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Audio-Technica AT-LP3

Fully automatic belt-drive turntable with built-in phono preamp (White)

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Overview

Our take on the Audio-Technica AT-LP3

You really don't need a ton of equipment to get started listening to vinyl. The Audio-Technica AT-LP3 comes with a built-in phono preamp with pre-attached cables, so you have options. Plug directly into a pair of powered stereo speakers, or go through a receiver or outboard preamp — whichever is most convenient for you.

The Audio-Technica AT-LP3 is a smart - and smart-looking - way to play records.

The Audio-Technica AT-LP3 is a smart - and smart-looking - way to play records.

A convenient turntable with built-in phono preamp

You really don't need a ton of equipment to get started listening to vinyl. The Audio-Technica AT-LP3 comes with a built-in phono preamp with pre-attached cables, so you have options. Plug directly into a pair of powered stereo speakers, or go through a receiver or outboard preamp — whichever is most convenient for you.

Handy control options

You can push the Start button to begin playing a record, and then hit the Stop button to lift and return the tonearm and shut off the turntable. A tonearm Lift button is also included to let you raise and lower the arm without stopping the platter.

And as someone who has listened to the stylus bumping around in the final groove of a record for several minutes while finishing a tricky task, I'm personally fond of the auto stop feature: it lifts and returns the tonearm automatically when a record has played all the way through. What a relief!

Product Highlights:

  • fully automatic belt-drive turntable
  • switchable built-in phono preamp
    • line setting lets you use an external phono preamp (not included)
    • modes for moving magnet and moving coil cartridges
  • attached dual RCA output cable
  • selectable speed: 33-1/3 or 45 rpm
  • straight tonearm with hydraulically damped lift control
    • includes replaceable AT91R Dual Moving Magnet™ cartridge
  • anti-resonance die-cast aluminum platter with thick rubber mat
  • 45 rpm spindle adapter and removable hinged dust cover included
Dimensions and Warranty:

What's in the Box:

  • Turntable
  • 6' AC power cord
  • Tonearm (pre-installed)
  • Headshell/cartridge/stylus assembly
  • Platter
  • Belt
  • Mat
  • 45 RPM adapter
  • Counterweight
  • Dust cover
  • 2 Hinges
  • User Manual

sounds great. everything I expected. I play albums every day. Easy to hook up. Crisp clean music from 48 year old albums.

Richard, Merrimack, NH

Reviews

Audio-Technica AT-LP3 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(12 Reviews)

Audio-Technica AT-LP3

Richard from Merrimack, NH on 6/19/2018

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sounds great. everything I expected. I play albums every day. Easy to hook up. Crisp clean music from 48 year old albums.

Pros: plug in two wires connect the belt and add 110 ac pick out your favorite album and away you go back in the 60's again

Cons: none

Great looking unit, worth every penny.

Jon from Whitsett, NC on 4/30/2018

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Bought this to replace an old beautiful Dual that had gotten quirky and unreliable. I've been buying from Crutchfield since 1987 and the selection and service remains unmatched. The website made it super easy to narrow down the players and select what was best for me. And this is a great unit. It arrived in a day, and I had it unpacked, set up and playing in 15 minutes. It's fully automatic, and sounds and looks great. Some reviewers recommend buying a new stylus off the bat but if you're just playing it for pleasure and not to drive your neighbors away, the factory stylus is fine. That said, I have cranked it and it still sounds great. When it's time to switch to 45's you just put the included puck in the middle, shift the lever to 7", press the 45rpm button and you're good to go. If my record store ever gets off the ground, I'd order another one of these without a second thought.

Pros: Great looking, easy setup, awesome sound, simple to operate. Sits solid too, no chance of the unit slipping around.

Cons: Small beef, but it makes groany sounds during tonearm placement and retraction. Control buttons feel a bit cheap but when you use them you know the thing is working.

Audio-Technica AT-LP3

Anonymous from Groveland, CA on 4/23/2018

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Excellent unit...more than I expected!

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Getting Back Into Vinyl

Charles from Villa Rica, GA on 4/21/2018

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Really nice to get back into vinyl. I changed the included cartridge with a Shure M97xE. It sounds great. Very easy to set up. I would recommend to anyone getting back into vinyl, without spending a fortune.

