This turntable, released by the Japanese company Audio-Technica, is an evolved model of the AT-LP5. Compared to its predecessor, the manufacturer has equipped the AT-LP7 with a more massive disk, as well as with a more substantial tonearm, and a full set of necessary adjustments.
The player measures 6.2 x 17.7 x 13.8 in and weights 8.3 lbs. In general, this is a pretty neat device that goes in a universal black matte finish to harmoniously fit in any interior. The turntable comes with a smoked dust cover from perspex and not equipped with a slip-mat.
This turntable is so easy to set up so that you will hardly need to use the Instruction Manual or search for the Audio-Technica AT-LP7 review unless you have never owned or used a vinyl player before. In fact, it’s just a matter of mounting the disk on the bearing unit, winding the belt onto the disk and the drive pulley and aligning the turntable on the four elastomeric insulated legs.
The one thing that confused me during the setup process is that there seemed to be no markings on the cartridge (although, since it comes with a pre-installed cartridge, the top of which could be labeled but not visible).
The turntable is endowed with a traditional belt drive. A pleasant feature of the AT-LP7 is its branded MM cartridge with a double magnets system and elliptical needle sharpening. There is also a switchable built-in phono-preamp that supports the operation of pickups with both a moving magnet and a moving coil.
A large belt covers the entire outer radius of the disk transmits torque from the AC motor (powered by an external adapter). The rotation speed is monitored using sensors. The branded J-shaped tonearm, which design dates back to the 60-70s, is endowed with a large number of settings. The MM/MC phono stage is provided in the kit.
A low level of rumble and high stability of rotation is achieved by the massive support disk that is made of the 20 mm thick polyoxymethylene. The chassis is made of wood and also has a considerable thickness (40 mm). The accuracy of rotation is maintained by the sensors installed on the disk.
The Audio-Technica AT-LP7 specs are designed specifically for classic Hi-Fi lovers. It has attractive price, and its performance exceeds expectations. The AT-LP7 is at the top of the entry level, and there are lots of competitors in this range. It has a solid set of features and stable performance, and if you’re thinking about getting a belt-driven turntable, there is a lot of reasons to think about this one.