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How to set up the AT-LPW50BT turntable

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Proper set up of the AT-LPW50BT turntable will ensure that it will perform at its full potential. Please follow the steps below and view the video for assistance. Do not install the dust cover at this time.

Carefully remove the turntable from the package and verify that all parts and accessories are present. You should have the following items:


  • The turntable chassis

  • Dust cover and dust cover hinges

  • Aluminium record platter with preinstalled rubber drive belt

  • Rubber record mat

  • Headshell with preinstalled black AT-VM95E Cartridge

  • Tonearm counterweight assembly with integrated tracking force gauge ring

  • 45 RPM record adapter

  • Dual RCA audio cable with integrated ground wire

  • AC power adapter

  • Quick start guide


Setting up the turntable

Place the turntable chassis on a firm level surface. If the surface is not level, the turntable may be leveled by adjusting the feet on the turntable. The feet thread into the bottom of the chassis and are screwed all the way in for shipping purposes. With the aid of a spirit level, such as our AT615a Turntable Level (sold separately), adjust the feet as needed to level the turntable. Raise the height of one or more corners by supporting the weight of that corner with one hand while unscrewing the foot in a clockwise direction with the other hand.


Installing the platter and drive belt

The drive belt is preinstalled on the record platter. A red ribbon inserted between the belt and the platter’s drive rim is used as an aid to place the belt around the brass motor pulley.


  • Remove the tape securing the ribbon to the platter and push both ends of the ribbon through the platter opening.

  • Carefully place the platter with installed drive belt on the centre spindle and make certain it fully seats on the spindle.

  • Rotate the platter by hand until the opening with the red ribbon exposes the brass-coloured motor pulley. The motor pulley is located in the upper left corner of the turntable, opposite the tonearm.

  • While holding the platter steady, using both ends of the ribbon, place the belt over the motor pulley. Once the belt is seated in the pulley’s groove, verify that the belt is not twisted.

  • Once completed, place the rubber record mat on the platter.



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Setting up the tonearm assembly


  • Remove the twist tie and foam used to protect the tonearm during shipment and secure the tonearm to its rest with the locking clamp.

  • Attach the headshell/cartridge assembly by inserting it into the socket at the end of the tonearm.

  • While holding the headshell into position, rotate the headshell locking ring anticlockwise. As the ring rotates, it pulls the headshell into its seated position. Hand-tighten the ring until it is snug.


Installing the counterweight

With the tracking force gauge ring end of the counterweight facing toward the front of the turntable, attach the counterweight to the back of the tonearm by rotating the weight in a anticlockwise direction. As the weight rotates it will thread onto the arm. Thread the weight onto the arm about halfway at this time; final adjustments will be made in the next step.



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Balancing the tonearm and setting the tracking force

Caution: Do not drag the cartridge’s stylus across the platter or record mat while adjusting the tonearm’s balance or setting the tracking force. Doing so may damage the stylus assembly.

Make certain that the anti-skate adjustment is set to “0” before proceeding.


  • Carefully remove the stylus' protective cover by sliding it straight forward off the front of the cartridge, exposing the stylus. Try not to pull down on the protector, doing so may dislodge the stylus assembly from the cartridge body.

  • While gently holding the sides of the headshell to stabilise the tonearm, release the tonearm locking clamp to allow the tonearm to swing freely.

  • Continue stabilising the tonearm while rotating the counterweight on the rear of the arm in the direction needed to balance the arm in the horizontal plane.

  • Check for balance by temporarily releasing the headshell after each adjustment of the weight. Ultimately, the arm should float freely just above the tonearm rest, without touching the rest. A properly balanced tonearm will be parallel to the turntable chassis.

  • Once the arm is balanced, place it into the arm rest and secure it using the locking clamp. Be careful not to rotate the counterweight while doing this.



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To set the proper stylus tracking force for the provided black AT-VM95E cartridge, first locate the black stylus force gauge ring that is attached to the front of the counterweight. Marked with numbers and lines indicating different tracking force values, the ring can be rotated independently of the weight.


  • Without turning the counterweight itself, carefully rotate the ring only until the “0” on the ring lines up with the centerline marked along the top of the tonearm.

  • The recommended tracking force for the provided black AT-VM95E cartridge is 2.0 grams. To set the tracking force, rotate the counterweight, along with the ring, in an anticlockwise direction and stop when the “2” on the ring lines up with the centreline marked along the top of the tonearm.


Note that the ring turns with the weight as you are rotating the weight. The numbers on the ring should be going up in value as you rotate the counterweight if you are turning the weight in the right direction.


Setting the anti-skate adjustment

Set the anti-skate adjustment to the same value as the tracking force: 2.0.



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Setting up audio and power connections

Connect the AC power adapter cable to the 12V DC power input jack on the rear of the turntable then plug the adapter into an AC outlet. Note that the main power switch is located on the rear of the turntable next to the power input jack and may be left in the on (pressed in) position.

Next, connect the provided dual RCA audio cable to the left and right output connectors on the turntable. The RCA cable’s red plug is the right (R) channel and the white plug is the left (L) channel. The turntable provides both a traditional unequalised PHONO level output as well as an equalised LINE level output, making it compatible with a variety of devices, including those with or without a dedicated PHONO input for a turntable.


Connecting to PHONO inputs

If your device has PHONO inputs on it, set the turntable's PHONO/LINE switch to PHONO then connect the turntable using the provided dual RCA audio cable. Attach one end of the audio cable’s integrated ground wire to the ground lug on the turntable and the other end to the ground lug on the device.



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Connecting to LINE level inputs

If your device does not have a PHONO input, the turntable may be connected to other types of inputs such as AUX, AUDIO IN, LINE, CD, etc. Set the PHONO/LINE selector switch located on the rear of the turntable to LINE, which turns on the turntable’s internal preamplifier.

Note that if the switch is set to PHONO when connected to these types of inputs, you may have little to no sound. When the preamp selector switch is set to the LINE mode, the ground wire connection is not required.


Connecting to a Bluetooth speaker

When connecting the turntable to a Bluetooth speaker for the first time please follow the instructions below.


  • Make sure the switch on the back of the turntable is set to LINE.

  • Power on your Bluetooth speaker and put the device in searching/pairing mode, and place within 1 metre of the turntable.

  • Press and hold the Bluetooth button located on the right side of the tonearm base for 2 seconds. After 2 seconds the indicator light will begin flashing BLUE quickly.

  • Once the AT-LPW50BT is paired to the Bluetooth speaker, the indicator light will illuminate solid BLUE.

If you wish to disconnect and turn off the Bluetooth on the AT-LPW50BT, then follow the instructions below.

  • While the Bluetooth indicator light is solid BLUE, press and hold the Bluetooth button on the right side of the tonearm base.

  • Continue holding the button down as you will see the indicator light briefly flash BLUE 3 times before turning off.

  • Once the indicator light is no longer on, you can release the Bluetooth button.

Installing the dust cover

Install the dust cover hinges into the slots on the dust cover. Install the cover on the turntable by inserting the hinges into the slots on the rear of the turntable.



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If you have any other additional questions in regard to setting up the AT-LPW50BT, please contact us for further assistance.