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Published on August 18th, 2015 | by Greg


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.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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