Audio-Technica AT-LP60 Fully Automatic Belt-Drive Stereo Turntable, Silver
|Model Name||AUD ATLP60|
About this item
- Convert your vinyl records to digital audio files
- Mac and PC compatible Audacity software digitizes your records
- Fully automatic belt drive turntable operation with 2 speeds: 33 1/3, 45 RPM
- Anti resonance, die cast aluminum platter
- If you are purchasing the product for a sales area outside the U.S; you should consider purchasing the turntable from your sales region; This unit is set to operate on 120 Volt AC
- Integral Dual Magnet phono cartridge with replaceable diamond stylus
- Built in switchable phono pre amplifier with RCA output cables to connect to audio systems and powered speakers
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Fully automatic turntable operation gently places the stylus on records for you and automatically returns the tonearm when record ends; supports both 33-1/3 and 45 RPM records.
The AT-LP60’s belt-drive design isolates the platter from motor vibrations, resulting in increased clarity and high-fidelity audio.
High-Quality Audio-Technica Cartridge
Integral Dual Magnet Audio-Technica phono cartridge with replaceable diamond stylus.
Wide Variety of Connectivity Options
Built-in switchable phono pre-amplifier with RCA output cables to connect to audio systems and powered speakers (not included).
Two output adapter cables (dual RCA female to mini-plug male & dual RCA female to mini-plug female), 45 RPM adapter.
Removable hinged dust cover.
Anti-resonance, die-cast aluminum platter.
|Operation||Fully Automatic||Fully Automatic||Fully Automatic||Fully Automatic|
|Drive Method||Belt Drive||Belt Drive||Belt Drive||Belt Drive|
|Speeds||33 1/3, 45||33 1/3, 45||33 1/3, 45||33 1/3, 45|
|Built-In Switchable Phono/Line Pre-Amplifier||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Adjustable Tone-Arm Weight||-||-||-||✓|
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Rediscover your classic 33-1/3 and 45 RPM records on this affordable, fully automatic belt-drive turntable. With its built-in switchable phono preamp, the AT-LP60 may be connected directly to your computer, home stereo, powered speakers and other components that have no dedicated turntable input. The turntable is supplied with an integral Audio-Technica Dual Magnet phono cartridge with replaceable stylus.
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After trying ever troubleshooting tip I could find, I contacted Audio Technica to see what they could do. They offered to fix it, if I simply sent it to them. Of course, there's nothing simple about the process of sending a turntable to their corporate center in Ohio. I looked at their return/repair instructions, and the cost to send the package to them and have it sent back is about $60. They'll give you an estimate on the repair, but if you opt not to fix it, they charge you $30. God knows what it would cost if they actually did the repair.
In short, the process of fixing the turntable would quickly exceed the cost of purchasing it (inclusive of shipping), so I'll be buying a new one -- and NOT from Audio Technica. They have a slick website and declare that they stand behind their products, but that's hard to believe, judging by my experience.
I have 3 other turntables, against which to compare it:
1) Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB. (from here on, I will refer to this as the '120' and the AT-LP60 as the '60) This is a great turntable. It looks better, feels better, but I can't say that I can tell the difference in sound it produces. Some of the things we pay extra for on that model are:
a) Quartz timing control. This is something of value.
b) 78 RPM speed, if you want the option of being able to play back the pre-1950 records. This is something of value.
c) Manual pitch adjustment. I'm told some bad recordings had the speed off, so this is a way to manually correct it. I've got a couple hundred records, and have not yet found one that had the speed obviously off, so I can't see any value in this.
d) Reverse direction. I can't see any value in this either. Some records have hidden messages if you play them backwards. Seems like something that might give a little thrill to hear it once or twice, but to pay extra for this ability? Nah, just go listen to those albums on YouTube to get your thrill.
e) Electronic controls. These will probably hold up better many years down the road than the mechanical controls of the 60. No moving parts = fewer failure points.
f) Counterbalanced tonearm. In theory, this is better, as we can adjust the stylus to ride heavily enough in the grooves to provide good sound, but not so heavy as to cause undue wear to the records. I've read elsewhere where someone measured the weight at the stylus and found this one to be 3 g. When I got the weight adjusted properly on my 120, it was 2.5 g. Not a notable difference, in the end.
