If you are newbie into the record playing experience or are looking for something to replace CDs and MP3s then this simple and inexpensive turntable, brought to you by global audio powerhouse Audio Technica, might be something you take into consideration. It has been almost universally well reviewed on the internet, and is a best seller on many online retailers. So, is it one of the best record players? We explore in this review.
Audio Technica AT-LP60 Fully Automatic Stereo Turntable System is aesthetically pleasing, and can be bought in several colours depending on your preferences, meaning it will fit with the decor of the room you’re planning to put it into. It is small and very convenient for everyone who is looking for a simple record player. The build quality corresponds to the value of the record player. I would even say that the quality is above what one would expect in that price range. The transparent lid can come in handy for those who are not fans of dusting and it gives a more modern look to the entire device.
If you follow the provided instructions, you can assemble it in a few minutes and get it up and running in no time. Those that don’t have much experience in playing records shouldn’t be worried about cuing the records or lowering the tonearm onto the vinyl without scratching it, because Audio Technica AT-LP60 is fully automatic. That means that the tonearm moves automatically and adjusts the position onto the vinyl, taking away the effort and risk involved. To make the tonearm move onto the record you press “start” and to make it raise and move away you press “stop”. The automatic tonearm makes it suitable for home use but it’s not intended for DJ’s or loud parties. Most of those buying it aren’t going to be looking to use it to scratch or perform anyway!
This record player has ATN3600L stylus, which is good quality, but it can even be upgraded into ATN3600DLX stylus to enhance the quality of sound. The option to replace or upgrade the built-in phono carriage is not available as it comes fixed onto the device.
The quality of sound is what one would expect from this type of record player, and is more than good enough for most home listeners. People who are into music only for the fun of it and those who aren’t audiophiles wouldn’t be able to make much difference between this record player and a more expensive one. The size of the built-in speakers would suggest that the volume of tone would be low, but Audio Technica AT-LP60 has built-in pre-amplifiers. They’re not automatically turned on with the device but are an extra option to give it a bit of a boost. If you believe the volume is lower than it should be, turn on the pre-amplifier. Having these integrated saves you from having to make additional costs
Overall, taken into account the price and the simplicity of Audio Technica AT-LP60 it can easily be concluded that it’s a good choice for anybody who wants to play your favorite albums at home their own pleasure. Audio Technica are a company to be trusted, making everything from speakers to microphones and of course, record players. It even comes with a manufacturer warranty for your peace of mind. Perfect for hobbyists and those of us not looking to spend too much on our vinyl hobby.