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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55 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

  12. I have a Audio Technica LP 60 turntable. Can I ask if the red and white cable that connects to my speakers can be removed from back of the turntable? When I opened box they cable was already attached to back of turntable, didn’t want to pull out in case it was meant to permanently attached. I have another cable I would like to attach instead.

  13. HI,
    I got your AT-LP60 turntable and connected it to me speaker with the red and black RCA and the audio connector and neither seem to be working!

  14. Hello
    I have the at lp50 turntable the one before the lp60.
    Can I switch the phono stage under the platter too off and connect it to a pre amp.
    Hopefully for a better sound and volume.

  15. Hello!

    I have a AT-LP60BK-BT that I am trying to connect to a Google Home Max via 3.5mm AUX cable. A direct male to male does not seem to work. Do I have to convert 3.5mm to RCA, and then back to 3.5mm? Or should it be working aux to aux and there is some error?

    Thanks!

  16. I have a LP3Bk turntable. Is a Pioneer SP-S22-LR compatible
    speakers?

  17. I lost my adapter for the rca cable to connect to the powered speakers (seen in setup #2 and #3), how would I get another one?

  18. I have tried to connect two speakers to the turntable following the instructions but with no success. Who can help me?

  19. Please help me to get a compatible budget speaker for my AT LP60 USB

  20. Was going to listen to some vinyl and it played for about 10 seconds then the audio just quite. I changed the stylus and still no sound. I have two of these side by side, so switched the wiring and still no sound? This is really disappointing, this item is discontinued as well, I have only had these units for a little over a year. A year for 100.00 is not a good deal. The only thing I have not tried is hooking it up via pre amp vs. line in, that is because I do not have a pre amp, so I just ordered one, should be here Wednesday. I really hope you can help resolve this issue, I not only purchased two of these AT-LP60BK, but 4 stylus, four belts, to keep them up and running, Now it looks like one is shot, I play vinyls maybe once a week to relax, when not using, they are covered and well protected.

  21. Can I connect direct to a sound bar with the USB output?

    • Hi there! No, the USB on the turntable is only meant for connecting to a computer for recording. We cannot guarantee compatibility with USB ports on speakers/receivers. If the soundbar has an AUX input (RCA or 3.5mm) you can connect the turntable’s RCA cable to that input and have the switch on the back of the turntable set to LINE. Thanks! – A-T USA

  22. “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.” Is this still true in the LP-3 turntable? I can’t find any reference to an adapter in the parts section of the manual. I’ll be connecting it to a 3.5 mm (female) input on Sonos Play:5

    • Hi there! Sorry, no adapter cables are provided with this particular model. You will need a dual RCA (female) to single 3.5 mm male stereo mini-plug adapter cable to connect the AT-LP3 Turntable to your SONOS Play 5 Audio line-in jack. Note that this cable may be available for purchase from our Parts Department. Please contact Parts by phone at (330) 686-2600 ext 5002 or by email at parts@atus.com for further assistance. Thanks! – A-T USA

  23. The site says that a 3.5mm adapter is included but it wasn’t with my order. Could you please clarify? Thanks!

  24. I am new to record players and vinyls, and I am interested in buying one of your turntables but I have a few questions.

    1. Is there any difference between the sound quality of RCA and 3.5mm/Aux connection?

    2. I own already own a speaker with a 3.5mm/Aux connection. If I buy a RCA turntable do I need a new speaker or is there an adapter that can solve this problem?

    3. If such an adapter exists, is it typically included with the purchase of one of your turntables?

  25. Hi. Just bought the AT LP3 & hooked it up to Edifier powered speakers as per manual but no sound. All settings seem right. Any help really appreciated.

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