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Audio-Technica AT-LP5 direct drive turntable

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.

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2 Comments

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    Joel
    6th 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.

    • Reply
      Paul Rigby
      6th 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.

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