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Audio-Technica updates the AT-LPW30BK turntable with a black finish



Audio-Technica updates the AT-LPW30BK turntable with a black finish


Audio-Technica’s first turntable of 2022 has arrived, and well, it’s a turntable that isn’t technically new.

The AT-LPW30BK was already available in a wood veneer finish but the Japanese brand has announced that its belt-drive manual turntable is now available in a black version. The widget link included in this article is for the original version, which is slightly cheaper than the new black model.

Those familiar with turntables will no doubt recognize the Audio-Technica name, with its 60 years creating high-fidelity equipment, and the LPW30BK aims to continue that high-fidelity audio reproduction at an affordable price.

Supporting two-speed shifting (33 1/3 and 45 RPM), the LPW30BK is manually operated, requiring the user to adjust the tonearm themselves. The turntable comes in a black finished wood veneer plinth which respectively limits low-frequency acoustic feedback and showcases the turntable in a minimalist style.

It comes with a built-in preamp that allows direct connection to a pair of speakers or a music system. There is an adjustable anti-slip control to counteract the tendency of the arm to move inward.

The LPW30BK features an AT-HS4 pickup and AT-VM95C Dual Moving Magnet phono cartridge with a 0.6 mil tapered stylus, while the AT-VM95C cartridge is also compatible with any VM95 series replacement stylus.

Given its Record Store Day this week, this turntable’s announcement comes at an opportune time for those looking to jump into the vinyl resurgence. The LPW30BK sits on the affordable spectrum for a turntable, priced at £289.99 / €339 / $299 and is available to buy from 20th April on the Audio-Technica website.

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