About the Audio-Technica AT-LP5
A versatile turntable for the digital age
The Audio-Technica AT-LP5 features a classic, reliable J-shaped tonearm.
A versatile turntable for the digital age
The versatile Audio-Technica AT-LP5 lets you bring your favorite vinyl records into the digital age. A built-in USB output lets you digitize your albums so you can take them with you when you're on the go. It also has its own phono preamp, so you can connect to any receiver, or plug directly into a pair of powered stereo speakers.
And while it has all of the modern amenities, Audio-Technica hasn't forgotten their roots. They've brought back the J-shaped tonearm they used in the 60s and 70s, because it tracks record grooves with a high degree of accuracy. They've also included a lightweight AT-HS10 headshell with pre-mounted AT95Ex dual moving magnet phono cartridge, and all of the accessories you'll need to get started.
- USB output lets you convert vinyl records to digital audio files
- built-in switchable phono preamp
- high-torque direct-drive motor for fast starting
- selectable speed: 33-1/3 or 45 rpm
- J-shaped tonearm for accurate tracking
- includes lightweight AT-HS10 headshell with pre-mounted Audio-Technica AT95Ex dual moving magnet phono cartridge
- anti-resonance die-cast aluminum platter
- USB cable for transferring audio to your computer
- male-to-male RCA cable
- Mac®- and PC-compatible Audacity software for digitizing records
- 45 RPM spindle adapter
- phono cartridge
- counterweight for accurate tonearm tracking
- heavy rubber damping mat
- removable hinged dust cover
- power cable
Dimensions and Warranty:
- 17-3/4"W x 6-1/8"H x 13-7/8"D
- weight: 23.1 lbs.
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
- MFR # AT-LP5
What's in the box:
- Tonearm (pre-installed)
- Headshell/Catridge (stylus pre-installed)
- 6' AC power cord
- 6.5' USB-B to USB-A cable
- 40" Stereo RCA cable
- 45 RPM adapter
- 2 Hinges
- Dust cover
- Audacity software CD-ROM
- Installation/Operation Manual
- Quick Start & Overhang Adjustment Guide
Audio-Technica AT-LP5 reviews
This is my first "grown-up" turn table and I'm truly loving it. Sound is incredible especially for price point. Some have complained about the location of the power switch. It is a bit odd and the first few times using it my fingers struggled to find it . But now I'm used to it and don't even think about it anymore. Also shout out to Crutchfield customer service: a few days after I purchased the price dropped $50 and they honored their price guarantee with no issues at all.
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I go this turntable as a family Christmas present. It is being used with a Denon AVR 1911 (2010 vintage) receiver, a pair of Ascend Acoustics Sierra 1 book shelf speakers, and a SVS SB 12 NSD subwoofer. The Denon does not have a phono input so I am using the turntable's built in phone pre amp. Playing several albums so far (180 g releases of Dire Straight's Brothers in Arms, Pink Floyd's The Wall, and the original Blues Brothers soundtrack) I was very impressed how good vinyl records could sound on this player. At normal volumes (which I would say is moderately loud) I do not hear any noise from the turntable itself. So far it appears to be pretty good with isolation of exterior sources of vibration. I can walk past the turntable (as long do no make a point of stomping my feet) and it has not skipped. I only deducted a star because the power switch is in back of the unit. This is a bit of a nuisance for me, given the way my entertainment center is set up, it is difficult to reach. I got around this by using a smart power strip. With this type of power strip, components plugged into designated outlets (subwoofer and turntable) only get power when the receiver is on. I simply leave the power switch in the on position. The power switch is not a big deal (as there are easy workarounds if it is an issue - you could also use a smart plug) and I highly recommend this turntable.
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Received it recently...but, Oh yes. Wow. Two disadvantages: the plastic lid does not stay open unless it is extended fully (approx.55degrees) and as mentioned by others, the Power Switch is located at the bottom portion of rear. My old Pioneeer PL-4 from 30 years ago had a "CUT" button for the user to retract the tonearm back to its resting post without lifting the plastic lid; a small omitted feature that could have added something more to needed convenience! Overall, it will probably not last half the 30+ years of my PL-4---which BTW is still operational. Be happy; buy Crutchfield!
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Great value... thanks for your input on the turntable
Pros: Value and product
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Very impressed with this unit. Replaces a 40+ year old turntable. The AT-LP5 makes every disc clearer, even seems to rejuvenate older, scratchier records. Very little if any noise. And looks great with my other black components!
