FRI, SEP 04, 2015 12:47 CET
The landmark Audio-Technica AT-LP5 is proof positive that an affordable turntable can deliver the performance, design and reliability expected of high-fidelity models.
The direct-drive turntable with its precision-engineered cast aluminium record platter, fitted with the exclusive high-performance AT95EX Dual Moving Magnet cartridge, itself mounted on an AT-HS10 lightweight headshell, proves the LP5 doesn’t compromise when it comes to materials and components.
The LP5’s J-shaped tonearm, which helps minimise tracking errors, is based on original Audio-Technica designs from the 1960s and 70s. 33 1/3rd & 45 RPM speeds, phono or line stereo outputs with separate grounding, a low-resonance damped & weighted chassis structure, the heavy 5mm thick rubber-composite platter mat and sleek matte black paint finish create a comprehensive package.
Audio-Technica European President Richard Garrido says, “The LP5 is a hi-fi turntable that offers performance far beyond what many people may expect at the price. Audio-Technica has beeninnovating in vinyl reproduction since 1962 and our in-house knowledge, skills and professional audio experience means that we are ready to launch a turntable which will communicate the performance of an artist like nothing else at this level.”
With great attention paid to the complete analog signal path, subtle features such as the gold-plated u-shaped connections of the HS10 headshell, the choice of using both the internal or an external phono pre-amplifier, and a stable high-rated internal mains power supply with enhanced grounding, the audio reproduction credentials of the LP5 are clear for all to see.
Vinyl is currently undergoing a full-on revival, with music lovers rushing to capture the warmth, depth and fidelity only vinyl can provide. With UK sales rising 56 percent year-on-year from 2014,
2015 is set to be the biggest total year for vinyl since 1994 and the LP5 is the ideal way for discerning newcomers to get involved, or for vinyl fans looking to replace their existing turntable and upgrade their listening experience.
Audio-Technica has over 50 years’ experience in the turntable market, having started life as a high-end cartridge manufacturer in 1962. “Our cartridges are famous for their performance – the LP5 gives music fans an amazing entry point into the joy of quality analog sound.” says Richard Garrido.
And while it’s every bit the traditional Audio-Technica turntable, the LP5 doesn’t ignore newer technology: a USB output and bundled Audacity software allow users to record vinyl music onto Mac and PC in a choice of digital audio formats
The Audio-Technica AT-LP5 is available now priced £349 (inc. VAT).