Audio Technica AT-LP60 Turntable

The most reliable, easy-to-set-up, none corny-looking turntable we’ve seen under $100. Perfect for that friend who keeps talking about “getting into vinyl,” or for the audiophile who doesn’t have room in their studio for a twin-tower analog rig from 1972.

December 1, 2017

the story

Established in Tokyo back in 1962, Audio-Technica is one of the most well-respected audio equipment brands on the market. Case in point: they’ve supplied microphones for the US Presidential Debates for the past 20 years.

Audio-Technica produces everything from turntables to headphones, and if it’s got their name on it, you know you’re getting a quality product with a warranty and a ton of tech support.

why we like it

The AT-LP60 is one of the highest-rated turntables out there for under $100, and as one customer put it, “the only thing that could be better is a vintage one in good shape.”

But, take it from us, going vintage comes with its own complications including, but not limited to: buying an amp, pre-amp, haggling with a used-electronics store owner, setting it up — and then praying it all works.

And, at the end of the day, you probably won’t be able to pick up the minute difference in sound quality anyway. Point is, this turntable is the best sound quality you’re gonna find without committing to a whole new lifestyle — and it’s only $89.

the competition

Audio Technica’s entry-level turntable is waaayy sturdier and higher quality than that cheap Crosby play-out system we all bought when we first decided to dip our toes into vinyl. And it requires approximately zero percent of the technical know-how traditional (or new, high-priced) setups require.

If you really wanna go new-school, Audio Technica has a version of the AT-LP60 with a Bluetooth connection instead of a phono jack, but if you’re a purist at heart like we are, we suggest you save the $50 and go with the basic model.

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