Audio-Technica AT-LP3WH Fully Automatic Belt-Drive Stereo Turntable, White
- Take your analog listening experience to the next level with advanced features not typically found on automatic turntables
- Balanced straight tone arm comes with a 1/2" mount universal headshell and AT91R Dual Moving Magnet phono cartridge, giving you excellent high-fidelity performance
- Hydraulically damped lift control allows the stylus to be precisely and safely lowered and raised at any point on a record
- Offers fully automatic operation; simply press the Start button to begin play and the Stop button to lift and return the tone arm and shut off the turntable
- Constructed of anti-vibration damping materials that limits low-frequency feedback
- Resonance is further reduced by the turntable’s die-cast aluminum platter and accompanying 4 mm rubber damping mat
- Plays both 33-1/3 and 45 RPM records, and has a built-in switchable phono preamp with dual RCA output to connect to a home stereo, powered speakers and other components with or without dedicated turntable input
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Fully automatic operation
Fully automatic belt-drive turntable with simple start/stop operation that plays both 33-1/3 and 45 RPM records
Hydraulically damped lift control
Balanced straight tonearm with hydraulically damped lift control allows the stylus to be precisely and safely lowered at any point on a record
Switchable pre-amp modes
Built-in switchable phono/line pre-amplifier with dual RCA output
AT91R dual moving magnet cartridge
Specifically designed for the LP3, the AT91R cartridge incorporates an aluminum cantilever for higher-rigidity & improved pick-up of subtle details
Removable universal AT-HS3 headshell allows users to upgrade their cartridge to further enhance sound. Suitable for 1/2" mount cartridges & 4-pin turntable arms
4 mm platter mat
Anti-resonance, die-cast aluminum platter with 4 mm thick rubber mat
Damped base construction
For reduced low-frequency feedback coloration
45 RPM adapter and removable hinged dust cover
|Drive Method||Belt Drive||Direct Drive||Direct Drive||Direct Drive|
|Speeds||33 1/3, 45||33 1/3, 45, 78||33 1/3, 45, 78||33 1/3, 45|
|Built-In Switchable Phono/Line Pre-Amplifier||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Electronic Brake System||✓||✓|
|Forward/Reverse Operation with Pitch Control||✓||✓|
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The at-lp3 fully automatic belt-drive turntable lets you take your analog listening experience to the next level with advanced Features not typically found on automatic turntables. The balanced straight tone arm comes with a 1/2" mount universal head shell and at91r dual moving magnet phono cartridge, giving you excellent high-fidelity performance, plus the option to use other moving magnet or moving coil cartridges of your choosing.
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Update: December 2018 When I purchased the LP3BK, I also purchased two replacement needles. Just this week I put a new needle on the cartridge... not because of damage or sound problems, but it's played a lot of records over time and I think of this as preventative maintenance. The replacement needle is inexpensive and easy to do because the cartridge can be removed from the tone arm. Clicking out the old one and clicking in the new one must be done carefully. For those who experience some speed issues, there is a way to correct the speed (google it up) carefully using a jewelers screwdriver and the "RPM" App ( I used an iPhoneSE ). This turntable was the right choice for us and we know it's gentle on our old records and new high grade vinyl pressings. Ease of use, reliable, great analog sound and good looks.
-The LP3 is basically an upgrade to Audio Technica's entry-level LP60 line. The LP60 is also a fully-automatic, entry-level turntable. This means you can just put a record on the player, hit a button, and it will not only place the tone arm for play but also pick up the tone arm again at the end of the record. This is in contrast to many audiophile turntables, which are almost universally fully manual so that you must lift the tone arm yourself and it will just scratch the end of the record forever if you don't stop it. The LP60 has decent sound, a low price point, and that automatic play feature so it seems like an ideal entry-level player for anyone.
-So why go with the LP3 over the LP60? The LP60 has a fixed head shell so you can only ever use a small line of compatible cartridges. If you really only care about hearing mom's vinyl again, that might be fine for you. However, the LP3 takes a fairly similar basic design, with the major upgrade of a universal head shell mount and necessary hardware (adjustable counterbalance, anti-skate control) to mount any cartridge you want. To my mind, that makes the LP3 the ideal turntable for anyone just starting in vinyl, but who might someday want to upgrade to a more serious cartridge as they get into the hobby.
-The only people who should definitely skip this turntable are aspiring DJs. They should instantly step up to the LP120 direct-drive series, which are DJ-focused.
-Fully automatic. It's almost silly to have to list this as a feature considering this technology has probably been around for what, 40 years? Today's top most expensive turntables are almost universally manual rather than automatic due to some sense high-end users have that this makes them better quality. I have no idea why, in any real terms, an automatic player wouldn't be able to sound just as good. For a lot of casual listeners, automatic play and automatic stop makes this turntable arguably better than much more expensive models.
