Audio-Technica announced the introduction of its AT-LP5X Direct Drive Turntable, offering upgraded technology and performance over the AT-LP5. The AT-LP5X offers new features such as a switchable moving magnet/moving coil phono preamp, a better cartridge, an outboard power supply and the ability to play 78 RPM records.
The AT-LP5X features a precision low-noise direct-drive motor system that provides stable playback of 33-1/3, 45 and 78 RPM records. It features the classic J-shaped tonearm of the Audio-Technica turntables of the 1960s and 1970s, a design that Audio-Technica says minimizes tracking error. The tonearm features a gimbal suspension system and precision bearings for quiet performance and includes an adjustable counterweight and anti-skating control. In addition, the tonearm comes pre-mounted with a removable AT-HS6 headshell and new AT-VM95E Dual Moving Magnet cartridge. The cartridge is easily removable should the user choose to upgrade.
The turntable’s built-in phono preamp can be switched to either moving magnet or moving coil operation, enabling the use of premium moving coil cartridges. It can also be switched to line-level output, enabling the AT-LP5X to be used with a computer, powered speakers, receivers and other components that don’t have a dedicated phono input. The AT-LP5X also offers a USB output for direct connection to a computer.
Additional refinements include the following: a die-cast, machined and balanced aluminum platter with a 5-millimeter rubber damping mat, a turntable base constructed using anti-vibration damping materials and heavy-mass metal chassis inserts and an outboard power supply that reduces electrical noise. The AT-LP5X comes with a removable dust cover, RCA audio connecting cables, a USB cable and a 45-RPM adapter.
The Audio-Technica AT-LP5X Direct Drive Turntable is priced at $449.00.