Audio Solutions Question of the Week: How Do I Select the Audio-Technica Turntable That’s Right for Me?

Audio Solutions Question Of The Week: How Do I Select the Audio-Technica Turntable That’s Right for Me?

Question: How do I select the Audio-Technica turntable that’s right for me?

Answer: When selecting an Audio-Technica turntable, you should consider the following features to ensure you get the turntable that’s best suited to your needs:

  • Ease of setup and use
  • Automatic or manual operation
  • Speed requirements (33/45/78 RPM)
  • Permanently attached or replaceable cartridge

Ease of Setup and Use

Most of our turntables are simple to set up and use. With the exception of the AT-LP140XP turntable, all models include a built-in phono preamplifier. The preamplifier permits connection of the turntable to devices with or without a set of dedicated PHONO input jacks. In addition to the typical dual RCA-style plugs, some models also feature USB connectivity for ease of use with a computer for those wishing to digitize their vinyl. The AT-LP60XBT can provide the added convenience of a wireless connection to a Bluetooth receiving device. All 60 Series turntables feature an integrated headshell/cartridge with a replaceable stylus (stylus ONLY), and the tracking force (stylus pressure) comes preset from the factory. There is no need to calibrate (balance) the tonearm before use. All other models feature a removable headshell with a replaceable cartridge and a tonearm with adjustable tracking force and an anti-skate control.

Automatic or Manual Operation

The fully automatic 60 Series and AT-LP3 turntables allow the user to simply press the START button and walk away. The tonearm will automatically lift out of the rest, set down on the record, then return to the rest and stop spinning when the record is finished. All other models are fully manual in operation, meaning you will have to manually lift the tonearm off the rest and set the arm down on the record. When the record is finished, you will also have to manually lift the arm off the record, return it to the rest then press a STOP button or power down the turntable to prevent it from spinning. Automatic models are popular for casual listening applications, while manual models are commonly used for more discriminating listening or professional broadcast/DJ applications.

Speed Requirements

All models offer the two most common speeds, 33-1/3 and 45 RPM. A few models offer a third speed of 78 RPM. Please note that the older (pre-1958) 78 RPM records will typically be the thick, heavy, shellac-type records and will require a special stylus (needle) to be played. We offer styli with a 3.0 mil diameter conical tip for these types of records.

Permanently Attached or Replaceable Cartridge

All models include a preinstalled cartridge with stylus. The cartridge on 60 series turntables is integrated into the tonearm and therefor the stylus only is replaceable, not the entire cartridge with stylus. All other turntables have user-replaceable cartridges and the majority of these cartridges can be upgraded to a higher level of performance simply by replacing their stylus assemblies with a higher model used in that cartridge family.

Audio Solutions Question Of The Week: How Do I Select the Audio-Technica Turntable That’s Right for Me?

AT-LP60X Series Automatic Belt-Drive Turntables

  • Lightweight
  • Easy setup
  • Fully automatic operation
  • DC servo motor
  • Belt-drive
  • Plays 33 and 45 RPM records
  • Straight tonearm with integrated cartridge
  • Preset tracking force
  • Integral cartridge with replaceable 0.6 mil conical stylus (model ATN3600L)
  • Built-in RIAA phono preamplifier (MM)
  • 5 mm stereo miniplug to dual RCA audio cable
  • Hinged dust cover
  • AT-LP60XHP adds the convenience of a front-panel headphone jack with volume control and includes ATH-250AV headphones
  • AT-LP60XBT with Bluetooth wireless transmission for wired or wireless use
  • AT-LP60XUSB adds the convenience of a USB connection for digitizing your vinyl when used with compatible recording software of your choice
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AT-LP3 Automatic Belt-Drive Turntable

  • Lightweight
  • Easy setup
  • Fully automatic operation
  • DC servo motor
  • Belt-drive
  • Plays 33 and 45 RPM records
  • Straight tonearm with removable angled AT-HS3 headshell
  • Includes AT91R cartridge with 0.6 mil conical stylus
  • Stylus overhang adjustment guide provided
  • Adjustable tracking force and anti-skate control
  • Wide range of replacement cartridges available
  • Built-in RIAA phono preamplifier (MM & MC)
  • Attached dual RCA audio cable with integrated ground wire
  • Hinged dust cover
  • Also available in white
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AT-LPW30TK Manual Belt-Drive Turntable

  • East setup
  • Fully manual operation
  • DC servo motor
  • Belt-drive
  • Plays 33 & 45 RPM records
  • Straight aluminum tonearm with removable angled AT-HS4 headshell
  • Includes AT-VM95C cartridge with 0.6 mil conical stylus
  • Stylus overhang adjustment guide provided
  • Adjustable tracking force and anti-skate control
  • Wide range of replacement styli/cartridges available
  • Built-in RIAA phono preamplifier (MM)
  • Dual RCA male to dual RCA male audio cable with integrated ground wire
  • Hinged dust cover
  • MDF plinth with simulated teak wood veneer
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AT-LPW40WN Manual Belt-drive Turntable

