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Fully Automatic Belt-Drive Stereo Turntable

U.S. One-Year Limited End-User Warranty

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  • Overview
  • Features
  • Specifications
  • Downloads
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

  • 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

  • Downloads

    AT-LP3 Manual (pdf 8.89 M)
  • Reviews

    As good as you make it.


    If Audio Technica doesn't know what they have, why should anyone else. I've added a Vessel Line Contact cartridge (one of the best). The arm should actually be called a universal (length) and same with the headshell (added silver to white turntable). It is as good as the equipment you use it with. I have a very good ($400) external phono pre-amp. The sound is as good as a $1000 turntable, and it's automatic. It has the best automatic drop (concise) I've ever seen on an automatic. Most people wouldn't treat an inexpensive turntable as it if isn't, but that's what makes me different. I added an acrylic mat to replace the stupid rubber one, and it improves the sound significantly and also stops vibrations from reaching the stylus. I highly recommend this turntable (with updates) as long as you don't get one with speed control issues, and that should not happen with a servo-controlled DC motor. I added an external on/off switch with hand controller to the plug end ($16) and it eliminates a main issue.



    Just what I wanted for my first turntable


    I have wanted a turntable for a few weeks and tried to do my homework. I am just starting out and just wanted something that I could play my Dad's old records on. This turntable has met all my expectations and for the price, this has been exactly what I wanted. Setup was easy and would recommend to others.

    Appleton, WI


    Either I have slowed down or my turntable has sped up


    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.

    Napa, CA


    Good turntable with simple design issues.


    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?

    Bean Station, TN


    Good budget turntable easy to use and good sounding


    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.

    KL, Malaysia


    A Good Introductory Vinyl Record Player


    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.

    Chicago, IL




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

    Melbourne Australia


    AT-LP3 Fully Automatic Belt-Drive Stereo Turntable

    4.1 7


  • Q & A

    How do I adjust the tone arm drop location on a new Auto Technica AT-LP3BK? It by-passes the lead in track. The turntable is level and sits on a wood cabinet. Thank you.


    Please contact our Service Department at (330) 686-2600 ext 5009 or at for assistance with this.


    Is this wireless record player compatible with the Bose sound bar 300?


    The AT-LP3 does not have an internal Bluetooth transmitter. You may use a third party Bluetooth transmitter to do so.


    Does this or any turntable come with a certain warranty?


    Thank you for your inquiry. Yes it has a one year warranty.


    When I hit play and the unit moves the head over and drops down on the record it starts well into the first track. Is there any way to adjust how far it moves the arm after hitting play?


    Please contact our Service Department at (330) 686-2600 ext 5009 or at for assistance with this.


    My AT-LP3 sounds little thin and is light on bass compared to same track on CD. Setup AT-LP3 phono(MM) -> Taga HTA-800 amplifier phono input. Also tried AT-LP3 line, sounds similar. Anti skid is set to 2, counterweight 2g. What can i do to make it sound fuller?


    You may contact your local Audio-Technica offices for further assistance.


    Is it possible to skip a song on a record? Because the player is fully automatic it says it starts a record automatically from the beginning, what if there's a song in the middle I don't want to listen to, can i skip it?


    No there is not.


    I would like to connect a phono preamp to the LP3 Turntable. I've tried two of them and I get noise and feedback. Do they work on this turntable?? If so....which brand preamps do!!


    You may find helpful information here: Additionally, you may find information here:


    My unit is playing records a tad too fast. I noticed the holes on the bottom that look to be a very small flat head. Can you adjust speed through these? The 33 setting is playing at about 33.7 rather than 33.3, let me know thanks.


    Please contact our Service Department at (330) 686-2600 ext 5009 or at for assistance with this.


    Does this turntable have its own INTERNAL speakers? Or do I HAVE to connect speakers in order to hear the sound?


    Thank you for your inquiry. No, it does not include speakers.


    Where can I find replacement belts for this turntable?


    Thank you for your inquiry. You may contact our Parts Department at or call (330) 686-2600 ext 5002. to inquire about a replacement belts if you are located in the US.