Some say that vinyl is coming back into style. Did it ever go out of style? Listening to your favorite album on vinyl is the most timeless way to consume music (listening live and in person might be the only exception).
Audio Technica has established itself as one of the most trusted authorities in the audio world. Their headphones are world-renowned and after their continued success, they’ve branched out into other areas.
This time, we’ll be reviewing the Audio Technica LP60BT fully automatic belt driven wireless turntable. If you’re not familiar with terms like “belt driven” and “fully automatic”, don’t worry – we’ll cover all of that and more.
Keep reading our in-depth review to have all your questions answered about this turntable.
Audio Technica LP60BT – Wireless Turntable
Basic Features and Specifications:
- Fully-automatic belt driven turntable
- Plays 2 speeds – 33 RPM and 45 RPM (plays 7″ and 12″ records)
- Has a built-in 45 RPM adapter
- Has a built-in phono preamp that you can turn on/off
- Connect your speakers/other wireless devices (wireless earbuds/headphones) via Bluetooth
- Integral Dual Moving Magnet phono cartridge + replaceable elliptical stylus with diamond tip (for less distortion and better sound quality)
- 3.5 mm to Dual RCA output adapter (in case you want to listen with a wired connection)
- Hinged, removable dust cover included
- Colors available: Black, White, and Navy
- Dimensions: 18 x 6 x 16 inches
- Weight: 8.5 lbs
Watch this video to get a quick overview of the non-Bluetooth version of the AT-LP60BT:
Is The LP60BT A Good Entry-Level Turntable? – Absolutely!
The LP60BT is a fully-automatic belt-driven turntable. This would be an especially great option for you if you’ve never owned a turntable before. Since it’s fully automatic, you won’t even have to touch the stylus to listen to your records.
It has a super easy start/stop function that anyone can figure out. On the front, you’ll see the start/stop, RPM function, and a few other buttons.
Once the side of the record that you’re spinning is done playing, the tone arm will automatically lift up and return back to it’s starting position.
Since there aren’t very many modifications you can (or will need to make) it’s an especially great entry-level turntable.
Performance – Will My Vinyl Sound Awesome?
There are a few key things that will have a major effect on whether or not your turntable sounds awesome.
- The quality of your turntable
- Keeping your vinyl clean
- Speaker quality
The LP60Bt passes the first two tests with flying colors. (Of course, you probably already have some external speakers that you enjoy. If not, you’ll need some for playing music out loud on this ‘table.)
Built-in Phono Preamp
A lot of turntables have output jacks for something called a phono preamp. The LP60BT comes with a built-in, pre-installed preamp. They’re similar to a portable headphone amplifier that’s used to boost the volume, clarity, and overall sound quality.
A phono preamp operates in a similar way – but is used for enhancing your turntable’s sonic performance. If you’d like more clarification, use the link here to see a detailed description for “What is a phono preamp?”.
Keeping Your Records Clean
If you’re new to turntables and vinyl, you’ll want to make sure that you keep your records clean using a lint-free cloth or vinyl record cleaning kit. Here’s a link to the #1 Best-selling Collector Protector cleaner kit on Amazon.
Keeping your vinyl clean is a big part of preserving your overall sound quality. If there’s a bunch of dust and/or other debris all over your vinyl – the diamond tip will scrape against the spinning record and cause interference.
If you’ve ever seen a movie where the character sets the needle down and you hear loud pops, clicks, and a scratchy noise – that’s partially due to an unclean record. It could also be due to using a low-quality record player.
Surface Noise – How Much Is Too Much?
The noise that’s caused by the needle dragging across your vinyl is called “surface noise”. Some surface noise is normal but it shouldn’t be so intrusive that it distracts you from hearing your music. Use the link here if you’re wondering how much surface noise is normal.
This turntable will have minimal surface noise and give you clear, full, audio playback.
Build – Material Durability and Stylus
The anti-resonance, die-cast aluminum platter helps reduce audio distortion and therefore elevate the quality of sound. The anti-resonance feature will help filter out unnecessary noise from mixing in with your record.
