Project Essential III Acrylic Turntable

Project Essential III Acrylic Turntable

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Project Essential III A Turntable 

The 'A' variant of the acclaimed Essential 3 turntable features the same build and construction as the standard version but includes the Acrylic-E platter upgrade. 

The Essential III takes the fundamental design principles and engineering feats that set its predecessor in such high regard, but sees improvements and upgrades made to the crucial aspects of the turntable to form an even more superlative machine at an outstanding and highly comfortable price point. The Essential III replaces the basic platter of the Ess. 2 models for Project's quality Acrylic-IT E, usually an optional extra at an added cost. This superior platter works in conjunction with a quality belt-drive mechanism with silicone belt, along with a specialised low-vibration synchronous motor. 

The motor control is integrated within the Essential II, with a DC power supply to ensure silent operation. The main platter's bearing is built from stainless steel, running in bronze bushing with a Teflon base. This means that the mechanical elements of the Essential III are kept to an absolute minimum in resonance and vibration, a standard continued throughout the design of the tonearm. The aluminium tonearm is 8.6" in length and utilises sapphire bearings. Project now supply an even better cartridge with the Essential, swapping the II's Ortofon OM5E for the superior OM10E Moving Magnet. The Essential 3 features luxurious gloss finishes and also comes supplied with a dust cover/lid.

Who is Project?

Project started in the hifi business designing and manufacturing affordable stereo turntables in the early 1990s, beginning with the entry-level Debut model. It was a great success, like all other turntables on the market at that time were at least  £100 more expensive, without offering a performance benefit. Project has gone on to extend the range of turntables they offer at all popular price points and performance levels, through midrange to high-end models.

Speed 33, 45 (manual speed change) 
 Principle Belt Drive 
 Speed Variance 33: 0,80% 45: 0,70% 
 Wow & Flutter 33: 0,29% 45: 0,27% 
 Platter 300mm particle board with felt mat (0,8kg) 
 Main Bearing Stainless Steel 
Effective Arm Length  218,5 mm 
 Overhang 22,0mm 
                Effective Tonearm Mass                8,0gr 
 Counterweight for Mass 3 - 5,5g (included) 
Tracking Force Range  0 - 25mn (OM5 18mn recommended) 
Included Accessory Power Supply, Dust Cover
Power Consumption 4,5 watts
Dimensions 420 x 112 x 330mm (WxHxD)
Weight 4,0 kg net

Providing your item is in stock, the order is usually dispatched within 24 hours. Postage and packing is completely free for orders over £100*. Out of stock items will be dispatched as soon as they become available, out of stock items can take between 4 to 21 days for dispatch.


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