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Audio-Technica introduces upgraded AT-LP5X High-Performance Turntable

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The following is a press release from Audio-Technica.


STOW, OH, August 12, 2021 — Audio-Technica today announced the introduction of its AT-LP5X Direct Drive Turntable, offering upgraded technology and performance while keeping the sleek contemporary styling of the previous AT-LP5. The new AT-LP5X builds upon more than 50 years of Audio-Technica’’s Japanese analog audio design expertise to deliver outstanding record playback quality.

“Our AT-LP5X incorporates a wealth of improved features including a switchable moving magnet/moving coil phono preamp, a better cartridge, an outboard power supply and even the ability to play 78 RPM records,” noted Bob Peet, Audio-Technica U.S. Product Manager. “These upgrades are included at no increase in price, making the AT-LP5X an exceptional value as well.”

The AT-LP5X features a precision low-noise direct-drive motor system that provides accurate, stable playback of 33-1/3, 45 and 78 RPM records. It features the classic J-shaped tonearm of the Audio-Technica turntables of the 1960s and 1970s, a design that minimizes tracking error. The tonearm features a gimbal suspension system and precision bearings for smooth, quiet performance, and includes an adjustable counterweight and anti-skating control.

The tonearm comes pre-mounted with a removable AT-HS6 headshell and new AT-VM95E Dual Moving Magnet cartridge, which offers outstanding stereo separation and imaging along with superior resolution of musical detail, a smooth frequency response and powerful dynamics. The cartridge is easily removable should the user choose to upgrade.

The turntable’’s built-in phono preamp can be switched to either moving magnet or moving coil operation, enabling the use of premium moving coil cartridges, or to line-level output, enabling the AT-LP5X to be used with a computer, powered speakers, receivers and other components that don’’t have a dedicated phono input. The AT-LP5X also offers a USB output for direct connection to a computer.

Additional refinements include a die-cast, machined and balanced aluminum platter with a 5 mm rubber damping mat, a turntable base that is constructed using anti-vibration damping materials and heavy-mass metal chassis inserts, and an outboard power supply that reduces unwanted electrical noise. The AT-LP5X comes with a removable dust cover, RCA audio connecting cables, a USB cable and a 45 RPM adapter.

The Audio-Technica AT-LP5X Direct Drive Turntable will be available in August 2021 at a suggested retail price of US$449.00.


Celebrating over 50 years of audio excellence, Audio-Technica is a recognized leader in the development and manufacture of high-quality personal and professional audio equipment. Founded in Japan in 1962 by Hideo Matsushita, the company made its name by manufacturing state-of-the-art phonograph cartridges and tonearms. Today, Audio-Technica is a worldwide group of companies devoted to creating high-performance microphones, headphones, wireless systems, mixers, turntables, phono cartridges and other electronic products.

A reputation for quality, durability, performance and value has made Audio-Technica products the first choice for many of today’’s top musical artists and audio engineers, and for discerning listeners everywhere. Drawing from its audiophile heritage, Audio-Technica remains dedicated to providing music enthusiasts with great-sounding, innovative audio gear, including the award-winning QuietPoint® active noise-cancelling headphones, popular ATH-M50x monitor headphones, versatile USB microphones, and new Hi-Res Audio headphones and high-fidelity gaming headsets. Learn more at


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