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Audio Technica AT-LP120-USB Direct-Drive Professional Turntable
  • Audio Technica AT-LP120-USB Direct-Drive Professional Turntable
  • Audio Technica AT-LP120-USB Direct-Drive Professional Turntable
 
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Audio Technica AT-LP120-USB Direct-Drive Professional Turntable

Manufacturer: Audio-Technica

Item #: AT-LP120-USB   •   MFG #: AT-LP120-USB

 


Our Price:$299.00

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    This professional stereo turntable features a high-torque direct-drive motor for quick start-ups and a USB output that connects directly to your computer. Other features include: forward and reverse play capability; cast aluminum platter with slip mat and a start/stop button; three speeds 33/45/78; selectable high-accuracy quartz-controlled pitch lock and pitch change slider control with +/-10% or +/-20% adjustment ranges; and removable hinged dust cover. A selectable internal stereo phono pre-amplifier allows the turntable to plug directly to components with no dedicated turntable input. A USB cable and adapter cables are included along with Mac- and PC-compatible Audacity software to digitize your LPs.

    Includes the AT95E (green) cartridge.

     
    • Features

      • USB output-connects directly to your computer for plug-&-play use
      • Mac- and PC-compatible Audacity software digitizes your LPs
      • Direct drive high-torque motor
      • Selectable 33/45/78 RPM speeds
      • Professional cast aluminum platter with slip mat
      • ½-inch mount universal headshell with Dual Magnet phono cartridge
      • Balanced tone arm with soft damping control
      • Switchable built-in pre-amplifier with line-level RCA output cables
      • Included cables connect to your stereo or powered speakers
      • Stroboscopic platter speed indicator
      • Forward and reverse play
       
    • Specifications

      • Turntable Specifications
      • Type 3-speed, fully manual operation
      • Motor DC motor
      • Drive Method Direct Drive Direct drive
      • Speeds 33-1/3 RPM, 45 RPM, 78 RPM
      • Pitch Variation +/-10% or +/-20%
      • Turntable Platter Die-cast aluminum
      • Starting Torque >1.6 kgf-cm
      • Braking System Electronic brake
      • Wow and Flutter <0.2% WRMS (33 RPM)
      • Signal-to-Noise Ratio >50 dB
      • Output Level Pre-amp "PHONO": 2.5 mV nominal at 1 kHz, 5 cm/sec
      • Pre-amp "LINE": 150 mV nominal at 1 kHz, 5 cm/sec
      • Phono Pre-Amp Gain 36 dB nominal, RIAA equalized
      • USB Function A/D, D/A - 16 bit 44.1 kHz or 48 kHz USB selectable;
      • Computer interface - USB 1.1 Compliant Windows XP, Vista or MAC OSX
      • Power Supply Requirements 115/230V AC, 60/50 Hz
      • Power Consumption 11W
      • Dimensions 450.0 mm (17.72") W x 352.0 mm (13.86") D x 157.0 mm (6.1") H
      • Weight 10.7 kg (23.5 lbs.)
      • Accessories Included Headshell/cartridge; AC line cord; dual RCA (female) to 3.5 mm (1/8") mini-plug (male) stereo adapter cable; dual RCA (female) to 3.5 mm (1/8") mini-plug (female) stereo adapter cable; 45 RPM adapter; USB cable; recording software.
        Cartridge Specifications:
      • Frequency response: 20 - 20,000 Hz.
      • Channel separation: >20 dB at 1 kHz.
      • Vertical tracking force: 1.5 - 2.5 grams.
      • Stylus construction: Bonded round shank.
      • Output: 3.5 mV at 1 kHz, 5 cm/sec.
      • Channel balance: 2.0 dB.
      • Stylus shape: 0.4 x 0.7 mil elliptical.
      • Cantilever: Aluminum.
      • Mount: Half-inch.
      • Replacement stylus: ATN95E.
       
    • Item Includes

      • Direct Drive Professional Stereo USB turntable.
      • Mac- and PC-compatible Audacity software.
      • USB cable.
      • Adapter cables.
      • Headshell/cartridge (AT95E).
      • AC line cord.
      • Dual RCA (female) to 3.5 mm (1/8") miniplug (male) stereo adapter cable.
      • Dual RCA (female) to 3.5 mm (1/8") mini-plug (female) stereo adapter cable.
      • 45 RPM adapter.
       
