AT-LP3BK

Fully Automatic Belt-Drive Stereo Turntable

MSRP* US$249.00
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
     
    4.0

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    3.0

    Either I have slowed down or my turntable has sped up

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    from Napa, CA

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy Controls
    • Easy To Set Up

    Cons

    • No speed adjustment... and why should I?
    • Poor Sound
    • Wears Over Time

    Best Uses

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

      I don't understand what has happened to my turntable.... LPs that I have known for years are running "Fast" .... not 45rpm fast... we're talking a speed that does not seem right... I'm considering taking CD releases of what I also have on vinyl and playing them side by side.... This just happened recently, no problems with the turntable until now.... I feel the tracks are rushed, the pitch is off on multiple LPs.... the whole thing is troubling. Please tell me how to adjust this turntable to a real 33&1/3 rate of travel.... something has changed on this turntable within one year of ownership. I wanted a fully automatic turntable, belt drive, like my old B&O that ran for almost 30 years. This turntable, after less than a year, has me wondering if I made a mistake buying an "affordable" turntable.

      • 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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      • Up to a year
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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
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        • 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:

            Changing the cartridge. Is there an arc protractor I can use for alignment?
            Asked on 1/10/2018 by mbv from Toronto, Canada

            1 answer

            • Staff Reviewer

              A:

              Thank you for your inquiry. We do not provide one, but you would need one that is made for a tonearm with an effective length of 221.5 mm.

              Answered on 1/19/2018 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
          • Q:

            If I add a 3 mm thick cork mat on top of the rubber mat will that be too thick for the angle of the tonearm and needle?
            Asked on 1/5/2018 by Johnathan from undisclosed

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            • Staff Reviewer

              A:

              Please contact our Audio Solutions Department at (330) 686-2600 ext 5000 or at audio-solutions@atus.com for assistance with this.

              Answered on 1/11/2018 by ATUS_Specialist3
          • Q:

            does the turntable need a speaker to be heard?
            Asked on 12/28/2017 by Harry from st louis mo

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          • Q:

            I would like to have a custom-colored turntable for my brother and I'm willing to pay extra for it (I.e. Neon Green)

            Is that possible?

            Thank you.
            Asked on 12/1/2017 by Ryan from Buffalo, NY

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            • Staff Reviewer

              A:

              No custom builds would be available through the manufacture but you may have custom work done by a third party.

              Answered on 12/5/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
          • Q:

            Hi, i just ordered Audio Technica AT-LP3 and planning to connect to my marantz sr5011. do i need phono preamp device since my receiver does not have phono input and its ground.
            Asked on 11/26/2017 by Rommel from Ontario

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          • Q:

            How long is the attached RCA cable?
            Asked on 11/25/2017 by Mark from Phoenix, AZ

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              A:

              Thank you for your inquiry. The attached RCA cable is approx 39 inches long.

              Answered on 12/7/2017 by ATUS_Specialist4 from Stow,OH
          • Q:

            Does this turntable have a means to adjust pitch? I don't see a stroboscopic light, so how is that accomplished?
            Asked on 11/24/2017 by Leonard from Michigan

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            • Staff Reviewer

              A:

              The AT-LP3 does not have pitch adjustments such as the AT-LP120-USB and AT-LP1240-USB models which are both designed as DJ turntables.

              Answered on 12/5/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
          • Q:

            Hi,
            Are the feet adjustable to help with levelling? If not, can I use other ones instead?
            Thank you
            Asked on 10/9/2017 by lq46 from undisclosed

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            • Staff Reviewer

              A:

              No, the AT-LP3 feet are not adjustable.

              Answered on 10/10/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
          • Q:

            Hi, can I plug it trough phono or the preamp prevent me from doing so?
            Asked on 10/9/2017 by Alejandro from Jalisco

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              A:

              Thank you for your inquiry. If you would like to plug the turntable into phono inputs on a receiver, or an external phono preamp, you will need to turn off the preamp inside the turntable by flipping the switch on the back of the turntable to PHONO.

              Answered on 10/11/2017 by ATUS_Specialist4 from Stow,OH
          • 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
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