This Audio-Technica AT-LP3 review is dedicated to the turntable from Audio-Technica’s LP line. Unlike the older models, this one gives minimum freedom in adjustment to make the exploration of the turntable as simple and convenient as possible.
Externally, the AT-LP3 looks strictly: without any levers and incomprehensible switches. The turntable goes with a plexiglass dust cover. There is a possibility of choosing between white and black colors. Despite the fact that its case is made of plastic, the turntable doesn’t look cheap – it looks neat in its strict classic design.
Despite that setup of this turntable is an almost completely automatic process, some simple settings still have to be made. First, you need to set the level of downforce, pre-balancing the tonearm parallel to the body. Secondly, it is necessary to adjust the compensator of the rolling force or anti-skating, using a small wheel located to the right of the base of the tonearm. All settings of the head were already made at the factory, so it’s enough to attach the cartridge to the tonearm. In general, the whole process of assembling and preparing the turntables for work takes no more than ten minutes.
The Audio-Technica AT-LP3 is a fully automatic belt-driven vinyl player. Like the older models, the AT-LP3 has rubberized supports, a cast aluminum disk and a 4.5 mm thick rubber mat that absorbs all possible vibrations. The construction includes a radial ball bearings to facilitate both vertical and horizontal movement. The AT91R Dual Moving Magnet cartridge with a needle of ultra-light aluminum alloy comes along with the player. If you wish, you can replace the pickup head with more advanced one for better picking. There is a special switching that allows selecting the operation mode, which depends on the cartridge used – magnetic or coil. In addition to those features, the Audio-Technica AT-LP3 specs also include an automatic return mechanism: as soon as the record ends, the arm will return to its place.
The balanced and characteristic sound distinguish this Audio-Technica’s vinyl player from other models of the same price range. Yes, the turntable has some problems with sound, but it provides many functions. Despite the absence of a USB port, there is an automatic playback system, and an internal background amplifier that can be a salvation for users with a small budget. The AT-LP3 sounds well and is offered for reasonable price. I’d advise paying attention to this model to all the music lovers who are about to explore the world of vinyl, as for any newcomer the AT-LP3 is a good affordable Hi-Fi system.