Audio-Technica AT-LP5 vs Sony PS-HX500

What's your best choice: Audio-Technica AT-LP5 vs Sony PS-HX500?

Audio-Technica AT-LP5 vs Sony PS-HX500

For a proper comparison of Audio-Technica AT-LP5 vs Sony PS-HX500, we have to compare such sides like features, performance and build quality versus each other. Is it hard to do so knowing almost anything about the use of them? Probably yes. I've tested both models and have something to say.

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Features & Performance

The comparison of the output level shows a little differents between Sony PS-HX500 vs Audio-Technica AT-LP5. The Pre-amp "PHONO": 3 mV nominal at 1 kHz. Pre-amp "LINE": 190 mV nominal at 1 kHz for Sony PS-HX500. The 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 for Audio-Technica AT-LP5. The cartridge type of moving magnet (MM) is the same for both models. Also if we talk about playback speeds, they are also equal 33.3, 45 RPM for each one.

Design & build quality

The table of Audio-Technica AT-LP5 is a black, dull, fairly thick and weighty plate of regular rectangular shape. It stands on big, massive-looking legs. On the top surface of the table, in addition to the tonearm block and the supporting disk, there was a single drum that started the motor and switched speeds.

The engine is mounted on a separate metal plate. You can turn the power on or off only with the button on the rear panel, the existence of which is almost impossible to guess without studying the instructions. Yes, the power supply is built-in, which is quite justified in this price segment.

The legs of the Sony PS-HX500 are unregulated, ending with rubber spring hemispheres. However, it was difficult to expect that such a device would be equipped with spikes and thrust bearings.

A metal casing is placed on the lower surface of the case, covering the board of the phono stage and ADC. Still, looking at the lower surface of the player, you can see the lower part of the bearing housing, which passes through the table. Also on the bottom surface, you can find trimmers covered with a plastic casing to adjust each of the speeds.

Audio-Technica AT-LP5

Pros:

  • Built-in Phono Stage.
  • Built-in ADC and USB output for digitization (16 bit / 48 kHz).
  • Equipped with a proprietary AT95 pickup and detachable 2RCA-2RCA cable.

Cons:

  • Too heavy as for me.

Sony PS-HX500

Pros:

  • It has a built-in ADC that allows you to record in DSD format.
  • Decent for its segment and at the same time classic appearance.

Cons:

  • The main issues, of course, relate to the implementation of the tonearm.
  • Frankly weak sound.

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Common

Product

Audio-Technica AT-LP5
Sony PS-HX500

Model

AT-LP5
PS-HX500

Brand

Audio-Technica
Sony

Rating

4.7 of 5
4.0 of 5

Reviews

39
38

Cartridge

Type

moving magnet (MM)
moving magnet (MM)

Appropriate needle pressure, g

2
2,5

Supplied headshell weight, g

10
3

Stylus

Replaceable

Type

diamond
diamond

Model

AT95EX
ATN-3601

Motor

Drive method

direct
belt

Platter type

aluminum diecast
aluminum diecast

Speed, RPM

33.3, 45
33.3, 45

Torque

>1.6 kgf-cm
>1.6 kgf-cm

Wow & flutter (WRMS), %

0.2
0.25

Sound

Frequency response, Hz

20 - 22000
20 - 20000

Signal to noise ratio, dB

50
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
Pre-amp "PHONO": 3 mV nominal at 1 kHz. Pre-amp "LINE": 190 mV nominal at 1 kHz

Controls

Operation type

automatic
manual

Pitch control

Pitch variation, %

Braking system

electronic
electronic

Connections

USB

1
1

RCA

1
1

Other

has not
AC adaptor

Features

Dust cover

45 RPM adapter

Other

has not
has not

Power

Motor type

DC
DC

Power consumption, W

6
3

User manual

Manual

N/A
N/A

Dimensions

Size, cm/inches

15.7 x 45 x 35.2/6.1 x 17.7 x 13.8
10.4 x 43 x 36.6/6.2 x 18.5 x 16.3

Weight, kg/pounds

10.5/23.1
2.8/6.2

Turntables HelpToChoose comparison rating

  • better
  • worse
  • 13.5
  • 9.1
  • 13.5Audio-Technica AT-LP5
  • 9.1Sony PS-HX500

Audio-Technica AT-LP5 is better turntable in this comparison. Check Audio-Technica AT-LP5 price