Published on August 18th, 2015 | by Greg0
Two From Audio-Technica: The LP60 Sets It Spinning
Not long ago, one of the only ways to listen to recorded music was pretty close to one of the original methods- grooves carved into a disk and played back with a needle. It was good enough for our parents… but then, so was life before computers changed everything and digital technology revolutionized put hundreds of albums in our pockets and accessible anywhere. Moving from one format to the other- from vinyl LPs to MP3s- is actually pretty simple. But it requires a record player that’s capable.
And if you are trying to encode your collection, you probably would enjoy listening to it as well. Thankfully, the fully-automatic Audio-Technica AT-LP60 USB Stereo Turntable offers both USB and analog connections, so you can hook it up to your computer or to your audio system. Mac- and PC-compatible Audacity software is included in the package along with a dual-magnet Audio-Technica phono cartridge (rather than a cheaper ceramic one). Many other companies include A-T cartridges with their players, as they offer some of the best on the market, reliable and simple.
As with another option we saw recently, this one includes a built-in pre-amp for use with any powered speakers or your A/V setup. It’s among the least expensive of record players in the A-T lineup, and though the budget-friendly price tag does lead to some aesthetic and design compromises, it’s still looks and feels solid. As a core component in an expensive audiophile system, it’s probably not the best fit- the tone-arm, balance, and finish aren’t going to impress those with high-end needs. That said, it still has a nice aluminum base and a hinged transparent plastic cover to showcase your spinning records. And as an intro to vinyl though, or for those wanting a perfect fit for a college dorm room, it’s perfect. Smaller, lighter than most, it’s easy to use and even friendly.
The LP60 offers easy playback of both 33 RPM and 45 RPM records, though can’t handle 78s. It’s a belt-driven model without many bells and whistles, no anti-skate control or weight adjustment, but our results were decent- digital files from some obscure records that were never available on CD and cannot be found on iTunes. If you’re a DJ, you probably want to look for a direct-drive model, and those with a bit more money may want to opt for something higher-end from Audio-Technica’s family. Available now online and in stores, expect to spend around $130, a great deal for a turntable that can do more than just play your classic vinyl- it can save it too.