Audio-Technica is one of the technology brands exhibiting at IFA 2019 and it’s launching its latest turntable along with a wireless headphone duo .
The AT-LP5x is described by Audio-Technica as “the perfect introductory turntable for demanding listeners”.
As the direct successor to the AT-LP5, the new model builds on the AT-LP5’s template with a raft of improvements and additions, including the new AT-VM95E Dual Moving Magnet stereo cartridge, the next generation model of the legendary AT95E.
The AT-VM95E arrives pre-mounted on an AT-HS6 headshell. While this makes for a great-sounding setup straight out of the box, the upgradeable stylus assembly allows users to further personalise performance through the VM95 range if they wish.
Also brand new is the quick start, low-noise quartz-locked DC servo direct drive motor, which offers 33, 45 and now 78 RPM speed capabilities (the latter requires the addition of the AT-VM95SP stylus, sold separately).
The tonearm sports the same J-shaped design as the AT-LP5 and features a metallic gimbal suspension system and precision bearings. Combined with an adjustable dynamic anti-skate control to prevent unwanted movement by the tonearm, tracking errors are further minimised for smoother playback of your favourite vinyl records. The turntable’s platter is precision-machined in aluminium for balanced on-axis rotation.
The AT-LP5X features a built-in switchable Moving Magnet and Moving Coil phono/line preamp that enables it to connect directly to a computer, home stereo, powered speakers and other components that have no dedicated phono stage – a “plug and play” approach that allows users to take it out of its box and have it playing records right away. The selection of MM/MC cartridges allow for an easy upgrade to a moving coil with additional equipment.
Another improvement over the AT-LP5 is the external power supply, which helps lessen signal chain noise to deliver a cleaner sound. And despite its classic-inspired styling, the AT-LP5X is every bit the 21st century turntable, rounding out its feature list with a USB output allowing users to digitise their vinyl collection. A cable to connect the turntable to a PC is included, as is a link to download free Audacity software for converting your records to MP3, WAV and other digital formats.
The turntable chassis is constructed of anti-vibration damping materials with heavy mass internal inserts to minimise any performance-effecting resonances, and comes in a matt black finish. Accessories supplied include a 5mm Audio-Technica heavy damping mat, dust cover and RCA cable.
The Audio-Technica AT-LP5X will be available from September 2019 priced at £349/€399
- Type: 3-speed, fully manual operation
- Motor: DC motor
- Drive Method: Direct drive
- Speeds: 33-1/3 RPM, 45 RPM, 78 RPM
- Turntable Platter: Die-cast aluminum
- Starting Torque: >1.0 kgf.cm
- Braking System: Electronic brake
- Wow and Flutter: <0.2% WRMS (33 RPM) at 3 KHz
- Signal-to-Noise Ratio: >50 dB
- Output Level: Pre-amp “PHONO”: 4.0 mV nominal at 1 kHz, 5 cm/sec; Pre-amp “LINE” 250mV nominal at 1 kHz, 5 cm/sec
- Phono Pre-Amp Gain: 36 dB nominal, RIAA equalised, MC: 56 dB nominal, RIAA equalised
- USB Function: A/D: 16 bit 44.1 kHz or 48 kHz USB selectable Computer interface: USB 2.0 compliant Windows 7 or above, MAC OS X or above
- Power Supply Requirements: 100-240V AC, 50/60 Hz
- Power Consumption: 3 W
- Dimensions: 450.0 mm (17.72″)W x 352.0 mm (13.86″)D x 157.0 mm (6.1″)H
- Weight : 7.3 kg (16.1 lbs.)
- Accessories included: AT-VM95E Dual Moving Magnet stereo cartridge (black) with replaceable stylus; AT-HS6 lightweight headshell; power adapter ; dual RCA (male) to dual RCA (male) stereo cable; 45 RPM adapter; USB cable; dust cover with mounting hardware
Audio-Technica’s new true wireless headphone duo, the ATH-CKS5TW and ATH-CK3TW are designed for all music fans looking for complete freedom from wires. These new models combine Audio-Technica’s 57 years of audio engineering heritage with compact, lightweight designs, long-lasting battery life, the latest Bluetooth wireless technology and the company’s renowned audio quality – starting at a sub £100 price tag.
Both models boast an Auto Power On/Off feature which automatically turns the headphones on and pairs them with your smartphone, or portable digital audio player, when they are removed from their charging case. The compact earbuds will also turn off automatically when placed back inside the case. The case includes LED battery status indicators and charging comes via USB Type-C (now the standard for smartphones).
Audio during calls has also been enhanced using Clear Voice Capture technology that delivers gentle ambient noise reduction for improved clarity during conversations. For those with active lifestyles, the ATH-CKS5TW and ATH-CK3TW’s drip-proof IPX2 water resistance rating means it protects the earbuds from contacting with some water splash.
Both models arrive with the latest Bluetooth 5.0 wireless technology.
Audio-Technica ATH-CKS5TW (£149)
The mid-range CKS5TW boast 10mm drivers with dual-layer diaphragm and an exclusive eartip design. With its combination of hard and soft materials, the diaphragm delivers rich but accurate bass sounds and clear full-range audio.
The new eartip style offers an improved, stable and comfortable fit, alongside strong noise isolation to reduce the intrusion of surrounding ambient sounds. The design also offers superior high-frequency sound delivery to enhance the audio performance.
Additionally, a fully-charged pair delivers 15 hours of continuous playback, while the included charging case supplies a further 30 hours, resulting in a total of 45 hours of on-the-go functionality.
Buttons located on each earbud let you control music/calls/volume without touching your smartphone. The Audio-Technica Connect mobile app allows users to check battery life, adjust settings, control playback, select preferred codecs and assists in locating the earbuds if they become separated or lost.
The CKS5TW are compatible with Qualcomm aptX, SBC and AAC codecs for better quality wireless audio. Available in a classic black finish.
Audio-Technica ATH-CK3TW (£99)
The CK3TW allow a wider audience to connect and explore with a truly wireless audio experience. They feature 5.8mm drivers and smooth silicone eartips.
Touch sensors for controlling audio, calls and volume are located on each earbud.
The ATH-CK3TW battery life runs to six hours per charge, with an additional 24 hours of battery power deliverable via the charging case.
A special low-latency function, Qualcomm TrueWireless Stereo Plus, ensures you can stream the latest releases with no audio disruption and a stable connection. Its efficient power management also ensure you don’t burn through your battery while enjoying entertainment on-the-go.
The headphones are compatible with Siri and Google Assistant for hands-free voice command activation.
The ATH-CK3TW is compatible with aptX and SBC codecs for better quality wireless audio and come in four colour options: black, white, blue and red.