Originally published 12/31/14.
- 1/2/21. Added graphics and article cleanup.
- 2/21/22. Article revisit.
Hi friend and Welcome!!
Today I will be doing a very special review of the Audio Technica AT LP60!
It’s a great little entry-level turntable with some awesome features. It won’t break the bank and is ideal for people new to vinyl and looking to get their feet wet. Before we get started, grab a snack sit back and relax because…
You’re in the right place!!
I am a sample-based producer, so I needed an affordable and quality solution to my problem. I had a ton of records lying around, but nothing to play them with!
My dad has had a Technics SL-1700 for over 30 years, and you can be darned sure he doesn’t want my cotton pickin’ hands all over it!
Don’t tell him, but when I was younger I would sneak in some listening in the afternoon while he was away at work. Eventually, I had to succumb to the pressure and buy my own.
So here I am…
reviewing an affordable, reliable USB turntable from the comfort of my apartment. It’s pretty easy to set up if you follow some basic instructions, and comes with RCA cables for easy hookup to various types of equipment that we’ll also discuss!
The easiest way to hook it up, Homie:
The turntable comes with a 3.5mm female to dual RCA male adapter. On the back, you’ve got your standard RCA males. This makes for easy hookup to pretty much any set of active speakers that has RCA inputs, or any generic speaker that has a green 3.5mm stereo jack.
You can also use this turntable with any Headphone Amp/DAC that has RCA inputs as well. For instance, the FiiO K5 Pro makes a great pair with the AT LP60 because it has RCA inputs. I love spinning records and listening to them with a headphone like the AKG K702.
G6 with the AT LP60
Another example would be something like the Creative SoundBlasterX G6 because it has a line input. For this setup, just use the adapter that comes with the turntable. RCA males > RCA female adapter > Line out female > Line in male > SoundBlasterX G6 (line-in). Here’s an image of what it looks like:
This is a great setup because the G6, like the K5 Pro, has plenty of power to get those records crankin’!
I also have a set of generic speakers. For those:
Use the 3.5 mm stereo male jack (from your speakers, typically Green) and plug it into the female jack (that comes with the turntable).
plug the Red and White male RCA plugs (from the turntable) into the Red and White female jacks (from the speakers) and away you go. It’s as simple as that. Just know that one of the female jacks may be a different color (black). Just match up the reds first.
- Plug the power cable into an available outlet.
- Plug the USB cord into a jack on your CPU or laptop.
K5 Pro with the LP60
We touched on it above, but there are a couple of ways you can use this turntable with the K5 Pro:
- Simply plug the RCA males into the female inputs on the back of the K5 Pro. Now you can listen with headphones. Doesn’t get much easier than that.
- You also have the option of then outputting the sound to separate active speakers if you want. This is in part why I recommend the K5 Pro so much. It’s extremely versatile. To do this, snag a pair of Presonus Eris e3.5s and a pair of RCA to RCA cables. Then just run the cables from the RCA outs on the back of the K5 Pro to the inputs on the Presonus. For both of these setups, you’ll flip the switch on the K5 Pro to the middle (Line). Pretty neat!
Receiver with the LP60
Another option is to plug the turntable’s RCA males into the back of a receiver and listen to your records through some home theater speakers. Just make sure the receiver in question has phono inputs, and don’t forget to tick the switch on the back of the turntable to PHONO!! For use with an Amp/DAC in the above examples, the switch will be set to LINE.
The AT LP60 even comes with Audacity, which is a great little program for ripping your vinyl and making audio CDs. Or sampling 😀
My dad has even recruited me to make him CDs of all his old favorites. Now he wants one too!!
Another great feature is the autoplay. Just press the start button on the front and the needle starts up by itself. You don’t even have to touch it if you don’t want to. I’m kind of old school so I enjoy putting the stylus where I want.
Another feature, which I don’t use often, is speed. You can press a button and increase it to 45, or leave it at 33 RPM.
The button all the way to the right lifts the needle and in essence, pauses a track much like a pause button. The record still spins and you can press the button again to resume play.
As simple as it gets…
This turntable is really as simple as it gets. I don’t know much about the logistics of turntables themselves, or what makes one better than another. I’m sure there are a group of snobs somewhere on the internet bashing this thing. But who cares, because everywhere you look it’s got pretty near flawless reviews and I’ve used mine in the studio since 2014!
That’s right you heard me correctly. This thing is still kickin’ and looking back was an insane value at its price given how many hours I’ve spun vinyl with it over the years. It’s quite a workhorse machine.
The dust cover comes in handy as well. If you forget to put it down after use, you will find yourself cleaning the needle. Please make sure to use a stylus cleaner that is meant for the job. Use anything else, and you may end up damaging it.
I should mention some quirks that I’ve experienced with this unit. In owning one piece of gear for so long, you’re bound to run into some oddities, and the LP60 has a couple, and they both involve the start and stop buttons:
Pressing the stop button results in the needle lifting from the record, but not returning to its original place.
My workaround is to simply let it drop back down. When this happens, the needle will move to the end of the record, lift up, and resume its position on the cradle.
For me, this isn’t really a big deal as it still generally works as it’s supposed to (meaning the stylus still moves to its original position after the record finishes), but your mileage may vary.
When you press the start button, the stylus doesn’t drop at the start of the record anymore. It drops towards the end, lifts back up, and then resumes its original position in the cradle.
In other words, it doesn’t actually do its job. 😛
My workaround for this is to simply do it by hand. A minor inconvenience, but ultimately not a big deal for me since the act of physically starting a record is part of the charm! Again, your mileage may vary.
Even despite those quirks, I still think this unit is an easy purchase as it sounds fantastic and still spins records after all this time + it’s really versatile and can work with a plethora of different equipment you may have.
What more is there to say. This is one of the best options you can go with for an entry-level unit.
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Well, that’s about it for today my friend! Hope you enjoyed my Audio Technica at lp 60 review!!
Questions? Comments? Requests? Did I miss the mark on something? Please Contact me!
What do you think about this turntable? Is it a good deal?? I would love to hear from you. Until next time…
All the best and God bless,