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Mastering your A-T Turntable: The Ultimate Resource

It's no secret that the revival of vinyl records is in full swing. With international events like Record Store Day and Vinyl Record Day, awareness of the revival is reaching new levels. It's no secret that we love vinyl here at A-T and our turntable blog posts are some of our most popular posts to date. Since we have so many fans looking for turntable resources, we put together all of the tips and tricks we’ve posted so far into one jam-packed blog! Audio-Technica Turntables

Setting up the AT-LP120-USB Turntable – Part 1

The AT-LP120-USB Turntable is a professional direct-drive turntable with both analog and USB connection capability, so you can use it with all standard audio equipment or plug it directly into your computer. But make no mistake, this isn’t just a tool to transfer records to MP3s – it’s loaded with all the tools you’d expect from a professional turntable, including adjustable tone arm and pitch control, ½-inch Dual Magnet™ cartridge, three speeds (33/45/78), DJ functionality and more. Setting up the AT-LP120-USB Turntable Read the full post here.

Setting up the AT-LP120-USB Turntable – Part 2

 In Part 1, we told you how to install the headshell and counterweight, and how to balance the tone arm. Now it’s time to set the stylus tracking force. Setting the force properly will keep the stylus from skipping out of the record groove at especially dynamic musical passages (too little force) and prevent excessive wear to stylus and records (too much force). Setting up the AT-LP120-USB Turntable Read the full post here.

Setting up the AT-LP60 Turntable

The AT-LP60 turntable is a popular choice for casual listening. One reason for this popularity is the turntable’s fully-automatic operation, which allows the user to put on the record, press play, walk away and enjoy the analog sound. Proper setup of the turntable is, of course, important, but the AT-LP60 has a fairly simple setup process, so you’ll be up and running in no time. Read the full post here. Audio-Technica AT-LP60 Turntable Setup

How Do I Set Up the AT-LP5 Turntable?

Setting up the AT-LP5 Direct-Drive Turntable properly will ensure that this high-performance machine works to its full potential. Improper setup may degrade the performance of the turntable and has the potential of causing premature wear to the stylus or to your records. Read the full post here.

How Do I Install the Belt on my AT-LP60 or AT-LP60-USB Turntable?

If you have not already done so, make certain the belt is still routed around the gold colored motor pulley and that the belt is taut. The easiest way to check this is to remove the black felt mat from the turntable and rotate the aluminum record platter by hand until one of the large rectangular openings is positioned at the upper left corner of the turntable (at about the 10 o’clock position). Installing the belt on my AT-LP60 or AT-LP60-USB Turntable Read the full post here.

Why Am I Hearing Audio in Only One Channel from my A-T Turntable?

The most common cause of either no, intermittent, or distorted audio on one side of the AT-LP120-USB, AT-LP240-USB or AT-LP1240-USB turntables is improper calibration of the tonearm assembly prior to setting the vertical tracking force for the stylus (needle). This improper calibration causes the actual tracking force to be much heavier than what the stylus force gauge ring suggests and, thus, heavier than what the stylus assembly can handle. Read the full post here.

Can You Explain the Different Types of Styli?

Certainly. This post provides a brief primer to help you understand styli shapes (conical, elliptical, line contact, and MicroLine™), shank form factors (square and round), and stylus construction (nude and bonded). The Different Types of Styli? Read the full post here.

Do I Need Any Drivers for My USB Microphones and USB Turntables?

Audio-Technica USB audio products do not require any special drivers from Audio-Technica but rather are designed to be “plug and play” by utilizing an operating system’s USB Audio CODEC driver. This driver comes standard from the manufacturer of the operating system and/or hardware, making it quick, easy, and effective for nearly any USB audio device to be used with nearly any computer. Read the full post here.

How Do I Replace the Stylus on My AT95E Phono Cartridge?

Replacing a worn stylus is an important and economical way to keep your turntable operating at its best. To avoid damage, do not touch the needle during the replacement process. This process can also be performed with the stylus guard in place. No tools are required to replace the stylus. Replacing Stylus on AT95E Phono Cartridge Read the full post here.

How do I change the stylus on my AT-LP60 or AT-LP60-USB Turntable?

Styli is to a cartridge, as tires are to a car, and, as we previously discussed, changing your stylus can be quickly and easily done. Changing the stylus on AT-LP60 or AT-LP60-USB Read the full post here.

What does the PHONO/LINE switch mean on Audio-Technica Turntables?

Setting up your Audio-Technica turntable properly will ensure that you get the most out of your listening experience. The PHONO/LINE switch turns the turntable’s internal RIAA preamp off/on, thus providing the correct equalization for your turntable’s current setup. PHONO/LINE switch Read the full post here.

How Do I Connect the AT-LP60-BT Wireless Turntable to Headphones and Other Devices that Utilize Bluetooth® Wireless Technology?

In order for two devices with Bluetooth technology to recognize and communicate with one another, they must first be “paired.” Audio-Technica Wireless Turntable Read the full post here.

How Do I Connect my Audio-Technica Turntable to Powered Speakers?

All Audio-Technica turntables have an analog output (RCA connection) which will allow the user to connect directly to powered speakers. This is possible since our engineers integrated an internal RIAA preamp into all of our turntables. 3.5mm female inputRead the full post here.

How Do I Balance the Tone Arm and Set the Tracking Force for the AT-LP120-USB and AT-LP1240-USB Turntables?

Applying the proper tracking force for the cartridge you are using is a very important step in maximizing the performance of your turntable. Improper setup may cause such issues as distortion, sound from only one channel, and other ill effects.
Read the full post here.

How Do I Determine Which Audio-Technica Cartridge Best Suits My Turntable?

When selecting a phono cartridge for your turntable, perhaps the most important cartridge specification to observe is the compliance. The compliance specification tells you how firm or how soft the suspension of the cartridge’s stylus assembly is. Audio-Technica cartridge and turntable Read the full post here.

Caring for Your Vinyl Collection

As record lovers embrace vinyl, they also know that it takes more than keeping your record in its sleeve to ensure your growing collection stays in mint condition. Read the full post here. Have a question about your Audio-Technica turntable that hasn't been answered in one of the above blog posts? Drop us a comment below, or reach out to our Audio Solutions team for help. At Audio-Technica, we're Always Listening and ready to help you get the most out of your audio gear!