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Audio-Technica AT-LP5

Manual direct-drive professional turntable with USB output and built-in phono preamp

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Our take on the Audio-Technica AT-LP5

The versatile Audio-Technica AT-LP5 lets you bring your favorite vinyl records into the digital age. A built-in USB output lets you digitize your albums so you can take them with you when you're on the go. It also has its own phono preamp, so you can connect to any receiver, or plug directly into a pair of powered stereo speakers.

The Audio-Technica AT-LP5 features a classic, reliable J-shaped tonearm.

The Audio-Technica AT-LP5 features a classic, reliable J-shaped tonearm.

A versatile turntable for the digital age

The versatile Audio-Technica AT-LP5 lets you bring your favorite vinyl records into the digital age. A built-in USB output lets you digitize your albums so you can take them with you when you're on the go. It also has its own phono preamp, so you can connect to any receiver, or plug directly into a pair of powered stereo speakers.

And while it has all of the modern amenities, Audio-Technica hasn't forgotten their roots. They've brought back the J-shaped tonearm they used in the 60s and 70s, because it tracks record grooves with a high degree of accuracy. They've also included a lightweight AT-HS10 headshell with pre-mounted AT95Ex dual moving magnet phono cartridge, and all of the accessories you'll need to get started.

Product Highlights:

  • USB output lets you convert vinyl records to digital audio files
  • built-in switchable phono preamp
  • high-torque direct-drive motor for fast starting
  • selectable speed: 33-1/3 or 45 rpm
  • J-shaped tonearm for accurate tracking
  • includes lightweight AT-HS10 headshell with pre-mounted Audio-Technica AT95Ex dual moving magnet phono cartridge
  • anti-resonance die-cast aluminum platter
Included Accessories:
  • USB cable for transferring audio to your computer
  • male-to-male RCA cable
  • Mac®- and PC-compatible Audacity software for digitizing records
  • 45 RPM spindle adapter
  • phono cartridge
  • counterweight for accurate tonearm tracking
  • heavy rubber damping mat
  • removable hinged dust cover
  • power cable
Dimensions and Warranty:

What's in the Box:

  • Turntable
  • Tonearm (pre-installed)
  • Headshell/Catridge (stylus pre-installed)
  • 6' AC power cord
  • Platter
  • Mat
  • 6.5' USB-B to USB-A cable
  • 40" Stereo RCA cable
  • 45 RPM adapter
  • Counterweight
  • 2 Hinges
  • Dust cover
  • Audacity software CD-ROM
  • Installation/Operation Manual
  • Quick Start & Overhang Adjustment Guide

Great value... thanks for your input on the turntable

Derek, Elizabeth, CO


Audio-Technica AT-LP5 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(8 Reviews)

Slight Japanese Quality, but from China!

DenzPen from SouthCentral PA on 10/19/2018

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Received it recently...but, Oh yes. Wow. Two disadvantages: the plastic lid does not stay open unless it is extended fully (approx.55degrees) and as mentioned by others, the Power Switch is located at the bottom portion of rear. My old Pioneeer PL-4 from 30 years ago had a "CUT" button for the user to retract the tonearm back to its resting post without lifting the plastic lid; a small omitted feature that could have added something more to needed convenience! Overall, it will probably not last half the 30+ years of my PL-4---which BTW is still operational. Be happy; buy Crutchfield!



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Derek from Elizabeth, CO on 8/5/2018

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Great value... thanks for your input on the turntable

Pros: Value and product

Cons: None

Easy right out of the box.

Eric Z. from Raleigh, NC on 7/15/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Very impressed with this unit. Replaces a 40+ year old turntable. The AT-LP5 makes every disc clearer, even seems to rejuvenate older, scratchier records. Very little if any noise. And looks great with my other black components!

Pros: Easy, clear and quiet.

Cons: None.

Great product

Charles from Albuquerque, NM on 7/12/2018

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Great product and service from Crutchfield! The precise mechanical design is a delight. Suggest that a future product redesign includes moving the power switch to the front or top. Also, I'd prefer a slightly longer set of cables, or even the option of Bluetooth connectivity.



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John from El Cerrito, CA on 3/6/2018

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This is a beautiful, well-built and heavy unit with a minimalist design that is exactly what I had hoped from a performance standpoint (sounds terrific) and stylistically. It matches very nicely with my classic ADCOM GFA555 power amp and GFP565 preamp, with no unnecessary lights, displays, buttons or distraction. I agree with another reviewers comments that it could have more automation- i.e. auto return and auto start- but like that reviewer it was a conscious choice not to have these. The only design flaw is that the power button is tucked away in the back of the unit, so you need to plug it into a switched outlet on your preamp or receiver to power it off and on without fumbling around the back for the power button. The cord is grounded, so if you have a classic preamp like the GFP 565 that has ungrounded switched outlets in the back, you just need a plug adaptor to make the connection. It's an easy enough solution for a great turntable.

