Product Comparison: Audio-Technica AT-LP5 vs Rega Planar 1


General Specifications
Brand
Audio-Technica
Rega
Model
AT-LP5
Planar 1
About the Product
The AT-LP5 direct-drive turntable brings advanced technology and sleek, contemporary styling together for performance that looks as good as it sounds. Born of Audio-Technica’s rich analog heritage, the AT-LP5 incorporates a J-shaped tone arm that takes its inspiration from the classic A-T models of the 1960s and ’70s.
The new Planar 1 is the most user friendly Rega turntable to date. Now with preset bias force on the brand new RB110 tonearm, the Planar 1 is set up in seconds after unpacking.
Origin
England
Key Specs
Drive Type
Direct Drive
Belt drive
Operation Type
Manual
Semi-Automatic
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Audio-Technica AT-LP5 Turntable
  • One thing you have to remember though - the turntable has no auto return so remember to check the turntable once in a while.
  • Brilliant turntable. Easy to set up and sounds great out of the box using its built-in phono stage and purpose made cartridge.
  • Being able to change speed with the turn of a dial is a real bonus - no more moving a drive belt for me!
  • it is very easy to setup. and i am very pleased with the sound/looks. recommending it to my friends.
  • Lovely turntable the the sound and build quality is outstanding.
Rega Planar 1 Turntable Gloss Black
  • As is typical on budget audiophile decks controls are super-rudimentary.
  • Smooth operation and easy to set up.
  • Easy set up and a great sounding deck. I can’t fault it as it’s as good, if not better than a lot of decks twice it’s price.
  • It was simple to set up, sounds and looks great.
  • Bought to replace an old Marantz deck. The difference is like chalk and cheese. With the Rega you feel you are involved in the music.
Size & Weight
Height
6.1 in.
4.5 in.
Width
17.72 in.
17.7 in.
Depth
13.86 in.
15.1 in.
Weight
23.1 lbs.
12.1 lbs.
What customers say about "Size & Weight"
Audio-Technica AT-LP5 Turntable
  • It has the appearance and build of a far more expensive turntable and I immediately could hear the difference in sound quality.
  • It has a sleek black finish and Ozzes quality
  • This turntable is well made. Metal base. Solid construction. Not like other cheap plastic alternatives.
  • The turntable also looks great and is incredibly solid with some real weight to it.
  • Big thumbs up for the overall build quality too. Very happy with this purchase and I recommend it highly.
Rega Planar 1 Turntable Gloss Black
  • The only set-up necessary was to remove the packing from under the platter and fit the balance weight onto the tonearm.
  • The record player looks amazing too.
  • I love this turntable. It looks beautiful, is extremely easy to assemble and sounds amazing for the price.
  • The quality of the construction makes it a thing of beauty.
  • It's simple, elegant design makes it very attractive to me.
Audio
Record Sizes
12, 7
7, 12
Playable Record Speeds
33 ⅓, 45
33 ⅓, 45
Stylys/Cartridge
AT95EX Dual Moving Magnet stereo cartridge with replaceable stylus
Rega Carbon MM cartridge
Integrated Preamp
Yes
No
What customers say about "Audio"
Audio-Technica AT-LP5 Turntable
  • Can be connected via an amp or directly to an Aux cable via its phono pre amp giving you both options.
  • The tonearm is a maginificent piece of engineering. Compared to an old turntable I used to have, I can see that things have moved on significantly as I couldn't see any physical flaws.
  • So how does it sounds? I miss vinyl. Thought I'd never say that! There's the hiss, some crackle (depending on the quality and condition of the vinyl) and then the magic starts.
  • The stylus which was specially made for this turnable sounds marvellous.
  • The ability to upgrade the cartridge and stylus are good incentives as I don't think the tonearm needs any further improvement.
Rega Planar 1 Turntable Gloss Black
  • The sound of this turntable compared to my previous setup is superb. Really notice the difference and even with using 'PC' type speakers
  • Still, it does a great job on factory fresh premium vinyl, my old records, and some bought from charity shops and record fairs.
  • The music felt totally stable, no obvious speed issues you hear on poor quality turntables but the balance of the sound, the separation and detail is fantastic.
  • This turntable provides levels of audio depth, clarity and subtlety which are simply amazing.
  • Great Turntable for the money. Plays my vinyls in a nice crisp sound.
Features
Control
Speed control switch
On/Off switch
Functions
Vinyl player
Vinyl player
Platter Material
Aluminum die-cast
Phenolic
Dust Cover Included
Yes
Yes
Speaker(s) Included
No
No
Interfaces
Stereo RCA audio out, USB type B
Stereo RCA audio out
Extras
J-shaped tonearm, Lightweight AT-HS10 headshell, Heavy rubber damping mat
Re-Designed feet, Re-designed brass main bearing, Balance Weight
What customers say about "Features"
Audio-Technica AT-LP5 Turntable
  • Whether you are just getting into vinyl or your looking to dust off your collection and start listening again it's a great choice.
  • Vinyl is back and with turntables like this you can enjoy its resurgence for a long time !!
  • It actually works like a record era player and is built on a different level to contemporary players.
  • Socket wise, there a 3 pin socket on the back along wiht the phono outputs, a switch to boost the signal to an amp
  • The output from the turntable to the laptop sounded very good.
Rega Planar 1 Turntable Gloss Black
  • This is a sonically outstanding turntable for the money. The sounds is dynamic and detailed and been built by Rega, it looks and feels classy too.
  • Well, when it arrived, took about 10 minutes to set up, including the dust lid
  • Very pure and relaxing. the deck is a dream. Very sincere sound. Great depth of sound. Beautiful.
  • OK so it's very simple to set up and the sound quality is very good which is the most important thing i guess.
  • Really pleased with this turntable. Comes with phono cable and everything needed ready to go.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year(s)
1 year(s)
Certifications
CE
CE
Other Information
Manufacturer
MSRP
449.00 $


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