  • East setup
  • Fully manual operation
  • DC servo motor with Active Speed Stabilization
  • Belt-drive
  • Plays 33 & 45 RPM records
  • Straight carbon-fiber tonearm with angled AT-HS4 headshell
  • Includes AT-VM95E cartridge with 0.3 x 0.7 mil elliptical stylus
  • Stylus overhang adjustment guide provided
  • Adjustable tracking force and anti-skate control
  • Wide range of replacement styli/cartridges available
  • Built-in RIAA phono preamplifier (MM)
  • Dual RCA male to dual RCA male audio cable with integrated ground wire
  • Hinged dust cover
  • MDF plinth with simulated walnut wood veneer
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AT-LP7 Manual Belt-drive Turntable

  • Fully manual operation
  • DC motor with speed sensor ensures accurate, stable rotation
  • Belt-drive
  • Plays 33 & 45 RPM records
  • J-shaped tonearm with adjustable height minimizes tracking error
  • Removable AT-HS10 headshell
  • Includes VM520EB cartridge with 0.3 x 0.7 mil stylus
  • Stylus overhang adjustment guide provided
  • Adjustable tracking force and anti-skate control
  • Wide range or replacement styli/cartridges available
  • Built-in RIAA phono preamplifier (MM & MC)
  • 40 mm-thick MDF plinth provides excellent vibration control
  • 20 mm-thick anti-resonance POM platter
  • Dual RCA male to dual RCA male audio cable with integrated ground wire
  • Removable dust cover
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AT-LP120XUSB Manual Direct-Drive Turntable (Analog & USB)

  • Fully manual operation
  • DC servo motor with variable pitch control and quartz speed lock
  • Stroboscopic platter with speed indicator
  • Direct drive
  • Plays 33, 45 and 78 RPM records
  • S-shaped tonearm
  • Removable AT-HS6 headshell
  • Includes AT-VM95E cartridge with 0.3 x 0.7 mil elliptical stylus
  • Adjustable tracking force and anti-skate control
  • Wide range of replacement styli/cartridges available
  • Built-in RIAA phono preamplifier (MM)
  • Damped base construction for reduced low-frequency feedback
  • Removable stylus target light
  • Dual RCA male to dual RCA male audio cable with integrated ground wire
  • Hinged dust cover
  • Also available in black
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AT-LP140XP Manual Direct-Drive Professional DJ Turntable

  • Fully manual operation
  • High-torque DC servo motor with variable pitch control and quartz speed lock
  • Direct drive
  • Forward/Reverse directions
  • Rubber-damped aluminum platter with stroboscopic speed indicator
  • Plays 33, 45 & 78 RPM records
  • S-shaped tonearm with adjustable height
  • Removable AT-HS6 headshell
  • Includes AT-XP3 DJ cartridge with 0.6 mil conical stylus
  • Adjustable tracking force and anti-skate control
  • Wide range of replacement styli/cartridges available
  • Damped base construction for reduced low-frequency feedback
  • Popup stylus target light
  • Dual RCA male to dual RCA male audio cable with integrated ground wire
  • Hinged dust cover
  • Also available in silver
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AT-LP5 Manual Direct-Drive Turntable (Analog & USB)

  • Fully manual operation
  • High-torque DC motor
  • Direct drive
  • Plays 33 & 45 RPM records
  • J-shaped tonearm minimizes tracking error
  • Removable AT-HS10 headshell
  • Includes AT95Ex cartridge with 0.3 x 0.7 mil elliptical stylus
  • Cartridge alignment and overhang adjustment template provided
  • Adjustable tracking force and anti-skate control
  • Wide range of replacement cartridges available
  • Built-in RIAA phono preamplifier (MM)
  • Damped base construction for reduced low-frequency feedback
  • Dual RCA male to dual RCA male audio cable with integrated ground wire
  • USB cable
  • Hinged dust cover
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AT-LP1240-USBXP Manual Direct-Drive Professional DJ Turntable (Analog & USB)

  • Fully manual operation
  • Super high-torque DC motor for demanding applications and long life
  • Forward/reverse directions
  • Dual Start/Stop buttons
  • Adjustable Start and Stop speeds
  • Rubber-damped aluminum platter with stroboscopic speed indicator
  • Plays 33, 45 & 78 RPM records
  • S-shaped tonearm with adjustable height
  • Removable AT-HS1 headshell
  • Includes high-output AT-XP5 DJ cartridge with 0.3 x 0.7 mil elliptical stylus
  • Adjustable tracking force and anti-skate control
  • Wide range of replacement styli/cartridges available
  • Built-in RIAA phono preamplifier (MM)
  • Damped base construction for reduced low-frequency feedback
  • Removable stylus target light
  • Dual RCA male to dual RCA male audio cable with integrated ground wire
  • USB cable
  • Removable dust cover

Selecting your Audio-Technica turntable should be a fun experience. Hopefully, this article helped to better explain the main differences between the various models that we offer. If you need further assistance or have other questions, please contact the Audio Solutions Department.

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