If you want ease of use, it’s hard to imagine finding a deck that’s much simpler to get to grips with than the AT-LP3.
It’s not quite as plug ‘n’ play as the Lenco L-85, but follow the simple instructions for setting the turntable’s tracking and bias weight and you’ll be ready to go in minutes.
It’s a fully automatic turntable, which means you don’t even have to lift the needle yourself – a simple button jab will return the tonearm to its starting position.
Rather unusually for a turntable at this price though, it gives you plenty of flexibility for upgrades as and when you see fit.
Like its big brother, the AT-LP5, it has a built-in phono stage that you can bypass if you choose, and there’s a pre-installed but easily removable cartridge that can be swapped out for better later down the line.
Many won’t feel the need, such is the quality of this deck, but it’s nice to have the option as your interest in vinyl grows.
As for build quality, it’s not quite as big as the AT-LP5 but is similarly well made, if a touch on the light side.
- Fully automatic belt-drive turntable operation with two speeds: 33-1/3, 45 RPM
- Balanced straight tone arm with hydraulically damped lift control and rest
- Built-in switchable phono/line pre-amplifier with attached dual RCA output cable
- Switchable pre-amp modes for moving magnet and moving coil cartridges
- ½" mount universal headshell with AT91R Dual Moving Magnet phono cartridge and long-life diamond stylus
- Anti-resonance, die-cast aluminum platter with 4 mm thick rubber mat
- Damped base construction for reduced low-frequency feedback coloration
- Includes 45 RPM adapter and removable hinged dust cover