Pros: Easy set up. Flawless operation.

Cons: None so far.

Audio-Technica AT-LP3

Anonymous from Spartanburg, SC on 2/20/2018

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After allowing my album collection to gather dust for 30 years I decided to jump on the vinyl resurgence train. After listening to some of the new product out there and some of my older lp's I've concluded I would have been better off to just stick a fork in my eye than to have wasted all those years on compact discs. Initially when I contacted crutchfield I was entertaining spending around a 1000 bucks for a new turntable. After discussing some of the features I prefer such as automatic return with Kay she thought I might be happy with theAT-LP3. Since I was coming in 700 dollars under my projected budget I immediately upgraded to the VM520eb mm cartridge and never even listened to the factory installed cartridge. Assembly of the turntable only took a few minutes. I ordered in black and I think it looks great. If a 1000 dollar turntable sounds appreciable better than the level of dynamic clarity and bass response I'm hearing from this unit then I would probably be unable to handle the experience without just floating to another plane of existence.Im using a Yamaha 1070 amp(comes with phono input) driving a set of klipsch rf280f speakers with a subwoofer.

Pros: Ease of assembly, looks,clarity of sound

Cons: None really

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Ken from Woodbridge, CA on 1/9/2018

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This AT-LP3 has something my classic Dual turntable and my elegant Beogram Tangential does not have......that would be the ability to actually play a record! This is a great player regardless of price. I thought long and hard about refurbishing the above beauties or spending a bunch on a Thorens, but I'm glad that I didn't!

Pros: It's an automatic with a fine manual lift mechanism!

Cons: Nobody will say "Wow" when they see it!

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Anonymous from Easton, MD on 12/25/2017

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The AT-LP3 was easy to set up with the included instructions manual....also standing by to assist, is the Crutchfield tech staff. The only thing I really regret is that I didn't by a new turntable years ago. Those old records sound great. Thanks Crutchfield, .....Tom in Easton, Md.

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Anonymous from S Fallsburg, NY on 12/17/2017

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Good price. Missing some features but seems good value and git my very specific needs

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Vinyl Rules!

Elroy from Hilo, HI on 11/30/2017

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Assembly was fairly simple. My only issue was the counterweight on the tonearm. I'm not certain that I have it properly adjusted, and that whole process is less than foolproof. Otherwise, a very good automatic turntable at a fair price.

Pros: Ease of assembly, full function turntable.

Cons: Counterweight installation could be more secure.

Great mix of quality and features

Warren from boulder, co on 7/1/2017

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I got this for my son, who is going through the retro-vinyl phase... we like the quality and the auto-return feature. The balanced arm is good as well. Too bad this does not have an easy way to adjust the speed. I like where there are rpm markings on the side of the platter so you can tweak things over time. At this price point, I'd give it a full 5 stars if it had that.

Pros: Price, value, quality, ability to upgrade the cartridge

Cons: no rpm markings

The price doesn't reflect the quality

Audiolad from Kennesaw, GA on 5/26/2017

It is too good for this price if you throw away that cheap cartridge and buy a very good one. The arm is a dream with a darker background better than my other turntable with a different cartridge. If you wish to upgrade completely then add a top flight external preamp. Before anyone thinks I'm crazy you must remember the turntable moves the record, and the tonearm supports the cartridge. This arm can handle accurately almost any MM cartridge under $800. The Cartridge and Preamp is where the money is, so invest it there. I'm listening to Blood Sweat and Tears (album BS&T) with every great song they ever made. It has never sound better! In my youth turntables seldom came with cartridges because everyone bought their own. I guess people today just aren't adventuresome or they don't have the technical skill.

Pros: Price, quality, beautiful arm, has a ground cable, pass through for external preamps, white it is beautiful at any price.

Cons: It's probably too inexpensive to get the market it deserves.

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Anonymous from Brick, NJ on 5/22/2017

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Good turntable in price range

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Details

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Features and Specs

Features
Operation Fully Automatic
Speeds 33-1/3, 45
Cartridge Type MM
Phono Preamp Built-in
USB Output No
Pitch Control No
45 RPM Adapter Yes
Specs
Signal to Noise Ratio 50
Wow and Flutter 0.25
Weight 11.5 lbs.

