Audio-Technica AT-LP5 vs Onkyo CP-1050

What is your best choice: Audio-Technica AT-LP5 vs Onkyo CP-1050?

Audio-Technica AT-LP5 vs Onkyo CP-1050

Whether you are stuck to compare Onkyo CP-1050 vs Audio-Technica AT-LP5, turn to your preferences. As for me, the LP5 is an upgrade form the AT-LP120 for the non-DJ Audiophile or just home listening crowd. While CP is mechanically the best that's out there these days. No bells, whistles, USB ports or other BS that's just going to fail eventually anyway. However, to make a clear point of view, let's take a look at other characteristics for a greater comparison of one TT versus another.

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Features & Performance

Each unit has a moving magnet (MM) type of cartridge and the same speed level at 33.3, 45 RPM. The apparent difference comes out in output level where Audio-Technica and Onkyo have Preamp "PHONO": 3.5 mV nominal at 1 kHz, 5 cm/sec and 2.5 mV/±3 dB, 1 kHz at 13/32 3.54 cm/sec respectively.

Design & build quality

Design of AT boasts the next: vintage clean look with a matte black finish on all hardware, inputs, outputs and power are terminals not hardwired, rubber slipmat, higher quality AT95EX Dual Moving Magnet stereo cartridge unique to the LP5, J shaped tone arm only available on the LP5 and upgraded feet. Concerning CP, the one that I received is even, non-warped with no noticeable wobble and actually is difficult to tell it's turning at all unless you get up close with a flashlight. The arm movement is smooth and tight in both the vertical and horizontal axes.

Audio-Technica AT-LP5

Pros

  • True bypass on the phono/line switch. AT rewired the insides and you will no longer need to rip out the preamp as it is completely bypassed when off now.
  • A strobe I had handy verifies the table runs true to speed in both 33.33 and 45.
  • There's more torque than is available in a belt drive which is nice for those of us that like to use record brushes on a spinning record.

Cons

  • The power button is on the back of the unit. I like that they have the dial on the top to start the platter spinning at the desired speed, but the offsetting just turns off the motor, the rest of the unit is still "live."

Onkyo CP-1050

Pros

  • All I had to do was insert the head-shell into the tonearm. Doing so was easy and resulted in as perfect a set up as I could do myself.
  • There is no low-frequency rumble, the electronics are dead quiet, and there is no detectable wow or flutter.

Cons

  • The platter is poorly cast and has a noticeable wobble up and down.

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Common

Product

Audio-Technica AT-LP5
Onkyo CP-1050

Model

AT-LP5
CP-1050

Brand

Audio-Technica
Onkyo

Rating

4.7 of 5
3.7 of 5

Reviews

39
39

Cartridge

Type

moving magnet (MM)
moving magnet (MM)

Appropriate needle pressure, g

2
3,5

Supplied headshell weight, g

10
10

Stylus

Replaceable

Type

diamond
diamond

Model

AT95EX
DN-105ST

Motor

Drive method

direct
direct

Platter type

aluminum diecast
aluminum diecast

Speed, RPM

33.3, 45
33.3, 45

Torque

>1.6 kgf-cm
>1.0 kgf-cm

Wow & flutter (WRMS), %

0.2
0.15

Sound

Frequency response, Hz

20 - 22000
10 - 10000

Signal to noise ratio, dB

50
60

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
2.5 mV/±3 dB, 1 kHz at 13/32 3.54 cm/Sec

Controls

Operation type

automatic
manual

Pitch control

Pitch variation, %

Braking system

electronic
electronic

Connections

USB

1
0

RCA

1
1

Other

has not
has not

Features

Dust cover

45 RPM adapter

Other

has not
has not

Power

Motor type

DC
DC

Power consumption, W

6
4

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size, cm/inches

15.7 x 45 x 35.2/6.1 x 17.7 x 13.8
15.8 x 45 x 37/6.5 x 17.7 x 14.9

Weight, kg/pounds

10.5/23.1
11.1/24.5

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  • 13.5
  • 8.5
  • 13.5Audio-Technica AT-LP5
  • 8.5Onkyo CP-1050

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