AT-LP3BK

Fully Automatic Belt-Drive Stereo Turntable

MSRP* US$279.00
One-Year Limited End-User Warranty

*Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price. Actual selling price may vary; please check with an authorized Audio-Technica dealer.



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  • Overview

    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 headshell 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.

    A hydraulically damped lift control allows the stylus to be precisely and safely lowered and raised at any point on a record. Yet the turntable also offers fully automatic operation, so you can simply press the Start button to begin play and the Stop button to lift and return the tone arm and shut off the turntable (the stop function occurs automatically when a record has played all the way through).

    The AT-LP3 is 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. Equipped to play both 33-1/3 and 45 RPM records, the AT-LP3 features a built-in switchable phono preamp and an attached dual RCA output cable that enable it be connected to a home stereo, powered speakers and other components whether they have a dedicated turntable input or not.

    Available in black (AT-LP3BK) and white (AT-LP3WH).
  • Features

    • Fully automatic belt-drive turntable operation with two speeds: 33-1/3,
      45 RPM

    • Balanced straight tone arm with hydraulically damped lift control and rest

    • Built-in switchable phono/line pre-amplifier with attached dual RCA output cable

    • Switchable pre-amp modes for moving magnet and moving coil cartridges

    • ½" mount universal headshell with AT91R Dual Moving Magnet phono cartridge and long-life diamond stylus

    • Anti-resonance, die-cast aluminum platter with 4 mm thick rubber mat

    • Damped base construction for reduced low-frequency feedback coloration

    • Includes 45 RPM adapter and removable hinged dust cover

    • Available in black (AT-LP3BK) and white (AT-LP3WH)

  • Specifications


    Type Belt-drive turntable, fully automatic
    Motor DC servo-controlled
    Speeds 33-1/3 RPM, 45 RPM
    Turntable Platter Die-cast aluminum
    Wow and Flutter Less than 0.25% (WTD) @ 3 kHz (JIS)
    Signal-to-Noise Ratio >50 dB (DIN-B)
    Output Level Pre-amp “PHONO”: 1.5-3.6 mV nominal at 1 kHz, 5 cm/sec
    Pre-amp “LINE” 129-313 mV nominal at 1 kHz, 5 cm/sec
    Phono Pre-Amp Gain 36 dB nominal, RIAA equalized
    Power Supply Requirements 120V AC, 60 Hz
    Dimensions 434.0 mm (17.1") W x 128.0 mm (5.0") H x 350.0 mm (13.8") D
    Weight 5.2 kg (11.5 lbs.)
    Accessories Included AT91R Dual Moving Magnet stereo cartridge with replaceable stylus; 1/2" mount universal headshell; power cord; 45 RPM adapter; removable hinged dust cover; 4 mm rubber mat



    Replacement Stylus: ATN91R


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  • Downloads

    AT-LP3 Manual (pdf 8.89 M)
  • Reviews

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    Audio-TechnicaAT-LP3BK Fully Automatic Belt-Drive Stereo Turntable
     
    4.3

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    4.0

    Good turntable with simple design issues.

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    from Bean Station, TN

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Set Up
    • Great Sound

    Cons

    • No power button.
    • No tonearm clamp.

    Best Uses

      Comments about Audio-Technica AT-LP3BK Fully Automatic Belt-Drive Stereo Turntable:

      Simply wanted to point out a few design problems. Other than that, it is a decent entry level turntable. The main issue is having to unplug the turntable to change and align a new cartridge. Also, the lack of a tonearm clamp is annoying as one is forced to use a twist-tie for relocation. Fixed rca cables does somewhat puzzle me. Really?

      • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
      • Casual Listening
      • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
      • Intermediate
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      • Less than a month
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      4.0

      Good budget turntable easy to use and good sounding

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      from KL, Malaysia

      Comments about Audio-Technica AT-LP3BK Fully Automatic Belt-Drive Stereo Turntable:

      I have been using a very good sounding Dual 701 direct drive for years but the strobe light and Rega cartridge is gone and need replacing. Bought a cheap Denon DP200 but it was not so good and not upgradable. I wanted an Audio Technica LP5 but dealer had an LP3 and LP120 in stock so i decided i wanted an automatic. Using it with a NAD amplifier and Misson speakers gave a very good sound.

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      4.0

      A Good Introductory Vinyl Record Player

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      from Chicago, IL

      Pros

      • Full Auto Play, Upgdable Cartridge, Weighted Arm
      • Switchable phono/line out

      Cons

      • Always On - no power switch
      • Fixed attached RCA cable for phono/line.

      Best Uses

        Comments about Audio-Technica AT-LP3BK Fully Automatic Belt-Drive Stereo Turntable:

        This AT-LP3 has given me an excellent start back to the vinyl record world that I once grew-up during my childhood years. Back then, we had a National/Panasonic HiFi Stereo with a Garrard full auto and stackable turntable. Now as a family man, budget has been tight lately that some of the TT I want is out of reach.
        For the ~$300 budget, all I want is - A reliable system (speed must remain constant), Belt driven (hey, I'm old school), Auto Play, User Upgradable Cartridge, Weighted tone arm, and Line out.
        This is my first time to ever own an Audio Technica product and so far, all of my requirements has been met by this model.
        Assembling the turntable is fun and easy, and the instructions are clear. It gets me excited like a kid as I go through putting on the platter, the belt, and balancing the tone arm as if this is a ritual before anything gets started!

