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

  • 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
    Speeds 33-1/3 RPM, 45 RPM
    Turntable Platter Die-cast aluminum
    Starting Torque >1.6
    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

  • Downloads

    AT-LP5 Manual (pdf 534.71 KB)
  • Reviews

    Very good product


    I own this turntable for two weeks now and I very pleased with it. Sound is great (Monitor Audio Silver speakers & Yamaha Aventage receiver with phono input). However, ON-OFF button is well hidden and somehow difficult to reach (a review said that if you keep it ON, il will take about 3-4 W of electricity, even on STOP position). And, most of all, it has not an automatic shut-off at the end of the disc, which is very annoying. But it is a very good turntable for the money and most probably for most ot the ears! Quality built, nice features, direct AC cable (no external power supply), HS-10 headshell and decent cartridge. Too pity that "Made in China" lowers its good image.

    Bucharest, Romania


    Amazing step-up turntable! BEAST!!


    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.

    Atlanta, GA


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


    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.

    Akron, OH


    AT-LP5 Direct-Drive Turntable

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  • Q & A

    I think my anti skating isn't working, seems to have no effect no matter how high the knob is. how can I fix/adjust it? and my cue lever is weird. When my cue is up and I move the tone arm it squeaks and is like super tight and doesn't move smoothly. But it doesn't squeak when the lever is down while I move the arm.


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


    Am considering purchasing an AT-LP5. If I wanted to upgrade the cartridge from the included AT95EX,what would you suggest? It seems your earlier recommendations(AT120EB,AT440MLB,AT150SA) are all discontinued. Thank you Dave


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


    This is my first time owning a turntable and would like some advice on choosing the right speakers. I have the AT-LP5 turntable but am having trouble finding the right info in the info book as to compatible requirements between the pre-amp and the speaker. I was looking at the Wharfedale Diamond 11 - would they work well with it??


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


    Can I upgrade to a better stylus without changing the cartridge on this table? If so, what styli will fit this cartridge? Also, is there any downside to upgrading in this manner, versus changing the entire cartridge?


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


    Hei, The needle broke off, what should i do?


    You may use a replacement ATN95Ex stylus.


    Does the AT-LP5 have a manual queue ? I like being able to raise the tonearm and position it over the end of the record and then clean the record while the platter spins / close dust cover / lower tonearm?


    Yes, there is a cueing lever on the AT-LP5 turntable.


    Hi. I'm a happy owner of AT LP5 turntable. It sounds very good but I'm thinking on bying a new VM540ML/H cartridge in order to get the best sound quality this turntable can perform. But when I compared AT95EX stock cartridge with VM540ML I've got a bit confused. The VM540ML cartridge is 0.1 mm higher and features 23 degrees VTA while AT95EX features 20 degrees VTA. My questions are: - Is the VM540ML/H cartridge compatible with LP5 turntable? - If I replace the stock AT95EX cartridge with VM540ML/H will I have to make any additional adjustment related to different height and VTA of the new one?


    You may contact Audio-Technica Europe for further assistance.


    Can I use a "Q UP" tone arm raising device on my LP5?


    Yes you can. You may also use the AT6006R safety riser.


    Can I connect the usb from the turntable directly to the Sony Soundbar USB connector or does it have to go through a computer?


    The USB digital connection is to be connected to a computer. Most USB inputs on devices similar to soundbars are for connections with software driven audio such as from an iOS device or smartphone.


    Is the USB function compatible with Windows 10?


    Yes it is. You may find helpful information here: