Pro-Ject Essential III Turntable

Pro-Ject Essential III Turntable

Essential? Quite. This aptly named turntable is just right if you’re looking for a budget-conscious hi-fi quality turntable. Released in 2017, Pro-Ject has been delighting vinyl lovers with their Essential III turntable. Essential is an apt name for it too. It is a well-built beautifully designed turntable that offers very little in the frills department and focuses on quality construction; and of course, the music. A few of my friends picked up super cheap turntables when buying vinyl became cool again, some of them even bought an old crappy one from a garage sale. The Essential III is a perfect step up into a proper turntable if you are in the market.


Belt Drive Turntable with tonearm and cartridge


33 and 45 rpm via changing belt position


33 RPM: +/- 0.12%, 45 RPM: +/- 0.10% (manufacturer)


0 – 25 mN




8 grams


MDF with a carbon fiber layer


Stainless steel axle with ceramic ball


300 mm Acrylic


9” CC EVO Carbon Fiber






Sumiko Amethyst, Moving Magnet


Dust Cover, Counterweight, Counterweight Insert, Record Clamp, Braided Interconnect Cables with integrated ground wire, 45 rpm adapter, Allen wrenches, Cartridge Alignment Gauge, VTF Gauge, Head-shell Spacer, Power Supply, Cleaning Cloth


Gloss Black, Gloss White, Gloss Red


18.1” W x 13.9” D x 5.6” H (with dust cover closed)


18.7 pounds


$1595.00 (including cartridge)




Pro-Ject, Turntable, Audiophile, Tonearm, Turntable Reviews 2019

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