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by Peter Familari

2nd May, 2018


Audio-Technica’s latest vinyl spinner is a nicely priced and substantially built beauty called rather neatly, the AT-LP7.

Drive for the new turntable is a rubber belt. Have you noticed a dearth of direct drive models of late? We have.

Whether Audio Technica looked at a motor directly under the spindle or simply decided a belt drive is the way to, we’ll never know.

Not that it matters much at all. Belt driven vinyl spinners get our vote for one practical reason: when the time comes to replace a belt, a child could accomplish the task. It really is that easy.

The motor chosen to turn the LP7’s platter is fitted with a speed-sensor batch of electronics to keep things spinning at precisely 33 and 1/3 revolutions per minute. Or since it’s a two-speed model, at 45 RPMs.

So break out those 45-RPM audiophile albums and give them a whirl on the LP7.

Speaking of platters, the one for this deck is made from 20mm thick anti-resonance, polyoxymethylene material. Don’t know what this is, but I’ll take AT’s word that it dampens unwanted vibrations.

Both platter and motor are built into a 40 mm thick MDF chassis. We did say the LP7 looks substantial and now you know why.

The LP7 is a complete package and comes with a J-shaped tonearm that rides on metal, gimbal bearings. But it also features a built-in phono stage that can be switched for moving magnet or moving coil cartridges.

But buyers won’t have to worry about this for a while because AT installs a VM520EB dual moving magnet cartridge on a nice AT-HS10 headshell.

The fully manual LP7 is bundled with a dust cover and a pair of RCA interconnects as well as a 45RPM record adapter.

Price of this complete package is $1399 and the LP7 is available now.

For more information visit Audio-Technica.


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One of the veterans of the Australian HiFi industry, Peter was formerly the Audio-Video Editor of the Herald Sun for over two decades. One of the most-respected audio journalists in Australia, Peter brings his unparalleled experience and a unique story-telling ability to StereoNET.

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