        Precautionary for first time users:
        1. When plugging the power of the unit for the first time, the platter started spinning and the tone arm has started to move toward the rubber mat! Luckily I was able to catch it and hit the stop button to avoid damaging the needle. This behavior probably is caused by a Start Button being pressed either during the packing or unpacking of the product.
        2. This is an ALWAYS-ON turntable. Meaning, even when completely stopped, a small bump that causes the tone arm to move towards the platter, that platter will start spinning and the needle would end-up in a rubber mat that could damage it. Best option to avoid this is to always set the lift lever up when not in use. This unit needs a power button.
        3. The product comes with a fixed attached short RCA phono/line output cable. I have a tower type home theater system cabinet with the TT placed on top; be prepared for a female-to-male extension cable to reach the receiver. The manufacturer could have made it simpler by having a female RCA phono/line outlet for which most users may have the common male-to-male cables for use.

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        5.0

        Awesome

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        from Melbourne Australia

        Comments about Audio-Technica AT-LP3BK Fully Automatic Belt-Drive Stereo Turntable:

        I recommend this turntable. All my records play flawlessly on this turntable and I would recommend this turntable.

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        • Q:

          the tonearm goes back automatically when the lp ends?
          Asked on 9/9/2017 by Manuel from undisclosed

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          • Staff Reviewer

            A:

            Yes, the AT-LP3 is a fully automatic turntable.

            Answered on 9/12/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
        • Q:

          I have linked the turntable to a Denon DAB 39 system via the Aux input and set the pre amp to Line. Sound only comes out of 1 speaker/1 side of headphones (Left). Tried with an older Denon system with dedicated Phono input and set pre amp to Phono - same result. I have no issues when I play CDs. Could the turntable be faulty? Problem with RCA cable?
          Asked on 6/23/2017 by PB from Rotherham

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          Is the Audio Technica AT95E compatible with this turntable?
          Asked on 5/31/2017 by Nik from undisclosed

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        • Q:

          Does the phono signal bypass the preamp circuitry when disengaged? Thank you.
          Asked on 5/31/2017 by Joel from FL

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            All Audio-Technica turntables have an inductor in series with the output and a capacitor from the output to ground in both phono and line out modes. These components are necessary to ensure the turntables comply with CISPR/CIS/I Electromagnetic Compatibility standards. These components are what people are referring to when they say the preamp is not "completely" bypassed in phono mode. In actuality, the entire active portion of the preamp is bypassed and the output from the tonearm goes directly to the RCA outputs with only these two passive components left in the signal path.

            Answered on 6/5/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
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          Is the the Ortofon 2M Red compatible with the Audio Technica AT-LP3 turntable?
          Asked on 5/29/2017 by Nick from Seattle, WA

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            A:

            Thanks for your inquiry. The Ortofon 2M Red is compatible with the AT-LP3.

            Answered on 5/30/2017 by Anonymous
        • Q:

          Does the LP3 play 10" records as I read online that it plays 12s and 7s but there was no mention of 10s? Thanks
          Asked on 5/19/2017 by Cameron from undisclosed

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            A:

            Thank you for your inquiry. If your 10" records are 78's, then no this turntable only plays 33 1/3 and 45 RPM records. If your 10" records are 33 1/3 or 45 RPM, then they will play on this turntable but you will not be able to use the automatic cycle mechanism as it is designed for 12" and 7" records. You would need to manually place the tonearm onto the record to play it. If you are looking for a turntable to play 78's, then you will want to check out our AT-LP120-USB or AT-LP1240-USB turntables.

            Answered on 5/22/2017 by ATUS_Specialist4 from Stow,OH
        • Q:

          Can the stock AT-HS3 Headshell be replaced with any other AT Headshell (AT-HS1, AT-HS10BK/SV)? If not, what models are compatible with this turntable?
          Asked on 5/15/2017 by mistermckee from Smithfield, UT

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            No. The AT-HS1 and HS10 are for non-straight tone arms.

            Answered on 5/16/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
        • Q:

          I bought the ATLP3 and now I wish to upgrade to a MC cartridge. My amplifier has a dedicated pre amp for MM and MC. The outputs of the ATLP3 should go to MC or MM inputs of my amplifier when I can to MC? Thank You.
          Asked on 4/20/2017 by Joseph

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            Thanks for your inquiry. You would switch from LINE to PHONO. Since PHONO will bypass the pre-amp of the turntable so you are able to use your amplifier and put it to MC. Therefore, it does not matter if the turntable is put to MM or MC because you are bypassing the pre-amp by using PHONO on your turntable.

            Answered on 5/8/2017 by Anonymous
        • Q:

          Is there any interface for computer digital conversion of vinyl to digital (mp3, etc.). In other words, can this turntable be used, without additional equipment, to record vinyl while converting it to digital music?
          Asked on 3/30/2017 by Jack from Florida

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            No. There is no digital USB output to connect to a computer.

            Answered on 4/4/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
        • Q:

          What type of speakers would I need for this? Does it have Bluetooth capability? Or would it have to be wired speakers?
          Asked on 3/29/2017 by Azim from Dallas

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            You may connect the AT-LP3 turntable to a stereo receiver or directly to powered speakers. Powered speakers indicate the speakers have their own power amplifier built into them and they will have their own power source. A good example of powered speakers are computer speakers or portable speakers that have an internal battery. I recommend going to your local electronics store and inquire of their stock of powered speakers and see which will best suit your needs.

            Answered on 4/4/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
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