STOW, OH, November 1, 2022 — Audio-Technica today announced the introduction of its 60th Anniversary AT-LP2022 Manual Belt-Drive Turntable, a limited-edition record player that celebrates A-T’s 60 years of excellence in high-performance analog audio. A limited number of AT-LP2022 turntables will be offered worldwide, each carrying a unique serial number.
“Audio-Technica was founded in 1962 by Hideo Matsushita with the intention of bringing the joy of experiencing high-fidelity music to listeners,” noted Kurt Van Scoy, Audio-Technica U.S. Executive Director of Product Development. “In his honor, it is only fitting that on our 60th anniversary, we offer the finest turntable A-T has ever created, to carry on his legacy and exemplify the commitment to analog listening that Audio-Technica has pursued for 60 years.”
The AT-2022 combines exceptional record-playback performance with a completely new, elegant 60th Anniversary design. The turntable is built upon a 30 mm thick, high-density clear acrylic chassis that reduces unwanted resonances while imparting a distinctive look. The chassis is complemented by a transparent anti-resonant acrylic platter with a mounted black AT-VM95E cartridge and also includes a clear AT-VMN95SH Shibata stylus.
The turntable’s sensor-monitored belt-drive motor system provides quiet, accurate and stable playback of 33-1/3 and 45 RPM records. It features a carbon-fiber tonearm mounted on a metal base, with adjustable VTA (vertical tracking angle), tracking force and anti-skating.
The AT-LP2022 offers users a unique opportunity to evaluate different diamond profiles, as it includes two separate styli with different geometry. An elliptical AT-VM95E is premounted on the AT-HS4-SV headshell, and the AT-VMN95SH, a special-edition Shibata stylus with a clear housing, is also included. The VM95 cartridge platform also offers additional stylus shapes to accommodate listeners’ vinyl playback preferences. The AT-LP2022 features newly-designed isolation feet that are height-adjustable. The turntable’s external power supply prevents any unwanted electronic noise from intruding upon the sonic purity of the signal. The AT-LP2022 also comes with a removeable dust cover, detachable RCA cable and 45 RPM adapter.
The Audio-Technica AT-LP2022 Belt-Drive Turntable is now available for purchase at a suggested retail price of US$1200.
About Audio-Technica’s 60th Anniversary
Inspired by the depth of emotion he witnessed at vinyl listening sessions organized during his tenure at the Bridgestone Museum of Arts in Tokyo, company founder Hideo Matsushita was determined to enable more people to experience the warmth of analog listening. In a small Shinjuku apartment, he established Audio-Technica and began developing cartridges. His first two products, the AT-1 and AT-3, achieved success and enabled Hideo to expand his business. He opened a larger headquarters in Machida, where the company still operates today.
60 years since Hideo created his first cartridge, Audio-Technica will mark this occasion by reaffirming its commitment to analog. Focusing on a human-centered approach to the process of generating sound, the company sees analog as an enjoyment and appreciation for audio that doesn’t alter, despite the rapid changes throughout history.
Today Audio-Technica is an integral part of the audio industry, with products used at global events, on screen, in studios and in homes – retaining the “audio for all” philosophy and ensuring future generations can experience the joy of analog.
The brand will celebrate its 60th anniversary with a series of events across the world on the theme of analog living.
Since 2018, Audio-Technica has been a proud sponsor of Playing for Change, a global movement created to inspire and connect the world through music, born from the shared belief that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people. As the exclusive microphone and headphone sponsor of Playing for Change, Audio-Technica has been providing global support and equipment for PFC and the PFC Band, in addition to advocating for PFC at events year-round. In honor of this year’s anniversary, Audio-Technica U.S., Canada, UK and Europe will donate a percentage of its 60th Anniversary product sales to the Playing for Change Foundation through March 2023.
Celebrating 60 years of audio excellence worldwide, Audio-Technica is a leading innovator in transducer technology, renowned for the design and manufacture of microphones, wireless microphones, headphones, mixers, and turntables for the audio industry.
—For more information on the complete range of Audio-Technica products, contact Jamie Bobek, Audio-Technica U.S., Inc., 1221 Commerce Drive, Stow, OH 44224. Tel: (330) 686-2600; Fax: (330) 688-3752; Web: www.audio-technica.com
— For further information regarding product availability and pricing in Europe, contact Tanya Williams (TWilliams@audio-technica.eu).