     

    REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

    by PowerReviews
    AUDIO-TECHNICAAudio Technica AT-LP120-USB Direct-Drive Professional Turntable
     
    4.4

    (based on 57 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (38)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (12)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (3)

    73%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Casual listening (42)
    • Archiving (26)
    • Excellent sound (8)
    • Consistent (5)
    • Versatile (5)

    Cons

    No Cons

    Best Uses

    No Best Uses
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Fantastic player

    Simply put, I think you should give serious consideration to purchasing this player. For an in depth analysis, I have made a video review. If you would like more information, I have...Read complete review

    Simply put, I think you should give serious consideration to purchasing this player. For an in depth analysis, I have made a video review. If you would like more information, I have included the link to a youtube video.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Did not work out of the box

    I am so very disappointed. The design and features and look of this turntable are great.

    But after setting it up we found that only the Left channel was working and the...Read complete review

    I am so very disappointed. The design and features and look of this turntable are great.

    But after setting it up we found that only the Left channel was working and the right channel is dead, whether on Line Out or Phono Out. We checked the stylus, the wiring of the stylus, fiddled with the arm height, weight, skate force, tried different records. We soo wanted this to be fixable. But sadly no.

    Defective product out of the box so back it goes.

    I so wanted to believe that the reviews that were negative here were one off lemon examples. But now I think I'll buy a different product and buy it locally not over the web.

    Disappointed.

    Reviewed by 57 customers

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    5.0

    New to vinyl and I love it.

    By Frank

    from Lisle,il

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about AUDIO-TECHNICA Audio Technica AT-LP120-USB Direct-Drive Professional Turntable:

        I am new to vinyl. I love this turntable. It is built like a tank and I can tell it will last a long time.

        • How long have you used this product?:
        • Less than a month
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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Outstanding Turntable; Best Bang for Your Buck!

        By Topo

        from Chicago, IL

        Pros

        • Best bang for your buck
        • Consistent
        • Excellent Sound
        • Looks Good
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Cheap and short built-in RCA cables
        • Several unnecessary features
        • Very large

        Best Uses

          Comments about AUDIO-TECHNICA Audio Technica AT-LP120-USB Direct-Drive Professional Turntable:

          There are sooooo many internet reviews of this turntable, it's probably impossible to add something someone else hasn't already written. That being said, in my every-man opinion I think this is the BEST turntable out there for the money. It sounds great, looks good, and it's not too expensive.

          After receiving this, I unboxed it and had it thrown together within just a few minutes. Admittedly, I've never setup an adjustable tonearm, so after 5 minutes at You Tube I was all set! My previous turntable was fully automatic, so there was small period of getting used to lifting the needle and stopping the platter manually.

          I will say this to the great people at Audio-Technica; while I think this looks good, I do think AT could take this model a step in another direction. Do we really need +/- pitch adjust, pitch lock, or even USB? I think most listeners that aren't DJ'ing seriously don't need these options. I think AT should flesh a new model out of this thing, remove the aforementioned features, replace the silver/black deck with some nice stained wood, and kill the cheapish built-in RCA cables for just straight gold-plated inputs. What a great model that would be! AT, are you listening? I'll even offer to test-drive a model like this ;)

          • How long have you used this product?:
          • Up to a year
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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          What a surprise!

          By Johnny P

          from Portland, Oregon

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound

          Cons

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              Comments about AUDIO-TECHNICA Audio Technica AT-LP120-USB Direct-Drive Professional Turntable:

              I have owned Dual 1218and Dual 1019 turntables since the 70's. They were both highly rated turntables that were very expensive. In the 80's and on I listened to CD's , yet still owned over 1,200 record albums. I decided to bring my records out of storage and listen to them again. My 1219 was stolen and my 1019 was not repairable. I began shopping for a new turntable in the $250-$500 range. While shopping I ran upon this turntable and decided to purchase it until I found a good turntable. Guess what? I'm keeping this as my main turntable. It sounds as good or better then my old turntables! It is a great sounding unit. Very balanced in the frequencies and makes no noise or wow and flutter of its own!

              • How long have you used this product?:
              • Over a year
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              (0 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              PC Receiver Connection and Playing

              By myjamaican

              from Glendale, AZ

              Comments about AUDIO-TECHNICA Audio Technica AT-LP120-USB Direct-Drive Professional Turntable:

              Update (manual detail) instruction to include PCs and not just receivers.

