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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  • 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 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.

  • 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”: 4 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

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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:

          What is the difference between AT-LP5 and AT-LP1240-USB?
          Asked on 11/25/2016 by RG

          1 answer

          • Staff Reviewer

            A:

            Thank you for your inquiry. The turntable is completely different. Different tonearm, headshell, platter internal components and so on. Also, the AT-LP5 does not have any of the DJ functions that are on the AT-LP1240-USB, such as reverse, pitch and so on.

            Answered on 11/28/2016 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
        • Q:

          Hello
          Does this turntable come with a software that is Mzcintosh and PC compatible to digitize thé LPs?
          Thank you
          Asked on 11/25/2016 by Nad Jed from Foxboro MA

          1 answer

          • Staff Reviewer

            A:

            Yes, the AT-LP5 includes the Audactiy software to digitize the records.

            Answered on 11/28/2016 by ATUS_Specialist3
        • Q:

          Can you recommend some compatible speakers that I can connect directly to this equipment?
          Asked on 11/23/2016 by DtheB from United Kingdom

          1 answer

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            A:

            Thank you for your inquiry. We like to recommend the M Audio AV32 & AV42. If you would like some with even better quality audio we recommend the Audioengine A2+ & A 5+.

            Answered on 11/23/2016 by ATUS_Specialist4 from Stow,OH
        • Q:

          I have Audioengine A5+ powered speakers (50 watts per channel), will I be able to connect the LP5 directly to my speakers?
          Asked on 11/19/2016 by Bob from Michigan

          1 answer

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            A:

            Yes, you may connect the AT-LP5 directly to your listed speakers.

            Answered on 11/21/2016 by ATUS_Specialist3
        • Q:

          Does switching off the internal phono pre-amp bypass its circuitry completely? Thank you.
          Asked on 11/16/2016 by Joel

          1 answer

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            A:

            Thank you for your inquiry. No switching it off will not bypass its circuitry completely.

            Answered on 11/18/2016 by ATUS_Specialist4 from Stow,OH
        • Q:

          What is the difference between this turntable and the AT-LP 120?
          Also, where is the nearest place to buy this turntable or the LP 120? I live near Tacoma, WA.
          Asked on 11/10/2016 by Mitch

          1 answer

          • CUSTOMER CARE

            A:

            The AT-LP5 is a higher quality build. The tonearm, motor, slip mat, and cartridge are upgrades from the AT-LP120-USB. The AT-LP5 is for audiophiles whereas the AT-LP120-USB is for DJ use. The LP5 is currently being sold at two locations in the US. These locations also sell the LP120 as well as the LP5:
            Mill City Sound
            812 Main St
            Hopkins, MN 55343
            (952)456-6547
            millcitysound.com

            Pure-Grooves.com
            2521 Kenilworth Ave
            Berwyn, IL 60402
            (630)639-8364

            Answered on 11/11/2016 by ATUS_Specialist4 from Stow,OH
        • Q:

          Is this basically the same motor and chassis as the 120? What makes this worth $200 more?
          Asked on 11/10/2016 by Tony

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            A:

            Thank you for your inquiry. While the LP5 is a direct drive turntable like the LP120, they are actually two completely different turntables. The LP120 was designed as an in-between model for DJ's and end users, the LP5 was designed as more of an audiophile turntable. The LP5 has a J shaped tonearm vs the LP120's "S" shaped tonearm, has a much stronger anti-skate than the LP120, precision bearings and suspension system for accurate tracking, the platter has a thick rubber damping mat which gives you much better low frequency reproduction, and comes with the AT95EX cartridge which was specifically designed for this turntable.

            Answered on 11/10/2016 by ATUS_Specialist4 from Stow,OH
        • Q:

          The AT-LP5 costs 50% more than the AT-LP120-USB. How specifically is it better?
          Asked on 10/28/2016 by Musician from Honolulu, HI

          1 answer

          • Staff Reviewer

            A:

            The AT-LP5 is a higher quality build. The tonearm, motor, slip mat, and cartridge are upgrades from the AT-LP120-USB. The AT-LP5 is for audiophile whereas the AT-LP120-USB is for DJ use.

            Answered on 10/31/2016 by ATUS_Specialist3
        • Q:

          I am interested in this turntable because of its USB output port, and of course, its highly-praised sound quality. My question is if it comes with recording software that I can install in my computer, and, if so, if that software is able to record to the DSD format. Thank you.
          Asked on 10/23/2016 by Prometheus from Philadelphia, PA

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            A:

            Yes, the freeware Audacity recording software is included with the turntable but does not record to DSD format. You may use any recording software you choose as long as it will allow for an external USB audio device, such as that from the turntable.

            Answered on 10/24/2016 by ATUS_Specialist3
        • Q:

          Is the AT-LP5 available at any online retailers in the U.S. I don't seem to be able to find it
          Asked on 9/25/2016 by AVguy from Marysville Washington

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          • A:

            Its available in the Midwest at http://www.pure-grooves.com/Store/

            Answered on 10/20/2016 by Vince from Berwyn, IL
          • CUSTOMER CARE

            A:

            Thank you for your inquiry. Try contacting Mill City Sound at 952-456-6547 or by email at orders@millcitysound.com. They are located in Hopkins, MN.

            Answered on 9/26/2016 by ATUS_Specialist4 from Stow,OH
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