX or LINE input on any amplifier with a spare input. We supply RCA-RCA and RCA-3.5mm cables in the box, depending on what connection method is available to you.

Q:What do I need to consider when connecting an Essential II Digital via the Optical Output?
A:When using the Essential II Digital’s optical output, you need to ensure the digital receiver (i.e. Soundbar, DAC, digital amplifier etc.) you’re connecting to has a spare optical input that supports digital stereo data streams via modern S/PDIF protocol. If the device you’re connecting to does not fully support S/PDIF it may not be able to handle the supplied data stream. We have confirmed that the Essential II Digital will not work with the Sonos PLAYBAR.

Q:Do I need to earth the turntable?
A:The Essential II Digital is internally earthed, so you should not need to connect a separate earth wire. However, we supply our standard RCA-RCA cables in the box so should you need additional grounding there is a lead attached to these cables.
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Essential III Digital £359

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The Essential III Digital aims to be a turntable that can be connected straight out of the box to any modern hi-fi system. The integrated phono stage gives users the option between an analogue line level output or a switchable 24-bit/96kHz digital Optical output. The Optical output can be set at 48kHz or 96kHz and uses a high-quality Analogue-Digital Converter (ADC) to send a clean, uninterrupted signal to any digital hub (including a Sonos Playbar when set to 48kHz). So whether listening to music through a soundbar, an AV receiver, a DAC, a digital pre-amplifier or a multi-room system with different input options - the Essential III Digital should fit in flawlessly.

The added benefit of optical transmission is that you can run longer cables without the same signal loss you would experience with long RCA leads. So if you want your turntable to sit away from your amplifier while still sounding great and not using wireless technology, that's now possible!

The switchable analogue output uses a phono stage based upon Pro-Ject's iconic Phono Box design 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.

Like all models in the Essential III FlexiRange, the Essential III Digital is available in a high-gloss red, white or black finish.

Technical Data

Pre-Fitted Cartridge: 
Ortofon OM 10
Replacement Stylus: 
Ortofon Stylus 10
Nominal Speeds:
33 / 45 RPM (Manual)
Speed Variance:
33: ±0.70%
45: ±0.60%
Wow & Flutter:
33: ±0.21%
45: ±0.19%
Signal-to-Noise:
-66dB 
Effective Tonearm Length:
8.6" (218.5mm) 
Effective Tonearm Mass: 
8.0gr
Overhang:
22.0mm 
Power Consumption:
4.5W 
Dimensions:
420 x 112 x 330mm 
Weight:
5.0 kg
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Essential III BT £359

The Essential III BT is a turntable for the modern audiophile. Its built-in phono stage is designed to transmit to any compatible device within a 10m range, so whether you want to listen on Bluetooth headphones, a Bluetooth-enabled DAC or a Bluetooth-enabled soundsystem, you can stream your vinyl with ease.

When optimal fidelity is more important – for example, when listening through your main two-channel soundsystem – the Essential III BT’s phono stage also has optional Phono or Line level outputs, so you can connect straight to an external phono stage or a spare Line input on your amplifier. Combined with all the other advantages of the Essential III design, the Essential III BT successfully combines modern needs with traditional technology.

Like all models in the Essential III FlexiRange, the Essential III BT is available in a high-gloss red, white or black finish.

Technical Data

Pre-Fitted Cartridge: 
Ortofon OM 10
Replacement Stylus: 
Ortofon Stylus 10
Nominal Speeds:
33 / 45 RPM (Manual)
Speed Variance:
33: ±0.70%
45: ±0.60%
Wow & Flutter:
33: ±0.21%
45: ±0.19%
Signal-to-Noise:
-66dB 
Effective Tonearm Length:
8.6" (218.5mm) 
Effective Tonearm Mass: 
8.0gr
Overhang:
22.0mm 
Power Consumption:
4.5W 
Dimensions:
420 x 112 x 330mm 
Weight:
5.0 kg
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Essential III RecordMaster £399

The Essential III RecordMaster is the turntable of choice when simplicity is your number one priority. Using the same integrated speed control as the Essential III as well as the phono stage from the Essential III Phono, the RecordMaster is a turntable that connects to any spare Line input and switches from 33 to 45rpm at the push of a button.

The additional inclusion of a USB output means the Essential III RecordMaster can also be used to record your favourite records direct to a PC or Mac.

Like all models in the Essential III FlexiRange, the Essential III RecordMaster is available in a high-gloss red, white, black or walnut finish.

Technical Data

Pre-Fitted Cartridge: 
Ortofon OM 10
Replacement Stylus: 
Ortofon Stylus 10
Nominal Speeds:
33 / 45 RPM (Manual)
Speed Variance:
33: ±0.70%
45: ±0.60%
Wow & Flutter:
33: ±0.21%
45: ±0.19%
Signal-to-Noise:
-66dB 
Effective Tonearm Length:
8.6" (218.5mm) 
Effective Tonearm Mass: 
8.0gr
Overhang:
22.0mm 
Power Consumption:
4.5W 
Dimensions:
420 x 112 x 330mm 
Weight:
5.0 kg
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Essential III Phono £349

The integrated phono stage in the Essential III Phono is based on Pro-Ject’s award winning Phono Box range, offering precise RIAA equalisation and optimal signal gain for crystal clear playback through your speakers. Though the Line level output allows you to connect Essential III Phono to any LINE or AUX input on your amplifier, the handy switch on the side of the output terminal also allows you to turn the phono stage off. So as your system develops and you want to enjoy a superior phono stage, you do not need to upgrade the whole turntable. The Essential III Phono also utilises a junction box output, allowing for easy cable upgrades.

Like all models in the Essential III FlexiRange, the Essential III Phono is available in a high-gloss red, white or black finish.

Technical Data

Pre-Fitted Cartridge: 
Ortofon OM 10
Replacement Stylus: 
Ortofon Stylus 10
Nominal Speeds:
33 / 45 RPM (Manual)
Speed Variance:
33: ±0.70%
45: ±0.60%
Wow & Flutter:
33: ±0.21%
45: ±0.19%
Signal-to-Noise:
-66dB 
Effective Tonearm Length:
8.6" (218.5mm) 
Effective Tonearm Mass: 
8.0gr
Overhang:
22.0mm 
Power Consumption:
4.5W 
Dimensions:
420 x 112 x 330mm 
Weight:
5.0 kg
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Essential III SB £359

The Essential III SB takes all the advantages of the standard Essential III, but adds an automatic speed control and cable junction box, for improved convenience and enhanced upgrade possibilities.

The neatly integrated speed control function on the Essential III SB is operated by a simple push button on top of the plinth, using an improved version of the motor generation system found in the standard Essential III. This advanced motor control system ensures a clean power supply to the motor, reducing resonance and unwanted noise; so the Essential III SB can still deliver a lively, balanced and highly involving sound that will delight every vinyl lover.

Like all models in the Essential III FlexiRange, the Essential III SB is available in a high-gloss red, white or black finish.

Technical Data

Pre-Fitted Cartridge: 
Ortofon OM 10
Replacement Stylus: 
Ortofon Stylus 10
Nominal Speeds:
33 / 45 RPM (Electronic)
Speed Variance:
33: ±0.70%
45: ±0.60%
Wow & Flutter:
33: ±0.21%
45: ±0.19%
Signal-to-Noise:
-66dB 
Effective Tonearm Length:
8.6" (218.5mm) 
Effective Tonearm Mass: 
8.0gr
Overhang:
22.0mm 
Power Consumption:
4.5W 
Dimensions:
420 x 112 x 330mm 
Weight:
5.0 kg

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