Audio-Technica is showcasing a wide variety of turntables, its AT-ART1000 phono cartridge and all-new headphone products, at the Washington, D.C. Capital Audiofest 2019 Nov. 1-3.
Among the models on hand will be the AT-LP60XHP turntable/headphone bundle ($129). Fully automatic, it offers a host of upgraded features such as high-quality phono cartridges and built-in phono stages. The AT-LP60XHP turntable and headphones combination handles 33-1/3 and 45 RPM. Based on the AT-LP60X fully automatic belt-drive turntable, 60XHP adds an integrated headphone amplifier with a 3.5 mm (1/8-inch) headphone jack and volume control on the front panel, so all the listener needs to do is plug in the included ATH-250AV over-ear headphones (or other headphones of their choice). The turntable may also be connected to a stereo, powered speakers, computer or other components and used as a standard turntable. The detachable RCA output cable (3.5 mm male to dual RCA male) and built-in switchable phono preamp allow the turntable be connected to components with and without a dedicated phono input.
Also on demo there will be the AT-LPW40WN, a fully manual, belt-drive turntable ($299). It features an anti-resonance MDF (medium density fiberboard) plinth with simulated walnut wood veneer to limit low-frequency acoustical feedback and a sensor-monitored motor to ensure accurate platter rotation speeds at 33-1/3 and 45 RPM. The turntable includes a straight carbon-fiber tonearm with adjustable tracking force and an AT-HS4 universal half-inch-mount headshell with an AT-VM95E Dual Moving Magnet phono cartridge. The AT-VM95E cartridge comes with a 0.3 x 0.7 mil elliptical stylus, but is also compatible with any VM95 Series replacement stylus, offering a wide choice of options for every budget and application, says Audio Technica. The AT-LPW40WN is also equipped with a built-in selectable phono preamp and a detachable dual RCA output cable to enable direct connection to components with or without a dedicated phono input.