Audio-Technica AT-LP5 Turntable, AT95Ex Cartridge, Stylus, Dust Cover
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- Original Audio-Technica J-shape design tonearm
- Cast aluminium record platter
- 5mm Audio-Technica heavy damping rubber mat
- 33 & 1/3 & 45 RPM selectable speeds
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|Item Dimensions||—||45 x 15.5 x 12.7 cm||16.66 x 45.01 x 35.31 cm||15.24 x 35.26 x 45.08 cm||45 x 36.8 x 15.8 cm||44.4 x 34.8 x 12.29 cm|
|Item Weight||—||10.6 kg||12.52 kg||10.66 kg||8.6 kg||7.5 kg|
Audio-Technica AT-LP5 Direct-Drive Hi-Fi Turntable with J-shape tonearm A perfect balance of technology and design the sleek contemporary lines of the AT-LP5 turntable grace any room in the home while delivering performance features born out of Audio-Technicas rich analog heritage. Original J-shaped Tonearm The original J-shaped tonearm engineered to minimise tracking error harks back to the original Audio-Technica designs of the 1960's and 70's complementing the AT-LP5's clean lines and minimal design and comes fitted with Audio-Technica's lightweight AT-HS10 headshell and the exclusive AT95Ex Dual Moving Magnet cartridge. Exclusively Designed Cartridge The AT-LP5 comes with the AT95EX high performance cartridge exclusively designed for the turntable and fitted on an AT-HS10 lightweight headshell; the combination perfectly balanced for the turntable's J-shaped tonearm. Perfect balance of Technology and Design The direct-drive engine provides playback for both 33 & 1/3 and 45 RPM records with a cast aluminium platter and thick damping mat housed together in a structure that has been engineered for minimum chassis resonance while retaining a discreet look. The AT-LP5 offers a built-in switchable phono/line pre-amplifier that provides connection to your existing stereo system equipped with either phono or line-level inputs. The AT-LP5 also includes Audacity recording software for MAC or PC USB cable and an RCA / RCA stereo adapter cable allowing direct connection to your computer to transfer your classic LP collection to digital files using its USB output. From there you can easily archive your vinyl collection in digital formats or transfer your music to your portable player for when you're on the go. Features Original Audio-Technica J-shape design tonearm Cast aluminium record platter 5mm Audio-Technica heavy damping rubber mat 33 & 1/3 & 45 RPM selectable speeds
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25 years after dispensing with my vinyl, I decided to take the plunge investing in a turntable. Obviously I have no vinyl (yet) but my wife kept all her vinyl so I had something to start with.
I settled on the AT-LP5 Turntable as I felt it represented excellent value for money having read the reviews (bit of a risk when you haven't tried something before).
The turntable and accessories come well packed. The base unit (reassuringly heavy), platter (superb manufacturing), phono cables (cheap and worthless), cartridge (delicate), stylus (tiny and delicate), a CDROM containing Audacity software, quick start guide (don't throw it away as it gives you the counterweight and anti-skate settings for the supplied stylus set-up) and a comprehensive guide. There's a seven inch hole filler for any smaller discs that are missing their centre (like in the ones they use in vinyl jukeboxes).
Socket wise, there a 3 pin socket on the back along wiht the phono outputs, a switch to boost the signal to an amp which doesn't have a dedicated turntable input (more commonly known as a phono input), on/off switch, a USB port for sending music to a computer and a 33/45 rotary switch on the top.
The tonearm is a maginificent piece of engineering. Compared to an old turntable I used to have, I can see that things have moved on significantly as I couldn't see any physical flaws. The tonearm is clamped. The counterweight is weighty and screws on easily at the back of the tonearm. The markings are a little difficult to make out but that's my eyesight to blame. The anti-skate dial has very clear markings on it.
Setting up the turntable is easy, Plug the power cable and phono leads (which you should plug into an amp otherwise you won't hear anything), put the platter in place, put the cartridge head and stylus on, adjust the counterweight and anti-skate settings. Unclamp the arm and using the lever, the tonearm will rise gently and the platter starts moving. Remember to set the speed correctly.
So how does it sounds? I miss vinyl. Thought I'd never say that! There's the hiss, some crackle (depending on the quality and condition of the vinyl) and then the magic starts. I had forgotten how 'open' the sound is. The stylus which was specially made for this turnable sounds marvellous. Bunny & The Echomen, Duran Duran, The Mission and some 7" singles I'd rather not name sounded great. Of course, some of the vinyl has seen better days but sound wise, there's something warm and magical about vinyl. There's a warm deep deep sound with surprising amounts of detail but on older records I can't help thinking that a better grade of stylus may do justice.
The output from the turntable to the laptop sounded very good. With the thrown in Audacity software, you can create tracks to put into your library; It works well.
One thing you have to remember though - the turntable has no auto return so remember to check the turntable once in a while.
For a return to vinyl, the LP5 is a superb reintroduction to the wonders of vinyl. The ability to upgrade the cartridge and stylus are good incentives as I don't think the tonearm needs any further improvement.
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