AT-LP5

Direct-Drive Turntable

MSRP* US$449.00
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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  • Features
  • Specifications
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  • Overview

    The AT-LP5 direct-drive turntable brings advanced technology and sleek, contemporary styling together for performance that looks as good as it sounds. Born of Audio-Technica’s rich analog heritage, the AT-LP5 incorporates a J-shaped tone arm that takes its inspiration from the classic A-T models of the 1960s and ’70s. The tone arm features a metallic gimbal suspension system and precision bearings to mitigate tracking errors, and includes an adjustable counterweight and anti-skate control. It comes outfitted with a lightweight (10 g) AT-HS10 headshell and high-performance AT95EX Dual Moving Magnet stereo cartridge, created specifically for this turntable.

    Constructed of anti-vibration damping materials with heavy-mass metal chassis inserts, the AT-LP5 turntable is a class leader in limiting low-frequency acoustical feedback. Its precision-machined, die-cast aluminum platter is powered by a direct-drive, high-torque motor, ensuring stable, on-axis rotation at 33-1/3 or 45 RPM. The platter is topped by a 5 mm thick rubber damping mat that improves low-frequency reproduction.

    The AT-LP5 features a built-in switchable phono/line preamp that enables it to be connected directly to a computer, home stereo, powered speakers and other components that have no dedicated turntable input. The turntable is also equipped with a USB output for direct connection to a computer, and comes with PC- and Mac-compatible Audacity® software that lets you convert your records to MP3, WAV or other digital audio file formats.

    Need help setting up your AT-LP5 turntable? Check out our blog for step by step instructions:
    Setting up the AT-LP5 Turntable

    Or, view the AT-LP5 Turntable Setup Video:

  • Features

    • Direct-drive, high-torque motor

    • Fully manual operation with two speeds: 33-1/3 and 45 RPM

    • Exclusive AT95Ex Dual Moving Magnet stereo cartridge with replaceable stylus

    • Lightweight AT-HS10 headshell

    • J-shaped tonearm, modeled after original Audio-Technica designs from the 1960s and ’70s, are engineered to minimize tracking errors

    • Switchable built-in pre-amplifier enables connection to components with or without a dedicated phono input

    • Anti-resonance, die-cast aluminum platter

    • Heavy rubber damping mat for improved low-frequency reproduction

    • Sleek, matte black finish

    • Includes dual RCA (male) to dual RCA (male) stereo cable, 45 RPM adapter, USB cable, and Audacity recording software for MAC or PC

    • Included dust cover and mounting hardware

  • Specifications


    Type 2-speed, fully manual operation
    Motor DC motor
    Drive Method Direct Drive Direct drive
    Speeds 33-1/3 RPM, 45 RPM
    Turntable Platter Die-cast aluminum
    Starting Torque >1.6 kgf.cm
    Braking System Electronic brake
    Wow and Flutter <0.2% WRMS (33 RPM)
    Signal-to-Noise Ratio >50 dB
    Output Level Pre-amp “PHONO”: 3.5 mV nominal at 1 kHz, 5 cm/sec
    Pre-amp “LINE” 150 mV nominal at 1 kHz, 5 cm/sec
    Phono Pre-Amp Gain 36 dB nominal, RIAA equalized
    USB Function A/D, D/A - 16 bit 44.1 kHz or 48 kHz USB selectable;
    Computer interface - USB 2.0 compliant Windows XP, Vista or MAC OS X
    Power Supply Requirements 120V AC, 60 Hz
    Power Consumption 11 W
    Dimensions 450.0 mm (17.72") W x 352.0 mm (13.86") D x 157.0 mm (6.1") H
    Weight 10.5 kg (23.1 lbs.)
    Accessories Included AT95EX Dual Moving Magnet stereo cartridge with replaceable stylus; AT-HS10 lightweight headshell; power cord; dual RCA (male) to dual RCA (male) stereo cable; 45 RPM adapter; USB cable; recording software; cartridge alignment and overhang adjustment template; dust cover with mounting hardware



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  • Downloads

    AT-LP5 Manual (pdf 534.71 KB)
  • Reviews

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    Audio-TechnicaAT-LP5 Direct-Drive Turntable
     
    5.0

    (based on 2 reviews)

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    5.0

    Amazing step-up turntable! BEAST!!

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    from Atlanta, GA

    Pros

    • Built like a Tank
    • Durable
    • Easy Controls
    • Easy To Set Up
    • Great Sound

    Cons

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        Comments about Audio-Technica AT-LP5 Direct-Drive Turntable:

        I bought this turntable as a step-up from a low-end belt drive table. After making the switch, I am hearing things on my records I couldn't hear before! Acoustic and distorted guitars co-mingle wonderfully now, each wither their own distinct presence, where they used to blend together and get muddy at higher volumes.

        I will say, if this is your first turntable, it does take some time and knowledge to get it set up, so understand that before you buy. Don't be mad at AT just because you can't read the features. If you are a seasoned vinyl enthusiast looking for uncompromising sound quality, I can't say whether or not this is the turntable for you. But if you are the average to intermediate listener, especially a younger listener, wanting to upgrade or make a first purchase that will last and not leave any gaps in performance, LOOK NO FURTHER than the LP-5 as it is an absolute killer at this price range. I notice NO low-frequency distortion that the belt drive snobs complain about so much. From classical, to country, to rap, to rock, to death metal, the table keeps up with every detail and delivers sweet sound at all frequency ranges. Dynamics are carefully reproduced, from the slightest movement to the loudest crescendo. No dang belts to replace, no removing the platter to change speeds... this thing is a dream to operate and listen to. Simplistic controls mean less to wear out over time. Dampened tonearm lift is very gentle, and the thing tracks like a beast; plays cleanly on records that skipped with my old table.

