Like a lot of vinyl collectors, I’ve spent marriage-causing time and money focusing on my records. But joining the AV team a few years ago really exposed one of my other passions – turntables. And just like when I started reviewing them, you have to start somewhere when deciding which entry-level turntable is going to start your vinyl adventure.
I get asked about this a lot, and it happens to be one of the best entry-level turntables you can buy – the Audio-Technica AT-LP60BT-USB, which is available for $199 on Black Friday. That’s a pretty good deal. That’s a nice $80 off the regular price of $279.
Audio-Technica is a favorite brand for those new to vinyl records and more interested in testing the waters before fully using them. Life, My first turntable was an AT-LP120 (also current).A workhorse of a turntable that was easy to use, not easy to break, and allowed me to figure things out with ease.
The AT-LP60BT-USB maintains all those Audio-Technica ease-of-use principles, and although it has a few less frills than the AT-LP120, for the price it’s perfect for beginners and still has Has all the features you’ll need to get started.
Setup out of the box can be done in less than 10 minutes, and its built-in phono preamp means you just need to connect it to a set of powered speakers or the AUX input of an amplifier to get sound. However, if you’re one of those who’s used only Bluetooth speakers as their main source of audio, the AT-LP60BT-USB also has Bluetooth connectivity (hence the “BT” in the name) to get you up and running. . And, hey, if that sounds great to you and that’s all you need, then more power to you. If you decide to explore the world of AV receiver and speaker setups, the AT-LP60BT-USB will also grow with you.
The last abbreviation in the model name of the AT-LP160BT-USB we need to talk about is “USB”. I know it can be difficult to give up the addiction of digital audio for the warmer sound of analog, so if you SureThis turntable has USB connectivity so you can connect it to a computer and use it to digitize any and all of your records for digital playback.
The AT-LP60BT-USB’s push-button operation couldn’t be easier to use, allowing newcomers to drop a record on its aluminum platter and hit start. The tone-arm automatically moves into place and the needle drops to start the record. To stop it and return the tonearm to the cradle, simply press Stop – this will do so automatically when the record ends.
Its all-plastic construction may not be the most aesthetically pleasing, and the cartridge can’t be upgraded (thankfully the stylus can be easily replaced though), but for beginners, and at this price The Audio-Technica AT-LP60BT-USB is an excellent choice.