-Everything you need. Has a power cable, RCA audio cables only (no optical out, etc), dust cover, 45 adapter, AT91R cartridge preinstalled on the head shell, aluminum platter, and rubber slip mat. Also has a built-in phono preamp which can be switched on or off, meaning it's compatible with all modern systems. Also has switches to change between 33 and 45 rpm, as well as 12" or 7" disc. The automatic tone arm will respond to these settings accordingly.
-Sound is fine. Audiophiles will yell that you need to spend hundreds more dollars on a turntable to get proper sound, but trust me this deck is fine as-is. I think most people just want their old records to play again, and this turntable does that in style. The included AT91R cartridge is perfectly fine for a first-time listener, and if you perform the usual tricks like isolating your turntable on a good solid surface and aligning the cartridge with free online tools, you'll get great sound out of the box. Audio problems ("wow", "flutter", "crackle", etc.) seem to be well within the parameters I expect out of a turntable. This table easily sounds better than anything my mom ever played around me back in the day.
-Easy to setup and maintain. Installation more or less consists of putting the aluminum platter in place, and grabbing a red ribbon to pull the belt in place. AT produced a video on YouTube if you need any help. Doing this and a few other easy steps, such as screwing the cartridge onto the tone arm and adjusting the counterweight, can easily be done inside of 10 minutes and that's only because AT's setup video is 7 minutes long by itself. The dust cover also means less maintenance long term, as it'll help stop dust from damaging your stylus over time.
-Universal cartridge mount. The 1/2" universal mount hardshell means this turntable accepts most modern cartridges, giving you plenty of room to upgrade the audio quality. You can also turn off the built-in preamp if you ever step up to a better one, so you have that option.
-The RCA-only, non-removable audio cables are a bit of a drag. RCA cables are fairly universal for hi-fi systems, and you can instantly strip them to speaker wire if you prefer. I wish this unit would have had an easy change solution to move to TRRS (3.5mm or 1/4") jack, but they do also make a bluetooth model for those purposes. Hopefully you're going to set up this turntable once and never move it for years, so I'm not too worried about reliability. There is a ground loop if you need that.
-No tone arm lock. Most people don't really need this, but when you store the unit it's nice to have a proper lock to hold the tone arm. From the factory you'll see their solution - there's a loop you can use to secure the arm with a "bread tie" wire. Works for me.
-The aluminum platter is just okay. It's light and obviously can resonate. I'm sure an enterprising person could figure out a way to dampen it a bit, but this is a weakness of the platform.
-Can't play 78s. To be fair, you do usually need special hardware for that above and beyond a speed selector. 78s usually require a special cartridge.
When I'm jamming to a vinyl on my AT-LP3, I just can't imagine paying that much more for a "good" table. I'm sure I could use a heavier platter, and I'm sure an S-shaped tone arm is superior. But when I'm chatting with friends with some lovely vinyl in the background, I don't care about any of that. Someday when I fall asleep to a good jazz album with headphones on, I'll know the auto-return will stop the record for me. I would take this automatic turntable over a much more expensive manual turntable any day, because this table does everything I'll ever need. I'm super happy, and I can't wait to do the fine-tuning to really make it shine.
Unfortunately, this record player does not maintain speed accuracy. About once per LP the motor slows down drastically and the song sounds extremely distorted. I also downloaded the RPM app on my phone to see the overall speed and it hovers at around 34.5 RPM, about 3.5% faster than it should. So even if the motor didn't slow down randomly the speed is still off.
I ended up sending it back and getting a better TT (the Project Debut Carbon) which maintains the speed great and sounds much better.
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The dust cover gave me a minor scare after I found some deep scratches on it from simply covering it with a box. The plastic appears to scratch easy, so be warned!!
Secondly, for all of those reluctant due to the cases of speed malfunctioning on this table listen here! When I first got a record playing it was at chipmunk speed! I was perplexed until I took off the platter mat and realized that I had set the belt too high on the pulley. I took the platter off and repositioned the belt so that it wrapped around the very top of the inner platter groove. Then I placed it back on the pulley, this time just below the flat top of it, and tried the player again. Perfect speed! It's been a few days and the speed has no indications wonkiness. If you are experiencing speed problems please check the belt!!
Hazah! A great player for a great price! I will update if any issues come around after more use of the turntable, but until then I highly recommend this for the beginner spinner! If it weren't for some minor minor things I'd have given this a full rating.
This is my first turntable, and therefore did a lot of research before purchasing. I wanted to stay away from the suitcase style players, but still wanted something easy to use and that sounded good.
I recommend this for those new to the record scene, as it ticks all the boxes:
- Built in phono pre-amp to connect to speakers/stereos
- Adjustable tracking/weight
- Fully automatic one-button play with auto return
The only downside I find is that there is no power button; It is always on, unless you unplug it.
While I can't compare to many other turntables, I do think it sounds a bit better than the lower model LP-60. For the next jump in quality and features, you'd probably have to spend a good deal more. This is a good buy, especially when you can find it on sale
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Overall, save your money and get the much better AT-120 instead of messing around with any of Audio Technica's (and other brands) cheaper models.