Audio-Technica AT-LP5 review & specs

Audio Technica AT-LP5 – Manual Direct-drive Turntable

Audio Technica AT-LP5

The AT-LP5 model from the leading company Audio Technica is not a novelty already, but it keeps leading positions among its closest competitors thanks to the adjustable counterweight and anti-skate control as well as anti-vibration and damping materials used. Learn more about this model in this Audio-Technica AT-LP5 review.

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Design

The company has provided this turntable model with a sleek and contemporary style. Despite the standard rectangular form, this turntable features a cast aluminum straight platter which surpasses other popular sloped types. It is covered with the compound rubber to keep vinyl well and has four steady legs that prevent it from moving.

The tonearm looks like an indispensable part of the holistic design thanks to the black details used there. However, its main benefit is J-form tonearm which was previously used 50-60 years ago in the most successful models. Both such a unique form and a company brand sound pickup with MM head AT95 in the exclusive Ex version guarantee the highest accuracy of the reading.

The power and speed buttons have found its position in the left corner, while all the inputs and outputs are located on the turntable back not interfering with other elements.

A great advantage of this model is a transparent dust cover included. In general, this product looks solid and modern by design.

Setup

It does not take much time and effort to set up this Audio-Technica model. I have received a carton box where I have found turntable chassis, die-cast aluminum platter, and a heavy-duty rubber platter mat. There were also other smaller accessories including counterweight assembly, a headshell with the pre-installed cartridge, dust cover and two plastic hinges and several more. I could easily install the plate and rubber mat and continued with setting up a tonearm. I proceeded with the headshell and a counterweight and tightened them carefully making a balance. Finally, I was lucky to hear that clear sound of my new purchase.

Features

There are several important Audio-Technica AT-LP5 specs to be considered:

  • Two-speed model: 33.3, 45 RPM;
  • Replaceable diamond stylus;
  • Twist-locking tonearm mechanism;
  • Brand AT95 sound pickup;
  • Built-in phono stage;
  • Pre-fitted cartridge;
  • USB output.

Conclusion

The Audio Technica AT-LP5 model has united many great features lacked by other turntables in the market. It is well-built, offers great user functionality and, of course, minimum chassis resonance for high-quality sound. It is a universal product both for professionals and amateurs which makes its use and listening a real pleasure.

Common features

Product

Audio-Technica AT-LP5

Model

AT-LP5

Brand

Audio-Technica

Rating

4.7 of 5

Reviews

39

Cartridge

Type

moving magnet (MM)

Appropriate needle pressure, g

2

Supplied headshell weight, g

10

Stylus

Replaceable

Type

diamond

Model

AT95EX

Motor

Drive method

direct

Platter type

aluminum diecast

Speed, RPM

33.3, 45

Torque

>1.6 kgf-cm

Wow & flutter (WRMS), %

0.2

Sound

Frequency response, Hz

20 - 22000

Signal to noise ratio, dB

50

Gain

36

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

Controls

Operation type

automatic

Pitch control

Pitch variation, %

Braking system

electronic

Connections

USB

1

RCA

1

Other

has not

Features

Dust cover

45 RPM adapter

Other

has not

Power

Motor type

DC

Power consumption, W

6

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size, cm/inches

15.7 x 45 x 35.2/6.1 x 17.7 x 13.8

Weight, kg/pounds

10.5/23.1

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