Audio Solutions Question of the Week: How Do I Connect my Audio-Technica Turntable to Powered Speakers?

Question: How do I connect my Audio-Technica turntable to powered speakers?

Answer: All Audio-Technica turntables have an analog output (RCA connection) which will allow the user to connect directly to powered speakers. This is possible since our engineers integrated an internal RIAA preamp into all of our turntables. Powered speakers are equipped with an internal power amplifier, their own power connection and, often, a volume control. Input jacks on powered speakers can vary, so we include two adapter cables with our turntables to make connection to different types of powered speakers easy. The setups, discussed below, are quick and simple.

RCA input

Setup #1. RCA input on powered speakers

  • Connect the RCA (red and white) plugs from the turntable cable into the corresponding RCA inputs on the powered speaker.

3.5mm female input

Setup #2 – 3.5 mm (female) input on powered speakers

  • Connect the RCA (red and white) plugs from the turntable cable to the included RCA (female) to 3.5 mm (1/8″) mini-plug (male) adapter cable, making sure to match red plug to red plug and white to white. Then connect the adapter cable’s 3.5 mm mini-plug to the powered speakers’ Line Level* input.

*Note: The input on your powered speakers may be identified by various labels, including AUX, Input, and iPod.

3.5 mm (male) input

Setup #3 – 3.5 mm (male) input on powered speakers

  • Connect the RCA (red and white) plugs from the turntable cable to the included RCA to 3.5 mm (1/8″) mini-plug (female) adapter cable.* Then connect the adapter’s 3.5 mm mini-plug to the powered speakers’ 3.5 mm input cable.

*Note: Some RCA adapters may have red and black plugs instead of red and white plugs. This is fine, just match red to red and white to black.

Once your connections are made from the turntable to the powered speakers, you may connect the AC power cable that came with your powered speakers and follow the manufacturer’s directions for powering on the speakers. You will need to make certain that the preamp selector switch on the rear of your turntable is set to LINE.

Follow the video links below for additional turntable setup instructions:

AT-LP60-USB Setup:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Zi7d6j8aQ0

AT-LP120-USB Setup: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBD8yO13-DI

If you have more questions about your Audio-Technica turntable, please contact our Audio Solutions Department.

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25 Comments

  1. Do you have any suggestions for speakers that are compatible with this turntable?

  2. I bought Definitive Technology sm45 bookshelf speakers for my new AT LP-120 TT. Are they compatible?
    Do I need to buy an amplifier to get great sound (I only want to play my vinyl). Thanks

  3. Bought an audio technical turntable with small speakers included. The sound is super low. Will any powered speaker work with the audio technical turntable or do I need a specific brand? Thanks

  4. To Confirm, I do not need to have a receiver for this turntable? It has a built in amp?

  5. Hello,
    How would I connect this to my Wharfedale 10.1 speakers?

    Thanks!

  6. I have seen many options to hook up speakers to this turntable, and I understand the concept. What I want to know is where the volume is controlled. Is there a volume control on the turntable? Or must I purchase speakers that have a volume control? I almost purchased a pair of bookshelf speakers that I was told would be compatible, until I realized they didn’t have a volume knob.

    • And, I think I already answered my own question. Murphy’s Law, of course, that I googled for a while and didn’t find an answer until 5 minutes after I posted a question! So, I need ACTIVE speakers with a volume control, correct?

  7. Hi,

    The AT-LP5 I purchased from Japan does not include the RCA (female) to 3.5 mm (1/8″) mini-plug (male) adapter cable. Is it normal?

    Thank you.

  8. Any chance I could connect an audio technica lp60 to my keyboard (for speakers)? My keyboard has the following ports: (these are the names below each port): SUSTAIN | USB TO HOST | AUX IN | PHONES OUTPUT. It also has another one but it has no name just a symbol, that one is used to power the keyboard alone. So can I connect an audio technica lp60 to it? Also, how long are the wires of the audio technica lp60? Thank you.

  9. can i connect the alt lp60 bt to my yamaha rxv679 via blue tooth or do i have to use wires to connect?

  10. Do I need to buy the cables or do your turntables come with them included? I’m talking about the one that’s around 130€ in amazon.

  11. Does it have speakers on its own? To listen without any additional speakers. I’m sorry, don’t know a thing about these, what to buy it as a gift

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