Elliptical Diamond Stylus
The replaceable elliptical stylus has a smaller diameter than other styles. What this does, is allow the stylus to track the higher frequencies without distorting the audio.
For an entry-level turntable, the LP60BT has a solid build design that’s designed to last and give you hours and hours of enjoyment.
Removable Dust Cover – Protect Your Turntable
We went over the importance of keeping your records clean, but the actual turntable should be clean too. This is where a removable dust cover comes in handy. It’s a clear plastic dust cover that you can leave up or down during usage.
When you’re not planning on using your turntable for a few days, make sure to flip the dust cover back down so you keep dust and other debris off of the die cast aluminum platter.
Bluetooth Performance – Are There Any Compatibility/Lag Issues?
You have the option to connect external speakers both using the Bluetooth connection or the standard analog audio jack (RCA outputs). For a pair of studio monitors like the M-Audio BX5 D2s, you’ll need to use the RCA output cable adapter that is plugged into the back of the LP60BT.
If You Don’t Have Wireless Speakers…
If your speakers don’t have wireless capabilities, you’ll also need to use the included 3.5 mm to RCA adapter for listening that way. Some people prefer using a wired connection because it tends to have better sound quality than a Bluetooth connection. (If you’re someone who wants to go fully retro, that might be another reason to listen with a wired connection.)
On the other hand, if you have a pair of wireless headphones or earbuds, you can pair them with the record player and stream your vinyl wire-free. The same goes for wired headphones – you can plug them into the standard 3.5 mm headphone jack and listen that way. (Either way, you have options.)
Connecting Wireless Smart Speakers
Take a look at this video to see how to connect your wireless turntable to a Bluetooth device:
Not only can you pair your ‘table with smart speakers (like the Echo and Sonos One) but you can also pair it with your TV’s soundbar or other portable speakers.
Lag or Lag-Free?
Once your device/speakers are paired and ready to go, you can experience your vinyl completely wire-free. The low latency of the Bluetooth connectivity makes it convenient and easy to play music in multiple rooms. You will experience very little, if any wireless lag.
You can have your turntable store the pairing information on up to 8 devices. Without having to re-pair every time you want to listen on a different set of speakers or pair of headphones – it’s easy to switch right from the LP60BT.
Price – Is It Worth It?
For a quality turntable is this price range – you can’t go wrong. Some carry a price tag of $1000+, which makes the asking price for the LP60BT extremely reasonable.
The quality build, sound quality, and Bluetooth connectivity leave little to the imagination.
Even if you don’t have a pair of external speakers to connect it to – chances are, you already own a pair of headphones that you like.
That’s one of the best features about this ‘table. You can pair your wireless headphones and listen to vinyl. (Most turntables don’t have this feature.) If you’re an early riser or night owl, now you can listen without disturbing anyone else.
Just plug in or pair your headphones, put your record on the platter, and press start.
What’s The Verdict? – Should You Make The Investment?
I would highly recommend this to you if you have never owned a turntable, or are looking for an affordable upgrade to your current setup. The Audio Technica LB0BT wireless turntable would be a great addition to your audio setup. It’s easy to use, doesn’t take much previous knowledge to setup, (other than what you’ve learned here) and plays vinyl over a wireless connection.
Take a quick look at the review table below for a brief recap of everything that we’ve covered. The pros far outweigh the cons, especially for an entry-level record player. If you’d like to see more customer reviews, star ratings, and pricing info click here.
Have you owned an Audio Technica turntable before? What’s your current turntable setup? If you have any more questions, need some more clarification, or just want to leave a comment – feel free to leave them below. I always do my best to respond as quickly as I can.
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Sonic Elevation: Ride The Waves.
Audio Technica AT-LP60BK-BT Fully Automatic Bluetooth Wireless Belt-Drive Stereo Turntable
Build Design & Quality9.5/10
Ease of Use For Beginners10.0/10
- Bluetooth connectivity
- Compatible with wireless/wired headphones
- Reasonably priced
- Great entry-level turntable
- Built-in phono preamp
- Speakers not included
- You can't customize the cartridge included
- No USB function
- Can't play 75 RPM records (which are pretty uncommon anyways)