AUDIO-TECHNICA REVEALS AFFORDABLE AT-LP5X DIRECT DRIVE DECK
Audio-Technica has introduces the AT-LP5x. The new affordable direct-drive turntable that delivers high-fidelity grade audio performance way beyond its price point.
We found the the direct successor to the highly popular AT-LP5 at IFA 2019, Berlin.
The new model builds on that deck's award-winning template with a raft of improvements and additions. Additionally, you get the new AT-VM95E Dual Moving Magnet stereo cartridge, the next-generation model of the legendary AT95E.
The AT-VM95E arrives pre-mounted on an AT-HS6 headshell. While this makes for a great-sounding setup straight out of the box, the upgradeable stylus assembly allows you to further personalise performance through the VM95 range, should you fancy.
Also brand new is the quick start, low-noise quartz-locked DC servo direct-drive motor. There is also the benefit of 33, 45 and 78 RPM speed capabilities (the latter requires the addition of the AT-VM95SP stylus, sold separately).
The tonearm sports the same J-shaped design as the AT-LP5 – a nod to Audio-Technica's classic turntables of the 1960s and 1970s. The arm features a metallic gimbal suspension system and precision bearings.
Combined with an adjustable dynamic anti-skate control to prevent unwanted movement by the tonearm, tracking errors are further minimised.
The turntable's platter is precision-machined in aluminium for beautifully balanced on-axis rotation.
The AT-LP5x features a built-in switchable Moving Magnet and Moving Coil phono/line preamp. Handy if you don't happen to have a separate phono pre-amplifier. Also, it means you can plug the AT-LP5 directly into powered speakers and the like, straight out of the box. However, should you already be kitted out with an amp with a phono stage, you can switch off the AT-LP5x's one.
Furthermore, the selection of MM/MC cartridges allows for an easy upgrade to a moving coil with additional equipment.
The turntable chassis is constructed of anti-vibration damping materials with heavy mass internal inserts to minimise any performance-effecting resonances.
Another improvement over the AT-LP5 is the external power supply, which helps lessen signal chain noise to deliver a cleaner sound.
The AT-LP5x is every bit the 21st-century turntable, rounding out its feature list with a USB output. A cable to connect the turntable to a PC is included, as is a link to download free Audacity software for converting your records to MP3, WAV and other digital formats.
Price and availability
The Audio-Technica AT-LP5x will be available from September 2019 priced at £349/€399 and comes in Henry Ford's favourite range of colours - Black.
More information can be had at Audio-Technica.
- Type: 3-speed, fully manual operation
- Motor: DC motor
- Drive Method: Direct drive
- Speeds: 33-1/3 RPM, 45 RPM, 78 RPM
- Turntable Platter: Die-cast aluminium
- Starting Torque: >1.0 kgf.cm
- Braking System: Electronic brake
- Wow and Flutter: <0.2% WRMS (33 RPM)
- Signal-to-Noise Ratio: >50 dB
- Output Level: Pre-amp “PHONO”: 3.5 mV nominal at 1 kHz, 5 cm/sec; Pre-amp “LINE” 150 mV nominal at 1 kHz, 5 cm/sec
- Phono Pre-Amp Gain: 36 dB nominal, RIAA equalised, MC: 56 dB nominal, RIAA equalised
- USB Function: A/D, D/A – 16 bit 44.1 kHz or 48 kHz USB selectable: Computer interface – USB 2.0 compliant Windows XP, Vista or MAC OS X
- Power Supply Requirements: 100-240V AC, 50/60 Hz
- Power Consumption: 3 W
- Dimensions: 450.0 mm (17.72″)W x 352.0 mm (13.86″)D x 157.0 mm (6.1″)H
- Weight: 7.3 kg (16.1 lbs.)
Accessories included: AT-VM95E Dual Moving Magnet stereo cartridge (black) with replaceable stylus; AT-HS6 lightweight headshell; power adapter; dual RCA (male) to dual RCA (male) stereo cable; 45 RPM adapter; USB cable; dust cover with mounting hardware
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