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.
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
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...
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...