Audio-Technica’s AT-LP2022 Turntable Is Clearly Special

In celebration of 60 years as a brand, audiophile specialists Audio-Technica has released a quintet of limited quantity 60th Anniversary designs, including a $9,000 turntable stylus made with a lab-grown diamond and beautifully crafted urushi lacquer embellished wooden headphones. Even amongst such uniquely conceived design, it’s the more “modestly” priced $1,200 AT-LP2022 Fully Manual Belt-Drive Turntable which has caught our eye with its transparent acrylic chassis.

Overhead angled view of clear Audio-Technica turntable against white background.

Paired with a limited-edition Shibata stylus and carbon-fiber tonearm, the AT-LP2022 is one striking combination where the inner-engineering is completely on display. The 30mm-thick, high-density clear acrylic is heavy enough to keep resonance in check, but even when on stand-by a captivating presence.

Underside view of clear Audio-Technica turntable against white background.

View of clear clear-body Shibata stylus against white background.

The special edition is equipped with a sensor-monitored motor, high-isolation, height-adjustable feet, and an AC adapter that keeps the AC/DC conversion outside the chassis to further reduce dreaded introduced noise.

Cropped close-up view of clear-body Shibata stylus playing vinyl record.

Adjustable vertical tracking angle and dynamic anti-skate control ensure the turntable can be used with cartridges of various heights and weights, including the optional 0.3 x 0.7 mil elliptical stylus AT-VMN95EBK that is easily interchangeable with the clear-body Shibata stylus (both included).

Three-quarter angled view of clear Audio-Technica turntable against white background.

This clearly special expression of the Audio-Technica brand is “coming soon” but available as a pre-order with free shipping via audio-technica.com.

Gregory Han is Tech Editor of Design Milk. A Los Angeles native with a profound love and curiosity for design, hiking, tide pools, and road trips, a selection of his adventures and musings can be found at gregoryhan.com.

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