Pro-Ject Essential III Turntable with Ortofon OM10 Cartridge

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Essential III - A modern classic with a great sound at an attractive price!

Essential III offers a variety of enhancements compared to its successful predecessor, such as a diamond-cut aluminium drive pulley, a resonance-optimised MDF main platter and an MDF chassis. The refined, high-precision platter bearing has significantly lower tolerances than Essential II. Essential III is the audiophile entry turntable! The setup is very simple, the included Phono RCA cable, Connect-It E, performs way above its price range. Equipped with the high-quality Ortofon OM10, the Essential III delivers a lively, balanced and highly engrossing sound that will delight every vinyl lover.

  • Belt drive with synchronous motor and silicone belt
  • Diamond cut aluminium drive pulley
  • Chassis and platter made from low-resonance MDF
  • Quartz regulated speed control
  • Low tolerance platter bearing with stainless steel spindle
  • 8.6” aluminium tonearm with sapphire bearings
  • Ortofon OM10 cartridge pre-mounted
  • High-quality Connect-It E phono interconnect included
  • Custom decoupling feet for vibration reduction
  • Dust cover included


Speed: 33, 45 (manual speed change)

Principle: Belt drive

Speed variance: 33: 0.70% 45: 0.60%

Wow & flutter: 33: 0.21% 45: 0.19%

Platter: 300 mm MDF & felt mat (0,8kg)

Main bearing: Stainless steel

Tonearm: 8.6”, aluminium

Effective arm length: 218,5 mm

Effective tonearm mass: 8.0 g

Overhang: 22.0 mm

Counterweight for mass: 3 - 5.5 g

Tracking force range: 0 - 25mn (recommended OM10 18mn)

Included accessories: Power supply, dust cover

Power consumption: 4.5 Watts max

Dimensions (lid closed): 415 x 112 x 335 mm (W x H x D)

Dimensions (lid open, 90°): 415 x 365 x 390 mm (W x H x D)

Dimensions (without lid): 415 x 95 x 330 mm (W x H x D)

Weight: 5.0 kg net

Pro-Ject Essential Turntable review

Another budget Pro-Ject turntable, another five-star review – the company simply can’t shake the habit of turning out top-class turntables. Just save up for the acrylic platter if you can… more... 

Pro-Ject Essential III Turntable Review

The basics are all there. The Essential III is pitch stable, has a noise floor below that of pretty much any phono stage it is likely to be partnered with and it tracks at a perfectly civilised weight. The Pro-Ject Essential III is the turntable that does the most in its class to bring the benefits of vinyl to the forefront of its performance. more...


I’d be more than happy to have a Pro-Ject Essential III on my shelf. It was easy to set up and sounded great. If you’re on the market for a turntable, I can wholeheartedly recommend it to you. more...