So this month I decided that it would be a good idea to buy myself a gift, because I work hard right? Well after thinking of what to get , I finally settled on getting a record player (seriously?).

Yes, seriously. My thought process was simple. I love music, and I love technology as you can see.

Hearing about all the jazz that the vinyl business is expected to be a billion dollar industry in 2017, it hit me: “I`ll buy a record player and a few records of my favorite bands!”

I decided to get the Audio Technica AT-LP5 after vigorously reading this surprisingly detailed resource as they state that it is the best record player you can get under the $500 price tag.

If I am gonna pay around $300 like I initially planned, I thought well I might as well pay the extra $150 and get a very good machine right?

Well it’s been about a week and a half now since I have had it, so here’s my complete review of the AT-LP5 and vinyl record listening in general.

Getting it Setup

I never owned a record player before, so this was the first time getting acclimated to it and really understanding how the parts work and what you need to play vinyl.

I twas a bit confusing at first, but I pretty much understood that you need a phono preamp, RCA cables, and a decent set of speakers. I had the speakers part setup but I have never heard of a preamp prior to this.

I went down to my local electric store and bought a set of RCA cables and a Pro-Ject Phono Box DC. So I ended up paying an extra $120 but whatever, I was already too deep to go back at this point.

The actual process of setting up the record player and connecting everything wasn’t too bad at all.

The directions were very simplified in the booklet, and I was pretty much done in 15 minutes.

Was It Worth It?

I can safely say that the moment I put my record in and clicked the stylus to take it’s position on the vinyl was one of the most remarkable experiences of my life. I knew that the sound would most likely be better than what I was used to with mp3 file, but I didn’t expect this.

The clarity of the vocals, flow of the melody, and just the overall audio presence of all the instruments was too much to handle.

It is quite literally the best audio experience you will ever have the first time you listen to vinyl a good setup.

If you’re on the fence, do it. If you love music, why haven’t you owned a record player by now? That is what you will be telling yourself afterwards.

Now if you`ll excuse me, I`ll go back to listening to my records on my AT-LP5.

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