Audio-Technica AT-PL50 TurnTables

3/5 (2 Reviews) MSRP : $71.00


Product Description

Audio Technica AT-PL50 Fully Automatic Belt Drive Turntable


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by abcxyz a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: May 27, 2009

Bottom Line:   
So far, so good. In fact, shockingly good. It sounds so good that I already sold my tube phono preamp after using first in my system and prefer the sound of the AT with its built in phonostage in my system more. Also, this internal phonostage can easily be disengaged with the flip of a switch if your amp has its own phono preamp.



The sound of music on vinyl as played from this modestly priced turntable sounds much more real (life-like) than the music sounds on my holy grail of a CD player, the Arcam FMJ23T! If you already have your favorite amp and speakers and think about trying a turntable, this is a great pick! It looks cheap compared to the British made turntables (that I used to own) which cost 10-20 times more but do not sound 10-20 better than now. I use the NAD325BEE integrated and PSB Alpha B1 bookshelf speakers with Tara Lab Nexa speaker wire so having the AT-PL50 as the turntable, the sound is just excellent. I hear details from its modest cartridge that were not previously from the LPs with a moving coil cartridge on a Nottingham Turntable. With such results, I have left the audio stores to go to the record stores instead. YMMV.



Strengths:



Great performance, best price on such a good belt drive turntable, comes with cables to record to PC, has a good built-in (switchable off-on) phono preamp.



Weaknesses:



Does not look the part of an audiophile component. Too bad for those folks!

You cannot brag how expensive this great sounding turntable is!



Similar Products used:

Project Tube Box II, Bellari Tube Phono preamp, Rega P2, P3, Nottingham Turntable, Sony turntable

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2009



Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Howard a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: April 28, 2007

Bottom Line:   
My 21 year old Sansui turntable has a connection problem that results in the right speaker to play intermittently. Time for a new one. Unfortunately, today I bought this one based on price and postive reviews. When I got it home and played an LP on it, I was very disappointed and will be taking it back tomorrow.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2006

Price Paid:    $99.00

Purchased At:   Circuit City




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