Audio-Technica AT-LP60BK Fully Automatic Belt-Drive Turntable
The black Audio-Technica AT-LP60BK Belt-Drive Turntable is straightforward and completely automatic for vinyl enthusiasts in need of a turntable to complement their existing home-theater and stereo systems. Its fully automatic operation starts the platter when the tone arm is lifted, and brakes when the needle is positioned on its mount. The turntable features phono (turntable level) outputs, however a built-in preamplifier features line-level outputs for connecting to amplifiers without turntable inputs. The ATLP60 features 33-1/3 and 45 rpm speeds.
Design and features
The AT-LP60BK is a belt-drive turntable, the same drive system used by the vast majority of audiophile turntables. Belt-drive means the turntable’s motor pulley spins the platter with a rubber “belt,” which means it’s not suitable for DJ use where fast start and back-cuing is required. The AT-LP60BK is a little more compact than most turntables at 14 inches (36 cm) square by 3.8 inches (10 cm) high and 6.6 pounds (3 kg).
The rear panel has a small switch that lets you select either the built-in phono preamplifier (and thus, line-level output that’s universally compatible with audio-in jacks) or a higher quality, external preamp you can add later.
The turntable’s output is limited to a hardwired 24-inch-long cable terminated to a set of stereo RCA plugs. Of course, you can get a cheap RCA-to-3.5 mm adapter, which would provide the ability to plug into nearly any boombox, portable speaker, or stereo system — anything with a line-in port.
Even after they’re all set up and ready to go, most turntables are very hands-on devices: you have to manually put the stylus (needle) in the groove and lift the stylus at the end of the record side, so LP playback can seem like a lot of work. Here’s the good news: The AT-LP60BK turntable eliminates all of those hassles.
Just put the LP (or 45 RPM single) on the platter, press the Start button, and the platter starts turning as the AT-LP60BK automatically lifts the tonearm, positions the stylus over the LP’s lead-in groove and gently lowers the stylus down onto the record. After the last song on the LP’s (or single’s) side is finished, the AT-LP60BK automatically lifts the tonearm, returns it back to the arm rest, and turns off the platter motor.