“Pro-Ject can’t shake the habit of turning out top-class turntables…

…the sound is instantly bigger and more open, while bass notes are firmer for a more rounded presentation. And there’s an extra layer of detail for good measure.” — What Hi-Fi? Review

Pro-Ject Audio Essential III Turntable

Over the past 20 years, Pro-Ject’s Essential record player has established something of a legacy. The most recent version (Essential III) maximizes the sonic performance you can achieve for your dollar. Pro-Ject does so by stripping away features that can cause unwanted resonance and honing in on the the development of sound-enhancing features.

A Solid Foundation

Essential III uses a solid MDF base (or plinth), meaning there are no cavernous hollow spaces that would otherwise resonate and negatively impact sound quality. Top-quality MDF (medium-density fiber) is implemented for rigidity and for effective resonance absorption. This amounts to compelling audio reproduction that will last you a lifetime. The base is supported by decoupling isolation feet borrowed from the world-famous Debut Carbon

Decoupled Motor & Acrylic Platter Upgrade

A precision-machined diamond-cut motor pulley helps to ascertain speed stability and longevity. The pulley is propelled by a high quality DC-driven motor control circuit delivering precision in speed and low resonance transfer. The motor and pulley are offset from the platter and bearing to further isolate the record while it plays. Adding Acryl it E not only enhances the stylish aesthetics, but the material is widely known to improve sound quality via resonance suppression. Over the lacquered MDF plinth and the effective isolation feet, the machine operates silently.

Audiophile Tonearm & Classic Phono Cartridge

Tack on the rigid, one-piece aluminum tonearm with top-notch bearings for ultra-smooth operation and the classic Ortofon OM 10 MM phono cartridge, and truly you’ve got yourself set to take your listening experience to the next level. The one-piece aluminum arm tube provides rigidity and optimal mass for the OM 10. Sapphire tonearm bearings provide fluid lateral motion for precise, unencumbered tracking of the record groove. The Ortofon OM 10 phono cartridge has famously high value, delivering clarity, detail, transparency & resolution that’ll immerse you in your music.

Limited Edition Collectible

Pro-Ject USA stocks the world’s remaining supply of these limited edition collaborations with Bravado, Apple Corps, and Studio Number One. First and foremost, they’re designed as upgrades from their base-level models so you can enjoy not only the conversation-starter aspect of their visual appeal, but you can expect your record collection to be more engaging sonically as well. Act now before they’re gone for good!

Additional information
Weight 5 kg
Dimensions 33 × 42 × 11.2 cm


  • Belt drive with synchronous motor and silicone belt
  • Diamond-cut aluminum drive pulley
  • Chassis made of resonance absorbing MDF
  • Acryl it E platter upgrade
  • Integrated DC-powered motor control minimizes motor vibration and guarantees speed stability
  • High-precision platter bearing with stainless steel spindle
  • 8.6″ aluminum tonearm with sapphire bearings
  • Pre-mounted Ortofon OM 10 phono cartridge
  • High-quality semi-balanced gold-plated Connect it E phono interconnect
  • Special decoupling feet
  • Dust cover included
  • Handmade in Europe


  • Nominal speeds: 33/45rpm
  • Speed variance: ±0.70% (33rpm), ±0.60% (45rpm)
  • Wow and flutter: ±0.21% (33rpm), ±0.19% (45rpm)
  • Signal to noise: 66dB
  • Effective tonearm mass: 8.0g
  • Effective tonearm length: 8.6″ (218.5mm)
  • Overhang: 22.0mm
  • Power consumption: 4.5W
  • Outboard power supply: 15V/500mA DC, suitable for your country’s mains supply


“…the Essential III delivered a truly grandstand performance for the price, full of energy and oomph. The track’s deep, growling bass was curtain-twitchingly fulsome, but never once drowned out Sting’s high-pitched wail, thanks to an impressively detailed high range.” – Louder Sound 5 Star Review

“Listening to the sound of a proven turntable, it’s not hard to conclude that the same product of a team that has the experience, knowledge, and technology to offer the right thing in every segment of the offering. For the asking price, the Essential III is an outstanding turntable and one has to wonder if it makes sense to invest further.” – World of Turntables Review

“The results were uniformly detailed, with great separation of instruments, a decently wide sound stage and the warmth that you want from vinyl. The inclusion of the Ortofon OM10 cartridge really helps to deliver a quality listening experience.” – Brad Moon, Forbes

“Pro-Ject hasn’t simply responded to keep the Essential III competitive, it has instead raised the bar to a new standard.” – Ed Selley, AV Forums Best Buy Award