Audio-Technica unveils its AT-LPW50PB belt-drive turntable which aims for an audio experience at the quality end of the vinyl spectrum.A fully manual, belt-driven turntable, the AT-LPW50PB features an anti-resonance 30 mm thick MDF (medium density fiberboard) plinth to dampen low-frequency acoustical feedback and the accuracy of the platter’s 33-1/3 and 45 RPM rotation speeds is ensured by a sensor-monitored motor.
A straight matte finish carbon-fibre tonearm with adjustable tracking force has an AT-HS4 universal ½"-mount headshell to which is affixed a black AT-VM95E Dual Moving Magnet phono cartridge. This high-performance AT-VM95E cartridge comes with a 0.3 x 0.7 mm elliptical stylus but any VM95 Series stylus can be used with the AT-LPW50PB, so there are options for all budgets and applications.
The turntable is equipped with a built-in selectable phono preamp for phono or line-level output so connection directly to a variety of Hi-Fi components such as amplifiers or powered speakers is simplified.
Finally, the external AC adapter handles AC/DC conversion outside of the chassis, reducing noise in the signal chain.
Audio-Technica’s press release is quoted below:
January 7th, Consumer Electronics Show 2020, Las Vegas – Audio-Technica today unveiled its latest turntable, the AT-LPW50PB. This premium model is both a showcase for the Japanese company’s analogue audio engineering heritage and a beautiful piece of design, boasting a stunning piano, interior-friendly black gloss veneer.
Having designed and manufactured phono cartridges and turntables for more than 50 years, Audio-Technica has channelled its wealth of experience and expertise into making the AT-LPW50PB a best-in-class performer.
The fully-manual belt-driven turntable is engineered for optimal high-fidelity audio reproduction of vinyl. Built from 30mm thick anti-resonance MDF to isolate it from low-frequency acoustic feedback, the AT-LPW50PB also uses a sensor-monitored motor to ensure the accuracy of its platter rotation speed at either 33 1/3 or 45 RPM. The platter itself is cast from professional-grade anti-resonant aluminium.
The turntable comes with a built-in selectable phono preamp and detachable dual RCA output cable for direct connection to other hi-fi components. The included AC adapter handles AC/DC conversion outside of the turntable chassis to minimise interference in the signal chain.
The matte-finished carbon fibre tonearm offers adjustable tracking force and an AT-HS4 ½”-mount universal headshell that features a black AT-VM95E Dual Moving Magnet phono cartridge. This cartridge, a successor to the legendary AT95E, is a versatile and high-performance model but is instantly switchable with any VM95 series cartridge to upgrade the sound.
Supplied with the turntable are a male-to-male dual RCA cable, 45 RPM adapter, rubber mat and removable hinged dust cover, as well as height-adjustable high isolation feet.
Type: 2-speed, fully manual operation
Motor: DC servo with Active Speed Stabilisation
Drive method: Belt drive
Speeds: 33-1/3, 45 RPM
Turntable platter: Die-cast aluminium
Wow and flutter: < 0.15% WRMS (33 RPM) at 3 kHz
Signal-to-Noise Ratio: >60dB
Output Level Pre-amp “PHONO”: 4.0 mV nominal at 1 kHz, 5 cm/sec
Pre-amp “LINE”: 200 mV nominal at 1 kHz, 5 cm/sec
Phono Pre-Amp Gain: 35 dB nominal, RIAA equalized
Power Supply Requirements: 100-240 V, 50/60 Hz, 0.5 A Max.
Power Consumption: 110 V 60 Hz
Dimensions: 420.0 mm (16.53″) W x 340.0 mm (13.38″) D x 116.9 mm (4.6″) H
The Audio-Technica AT-LPW50PB comes in a high-gloss, piano-black finish and will be available from January 2020, priced at £379/$399/€449.
Are there any fans of vinyl that are ready to upgrade their turntables? How does the new Audio-Technica AT-LPW50PB sound to you?
Source: Press release
Image Source: Audio-Technica
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