Audio-Technica AT-LP5 Direct Drive Turntable

Technical Audio Group | (02) 9519 0900 | | RRP: $799

There have been plenty of turntables released for DJ use in the last twenty years from a range of manufacturers, and Audio-Technica is certainly one such company. However, their heritage in turntables goes way back before the bedroom DJ needed a pair of decks. They have been manufacturing turntables since the 60s, and understand hi-fi enthusiasts’ needs for a direct drive turntable. So, don’t go thinking this is a trick deck that will rock the house and scratch the night away. No, this is a more sophisticated unit, designed for one purpose, the enjoyment of listening to music in its purest recorded form.


The AT-LP5 is not trying to appear fancy and flashy, because it is not. And that is part of the charm of this turntable. It is a very simple design, with the control that is needed and the engineering to back it up, but without the need to overdo anything. Let’s face it, this is going to sit on a side table or shelf and allow you to sit back and enjoy your favourite LP at the end of a long day, to let your worries just melt away. Sounds a little poetic, but in truth, it is the simplicity that makes it so perfect for this. A speed selection switch between 33 and 45 RPM is all that adorns the top panel. The aluminium platter is a very simple, plain design, not intended for scratching, but rather with a mind to offer a stable, even rotation without causing the tone arm to ride up and down too much.



This sums up all the operations of this turntable. The rubber mounted feet serve to reduce any resonance from external vibrations and those caused by the motor. The tone arm has a smooth action, with a simple anti-skating adjustment to increase pressure where needed and a slow drop on the lowering arm to set the needle in place. Best of all, it uses a classic removable headshell with replaceable cartridge and stylus, so you will not be caught out trying to find replacements in the future. Designed for playing, not performing, the AT-LP5 ticks all the boxes, and offers a reliable product that delivers the goods around and around again. 


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Hits and Misses


Sleek, stylish design

Removable, adjustable headshell

Simple, yet stable aluminium platter


Although not entirely necessary, there is no pitch control