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Au­dio-Technica says its new belt-drive AT-LP7 turntable is the best turntable it’s ever made, and it’s now avail­able in Aus­tralia, fit­ted with an Au­dio-Tech­ni­cal VM520EB phono car­tridge, for $1,399 (RRP).

The Au­dio Technica AT-LP7 is belt-driven, fully man­ual and comes with a J-shaped ton­earm fit­ted with a re­mov­able AT-HS10 head­shell that is in turn fit­ted with an Au­dio-Technica )VM520EB mov­ing­mag­net phono car­tridge. The VM520EB has a 0.3×0.7 bonded el­lip­ti­cal sty­lus and Au­dio-Technica’s ‘dual mag­net’ ge­om­e­try, where the two mag­nets are po­si­tioned to mir­ror the an­gles of the groove walls.

‘ The AT-LP7 is the finest turntable the com­pany has ever of­fered,’ said Bob Peet, of Au­dio-Technica. ‘ And thanks to our ex­clu­sive Dual Mag­net de­sign, where the mag­nets are pre­cisely po­si­tioned to match the left and right chan­nels of the record’s stereo groove walls, the VM520EB pro­vides ex­cep­tional chan­nel sep­a­ra­tion, stereo imag­ing, fre­quency re­sponse and track­ing.’

The AT-LP7 has a 20mm thick anti-res­o­nance plat­ter made of poly­oxymethy­lene. The J-shaped ton­earm has gim­bal bear­ings and is ad­justable for ton­earm height. But the AT-LP7 is not just a turntable. It in­cor­po­rates a phono pream­pli­fier that can be switched in or out of cir­cuit, so you can use your own phono pream­pli­fier if you pre­fer. If you use the AT-LP7’s in­ter­nal phono pream­pli­fier, it can be switched for ei­ther mov­ing-mag­net or mov­ing-coil op­er­a­tion. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Au­dio-Technica’s Aus­tralian dis­trib­u­tor, Tech­ni­cal Au­dio Group (TAG) on (02) 9519 0900

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