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Published on January 9th, 2019 | by The GC Team

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CES 2019: Audio-Technica’s new wood design turntables deliver natural high-fidelity sound

Japanese company Audio-Technica has introduced two new wood-based, belt-driven turntables at CES 2019, bringing high-fidelity audio performance far beyond their price levels.

The AT-LPW40TN and AT-LPW30TK’s wood-based chassis have been chosen for their natural acoustic and anti-resonance properties. Both use high-density wood which minimises any feedback generated from low frequency energies. The flagship model in the series, the AT-LPW40WN, boasts a dark walnut wood finish. The AT-LP30WN has a teak veneer finish.

AT-LPW40WN features a sensor-monitored motor to ensure accurate platter rotation speeds at 33 1/3 and 45 RPM, while its straight carbon fibre tonearm offers superior rigidity for greater control when playing. Both turntables provide hydraulically damped tonearm lift control and tonearm lockable rest and feature an adjustable counterweight, allowing the implementation of several models of phono cartridges and anti-skate control.

They arrive with a switchable built-in RIAA phono preamplifier activated or bypassed by the phono/line switch. When in “line” position, they can connect directly to a pair of active powered speakers. The switchable built-in RIAA preamplifier enables the use of an amplifier or a receiver featuring either a line input or a phono input.

The turntable duo is factory fitted with Dual Moving Magnet phono cartridges from the company’s recently introduced VM95 series. Mounted on a AT-HS4 universal ½”-mount headshell, the VM95E installed on the AT-LPW40WN adopts a 0.3 x 0.7 mil elliptical stylus, while the VM95C cartridge fitted on the AT-LPW30TK features a 0.6 mil conical stylus. Both cartridges are compatible with five of the VM95 series range of replacement styli, from conical to shibata, offering five different options for every budget and application, along with easy installation.

The Audio-Technica AT-LPW40WN is available in January, priced at £299. The AT-LPW30TK is available in spring, priced at £259.

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