Audio-Technica has a turntable on your wi-fi audio system
There is no doubting the vinyl resurgence, and this yr’s CES has a couple of turntable choices for these hobbyists. Along with Sony’s new mannequin that digitizes vinyl tunes and a Technics revival, Audio-Technica has a turntable in your wi-fi speaker setup. The corporate’s AT-LP60-BT presents Bluetooth connectivity in a totally automated belt-drive stereo turntable. Which means along with audio system, you can even pair the system together with your wi-fi headphones (extra on that in a second). You’ll be able to join as much as eight totally different audio system as nicely, which would appear to make it a strong choice for multi-room audio. Nevertheless, we might need to check the vary earlier than confirming you should use it in that method.
The AT-LP60-BT additionally options automated operation because the arm is positioned or faraway from the report just by hitting the beginning or cease button. There’s additionally a raise button that removes the arm with out stopping the document from spinning. Further controls embrace a velocity selector (33 or forty five RPM) and a measurement selector for 7- and 12-inch vinyl. Ought to the necessity come up, the turntable additionally has an RCA jack for analog output. You recognize, in case you need the great ol’ wired connection. What Audio-Technica’s new unit lacks, nevertheless, is a USB connection.
At $one hundred eighty, the AT-LP60-BT lets you hook up with a Bluetooth speaker you possible already personal. In fact, sound high quality will range based mostly on the standard of the audio system or headphones you are connecting. And sure, audiophiles will need to search for a wired connection to get all the advantages that vinyl gives. That being stated, I gave the turntable a pay attention with a pair of Audio-Technica’s ATH-S700BT cans. Based mostly on a pair minutes of an Adele monitor, I can say that setup sounded fairly good. I am going to reserve a remaining judgement till I am within the quiet confines of residence with a strong speaker setup, as I see that being the most typical use case.
What the AT-LP60-BT does present, although, is comfort. Eliminating the necessity for a full-on console to energy a turntable and ship the sound to a set of residence theater audio system is a horny choice. Audio-Technica is not the primary firm to do pack in Bluetooth, as Ion lately launched a wi-fi mannequin, too. These new wi-fi turntables will entice me to start out a vinyl behavior, although, that is for positive.