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Audio-Technica AT-LP5X Turntable Might Be The Affordable Upgrade You Need

Looking for a great budget turntable for the college kid headed off to school next week? The Audio-Technica AT-LP5X is a great deal.

Audio-Technica AT-LP5X Turntable

—Audio-Technica today announced the introduction of its AT-LP5X Direct Drive Turntable, offering upgraded technology and performance while keeping the sleek contemporary styling of the previous AT-LP5. The new AT-LP5X builds upon more than 50 years of analog design expertise to deliver outstanding record playback quality.

“”Our AT-LP5X incorporates a wealth of improved features including a switchable moving magnet/moving coil phono preamp, a better cartridge, an outboard power supply and even the ability to play 78 RPM records,”” noted Bob Peet, Audio-Technica U.S. Product Manager. “

What’s even more interesting about the Audio-Technica AT-LP5X is the price. It hasn’t budged at all making this new offering an excellent value as well

Audio-Technica AT-LP5X Turntable Angle

The AT-LP5X features a precision low-noise direct-drive motor system that provides accurate, stable playback of 33-1/3, 45 and 78 RPM records. It features the classic J-shaped tonearm of the Audio-Technica turntables of the 1960s and 1970s, a design that minimizes tracking error. The tonearm features a gimbal suspension system and precision bearings for smooth, quiet performance, and includes an adjustable counterweight and anti-skating control.

The tonearm comes pre-mounted with a removable AT-HS6 headshell and new AT-VM95E Dual Moving Magnet cartridge, which offers outstanding stereo separation and imaging along with superior resolution of musical detail, a smooth frequency response and powerful dynamics. The cartridge is easily removable should the user choose to upgrade.

Audio-Technica AT-LP5X Turntable Cartridge

The turntable’s built-in phono preamp can be switched to either moving magnet or moving coil operation, enabling the use of premium moving coil cartridges, or to line-level output, enabling the AT-LP5X to be used with a computer, powered speakers, receivers and other components that don’t have a dedicated phono input. The AT-LP5X also offers a USB output for direct connection to a computer.

Additional refinements include a die-cast, machined and balanced aluminum platter with a 5 mm rubber damping mat, a turntable base that is constructed using anti-vibration damping materials and heavy-mass metal chassis inserts, and an outboard power supply that reduces unwanted electrical noise.

The AT-LP5X comes with a removable dust cover, RCA audio connecting cables, a USB cable and a 45 RPM adapter.

Audio-Technica AT-LP5X Turntable Rear

Price & Availability

The Audio-Technica AT-LP5X Direct Drive Turntable is currently available for $399 at Amazon and Turntable Lab.

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