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              • Less than a month
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              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Great if it works

              By WB

              from St Louis, MO

              Pros

              • Great features for the price.

              Cons

              • Had for less than a year before problems started
              • Not Consistent
              • Wears Over Time

              Best Uses

                Comments about AUDIO-TECHNICA Audio Technica AT-LP120-USB Direct-Drive Professional Turntable:

                She it is working it is a great turntable form the price. However, had it for less than a year and the stylus skates across the record and skips despite setting the tracking force and anti skate exactly as directions describe. A quick Google search shows that this is a common issue. I realize that it isn't a top of the lone TT, but should still be able to do what it is designed for. Getting in touch with technical support is a nightmare because they never answer the phone and you have to leave a msg then sit around while they call you back. Despite 3 calls to them I still haven't talked to anyone.

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                • Up to a year
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                2.0

                I have the same problem. Turntable won't spin.

                By Marimue

                from Houston, TX

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Hard To Use
                  • Not Consistent

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about AUDIO-TECHNICA Audio Technica AT-LP120-USB Direct-Drive Professional Turntable:

                    Literally disappointed. Sounded great when it was working. Now seeing whether I keep pressing stop/ start if it will work. Everything else is on.

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                    • Over a year
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                    5.0

                    Liked the first one so much I went out and bought a second!!

                    By Electro Kaas

                    from Largo, Florida

                    Comments about AUDIO-TECHNICA Audio Technica AT-LP120-USB Direct-Drive Professional Turntable:

                    I've had my pair of PL-120 turntables for a few years now and my only complaint is that one both units the "START/STOP" switch had to be pressed a couple dozen times to get it working again. I'm an electronics broadcast engineer and I need to take it apart to see why this is happening but probably won't until it completely stops working. It almost feels as if grease in the switch (if any) is causing the problem. It is an annoying problem but probably isn't an issue if you use it at least once a month and don't let it sit idle for months at a time like I do.

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                    • Over a year
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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    First turntable; no regrets

                    By Jesse

                    from Princeton, IL

                    Pros

                    • Consistent
                    • Excellent Sound
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

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                        Comments about AUDIO-TECHNICA Audio Technica AT-LP120-USB Direct-Drive Professional Turntable:

                        This is the first turntable I've ever owned, and I'm glad I did my research and went with this one. Sound quality is just fantastic, which is what you really want if you are buying a turntable. High, mid and bass ranges are all perfect. Led Zeppelin has never been more fun to listen to.
                        For the first time, setup was a little intimidating, but that's probably more inexperience than the fault of the company. After it is set up, the controls are all simple enough to understand, and it's worth mentioning that the buttons are very satisfying to press. The lever to drop the stylus on the disc does so slowly, smoothly and carefully. I've owned the player for over half a year now I believe, and I really haven't noticed any decline in the quality of the stylus (with VERY heavy use, mind you.) The connections are great, the USB hookup is very convenient and I can use either that or the analog cables to run the sound through my computer. The whole turntable overall has a very professional look and feel, from the sleekness of it to the spindle stopping and starting on a dime.
                        The only real drawback and the reason I will only rate this four stars, however, is because the platter is very slightly but noticeably warped. Strange for a company that seemingly makes very good equipment for them to skimp on the tolerances of the platter itself. As far as I know, however, this has not affected sound quality at all, and should no means turn you off from buying this turntable. It really is worth the price.

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                        • Up to a year
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                        4.0

                        Was worried it would not sound as good as my PL-7

                        By cray1801

                        from Raleigh, NC

                        Pros

                        • Excellent Sound
                        • Professional Features
                        • Versatile

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                            Comments about AUDIO-TECHNICA Audio Technica AT-LP120-USB Direct-Drive Professional Turntable:

                            Looks cool, sounds good and with the lights and design...is just cool. Paint, mine is black, is not great but looks good. Seems well built, but not proven over time. I really like it so far!

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                            • Less than a month
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                            5.0

                            Great sound, great turntable

                            By Stg

                            from Charlotte, NC

                            Pros

                            • Consistent
                            • Excellent Sound
                            • Versatile

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                                Comments about AUDIO-TECHNICA Audio Technica AT-LP120-USB Direct-Drive Professional Turntable:

                                Great turn table!

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                                • Less than a month
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