AUDIO-TECHNICA

MAIN NOTE: As we believe in human interaction, we do not sell online, but are more than happy to mail order/courier out to you. Just call or email us and we can take payment over the phone and sort out your every whim and fancy :) Also, you probably have questions, lots of questions and we like to answer those :)

SIDE NOTE: Don't buy electronics from overseas! Even if you get a transformer, you will be buying a product that is not supported locally for service or repairs but FAR MORE IMPORTANTLY it will not have passed the Australian Government's QC inspectors and will therefor be illegal. This means that you will be legally liable if anything untoward (read, burn your house down or electrocute someone) happens and insurance will not cover it. True Story.

FINAL NOTE: Entry Level versus Home Hifi. While the entry level deck works a treat it is not adjustable or up-gradable. This means it 1) wears your records more over time and 2) cannot have a new cartridge installed on it should you wish to upgrade in the future. A good rule of thumb is that if you are intending to continue buying new records, collecting etc, then you are probably better off investing in the home Hifi turntable, while if you are just messing around, buying old records from op-shops or occasionally listening to old records you inherited, the entry level will do just fine (in our opinion the LP60 is the best of this design available in Australia). We can elaborate on this quite extensively if required ...

POST SCRIPT: Why do we only sell one brand? We could prattle on about the tyranny of choice but it comes down to this: We don't like drama and we don't like you having to come back with issues. In our 13 years of experience Audio-Technica has the least coming-backness of the lot and they clearly failed acting class because the lack of drama surrounding this brand is palpable. Finally, both the LP60 and LP120 consistently come top or very near top in almost all comparisons between brands. A simple google search will verify this.


Entry Level Belt Drive - LP60

NOTE: Both LP60s come with regular audio cables and are LINE & PHONO out. You will, however, have to make a choice between USB (great for recording into your computer) and BT (great if you have a BT speaker).

LP60 USB - $249
+ $50 Gift Voucher 

Black & Gun Metal (Dark Silver)

LP60 Bluetooth - $299
+ $50 Gift Voucher

Black, White & Navy

For a long time we struggled to find you an entry level deck that didn't suck. As many of you are now aware the little suitcase ones are rubbish, skipping all over the place because their tone arms are set incorrectly, their needles are super cheap and their parent companies are not actually audio manufacturers with decades of experience, but rather simply junk peddlers pushing badly designed rubbish out of the cheapest factories they can find in China. The same problem exists for most of the ones you buy from chain stores and mega-markets.

While the LP60 has the same type of design, i.e. tone arm without an adjustable weight or tracking and non-removable headshell, Audio-Technica bring to bear their fantastic design skills, high standard of quality control and 51 years of experience as a quality auduio manufacturer. We have tested this turntable and it plays all records without skipping. You will also note the much better, AT91, needle that the LP60 comes with compared to all the other turn tables in this price range.

The AT LP60 is perfect record player for the dabbler or beginner. While both versions of the LP60 come with the traditional RCA outputs (both phono and line) you can choose between a USB or BLUETOOTH version, which means that this versatile little turntable play on anything that makes a noise. 

The LP 60 USB also comes with recording software so you can archive your collection while you listen to it.

While these turntables lack the sophistication and features of the more expensive Audio-Technica decks, they are a quality product, with sleek retro lines from a company with over 50 years audio know-how.

If you are wondering why we sell this with $50 gift voucher, it's for a couple of reasons. Firstly it's how we add value for you so we can compete with high turn-over low margin internet operators and keep the vinyl flowing into the racks of our physical store, but far more importantly it's because you will, without a doubt, require cleaning products or a spare needle or if it's a gift, even better, bonus double-gift.


Home HiFi Turntable

AT LP120
$499 + $50 gift voucher

Available in Gloss Black & Matt Silver

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This baby is an all-round gem. First of all, let's start by saying that audiophiles hate direct drive turntables, so if you are a fruit bat or want something that looks vintage (rather than Technics 1200 Retro) then you should go check out Classic HiFi or the VIntage Record in Newtown and Annandale Respectively.

If, on the other hand, you want something that works, out-of-the-box with any audio system you might have at home and would like to record any record (33, 45, 78) you play via USB while you listen to it with minimal fuss, then look no further. 

Play and record your vinyl via USB at the same time. Direct drive, forward and reverse play capability; cast aluminium platter with slipmat; three speeds 33/45/78; quartz-controlled pitch lock; pitch control with +/-10% or +/-20% ; and a removable hinged dust cover.  The main different between the LP120 and the LP60 is that this deck has an adjustable tone-arm, this means less wear on your records and more precision in playing them. it also has a removable headshell which means you can upgrade your cartridge in the future should you so desire.

Audio-Technica Authorised Reseller

The internal (and by-passable) stereo phono pre-amp allows you to plug into components with no phono input. Comes with a USB cable plus Mac- and PC-compatible Audacity software to record your LPs.

$499 plus $50 store credit *

If you are wondering why we sell this for $499 including a $50 gift voucher when you have seen it cheaper online, it's for a couple of reasons. Firstly it's how we add value for you so we can compete with high turn-over low margin internet operators and keep the vinyl flowing into our racks, but far more importantly it's because you will, without a doubt, require cleaning products or a spare needle or if it's a gift, even better, bonus double-gift.

NB:  A lot of the Rega and Project turntables have the insanely stupid hardwired headshell design. This makes it incredibly tricky to swap cartridges (something you will eventually do because they do eventually need replacing) and highly likely that you'll tear out a wire. The LP120 and LP1240 have a tone-arm collar (made famous by the Technics 1200) for an easily removable headshell assembly. This also makes it way easier to clean your stylus - something you should be doing regularly. 


Home HiFi Turntable

AT LP5
$799 + $50 gift voucher

 

The Audio-Technica AT-LP5 is perfect balance of technology and design, aesthetically minimal; it’s a nice contrast to the retro looks of the LP60 and LP120.

Direct-drive (no rubber band), it comes a precision-engineered cast aluminium platter and is fitted with the high-performance AT95EX Dual Moving Magnet cart. There is no pitch control for fiddling about with the speed, but the LP5 record player has and does the following:

·        USB functionality (record your wax while you play it)

·        J-shaped tonearm (helps minimise tracking errors).

·        Plays 33 1/3rd & 45 RPM speeds,

·        Both phono and line stereo outputs with separate grounding (plugs into anything you have that makes a noise).

·        Low-resonance damped & weighted chassis structure,

·        Audacity recording software.

·        USB cable

·        RCA / RCA stereo adapter cable.

Why is it more than the LP120 if it ostensibly does less? Components. The LP5 weighs twice what the LP120 does, and has more gold bits (for better signal paths), all of this adds up to a more solid and better sounding deck.

Having said this, Audio-Technica is a 51 year old Japanese brand with the highest production standards; they make a $6000 cartridge – so they are not going to trash their brand with bad gear in any part of their range.


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PRO DJ Turntable
AT LP-1240

$700 - 829

Available to order - We price match and explain things to you, so contact us to discover why stuff needs to be explained about this deck.

We're very happy to be stocking this little number. Ever since Panasonic killed off the Technics 1200 range we've been looking for something equal or better and it's finally here. 

After giving this baby a serious thrashing on our counter we believe we have found something worth owning again. FINALLY someone got it right! Come test it out today.

$829 loaded with Ortofon DJ Cart & Stylus or $700 without

Note that these decks DO NOT come with DJ needles, so when you see them advertised elsewhere cheaper, the price does not include a $150 component.  Sneaky, but true. Call us for a chat about your DJing options. 9380 8223.