        I may not be accustomed to listening on $10,000 hi-fi stereo setups but I do work at a pro audio store and listen to club-quality speakers all day, and this turntable delivers the whole picture with an astoundingly low noise floor and spot-on pitch stability. I gave 4 stars for reliability simply because Ive only owned it for about a week, however it appears to be built like a tank.

        Good job Audio-Technica.

        • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
        • Casual Listening
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        • Audiophile
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        • Less than a month
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        5.0

        My return to vinyl has been a ear opening experience . . .

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        from Akron, OH

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy Controls
        • Easy To Set Up
        • Great Sound

        Cons

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            Comments about Audio-Technica AT-LP5 Direct-Drive Turntable:

            I recently purchased my AT-LP5 as an addition to my Cambridge Audio home stereo. The AT-LP5 matches the understated aesthetics of the Cambridge Audio equipment and while providing a solid price performance turntable. I have augmented the AT-LP5 in my system with a stand-alone phone stage (Cambridge Audio MM / MC stage) but could have easily forgone that upgrade for some time . . . the LP5 line out level is well balanced. I have not used the USB output so I can not comment on that function.

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            • Casual Listening
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            • Intermediate
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            • Up to a year
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            • Q:

              Can I connect a pair of speakers or headphones directly into the turn table or do I need an amplifier?
              Asked on 9/22/2017 by Juan Martin from Garden City, NY

              1 answer

              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                Thank you for your inquiry. You may connect powered speakers directly to the turntable, but not headphones. You would need an amp.

                Answered on 9/28/2017 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
            • Q:

              Is the headshell a standard P mount, I have many I like to interchange
              Asked on 9/3/2017 by BABA from Milwaukee

              1 answer

            • Q:

              Can you use a moving coil cart with this set up
              Asked on 6/23/2017 by None from Ottawa Ontario Canada

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              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                Yes, you may use a moving coil cartridge with the AT-LP5 with an external Moving Coil Preamp.

                Answered on 6/26/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
            • Q:

              Does this unit have bluetooth? I've seen it advertised on some websites as having bluetooth, but don't see it here on your site.
              Asked on 6/13/2017 by Jacob from Reston, VA

              1 answer

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                A:

                Thanks for you inquiry. The LP5 turntable does not have Bluetooth function.

                Answered on 6/16/2017 by Anonymous
            • Q:

              Can the vertical tracking angle (VTA) be adjusted in this turntable? I mean, is there a way to lift or lower the tonearm if I were to use a different cartridge or thicker records?
              Asked on 6/9/2017 by Baltic from undisclosed

              1 answer

              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                The height of the tonearm is fixed. You may use thinner/thicker slip mats to change VTA.

                Answered on 6/20/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
            • Q:

              If I were to buy any of your Turntable in the United States, would it support Auto Ranging Power Input (110V-230V AC with 50Hz/60HZ)
              Asked on 5/4/2017 by Mahesh from San Antonio

              1 answer

            • Q:

              I was at the Axpona audio show today and saw the LP3 and LP5. The rep said they were new models and not available yet and I could get them at Crutchfield in a month or so. However I see them on Amazon and some reviews are dated a few months old.

              Was the rep mistaken or is there a newer generation with the same name coming out shortly?
              Asked on 4/22/2017 by Phil from Chicago, Il

              1 answer

              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                Yes, the LP5 has been out for about half a year or so and the LP3 were just released a month or two ago.

                Answered on 5/2/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
            • Q:

              I just bought an At-LP5 turntable and am quite disappointed that there is noticeable speed fluctuation on playback. Do I have a defective unit, does it need a period of breaking in or perhaps it needs lubrication?
              Asked on 3/20/2017 by Tudval from Toronto, Canada

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              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                It appears that you might be located in Canada? If so, please use the following to determine where to send your turntable for Service:

                • If you are located in the United States, purchased from a retailer located in the United States, and are under warranty, you may visit www.audio-technica.com/service for more information.

                • If you are located in Canada, purchased from a retailer located in the United States, and are under warranty, you may visit www.audio-technica.com/service for more information.

                • If you are located in Canada, purchased from retailer located in Canada, then you may visit http://jamindustries.com/ for warranty or non-warranty Service.

                Answered on 3/23/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
            • Q:

              Do either of your high end turntables automatically return the tone arm at the end of the record? If not, why not?
              Asked on 3/12/2017 by Walt from Altadena, CA

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              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                The AT-LP5 is fully manual indicating the tone arm will not automatically return. Most "high end" turntable are fully manual turntable. You may check out the AT-LP3 which is a fully automatic turntable.

                Answered on 3/22/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
            • Q:

              When will the 95EX Cartridge or replacement Styli for the LP5 be available?
              Asked on 3/9/2017 by Genghis from Dallas

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              • Staff Reviewer

                A:

                At this time, no it will not. The ATN95EX replacement stylus will be available, but not the cartridge.

                Answered on 3/22/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
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