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Audio Technica

AT-LP60 USB w/ integral AT Dual Magnet™ cartridge

$188.00

Audio Technica

AT-LP60 USB w/ integral AT Dual Magnet™ cartridge

$188.00

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*Purchase this turntable in person at either of our brick-and-mortar stores (The Analog Vault / The Analog Room) and receive an instant in-store credit of S$20 that can be made towards purchase of vinyl records.

“An articulate sound and excellent ease of use make this an attractive entry-level turntable.” – WhatHiFi

Rediscover your classic 33-1/3 and 45 RPM records on this affordable, fully automatic belt-drive turntable. With its built-in switchable phono preamp, the AT-LP60 may be connected directly to your computer, home stereo, powered speakers and other components that have no dedicated turntable input. The turntable is supplied with an integral Audio-Technica Dual Magnet™ phono cartridge with replaceable stylus.

Now you can experience your vinyl’s high-fidelity audio directly or convert it to digital. The AT-LP60-USB stereo turntable comes equipped with a USB output that allows direct connection to your computer.

Note that the phono cartridge for this turntable model is not upgradeable, but the stylus can be changed. Read below for more info on tracking force and tonearms with non-adjustable weights.

Features

  • Fully automatic operation
  • Two speeds: 33 1/3 RPM and 45 RPM
  • Professional aluminum turntable platter
  • Integral Audio-Technica Dual Magnet™ phono cartridge with replaceable diamond stylus
  • Built-in switchable stereo phono/line level pre-amplifier permits use of turntable with stereo systems having either magnetic-phono inputs or “AUX” (line-level) inputs; also allows convenient use of turntable with most powered speakers
  • Damped lift/cueing mechanism with front-panel control
  • Removable dust cover

Setting up the AT-LP60:

http://blog.audio-technica.com/audio-solutions-question-of-the-week-how-do-i-set-up-my-at-lp60-turntable/

View the AT-LP60 Turntable Setup Video:

 

Specifications:

Type

Belt drive turntable, fully automatic

Motor

DC servo-controlled

Speeds

33-1/3 RPM, 45 RPM

Turntable Platter

Aluminium

Signal-to-Noise Ratio

>50dB (DIN-B)

Output Level

Pre-amp "PHONO": 2.5 mV nominal at 1 kHz, 5cm/sec; Pre-amp "LINE": 150 mV nominal at 1 kHz, 5cm/sec

Phono Pre-Amp Gain

36 dB nominal, RIAA equalized

Power Supply Requirements

230V ac, 50 Hz, 3W

USB Function

A/D, D/A: 16 bit 44.1 kHz or 48 kHz USB selectable Computer interface: USB 1.1 Compliant Windows XP, Vista or MAC OSX

Accessories

Dual RCA (female) to 3.5 mm (1/8") mini-plug (male) stereo adapter cable; dual RCA (female) to 3.5 mm (1/8") mini-plug (female) stereo adapter cable; 45 RPM adapter; USB cable; recording software

Dimensions

360mm (14.17") W x 97.5mm (3.83") H x 356mm (14.02") D

Weight

3kg (6.6 lbs)

Replacement Stylus

ATN3600L


Source: Audio Technica

FAQ on Tracking Force and Turntables by Audio Technica (S.E.A.)

What are the types of tonearms available?

  • Generally, there are 2 kind of tonearms, the adjustable tonearm counterweight and the non-adjustable type. Most of the entry-level turntables are equipped with non-adjustable counterweight. For the mid to higher-end turntables, most come with adjustable tonearm counterweight. It is why some advance customers will choose an adjustable weight turntable over an entry-level turntable with more control in tracking force adjustment.
  • Turntable with non-adjustable weight:  Example: AT-LP5
  • Turntable with adjustable counterweight: Example: AT-LP60-USB

How should the tracking force be set for the styli/cartridge?

  • The tracking force on a styli/ cartridge should be set at the recommended weight specified by the cartridge/stylus manufacturer. Although the higher tracking weight did wear out records, the records were made of a harder material like Shellac for the heavier tracking.
  • Light tracking force will cause damage to the groove walls. Therefore, always set at the recommended weight suggested by stylus manufacturer.

How will the tracking force affect the playback of turntable?

  • It is important to calibrate and ensure that the tracking force are set based on the manufacturer’s specification. Tracking the stylus at a lighter weight will actually do more harm to your vinyl records. There is really no way to track a stylus needle through a vinyl groove without wearing it. The objective is to reduce the wear/damage while getting the optimum audio playback.
  • Assuming you have the cartridge set up correctly, you can ensure to get multiple playbacks out of your vinyl without any appreciable damage. Enjoy the music playback and don't worry about record damage. The wear usually occurs gradually, it is a little more each time when the vinyl disc is playback. The wear produces a slight increase in the background noise and some loss of the high frequency signal.

How will low tracking force affect the vinyl records?

  • A low tracking force will create more harm than good for vinyl record (as it will not tracks well).
    1. This is due to stylus needle bouncing around in the grooves of the record, repeatedly chipping away back and forth.
    2. A low tracking force will not sound good acoustically.

What is the impact to a vinyl record with a worn stylus?

  • It is important never to use a worn stylus as you are doing more damage to the record. When the worn stylus goes through the groove of a vinyl, the groove are permanently damaged causing an increase in distortion and loss of high frequencies. So it is important to replace the worn stylus, the recommendation to replace a stylus needle after playback of 1000 LP sides.

Source: Audio Technica (S. E.A.)