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Audio Technica’s 2019 lineup includes new turntables, its smartest headphones yet

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Audio Technica has announced a slew of new audio products just in time for this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, giving fans of high-fidelity sound a lot to look forward to in the coming year.

First and foremost, the company is stepping even further into the world of noise-canceling headphones, offering three new models to listeners around the globe. The three headphones, called the ATH-ANC900BT, ATH-ANC500BT, and ATH-ANC100BT, represent two over-ear models (the first two) and one in-ear model (the latter), and are aimed to make your music sound as good as possible.

The flagship ATH-ANC900NC model takes direct aim at industry-leading headphones like the Sony WH-1000xM3, with eight microphones to monitor your environment . They offer excellent sound reduction, and a staggering 35 hours of battery life, thanks to its low-energy Bluetooth 5.0 chip. Like the Sony, the headphones will feature touch controls.

The ATH-ANC500BT will showcase a 20-hour battery life and Bluetooth 4.2 connection, and are designed for those who still want great sound but are on a slightly tighter budget. The in-ear ATH ANC-100BT are geared toward those who want a more discreet listening solution — and who may want to workout in relative silence.

The three headphone models will retail for $300, $99, and $99 dollars respectively, and will all be available in spring.

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Turntables

Those looking to get into the world of analog audio will likely be excited about the latest version of Audio Technica’s popular AT-LP120USB turntable, which has long been one of the best entry-level turntables on the market.

Called the ATLP120XUSB, the new model has an improved direct-drive motor and a reverse function that allows users to play records backwards for scratching. It also features an improved onboard phono preamp for listeners who don’t want to purchase a more expensive outboard one. As with the previous model, USB connectivity allows buyers to rip their favorite tunes to digital.

Those with even tighter budgets may also be interested in a new version of the company’s entry-level AT-LP60XHP turntable, which comes with a new sleek design and options for USB or Bluetooth playback (for slightly elevated prices).

The company has also announced two more high-fidelity oriented turntables called the AT-LPW40WN and AT-LPW30TK, which come in gorgeous wood finishes and are designed for those looking for a workhorse table with prettier aesthetics than are offered by the LP120 or LP60 models.

Pricing for the new turntable models ranges from $99 for the base LP-60 model to $300 for the AT-LPW40WN model. None of the new models have firm release dates yet, but we will update this article as we hear more.


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