At IFA 2022, the Japanese specialist Audio-Technica presented two new affordable turntables that are equipped with Bluetooth connectivity.
The all-new AT-LP3XBT at £ 280 / € 329 is the successor to the brand’s hugely popular AT-LP3 turntable.
The deck can be connected wirelessly to wireless speakers or headphones thanks to Bluetooth 5.2, and the turntable supports the Qualcomm aptX high definition audio codec.
In addition to being packaged in the proven Audio-Technica AT-VM95C stylus cartridge, there is also a built-in switchable phono / line preamp, a hydraulically damped arm and a removable hinged dust cover.
Available today, the AT-LP3XBT is available in both black and white versions.
The next tier in the new range is the AT-LPW50BTRW, which is a bit more expensive than £ 419.99 / € 499.
Featuring the same connectivity options as his little brother, you get the “High Performance” AT-VM95E Black Dual Moving Magnet inlay at the extra cost, as well as a more luxurious 30mm rosewood veneer plinth. .
There’s also a straight carbon fiber tonearm with adjustable pressure, with a motor equipped with a speed sensor to keep the platter spinning accurately, and a matching matt silver AT-HS4 universal head with a ½ “mount.
Like the AT-LP3XBT, the AT-LPW50BTRW is now available from retailers.
Analysis: These new decks may get audiophiles in motion, but they offer the best of both worlds
Turntables with built-in A / D converters and Bluetooth connectivity have become commonplace in recent years, and everyone, from the Pro-Ject to the Elipson, now offers turntables ready for wireless operation.
Purists will no doubt argue that the cordless turntable negates the sense of analog vinyl playback in the 21st century.
While this is an understandable argument, they would miss what a deck set like these two new Audio-Technica steel wheels provide – namely flexibility and comfort.
Both new turntables give the user the ability to set up a conventional wired system for all that analog wealth, but also give you the flexibility to stream directly to Bluetooth headphones and smart speakers scattered around the house.
While this may result in a potential loss of fidelity due to compression when using wireless connectivity, as both players boast Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity and Qualcomm aptX high-bandwidth support, only the most discerning audiophiles can hear the trade-off.
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