Audio-Technica has announced two new products of note at CES 2020 with the reveal of the AT-LPW50PB turntable and ATH-ANC300TW true wireless earbuds.
The AT-LPW50PB turntable (£379) is a fully manual, belt-driven turntable that can play records at 33 ⅓ and 45 RPM. The chassis is made of anti-resonance MDF, which is 30mm thick to isolate it from low-frequency sounds. The platter makes use of die-cast aluminium.
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The tracking force of the carbon-fibre tonearm is adjustable and features an AT-HS4 0.5in mount universal headshell with an attachable AT-VM95E Dual Moving Magnet phono cartridge. The successor to Audio-Technica’s popular AT95E, the cartridge can be switched out for an alternative compatible one in the VM95 series if you prefer.
The record player features a built-in selectable phono preamp and detachable dual RCA output for connection to other hi-fi separates. It’s also another model from Audio-Technica that handles AC/DC conversion externally, which helps to minimise any interference in the signal chain.
The ATH-ANC300TW (£209) true wireless earbuds promise to be Audio-Technica’s most advanced yet, with the Japanese company claiming they achieve a balance between convenience and no-compromise performance.
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With 5.8mm diamond-like carbon coated drivers in each earbud, the ANC300TW aspires to offer an accurate and faithful audio performance. ANC can be toggled between Airplane, On-the-Go and Office-Study, and makes use of Audio-Technica’s QuietPoint hybrid technology to cancel out noise.
The QuietPoint technology works by using two microphones to detect external sounds, which are then passed onto a “high-precision digital processor” that reduces the noise, allowing the wearer to really focus on what they want to listen to.
Battery life is 4.5hrs with noise-cancellation engaged, and will last an additional 13.5hrs in the compact carry case. There’s also support for Bluetooth 5.0, aptX and some water resistance in the IPX2 rating.
The AT-LPW50PB turntable (£379) is due to go on sale later this month (January 2020), with the ATH-ANC300TW (£209) following in May 2020.