Pros: Built and sound quality, minimalist design

Cons: Power button in the back of the unit

Very Happy

Terry from Houston, TX on 11/27/2017

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Bought this as a present for my husband. Not knowing anything about the new technology for turntables, I did do some research. This one consistently had good reviews (PS: there's always going to be one 'bad apple' in the barrel). We are extremely happy with the performance and audio out on this unit. Would recommend. We are not DJ's, but did want something simple, but with great sound. Thumbs Up!



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Crutchfield customer from Miami, FL on 7/31/2017

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This is a great turntable. Very well built, very easy to set up, and it sounds fantastic. It would be nice if it had a few more automatic features, but that was a conscious choice I made and I am totally pleased with this turntable.

Pros: Heft & build quality. Fantastic motor isolation -- absolutely NO hum. Ease of set-up.

Cons: No automatic features. Power switch not conveniently positioned.

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Jose from Mayaguez, PR on 7/5/2017

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I just love it.




Hands-on research

Features and Specs

Operation Manual
Speeds 33-1/3, 45
Cartridge Type MM
Phono Preamp Built-in
USB Output Yes
Pitch Control No
45 RPM Adapter Yes
Signal to Noise Ratio 50
Wow and Flutter 0.2
Weight 23.1 lbs.

Product Research


Direct-Drive Turntable: The Audio-Technica AT-LP5 direct-drive turntable brings advanced technology and sleek, contemporary styling together for performance that looks as good as it sounds. Its precision-machined, die-cast aluminum platter is powered by a direct-drive, high-torque motor, ensuring stable, on-axis rotation at 33-1/3 or 45 RPM (adapter included). The platter is topped by a 5mm thick rubber damping mat that improves low-frequency reproduction.

J-Shaped Tonearm: Born of Audio-Technica's rich analog heritage, the AT-LP5 incorporates a J-shaped tonearm that takes its inspiration from the classic A-T models of the 1960s and 70s. The tonearm features a metallic gimbal suspension system and precision bearings to mitigate tracking errors, and includes an adjustable counterweight and anti-skate control.

Dual Moving Magnet Stereo Cartridge: The AT-LP5 comes outfitted with a lightweight (10g) AT-HS10 headshell and high-performance AT95EX Dual Moving Magnet stereo cartridge with an elliptical stylus, created specifically for this turntable. The headshell/cartridge/stylus assembly will need to be installed to the turntable's tonearm.

Anti-Vibration Construction: Constructed of anti-vibration damping materials with heavy-mass metal chassis inserts, the AT-LP5 turntable is a class leader in limiting low-frequency acoustical feedback. The anti-resonance feet are adjustable for leveling the turntable.

Switchable Preamp: The AT-LP5 features a built-in switchable phono/line preamp that enables it to be connected directly to a computer, home stereo, powered speakers, and other components that have no dedicated turntable input.

USB-B Output: The turntable is also equipped with a USB-B output and comes with a 6.5' USB cable for direct connection to your computer or laptop; plus comes with Window PC (XP-up) and Mac (OSX 10.4-up) compatible Audacity software that lets you convert your records to MP3, WAV, or other digital audio file formats (up to 16-bit 44.1/48kHz).

Stereo RCA Output: The AT-LP5 is outfitted with a set of stereo RCA outputs and includes a 40" stereo RCA cable to connect to your AV receiver, integrated amplifier, or powered speakers. Use the "GND" terminal to connect the grounding line of the RCA cables to the ground terminal of the amplifier.

Detachable Power Cord: The AT-LP5 includes a detachable 6' AC power cord (IEC 3-prong).

Hinged Dust Cover: The Audio-Technica AT-LP5 turntable comes with a hinged dust cover that is also removable.

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Why did you buy this?

Several reviews were complimentary and seemed like nice quality. I was not looking for super high cost high quality. Just something for the average guy. [ Bobby  Aug 31, 2018 ]
excellent reviews [ William  Aug 13, 2018 ]
great reviews [ Keith  Jul 10, 2018 ]
I chose this one based on MANY different reviews I read on quality of sound for turntables. [ Terry  Oct 31, 2017 ]
I read hours of reviews (mostly online) and came away feeling that this would be a reliable, straight-forward, highly usable, direct drive turntable with Good sound. [ John  Jul 19, 2017 ]
Top ratings and reviews. Excellent value. [ BRUCE  Jul 06, 2017 ]
I chose this item because of all the reviews I've read and mostly because it's a direct drive turntable which I prefer over belt drive. [ Jose  Jun 16, 2017 ]