Audio Technica AT-LP60WH-BT Fully Automatic Bluetooth Wireless Belt-Drive Stereo Turntable Review
Vinyl records have seen a growth in demand and as a result, has been a growth in options for turntables. This time we have on review, a turntable that promises modern convenience and connectivity for a decidedly analog format. It is the Audio Technica AT-LP60 WH-BT Fully Automatic Bluetooth Wireless Belt-Drive Stereo Turntable, White. It is a fully automatic belt-drive, Bluetooth wireless turntable from Audio Technica.
Rediscover your classic 33-1/3 and 45 RPM records on this affordable, fully automatic belt-drive turntable
Connect wirelessly to Bluetooth-equipped audio devices or wired audio systems and speakers via included dual RCA output cable
Up to 8 different Bluetooth device profiles can be stored in system memory for quick connections
The platter is made of anti-resonance, die-cast aluminum to minimize vibration
Features Integral Audio-Technica Dual Magnet phono cartridge with a replaceable diamond stylus
Compatible Bluetooth Profile: A2DP
Fully automatic turntable operation gently places the stylus on records for you and automatically returns the tonearm when the record ends; supports both 33-1/3 and 45 RPM records.
The AT-LP60’s belt-drive design isolates the platter from motor vibrations, resulting in increased clarity and high-fidelity audio.
High-Quality Audio-Technica Cartridge
Integral Dual Magnet Audio-Technica phono cartridge with a replaceable diamond stylus.
Wide Variety of Connectivity Options
Built-in switchable phono pre-amplifier with RCA output cables to connect to audio systems and powered speakers (not included).
Includes: two output adapter cables (dual RCA female to mini-plug male & dual RCA female to mini-plug female), 45 RPM adapter.
Removable hinged dust cover.
Anti-resonance, die-cast aluminum platter.
According to the brand, the convenience of Bluetooth wireless connectivity, the AT-LP60-BT gives you all the great features of the popular AT-LP60 fully automatic belt-drive stereo turntable. So you can set up your turntable in one room and listen to it in another without having to run a bunch of cables. Up to eight different pairs of speakers, headphones or other devices that utilize Bluetooth wireless technology can be stored in the AT-LP60-BT's memory. Once saved, a simple push of the turntable's Function button is all that is required to connect the turntable to your chosen wireless device: voltage - 120 V.
Product Dimensions 18 x 6 x 16 inches
Item Weight 8.5 pounds
Shipping Weight 8.6 pounds
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Item model number ATLP60WH BT
Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
As far as turntables are concerned, this turntable has a simple and understated design. It is an entry-level turntable. It means it is effortless to set up. You do not have to balance the tone arm. You do not have to adjust the cartridge. You do not even have to install the lid. The only thing you have to do that is fidgety is that you have to install the platter and the belt. But Audio Technica has made that very easy. The belt comes already mounted to the bottom of the platter. All you need to do is pull a red ribbon to stretch the belt over the pulley, and you are right. At this point, all you need to do is to remove the twist tie that holds the tonearm during shipping. Take off the cover that protects the stylus and put on the mat. Now the turntable is fully set up.
Its platter is built-driven and as one would expect it supports both 33 1/3 and 45 RPM records. The dust cover is included and fits well. The operation part is elementary. It is a fully automatic turntable. It means you only need to put a record on the platter and press start. It will start spinning, and the tonearm will move itself to the beginning of the record. Likewise, when the stylus reaches the run-out groove at the end, it will put itself back in its resting position. The tonearm comes fully set up with the cartridge already installed. There is no balance or weight adjustment that is necessary. To get sound out of that stylus, there is an analog audio jack on the back side, and the turntable has a built-in phono preamp. This is pretty important since most stereo systems and powered speakers these days otherwise lack dedicated phono inputs. But, the prominent feature of this turntable is its built-in Bluetooth connection. You can pair it to headphones or wireless speakers which gives you a lot of flexibility. You can connect up to eight different Bluetooth devices.
It has a built-in preamp. It means you can connect it directly to a 3.5-millimeter auxiliary input. It is the usual input for wireless and portable speakers. Most users will probably choose to link this way to the speakers. You will need to have your cable for this method. Just make sure the output is set to line. You can also connect it to a receiver with a phono input. Switch to the final production and use the included 3.5 millimeters to RCA cable.
The front of the record player has some branding, and the buttons and the back has a line-in or Bluetooth toggle and your power cable. We thought using a more analog and a solid piece of technology would be harder to set up and learn how to use. But we found that it was much more comfortable and significantly more simple than a lot of digital startups we had to use on devices. This is something we did not expect but we wish it was more present and prevalent in digital tech. This is for everyone to take note! Make life simple!
The sound quality is quite good. The analog connection is, of course, going to sound a bit better than Bluetooth. Overall, we found records to sound full and warm like in the case of vinyl. However, we did find the highs a little sibilant at times.
