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Rating and Reviews: Audio-Technica AT-LPW40WN

More than just a pretty base, this turntable features a speed-sensor motor, AT-VM95E Dual Moving Magnet phono cartridge and built-in switchable phono preamp.

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"Great Turntable For The Money" submitted June 15, 2019

By Wesley C. in Estill Springs, TN
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Musical Background: Guitar and bass since 1982.
Music Style: Rock and roll
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Sound: The sound is what I expected. This cartridge sounds very good in all turntables I’ve heard it with. The tonearm does a great job of interfacing it to the vinyl. Feature: This isn’t a feature laden turntable, but it’s not meant to be. I want a quality turntable without a lot of fluff to get in the way of listening to the music. Ease of Use: Very easy to use. The only thing was the power switch on the back threw me for a loop. The instructions are pictures only. Quality: It’s well made. No issues there. Value: It’s well worth the $300 it cost. Manufacturer Support: Never dealt with them directly. The Wow Factor: It sounds great and looks good. Overall: The table was easy to setup. I recommend getting a protractor and scale because the cartridge wasn’t aligned and the stylus weight wasn’t accurate on the counterweight. With the calibrated scale reading 2 grams the weight showed 2.5 grams. I also recommend getting a quality turntable preamp. The one built in is ok, but try flipping the switch and plugging it into a decent preamp and listen to the difference when you can adjust the gain right to the edge of overload then backing off. It increases the dynamics and makes the music much more lively. The table is well built with quality components. The Audio Technica green elliptical stylus does a great job. The tone arm is very well made. I really like this turntable and have zero regrets buying it.
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"Awesome value!" submitted September 17, 2019

By Ed P. in Detroit, MI
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Overall: Very well built turntable. I’ve owned a bunch of sub $1000 turntables and this most certainly holds its own. The stock cartridge is a bit dark. I put a Grado Prestige blue cart on it. Huge improvement. Love it!
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"Surprising" submitted February 2, 2020

By Lawrence G. in Bangor, ME
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Musical Background: 50+ years of playing records, played guitar for 30+ years.
Music Style: Eclectic musical tastes ranging from Jazz and Classical to Hip Hop and Experimental.
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Sound: Audio Technica stated that the built the table around the VM cart. After listening to this table, I am likely to believe that. Everything sounds well-balanced and detailed and that was right out of the box! Feature: This is a pretty bare bones table. One thing I really liked however is the speed sensitive motor. When tested with the RPM app, the speed was almost dead on at 33.37 RPMs and 45.05 at the 33 1/3 and 45 RPM settings. Ease of Use: Setup was done in less than 10 minutes and was extremely easy to use with no learning curve. Quality: The product appears to be well made. My only want would be that the platter was heavier. Value: Yes, I think it’s a better product than others in their Direct Drive line and has bettter specs. Manufacturer Support: N/A The Wow Factor: Aesthetically, this table is beautiful, but that’s not all it has to offer. It has great sound and I look forward to using it for years to come! Overall: I wasn’t expecting much when it came to this table, especially when paired with the stock cart, but boy was I wrong!
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