Pros: Easy, clear and quiet.
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Great product and service from Crutchfield! The precise mechanical design is a delight. Suggest that a future product redesign includes moving the power switch to the front or top. Also, I'd prefer a slightly longer set of cables, or even the option of Bluetooth connectivity.
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This is a beautiful, well-built and heavy unit with a minimalist design that is exactly what I had hoped from a performance standpoint (sounds terrific) and stylistically. It matches very nicely with my classic ADCOM GFA555 power amp and GFP565 preamp, with no unnecessary lights, displays, buttons or distraction. I agree with another reviewers comments that it could have more automation- i.e. auto return and auto start- but like that reviewer it was a conscious choice not to have these. The only design flaw is that the power button is tucked away in the back of the unit, so you need to plug it into a switched outlet on your preamp or receiver to power it off and on without fumbling around the back for the power button. The cord is grounded, so if you have a classic preamp like the GFP 565 that has ungrounded switched outlets in the back, you just need a plug adaptor to make the connection. It's an easy enough solution for a great turntable.
Pros: Built and sound quality, minimalist design
Cons: Power button in the back of the unit
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Bought this as a present for my husband. Not knowing anything about the new technology for turntables, I did do some research. This one consistently had good reviews (PS: there's always going to be one 'bad apple' in the barrel). We are extremely happy with the performance and audio out on this unit. Would recommend. We are not DJ's, but did want something simple, but with great sound. Thumbs Up!
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This is a great turntable. Very well built, very easy to set up, and it sounds fantastic. It would be nice if it had a few more automatic features, but that was a conscious choice I made and I am totally pleased with this turntable.
Pros: Heft & build quality. Fantastic motor isolation -- absolutely NO hum. Ease of set-up.
Cons: No automatic features. Power switch not conveniently positioned.
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More details on the Audio-Technica AT-LP5
Direct-Drive Turntable: The Audio-Technica AT-LP5 direct-drive turntable brings advanced technology and sleek, contemporary styling together for performance that looks as good as it sounds. Its precision-machined, die-cast aluminum platter is powered by a direct-drive, high-torque motor, ensuring stable, on-axis rotation at 33-1/3 or 45 RPM (adapter included). The platter is topped by a 5mm thick rubber damping mat that improves low-frequency reproduction.
J-Shaped Tonearm: Born of Audio-Technica's rich analog heritage, the AT-LP5 incorporates a J-shaped tonearm that takes its inspiration from the classic A-T models of the 1960s and 70s. The tonearm features a metallic gimbal suspension system and precision bearings to mitigate tracking errors, and includes an adjustable counterweight and anti-skate control.
Dual Moving Magnet Stereo Cartridge: The AT-LP5 comes outfitted with a lightweight (10g) AT-HS10 headshell and high-performance AT95EX Dual Moving Magnet stereo cartridge with an elliptical stylus, created specifically for this turntable. The headshell/cartridge/stylus assembly will need to be installed to the turntable's tonearm.
Anti-Vibration Construction: Constructed of anti-vibration damping materials with heavy-mass metal chassis inserts, the AT-LP5 turntable is a class leader in limiting low-frequency acoustical feedback. The anti-resonance feet are adjustable for leveling the turntable.
Switchable Preamp: The AT-LP5 features a built-in switchable phono/line preamp that enables it to be connected directly to a computer, home stereo, powered speakers, and other components that have no dedicated turntable input.
USB-B Output: The turntable is also equipped with a USB-B output and comes with a 6.5' USB cable for direct connection to your computer or laptop; plus comes with Window PC (XP-up) and Mac (OSX 10.4-up) compatible Audacity software that lets you convert your records to MP3, WAV, or other digital audio file formats (up to 16-bit 44.1/48kHz).
Stereo RCA Output: The AT-LP5 is outfitted with a set of stereo RCA outputs and includes a 40" stereo RCA cable to connect to your AV receiver, integrated amplifier, or powered speakers. Use the "GND" terminal to connect the grounding line of the RCA cables to the ground terminal of the amplifier.
Detachable Power Cord: The AT-LP5 includes a detachable 6' AC power cord (IEC 3-prong).
Hinged Dust Cover: The Audio-Technica AT-LP5 turntable comes with a hinged dust cover that is also removable.
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