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Akai Pro BT-500 Is A High-Performance Turntable For Audiophiles
Rounik Sethi on Thu, January 21st 0 comments
Akai tell us BT-500 is a one-of-a-kind belt-drive turntable combines no-compromise audiophile performance with modern features such as A-to-D LP conversion capability and wireless Bluetooth streaming.

Cumberland, RI USA (January 21, 2016) — Akai Professional, a leading manufacturer of music production equipment today announced the introduction of its one-of-a-kind BT-500 audiophile belt- drive turntable. Responding to the rapidly growing demand for high-performance turntables in the resurgent vinyl market, the BT-500 offers the record enthusiast a unit with no-compromise audiophile performance and luxurious, elegant styling.

However, in addition to its superlative basic turntable performance, the BT-500 offers a unique combination of modern digital technology and convenience features that sets it apart from anything else: The BT-500 is a wireless streaming turntable, so it can send the turntable’s signal to any Bluetooth speaker (not incl.). It has a built-in switchable phono pre-amp so it can be used with a traditional stereo or connected directly to powered speakers. The BT-500 also boasts the ability to convert analog records into digital files with its included on-board software and USB port for quick connection to any computer.

Akai Pro BT-500 turntable 

Of course, its basic turntable performance is beyond reproach: it has a quiet belt-drive system with a mechanically-isolated motor that eliminates any residual motor noise and vibration, a heavy die-cast aluminum platter that ensures an exemplary signal-to-noise ratio, a drive system with vanishingly low wow and flutter and a low-mass straight tonearm with precision damped cueing. The unique leveling bubble with adjustable feet ensures a perfectly level installation for optimum sound. A high-quality pre- mounted magnetic cartridge completes the package.


  • ï‚·  Isolated DC motor and belt-drive system ensures silent operation

  • ï‚·  Die-cast anti-resonance aluminum platter with heavy non-slip rubber mat

  • ï‚·  Low-mass tonearm with precision damped cueing

  • ï‚·  Built-in switchable phono pre-amp for use with powered speakers

  • ï‚·  Streams music wirelessly to any Bluetooth speaker (speaker not inc’l)

  • ï‚·  Converts vinyl records into digital files via USB connection to computer

  • ï‚·  Selectable sampling rate: 44.1kHz or 48kHz

  • ï‚·  1/8” headphone jack; gold-plated RCA jacks for optimum signal transfer

  • ï‚·  Unique leveling bubble and adjustable feet keeps unit perfectly level

  • ï‚·  Heavy MDF base minimizes vibration to eliminate acoustic feedback

  • ï‚·  Includes dual moving magnet cartridge and removable headshell

  • ï‚·  2-speeds: 33 1/3 and 45 RPM

  • ï‚·  Includes 45 RPM adapter, USB cable, audio cable and AC adapter

  • ï‚·  Luxurious walnut finish with brushed aluminum controls

“We’re very excited about the BT-500 turntable and its absolutely unique combination of amazing analog performance and modern digital technology,” said Dan Gill, Product Manager for Akai Professional. “This is a turntable like no other—a traditional audiophile’s dream coupled with incredible cutting-edge digital capability and convenience, all in one unit.”

The BT-500 will have a U.S. retail of $399.99 and be available in Q2 2016.

See the full line of Akai Professional equipment, including the BT-100 Bluetooth-streaming/digital conversion turntable (lower-priced companion to the BT-500), at Winter NAMM, Hall A Booth 6700.


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