SLEEK AND SIMPLE
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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