Aiwa LP-3000



  • Manufacturer: Aiwa
  • Model: LP-3000
  • Type: Direct drive turntable with tangential arm
  • Years of manufacture: 1979 - 1981
  • Made in: Japan
  • Colour: Black
  • Remote control: RC-20 wired remote control
  • Power consumption: 20 W
  • Dimensions: (WxDxH) 480 x 439 x 150mm.
  • Weight: 15.2 kg
  • Original price, approx.: 168'000 Yen (Japan, 1979), 2500 DM
  • Original price cable remote control RC-20, approx.: 65 US-$, 160 DM


  • Outputs: 1
    • Output voltage: 3,3 mV

Technical Data

  • 3 motors drive:
    • 1 x Pulse Synthesizer Quartz PLL Servo direct drive for the turntable.
    • 1 x motor for the horizontal movement of the tonearm
    • 1 x motor for the vertical movement of the pickup
  • Speed: 33 1/3 / 45 revolutions/min.
  • Speed fine adjustment: ± 6%
  • Brake mechanism: fully electronic
  • Turntable:
    • Diameter: 310mm
    • Weight: 2,5 kg
    • Moment of inertia: 500kg / cm2
    • Torque at start: > 1 kg/cm
    • Material: Zinc die casting
  • Synchronisation fluctuation: < 0,025%
  • Signalrauschabstand: >73dB
  • Turntable: , torque
  • Tonearm: Linear scanning with statically balanced tonearm
  • Effective length: 182 mm
  • Sensitivity of rotation axis:
      • Horizontal: 30 mg

Vertical: 30 mg

    • Tracking force: 0 - 3 grams
  • Pickup:
    • Pickup weight: 4 to 29 grams possible (with additional headshell or additional weights).
    • Headshell weight: 16.5g (die-cast aluminium)
    • Type of cartridge supplied: MM
    • Frequency response: 20Hz...20 kHz
    • Output voltage: 3.3 mV
    • Stereo channel separation: 25 dB (1Khz)
    • Load impedance: 47 kOhm
    • VTA: 20°
    • Tracking force: 1 gram (+0.5 / -0.25g)
    • Needle type: 0.2mil x 0.7mil diamond, elliptical cut

Special Features

  • Tangential tone arm
  • Program storage and function control via microprocessor
  • Front operation even with closed hood
  • Synchronisation control to "Aiwa cassette decks" * Digital speed display
  • Digital speed display
  • Automatic operation by preselecting up to 15 music titles in any order
  • Automatic repeats of the entire program up to 10 or 24-repeats when the Repeat button is pressed alone
  • RC-20 wired remote control


  • The tangential tonearm guides the pickup radially towards the center of the record. This in contrast to the rotary tonearm, which moves the pickup in a circular arc rotating over the record.

The tangential tonearm scans the groove under the same conditions as the stylus cut it during recording. It therefore does not form a tangential skew angle and prevents the force component known as skating.

  • In the Aiwa system, the tangential tone arm is electrically guided over the record by a threaded spindle. It is mounted on a guide arranged horizontally behind the turntable.
  • The movement is controlled electronically by an "identification unit" located in the sound head, which consists of an infrared light-emitting diode and a phototransistor. It determines whether a record is on the turntable, detects the sections between the individual pieces of music and determines the respective point of contact of the needle with the record.
  • The tracking of the tonearm according to the groove pitch is done by a photoelectric system at the tonearm bearing, which already tracks the tonearm at a lateral tonearm deflection of only 1/4°. The angle of 90° formed by the tonearm and the plate radius is practically maintained, so that the tangential misalignment angle remains insignificantly small.


  • Aiwa LP-3000 hood open

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  • Aiwa LP-3000 hood closed

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  • Aiwa LP-3000 control panel

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  • Aiwa LP-3000 connector panel back panel

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  • Aiwa LP-3000 wired remote control RC-20

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