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Audio-Technica AT-LP3

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

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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

Great value for a turntable. I have recently returned to Vinyl. This turntable does everything I need. I like the fact that it starts and stops automatically over the direct drive models where you have to control it.

Steve, Melbourne, FL

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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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