The Audio-Technica AT-LP5 direct drive turntable features a cast aluminium record platter, fitted with the AT95EX Dual Moving Magnet cartridge, itself mounted on an AT-HS10 lightweight headshell.
Speed options include 33.33 and 45rpm while connections include phono or line stereo outputs with separate grounding.
You also get a low-resonance damped and weighted chassis, a 5mm thick rubber-composite platter mat and matt black paint finish. The turntable offers a choice of the internal or an external phono pre-amplifier. There is also a USB output and bundled Audacity software to allow users to record vinyl music onto Mac and PC in a choice of digital audio formats. Price is £329.
Contact www.eu.audio-technica.com for more details.
Joel6th December 2018 at 10:25 am
Paul, did you ever review this turntable? It’s down to 249GBP, same as the Rega Planar 1. You loved the Rega. I’m wondering how you think the LP5 compares.
Paul Rigby6th December 2018 at 10:55 am
Only this one, Joel: https://theaudiophileman.com/lp3/
Sometimes manufacturers have their own strategic plan which means that you don’t receive kit, even if it has been requested. Gawd knows what the reasoning is behind it. So, I received the LP3 but not the LP5.
In terms of the comparison, the Rega sounds better because it’s a pure design, no toys are included which produce noise. If these internal features are important, though, then by all means go for the LP5. It’s a horses for courses thing.