Pro-Ject Essential III from the Austrian company offers high-quality desk with new cables and the Ortofon OM10 cartridge with the elliptical stylus. It is remarkable for its easy setup that is not so easy as low-cost record players have but still clear for all vinyl lovers.
Sonic balance, good dynamics, and amazing treble make the sound bright enough and very pleasant. The soundstage is open and the instruments sound correct in different parts of the room. The bass is firm and not boomy while harmoniously blending in other frequencies.
This Pro-Ject Essential III review should start from the most eye-catching feature – the turntable’s finish. Red glossy coverage is very impressive but makes ones think of the rest of interior design items and their combination with such flashy appearance. However, the unit is available in classic black or white.
The unit is produced with the dimensions of 16.5 x 13.0-inches and stands on three feet. The manufacturer used the acrylic platter instead of a traditional MDF one. It is less resonant to provide better speed consistency, cleaner and more detailed sound.
The Pro-Ject Essential III power switch is underneath the chassis, but there is no speed control. One can change speed manually in the range of 33 RPM and 45 RPM.
The setup starts from the removing lock from the tonearm. After the platter’s placing on the spindle, adjust counterweight to balance it with the cartridge. No need to set up the cartridge because it’s pre-mounted and aligned already.
The Pro-Ject Essential III demands a receiver with phono input to be connected via ARC cables. It also requires a preamplifier in the case of direct connection with the Wi-Fi speaker via AUX input.
Among the Pro-Ject Essential III specs, belt drive with stainless steel bearing and the aluminum driveshaft is worth mentioning. Its stylus is cut and polished up to the highest standards of the industry. Its 8.6-inch tonearm is made of one-piece aluminum and has sapphire bearings.
The unit makes it possible to stream music through Bluetooth headphones or a Bluetooth-enabled DAC.
The unit can be upgraded optionally. The cartridge Ortofon OM10 is replaceable, and it is compatible with plenty of styluses.
This mid-range unit is a good-looking record player that delivers good sound and comes with the opportunities for upgrades, RCA cables, Connect It E, and dust cover in the box. It can be a good device for those, who have a vinyl collection and prefer the analog sound without bothering with complicated settings. The Pro-Ject Essential III can be hooked up to any home audio device.