The AT-LP60 was a great entry-level turntable when it first hit the market. It was the most affordable record player, and I owned two back then. But the AT-LP60X comes as a better alternative. It comes with more advanced features and covers a wider range of usability.
But just how good is this device?
Well, you are in the right place to find out. I will be taking you through an in-depth look into the player.
Overview of the AT-LP60 and the Build
First, you will notice that the AT-LP60X has a much more sleek design compared to its predecessors. It simply looks better.
This is the first meaningful turntable from the company. It was introduced to the market just a few years ago, and the 2019 model is the latest.
Let’s just assume you are looking for better sounds, more portability, and even better playability. If you have used the LP60, then you will go crazy with this new product.
Both have a fairly similar design. This can make you think they are similar in everything since they share a resemblance.
However, a deeper look will reveal a more advanced device. The LP60X is more refined. It looked better at my table than the previous version.
And for me, that is what I look for. We all like saving money, right. That is why when it comes to a vinyl hobby, you want something that makes you feel like you are getting the luxury feel.
But, if you’re thinking about getting something with a more ‘original’ feeling, consider purchasing Victrola Nostalgic Aviator Wood 8-in-1.
Is the LP60X good?
To understand how good this new product is, it would be fair to compare it with the previous version. This information should help you decide for yourself whether it is really worth your money.
You get four different versions to pick from. All contain black, either as a primary, or secondary color. Other colors include brown, gun-metal, and red.
The buttons on the turntable are pretty impressive. The ones on its little brother are bigger, wider, and more protruding. I never liked this because it always made the device seem so big.
The LP module is more defined, with circular and more recessed front panel buttons. They appear to be pushed further into the panel itself.
And I love this new look more. It makes them seem less showy and removes the cheap vibe. You can notice a classier visual appearance. It may not be a big deal in the long run, but I like it.
There is a dust cover that meets the top of the record player. The one on the previous version came down onto the turntable and touched the edges of the player leaving very little room for margin.
With the AT-LP60X, the cover extends down, leaving some room at the base. This space is a great description space for the buttons at the front. You can easily tell which button changed the speed of the player, which starts/stops it and which does other functions.
I couldn’t help but also notice the graphics used. You would have to be facing the AT-60 to see them. And it was never easy reading while standing over the player.
It is therefore impressive that AT has moved the text up. With this, you can easily read all the graphics.
It may be a small touch, but pretty impressive.
Here are some of the most notable similarities:
- They both come with automatic functions. There is the same play, stop, and auto-stop that controls the motor and the tonearm. The auto mechanism under the platter is identical.
- The strongest selling point of the base model is the price tag, which stands at $99. It comes with great reliability and features that cannot be found on any other product. The base model of the LP-60X comes at the same price, but with several upgrades.
- Despite the few differences in dimension and weight, the compact design remains the same. The latter version is lighter and more portable.
- There is a better tonearm on the new version, a new base, and a headshell design. AT states that it aims to provide better tracking and reduced resonance with these new features. The headshell (still removable) is one little detail that you would like. It is a finger-lift part that makes it easy to use – which was an issue with the previous one.
- The LP-60X features a removable power cord, which now has an external AC adapter. This is very helpful with audio signal quality as it lowers interference. The AC/DC conversion was done inside on the previous version, which affects the audio signal.
- The cable connecting the turntable to the audio system (audio output cable) is not a non-removable RCA cable. Instead, the LP-60X features a 3.25mm AUX stereo output. This ‘Y-style’ cable connects the device to most audio systems. A removable record player cable is always preferable because it allows the user to swap worn-out ones. But the durability of the RCA outputs and the 3.25mm output is also worth noting – there is no difference anyway.
- The aesthetic bears the most notable difference. The brand has fully re-shaped and re-designed the body, and the dust cover, offering something better than the competition. Visually, I would like to think this is the best stereo amplifier and turntable at this price range.
Most turntables are set ready to go. However, they are still very hands-on, meaning you have to manually insert the needle onto the groove and lift the styles towards the end of the record side. Some people don’t mind and actually find this process satisfying.
Some players are quite tiring. And that is where the LP-60X comes as a true winner. You just put the LP on the platter press the Start button and you are good to go. The automatic functionality will automatically lift the tonearm, position the stimulus on the lead-in groove, and gently lower the stylus down on the record.
I have played many records on this device, and it performed without any flaws. Even for those with fumble fingers, you will never damage the stylus because you don’t need to touch anything. Or you can choose the manual start and stop playback too.
Another great feature of this turntable is its low price. I have reviewed many record players before and they are mostly expensive with even fewer features.
This product is cheaper, yet it plays smoothly without audible rumble or speed variations. They are some surface noises, clicks, and pops, but not overly loud.
There is a smooth balance of the bass and the treble, which you don’t get with most low-priced turntables. The AT-60X has an excellent sound that does not sound thin.
Setting Up the LP60X
Setting up the AT-LP60X is pretty simple. Here is all you need to do:
- Get the device ready – Start by placing the large circular platter on the player. You will need to ensure that the rectangular opening contains a red ribbon exposing the motor pulley. Note that the motor pulley is made of brass, and is on the left-hand side of the turntable. You will be installing the belt to the pulley.
- Install the belt – Because it has a belt drive (not a direct drive), you will need to install a physical belt that helps in spinning the platter and the record. The belt is included in the package with an easy installation process. All you need to do is remove the tape that holds the red ribbon to the platter.
- Removing the ribbon – You will have to completely remove the ribbon after placing the belt inside the groove. While doing this, ensure the belt is not twisted.
- Place the felt mat over the spindle and to the platter – Now, you should ensure the automatic function is fully cycled, which you do by rotating (clockwise) the plater ten times manually.
- Remove the twist-tie and the stylus guard – Do this carefully so you don’t damage anything.
When setting up, make sure the player is on sturdy ground. You can then finish the setup by connecting the device to a power outlet.
Do you need speakers?
Yes. All Audio-Technica at lp60x record players feature an analog (RCA) output. This helps the user connect them directly to power speakers.
This device is no different. It comes with an internal RIAA phono preamp which connects to power amplifiers inside the speakers to make a sound.
Do Audio Technica turntables have built-in speakers?
No. This turntable does not come with a built-in speaker but is equipped with a built-in amplifier that lets you connect to external speakers.
- The most affordable turntable you can find on the market.
- It features a built-in phono preamp.
- It is a user-replaceable stylus for easy use.
- A fully automatic operation.
- Plays 7- and 12-inch records smoothly.
- AC/DC Conversion outside the chassis
- 45 rpm belt drive
- You can connect it to power speakers through a simple cable.
- Smoother audio quality
- You cannot change or upgrade the built-in signal chain phono preamp cartridge.
If you are looking to enter the world of vinyl music, this is an ideal tool. It offers impressive performance, easy operation, and unbeatable prices. It offers better features than its predecessor.
But if you want something better, I would recommend you check out the Pro-Ject Debut Carbon or the Clearaudio Concept Black.