Audio Technica AT-LP3 Test & Review
This is a new turntable from Audio Technica and it is first time presented at 2017 CES. This is a fully automatic belt driven turntable that is compromising between ease of use and sound quality. Like some high-end turntable models, Audio Technica AT-LP3 also has damped base construction made to avoid and reduce low-frequency feedback coloration and accidental needle skipping on your favorite record. Platter is made of die-cast aluminium with 4.5 mm thick rubber mat to counter unwanted vibration.
Audio Technica AT-LP3 Review & Test
Audio Technica has offered another step towards good sound with this new Audio Technica AT-LP3 turntable. This belt-driven turntable is an excellent upgrade to the original models such as the AT-LP60, although is somewhat more expensive than AT-LP60.
Compared to the initial categories of turntables, all segments like chassis drive and platter have been improved, and most importantly the tone arm that allows the adjustment of tracking force and anti-skating is also improved. It is a balanced straight tone arm with a radial and pivot ball bearing and a hydraulic lift control.
The precisely adjusted tone arm and undamaged needle are necessary for the LP records to remain well preserved and sound through long lasting listening. An AT91R MM cartridge with aluminum crankcase is attached and the cartridge upgrade is easy to make because it is mounted on a universal HS3 headshell. It is curiosity that the built-in phono preamp supports MM and MC cartridges which is perhaps the unique case in the world of turntables with built-in phono preamplifiers.
Audio Technica AT-LP3 features:
- Fully automatic belt-drive turntable operation with two speeds: 33-1/3 and 45 RPM
- Balanced straight tone arm with hydraulically damped lift control and lockable rest
- Built-in switchable phono/line pre-amplifier with attached dual RCA output cable
- Switchable Pre-Amp modes for MM and MC cartridges
- ½” mount universal headshell with AT91R Dual Moving Magnet phono cartridge and long-life diamond stylus
- Anti-resonance, die-cast aluminum platter with 4 mm thick rubber mat
- Damped base construction for reduced low-frequency feedback coloration
- Includes 45 RPM adapter and removable hinged dust cover
This turntable is a new model so we don’t have any experience with this, but according to users on the various audio and hi fi forums this is the next best buy turntable in a turntables under 300 $ category. On Amazon this turntable has 31 review currently.
AT LP3 offers full automatic in handling, meaning that the turntable will find the first groove on the record by itself and you will not have to worry if you have left the needle in the groove after listening the entire side of the record. The tone arm will then lift and return to the stand. With ease of use, the AT-LP3 also has an interesting look and it will easy fit into any interior design just like the very popular and award-winning AT-LP5 turntable.
Audio Technica AT-LP3 Specifications:
- Color: Black/White
- Type: Belt-drive turntable, fully automatic
- Motor: DC servo-controlled
- Speeds: 33-1/3 RPM, 45 RPM
- Turntable Platter: Die-cast aluminum
- Wow and Flutter: Less than 0.25% (WTD) @ 3 kHz (JIS)
- Signal-to-Noise Ratio: >50 dB (DIN-B)
- Output Level: Pre-amp “PHONO”: 1.5-3.6 mV nominal at 1 kHz, 5 cm/sec
- Output Level: Pre-amp “LINE” 129-313 mV nominal at 1 kHz, 5 cm/sec
- Phono Pre-Amp Gain: 36 dB nominal, RIAA equalized
- Power Supply Requirements: 120V AC, 60 Hz
- Accessories Included: AT91R Dual Moving Magnet stereo cartridge with replaceable stylus; 1/2″ mount universal headshell; power cord; 45 RPM adapter; removable hinged dust cover; 4 mm rubber mat
User manual for this turntable can be viewed or downloaded here: Audio Technica AT-LP3 User Manual
Here is a detailed video how to setup this great turntable for the best sound possible:
In our opinion this turntable will be the best turntable under 300 $ very soon, if it is not yet. It offers many features like much more expensive turntables but the price of this turntable is still under 300 $ which is great. So if you want to buy a turntable for less than 300 $ you definitely can’t go wrong with Audio Technica AT-LP3 turntable.