Want to see why audiophiles love LPs? Buy this super-cheap turntable – CNET

If you ever considered taking the plunge and engaging in vinyl, but held back because fussing with a phono cartridge, balancing a tone arm’s counterweight, or adding a phono preamplifier, and so forth sounded like too much work, I don’t blame you. Even after they’re all initiated and all set, most turntables are incredibly hands-on devices; you have to manually position the stylus (needle) in the groove, and lift the stylus at the ultimate end of the record side, so in comparison to playing a CD or file, LP playback can seem to be like a complete lot of work! So here’s the good thing: The $120 Audio-Technica AT LP60 turntable eliminates all those hassles; from the plug-and-play affair.
After an LP is put by you or 45rpm single on the platter, press the beginning button just; the platter starts turning and the AT LP60 lifts the tone arm automatically, positions the stylus above the LP’s lead-in groove, and lowers the stylus right down to the record. Following the last song on the relative side has played, the AT LP60 automatically lifts the tone arm, moves it back again to the armrest, and turns off of the platter motor.
I played a large number of records because of this review and the mechanism worked flawlessly every right time. Regardless of how fumble-fingered you are, you may never scratch an LP or damage the stylus if you are using the auto-record play feature. Naturally, you can begin and stop playback manually. This is actually the cheapest turntable I’ve ever reviewed, but I enjoyed using it certainly, and wound playing far more records than I needed to up, it’s that good.
This gray plastic turntable shall never be recognised incorrectly as a U-Turn Orbit or a Rega RP1 turntable, however the AT LP60’s cast-metal platter looks more upscale than those turntables’ MDF and phenolic resin platters. So even, the $179 U-Turn Orbit or $449 Rega RP1 sound better; they may have deeper, better defined bass, and better overall sound quality. The Orbit’s and RP1’s tone arms can be utilized with a variety of cartridges, the AT LP60 is bound to the Audio-Technica that is included with that turntable, however the stylus is user-replaceable. The RP1 and Orbit turntables are completely manual operators, and they don’t possess built-in phono preamps, which means you also need to factor in the excess cost into any purchasing decision.
The AT LP60’s plastic base rests on springy rubber feet, and the metal platter is covered with a thick felt mat (one side of the mat is plain black, the other side spells out “Audio-Technica” in large letters).
Because of its built-in phono preamp you can attach the AT LP60 to any integrated stereo amplifier, receiver, computer, boombox, or virtually whatever accepts stereo analog audio tracks inputs (the AT LP60’s included cables should cover nearly every hookup contingency). The well-written, easy-to-understand owner’s manual can make the setup process painless. The AT LP60 is a bit more compact than most turntables; it’s 14.2 by 3.8 by 14 inches and it weighs 6.6 pounds.
Sure, which USB version of the turntable — the AT-LP60USB ($200) — for many who would rather pay attention to ripped files with their vinyl collection. Just do it if you please, but I’d rather pay attention to LPs in their original, “native” analog state.
I assembled a total digital and analog audio system surrounding the AT LP60, and its own retail price is merely $370! Search for that review upon this blog in the near future.
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