Product Research

Features

Fully Automatic Turntable: The Audio-Technica AT-LP3 belt-drive turntable offers fully automatic operation, so you can simply press the Start button to begin play and the Stop button to lift and return the tone arm and shut off the turntable (the stop function occurs automatically when a record has played all the way through). If you prefer manual control, a hydraulically damped lift control allows the stylus to be precisely and safely lowered and raised at any point on a record.

Balanced Tonearm w/ Dual Moving Magnet Phono Cartridge: The turntable's balanced straight tonearm comes with an uninstalled 1/2" mount universal headshell and AT91R Dual Moving Magnet phono cartridge with conical stylus, giving you excellent high-fidelity performance, plus the option to use other moving magnet or moving coil cartridges of your choosing.

Note: The headshell/cartridge/stylus assembly must be installed on the tonearm.

2-Speed Operation: The Audio-Technica AT-LP3 fully automatic turntable is equipped to play both 33-1/3 and 45 RPM records (adapter included).

Anti-Vibration Construction: The AT-LP3 is constructed of anti-vibration damping materials that limits low-frequency feedback. Resonance is further reduced by the turntable's die-cast aluminum platter and accompanying 4mm rubber damping mat.

Built-in Switchable  Preamplifier: The built-in switchable stereo phono/line-level preamplifier permits use of the AT-LP3 turntable with stereo systems having either magnetic-phono inputs or line-level (Aux) inputs; also allows convenient use of the turntable with most powered speakers.

Attached Stereo RCA Cable: The AT-LP3 turntable features an attached 40" stereo RCA output cable that enables connection to a home stereo, powered speakers and other components whether they have a dedicated turntable input or not.

Detachable Power Cord: The turntable comes with a detachable 6' AC power cord (2-prong).

Hinged Dust Cover: The Audio-Technica AT-LP3 turntable comes with a hinged dust cover that is also removable.

Two Available Colors: The Audio-Technica AT-LP3 turntable is available in black or white.

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Why did you buy this?

Because it was automatic and on sale. [ Millie  Jun 09, 2018 ]
It had all the features we were shopping for in a turntable for our teenager who has recently become interested in listening to vinyl.The fact that it went on sale today was an added bonus! Thanks to Tim for sharing his expertise on the phone when I called yesterday! [ Denver Clark  Apr 08, 2018 ]
I don't use vinyl often, but I did need to replace my old, cheap turntable with something better. Also, due to the way I listen, I wanted an automatic turntable, so I don't have to jump up from where I'm sitting and reading when the record ends. This was in my price range, well reviewed, and had the features I wanted. [ Jim  Mar 02, 2018 ]
right price range and fully automatic. [ John  Feb 15, 2018 ]
Fully automatic. [ Jan Paul  Jan 16, 2018 ]
Features [ Clams B.  Dec 28, 2017 ]
value, features price [ Andrew  Nov 22, 2017 ]
I like these features: Automatic operation, where the arm returns on its own; Replaceable cartridge; Requires pre-amp, phono input on receiver, or phono amp. I have an AudioTechnica that I like that lacks all but the first feature. [ Walter R.  Nov 05, 2017 ]
Great product. Good price. [ Thomas  Oct 01, 2017 ]
reputable brand and competitive pricing [ Peter  Sep 30, 2017 ]
I wanted an automatic turntable better than entry level, such as the AT LP60, which interestingly has a better (elliptical needle) cartridge than the AT-LP3. [ Michael  Aug 01, 2017 ]
Looks good and affordable" [ Christopher  May 12, 2018 ]

1 question already asked

The cables are about twenty-four inches long, and there is no provision for replacing them with longer cables. [ ELROY  Mar 05, 2018 ]
Cable is 3' long and can NOT be replaced [ Paul  Mar 05, 2018 ]
The RCA cables provided are not attached, about 12 inches in length and can be replaced with longer cables. [ Linda  Mar 05, 2018 ]
The,RCA,cablrs,are only 6 feet long. I bought separate coil of wire/cables so I could spread my speakets,across,the length of my living room. I think I bought th e 50 foot unit. Not at home but when I arrive home later tonight I can look up specs and actual item name. Lawrence Zierler [ LAWRENCE S  Mar 04, 2018 ]
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