Audio-Technica AT-LPW30BK is a sleek all-black budget turntable

Audio Technica AT-LPW30BK
(Image credit: Audio Technica)

Audio Technica has just announced a voguish new black edition of the AT-LPW30 manual belt drive turntable, the AT-LPW30BK.

Developed in Tokyo and built on 60 years of expertise in creating high-fidelity equipment, Audio Technica tells us the LPW30BK turntable is designed to deliver optimal high-fidelity audio reproduction from vinyl with a sleek, sophisticated style.

The two-speed deck features a wood veneer plinth with a black finish to offer sophisticated, minimalist styling while promising to limit low-frequency acoustic feedback. 

You can connect it directly to speakers, thanks to its built-in preamplifier, and the deck also features an anti-resonance die-cast aluminium platter and is supplied with a rubber mat. 

The straight tonearm includes a hydraulically damped lift control, lockable rest, and comes with an AT-HS4 headshell and AT-VM95C dual moving magnet cartridge with 0.6mm conical stylus – a cartridge that is compatible with any VM95 series replacement stylus.

Audio Technica's AT-LPW30BK is a timely companion for both Vinyl Week and Record Store Day 2022, allowing its new owners hours of enjoyment with their favourite (and likely growing collection of) vinyl records.

The Audio-Technica AT-LPW30BK is available from today, 20th April, priced just £290 / €339 (roughly $379 or AU$510). 


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Becky has been a full-time staff writer at What Hi-Fi? since March 2019. Prior to gaining her MA in Journalism in 2018, she freelanced as an arts critic alongside a 20-year career as a professional dancer and aerialist – any love of dance is of course tethered to a love of music. Becky has previously contributed to Stuff, FourFourTwo, This is Cabaret and The Stage. When not writing, she dances, spins in the air, drinks coffee, watches football or surfs in Cornwall with her other half – a football writer whose talent knows no bounds. 

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    What Hi-Fi? said:
    Meet Audio Technica's modish new black edition of the affordable AT-LPW30 manual belt drive turntable.

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    There's a typo in the article. You can directly connect it to ACTIVE speakers thanks to its built-in pre-amplifier.