It can a 7 inch or 12-inch records at 45 or 33 RPM. Like we earlier said that the operation is automated. So, you do not need fumbling around to find the exact right position. You select the speed, push the button to raise the toner, then press start. The tonearm will automatically move to the appropriate starting position.
You still need to clean the record. As far as we know, nobody has yet figured out how to automate that process. But, once you are finished you push that tonearm button a second time and it drops into position correctly. Now you are playing your record.
We did find a few drawbacks to the LP60. First, though the included stylus works well, there are not many options for upgrades. Secondly, the analog audio out is a 3.5-millimeter mini jack, instead of the more traditional RCA jacks. Finally, but most notably, the Bluetooth connection is a hit and miss when it comes to compatibility.
We had no problem pairing the turntable to our Sony wireless headphones or two different Bluetooth speakers. But through some online digging, we came across a lot of reviews where people have pointed out that there are a lot of products this turntable does not seem to pair with.
It may appear a bit counterproductive or even a little silly to use Bluetooth to listen to records, but this turntable is all about convenience. It is super easy to use which makes it friendly to those who are just getting into vinyl. There aren't just any adjustments that you have to worry about. It may not be the best option audiophiles.
The lack of a latch to keep the arm in place is a significant minus. We have bumped it off it's resting spot fewer times. It's not a deal-breaker, but it's something that we wish that this player had.
The sound quality is suitable for casual listening, but the limited stylus options do not give much room for improvement. Ours came for 150 dollars approximately with Bluetooth. There is also an analog-only version available which comes for just 90 dollars.
At prices like these, we hold the opinion that Audio Technica gives you pretty solid value for the money despite a few drawbacks and the compatibility concerns.
We say if you are new to vinyl or if you are looking for a turntable that does not require much fussing over, the Audio Technica AT-LP60WH-BT Fully Automatic Bluetooth Wireless Belt-Drive Stereo Turntable, White is worth a spin.
If you ask is an amplifier is required to use speakers with this turntable? We would say you do not need an amplifier if you are using computer speakers, or other speakers that have a headphone jack kind of connection. The turntable has a built-in pre-amp, so you don't need anything else. There is a switch on the back that allows the turntable to be used without an amplifier. I have a simple set of Logitech computer speakers that work fine. It would be good to get a cheap amplifier if you are using bookshelf speakers.
Many must be thinking if the turntable then comes with built-in speakers? It does not come with built-in speakers. It comes with cables that you can plug into other ones. It would all depend on the user. We recommend not purchasing any high-quality speakers or headphones to take advantage of the HQ audio that you'll get. We tried using an Onkyo THX receiver, and I have to admit that it sounds fantastic!
We did try playing a few from our vinyl collection. We picked up Junk by Van Halen, some Frank Sinatra, James Bond, the Orleans, some Flamenco Brothers, the Alien Soundtrack, the Beverly Hills Cop soundtrack, the James Fonda Workout, and the Bill Cosby comedy show on vinyl.
We could see the uncompressed Bill Cosby. It is just beautiful.
Alexa is the trending topic of the season, and of course, if you own one, you might ask if this record player would pair up with Alexa? We did not get time to check on this. But, we think it should since it is a Bluetooth device.
There are few other alternatives from Audio Technica that you can check out. Like the Audio-Technica AT-LP60NV-BT Fully Automatic Bluetooth Wireless Belt-Drive Stereo Turntable, Navy. Also, the Audio-Technica AT-LP60X-BK Fully Automatic Belt-Drive Stereo Turntable, Black. Do also check out their reviews on our website. Both these turntables from Audio Technica offer some great features and can be excellent options for starting as a record player or for your vinyl collection. With small variations in characteristics compared to the Audio Technica AT-LP60WH-BT, these can be great alternatives according to your requirements.
Audio Technica AT-LP60WH-BT, is an excellent turntable for casual listening. But if you are serious about vinyl, you will need a turntable with an upgradable cartridge and an adjustable tonearm. You also probably would not care about Bluetooth since digitizing the music runs contrary to the whole vinyl aesthetic. If you are starting up a record collection or you need a new turntable to play your existing vinyl be sure to check out other turntables as well. This turntable would also serve high as home audio.
We have tried and reviewed many different record players in the past few years including some vintage turntable. There are many things we love about this player. We like that it has a dust cover that you can close while a record is spinning on it. It comes with a slip mat for under the vinyl. We like that it has an automatic arm that will play and return itself for you. We were nervous about having an arm that lowers itself onto the vinyl mechanically, and We were scared it would eventually break and scratch up our pieces of vinyl. It has not done this, and it has proven us wrong. It works so well and fluid. There is a button to manually lower the arm at any point in the record, which is helpful for when you have something other than a 12" or a 7".