g) S-shaped tonearm. They say this is better, but I'll be darned if I can hear the difference.
h) Interchangeable headshell and cartridge. They say a change of cartridge makes a big difference in sound. Some people will spend hundreds of dollars on high-end cartridges to tailor the sound just to their liking. That seems silly to me. Why not just adjust the tone controls on one's amplifier? Or get a proper EQ component. Anyway, I can admit there could be some value in this.
i) USB out option. The 60 is available with this too, for an extra $20. It works great with the free Audacity software. I've ripped several LPs to .wav and .mp3. It's worth paying extra for this feature, if only to make the records portable. But you don't need to upgrade to the 120 to get it.
j) Much heavier. The 120 has a big steel plate inside. I'm not sure what is up with this obsession for vibration dampening. There's no discernable difference in sound as a result of all this damping. Any difference heard would be mostly down to the cartridge.
k) LED strobe, to confirm at a glance that the RPM is correct.
More comparison between the 60 and 120 later.
2) Ion Vinyl Transport turntable. This uses the same mechanism as the ever-popular Crosley Cruiser, but adds battery operation, which I love. With the battery operation option, it is totally portable, not just portable in theory. I bring this to me to the Goodwill and other places for listening to used records. Gotta find out if those scratches are "skippers" before paying the full $1 and taking up room in my apartment for more junk. I bought this for sixty bucks at a local Half Price Books store, which also sells records. I just love this turntable, but it is not at all in the same league as this AT-LP60. It has a ceramic cartridge instead of magnetic. Sound quality is pretty terrible in this class of turntable. If you're listening to a Crosley with this mechanism, you're really missing out on how good vinyl can actually sound.
3) Fisher-Price from 1978. I just gave this to my daughter for Christmas. Check feeBay, you'll see the one. Believe it or not, this has a much better speaker than the Crosley/Ion/Jenson ones, and hence, better sound quality. But of course not comparable to this one, since it still has a ceramic cartridge. For techno-geeks, it has a really interesting drive mechanism though! (check YouTube for 'how to repair a fisher-price turntable)
Now if you're looking at this turntable and you're on a budget, you're likely also looking at the 120 model, for over double the price. Having both of them now, I think this 60 is a much value. For the money, it gives just what one is after:
2) HiFi-grade sound
3) Not too big or heavy
4) Semi-automatic operation. This is the key difference. It makes it very nearly as convenient to play a record as a CD, yet we still have the option to do it manually.
The 60is about 40% smaller and 70% lighter than the 120, yet it functions just as well. It doesn't take up as much room, and it isn't a back-breaker to occasionally move around.
The one con I've found so far about this turntable is that it comes with a felt slip mat. (same as on the 120) These are a disaster when it comes to static. I opened my 60 yesterday for Christmas, then re-packed it to bring home. I wasn't careful enough in repacking, and I crunched up the edge of the slip mat, so now the records don't spin flat. I pressed it underneath something heavy and flat last night, but it is still jacked up. I've got a couple cork ones inbound to replace these. That will address the static problem, as well as the crunched up problem.
In short, the 120 is probably a much heavier-duty turntable. It will run hour after hour, year after year and keep going. No belts to break, no mechanics to break, nothing to really go wrong, except maybe electronic. But considering it is basically a copy of the famous DJ-favored Technics 1200, which was a mature design to begin with, that's probably not even a concern.
The 60 is a lighter-duty unit. It MIGHT wear out after 10 years of constant, heavy use. But its a lot more affordable, a lot more convenient, and a lot lighter and smaller. (though it can still operate fully with the dust cover down)
the rpm kept drifting from where i had it tuned using the screws designed to tune the rpm within a few weeks and eventually started to make a "wobbling" sound after about a year of ownership. i tried to fix it with a new belt and it didn't help either.
audio technica's support was useless and i ended up just taking it to the recycling center to be processed.
Top reviews from other countries
If you love vinyl and are starting journey with records like me it is one of the best budget friendly belt driven automatic turntable with built in pre amp. It just melted into my av setup.
Another cheaper way is to connect this turntable to your existing music system with RCA cable (That's what I did)
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