Audio-Technica AT-PL50 TurnTables

AT-PL50

Audio Technica AT-PL50 Fully Automatic Belt Drive Turntable

User Reviews (2)

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abcxyz   AudioPhile [May 27, 2009]

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

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Howard   Audio Enthusiast [Apr 28, 2007]
Strength:

Price.

Weakness:

Unit did not play at the proper speed. At the 33 rpm speed, the music sounded like Alvin and the chipmunks. No controls to adjust it. Let's talk rumble. Not only could I hear it, I could feel it. There is no ground wire with the unit. It sorely needs one. Unless I got a lemon, I don't see how anyone could rate this product favorably.

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.

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
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