Product Comparison: Audio-Technica AT-LP5 vs Sony PS-HX500


General Specifications
Brand
Audio-Technica
Sony
Model
AT-LP5
PS-HX500
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.
Just connect it to a PC via USB and convert analog records into DSD 5.6 MHz native files. DSD captures the fine nuances of old masterpieces including the smoothness of vinyl.
Origin
China
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.
Sony PS-HX500 Turntable for Playing Vinyl and Recording in High-Resolution Audio Quality
  • It does not have automatic arm on it but that does not bother me and you also have to build it up yourself which is not to hard to do
  • Great sound, great for listening all your vinyl collection. It has automatic option for 33 rpm and 45 rpm.
  • This is an excellent turntable. USB compatible and the sound is great, even with some slight damage to the vinyl of some LPs it plays beautifully.
  • Bought this Sony turntable at Christmas. The reproduction from Vynil LPs is great. Full marks to Sony.
  • This has a 33 and 45 speed, so great for 45 singles or LPs.
Size & Weight
Height
6.1 in.
4.09 in.
Width
17.72 in.
16.93 in.
Depth
13.86 in.
14.41 in.
Weight
23.1 lbs.
11.9 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.
Sony PS-HX500 Turntable for Playing Vinyl and Recording in High-Resolution Audio Quality
  • I personally love the design, though it's marmite to some, its simple and sleek with a nice sturdy matt black baseboard black hardware
  • Also it just looks amazing on my living room. Still think that it is a bit expensive, but it keeps sony reputation on sound quality.
  • Build quality is solid and it didn't take too long to set up.
  • Easy to assemble, very well built. Great option for mid level entry.
  • Enjoying a complete nostalgia fest with Mrs X and little Xs listening to records we have not played in decades. Really easy to set up, elegant design.
Audio
Record Sizes
12, 7
12, 7
Playable Record Speeds
33 ⅓, 45
33 ⅓, 45
Stylys/Cartridge
AT95EX Dual Moving Magnet stereo cartridge with replaceable stylus
Moving Magnet (MM)
Integrated Preamp
Yes
Yes
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.
Sony PS-HX500 Turntable for Playing Vinyl and Recording in High-Resolution Audio Quality
  • Thankfully nabbed it in a sale. On first impressions the sound is beautiful. Really nice and crisp, with great ranges, either to an amp or direct to speakers using the built in amp stage.
  • I have listened to heavy and thrash metal, hard rock, pop, prog, acoustic, ambient and even crooners. Clarity and soundstage have been great.
  • Threw on some new records, and some mint classics. All perfect. In some cases hearing them almost like for the first time.
  • In-built preamp has a decent quality. I am using just as a player, did not try the recording functionality so far.
  • The turntable handled everything from the delicate woodwind, full string sections and plunky, tight upright bass with nice detail.
Features
Control
Speed control switch
Speed control switch
Functions
Vinyl player
Vinyl player
Platter Material
Aluminum die-cast
Aluminum die-cast
Dust Cover Included
Yes
Yes
Speaker(s) Included
No
No
Interfaces
Stereo RCA audio out, USB type B
Stereo RCA audio out, USB type B, Phono output
Extras
J-shaped tonearm, Lightweight AT-HS10 headshell, Heavy rubber damping mat
Built-in Phono EQ, High-quality A/D converter, DSD Native AD converter, Integrated shell type tonearm, Acoustic-grade MDF cabinet, Glass epoxy circuit board
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.
Sony PS-HX500 Turntable for Playing Vinyl and Recording in High-Resolution Audio Quality
  • Operation is a basic dial selector on the left hand side (on, 33 1/3rpm,45rpm. Again, it is all very minimal, simple, flush and straight, which I think gives it a kind of understated look.
  • As an added bonus, using the USB out straight to your computer means you can save your record tracks as hi res audio files to take with you.
  • This turntable is just perfect, sound quality is amazing, it just brings everything from my vinyls!
  • Be it a well loved piece of vintage vinyl or a brand new pressing, it sounds beautiful!!!
  • Put on a good quality pressing and it'll really impress Overall, a very good buy
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year(s)
1 year(s)
Certifications
CE
CE
Other Information
Manufacturer
MSRP
449.00 $


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