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Drop + Audio-Technica Carbon VTA Turntable
$329
$399

Drop + Audio-Technica Carbon VTA Turntable

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How does this compare to the Audio Technica AT-LPW40WN?
haejuk
34
Feb 1, 2021
The lever for lifting and dropping the arm on the VTA is a little nicer, it is made of all metal rather than plastic. The two tables sound pretty much the same stock. With the VTA you have the ability to try more different cartridges as you can align the tonearm vertically for a cart/stylus combination that is a different height than the AT VM series. If you wanted to try the same cart on the LPW40WN you would have to try using a different mat or shims on the cart screws to attempt to align the tonearm correctly. Other than that they seem totally the same. Bottom line: if you don't think you will mess around with styli outside the AT family much, the LPW40WN is a cheaper option that gets about the same sound. Especially if you can find a refurb or used model. I do own both models, but haven't been able to compare them on the same gear.
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GUtz
3
Mar 16, 2021
How is the bypass of the phono preamp? I plan on bringing my own pre, - Should I just get a TT that doesn't feature a preamp? Does it matter? Regards
The bypass switch was designed to have no components in the signal path to ensure a clean signal out of the turntable.
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Sb.merviel
1
Mar 27, 2021
Is there an auto-return feature or is it fully manual?
supermatt123
11
Apr 10, 2021
Fully manual
chuy_sanchez
6
Apr 15, 2021
Is there an aftermarket acrylic platter for this turntable? I think that’s the only thing missing for these killer looks. ;)
RayF
22218
Apr 16, 2021
“Looks”?! I thought they were for sound?!
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adrian123456879
2
Feb 17, 2021
why manual turntable? we are in 2021, make one fully automatic quartz locked tt
Baygul
4
Oct 9, 2022
The mechanisim to move the arm is mechanicaly connected to the tonearm and affects the ability of the arm to move freely. There are ways to do this without a mechanical connection, but it is expensive to implement. Some people use an auto lifter that only makes contact with the arm at the lead out grooves. The record keeps spinning, but the cartridge is no longer in the groove, such devices are typically $50-$100. The belt vs direct drive argument is that a belt passes less motor noise to the platter, and that a belt averages out pulses in the motor, reducing flutter. Quartz lock requires a direct drive, otherwise the servo is always chasing the stretchy belt, and is unstable. There are some very good quartz lock direct drive units avalable, but all are above $1000. This is a belt drive manual because it gives the best sound for the price.
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