The AT-LPW50BT-RW arrives as part of the Japanese brand’s line of fully manual, belt-driven wooded turntables, sporting a rosewood-finished veneer and 30mm-thick anti-resonance MDF plinth to reduce the impact of vibrations. 33.3 and 45 RPM speeds are supported, with a sensor monitored motor there to ensure accurate rotation of the platter.
The straight carbon-fibre tonearm has adjustable tracking force, and comes with a matching matte-silver AT-HS4 universal ½”-mount headshell. The built-in selectable phono preamp and detachable dual RCA output cable allows for connection to wired devices with or without a dedicated phono input.
Next up is the AT-LP3XBT player, which is the successor to the award-winning AT-LP3. It also features Bluetooth support with aptX onboard for wireless playback and it comes with the renowned AT-VM95C cartridge.
This fully automatic belt-driven turntable also features a built-in switchable phono/line pre-amplifier, with speeds of 33.3 and 45 RPM supported, and a balanced straight tonearm with hydraulically damped lift control and rest.
The AT-LPW50BTRW and AT-LP3XBT are both on sale now (August 31st), the former priced at £419.99 / €499 and the latter at £280/ €329. The AT-LP3XBT comes in a choice of black and white finishes.
The turntables weren’t the only vinyl related news that Audio-Technica had to share. They also revealed the high-end AT-ART20 phono cartridge, which has a magnetic core dual moving coil model structured to “reproduce sound with the full expression of a live performance”.
Audio-Technica say they’ve used “finest materials and advanced manufacturing techniques” to be able to match the life-like reproduction qualities of non-magnetic core cartridges, providing what it describes as “an emotional analogue performance.”
Designated as an Audio-Technica Excellence Product, the AT-ART20 doesn’t come cheap. The price to pay for owning this cartridge is a steep of £2749.99 / €3199. Like the turntables, the ART20 is on sale from August 31st onwards.