Bargains and Black Friday are like gin and tonic – a perfect mix. And because we comb the internet constantly to sniff out the best deals on the latest audio kit, we've already seen a tasty deal that sees 19% shaved off the RRP of excellent Audio-Technica AT-LP5x, which is now just £308 (was £380) at Amazon – a massive £72 saving!
The Audio-Technica AT-LP5x early Black Friday steal
Audio-Technica AT-LP5x: was
£379.99, now £308 at Amazon
Audio-Technica's splendid direct drive deck was already good value at full price, but this healthy discount makes it a deal we don't want you to miss if you're in the market for a deck. It has briefly (ever so briefly) dropped to one penny under £300 before, but if you want an easy-to-use plate spinner that both looks and sounds great, and is only £8 off its cheapest ever price, have at this Audio-Technica winner!
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The product is the Audio-Technica AT-LP5x turntable, a deck we covered (and spent significant time listening to) upon its 2019 release – but remember, this is vinyl, so that actually makes it a relatively new player.
And as we said in our early Audio-Technica AT-LP5x review, the AT-LP5x is a great step up towards premium audio for those entering the world of vinyl fandom. Audio-Technica has well over 50 years of expertise in the field of vinyl spinners, and this turntable effortlessly combines 20th century looks with 21st century technology.
To clarify: this isn't an average player you might buy just to save a few coins. It's the successor of the popular AT-LP5, and it builds on the classic design of turntables from the 60s and 70s, but with the major perk of allowing you to digitize your entire vinyl collection via a USB output.
A cable to connect the AT-LP5 to your PC or laptop is included in the box, as well as a download link for music recording software Audacity, which can be used to convert your precious records to MP3, WAV, and other digital formats.
Audio-Technica is famed for its turntable cartridges and as such, the stylus of this record player is fully customizable. It comes with the new AT-VM95E Dual Moving Magnet stereo cartridge, which is pre-mounted on an AT-HS6 headshell. This means your setup is pretty much ready to go straight out of the box – I had mine up and running in five minutes.
That said, you can swap this cartridge out if you're looking for a different sound (the built-in phono stage can cope with both moving magnet and moving coil cartridges) and its built-in phono/line preamp enables it to connect directly to a computer, home stereo, powered speakers and other components that have no dedicated turntable input too – ergo, no complicated setups necessary.
The AT-LP5x can play your records at 78 RPM, as well as 33 and 45 RPM – although you will need an additional AT-VM95SP stylus to do this.
The tonearm sports a J-shaped design that harks back to classic decks from the 60s and 70s, as well as metallic gimbal suspension system and precision bearings. This, combined with an adjustable anti-skate control, means that any unwanted tonearm movement is all but nixed.
Design-wise, the sleek matte-black finish should look great in any home, no? If you're a fledgling vinyl enthusiast (or you know someone who is) this could well be the ideal pre-Black Friday item for you.
Not what you're looking for? See our roundup of the best early Black Friday deals – or see the links below!
Other early Black Friday deals live now
- Amazon: up to 62% off tech and gifts
- AO: up to 40% off vacuums, appliances, and tech
- AEG: up to 50% off 100s of appliances
- Argos: early deals live now - up to 50% off toys and tech
- Boots: up to 40% off 1,000s of beauty products
- Currys: up to 40% off TVs, air fryers, laptops and more
- John Lewis: up to 40% off appliances, TVs, laptops
- Jessops: up to £550 off Sony, Canon, Nikon, and Fujifilm
- Newegg: up to 80% off peripherals, desktops, laptops, components
- Samsung: up to £600 off TVs, phones and appliances
- Very: up to £800 off TVs, headphones and vacuums
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Becky is a senior staff writer at TechRadar (which she has been assured refers to expertise rather than age) focusing on all things audio. Before joining the team, she spent three years at What Hi-Fi? testing and reviewing everything from wallet-friendly wireless earbuds to huge high-end sound systems. Prior to gaining her MA in Journalism in 2018, Becky freelanced as an arts critic alongside a 22-year career as a professional dancer and aerialist – any love of dance starts with a love of music. Becky has previously contributed to Stuff, FourFourTwo and The Stage. When not writing, she can still be found throwing shapes in a dance studio, these days with varying degrees of success.