Audio Technica AT-LP1240-USB Turntable

Audio-Technica LP120-USB Turntable

February 8, 2014 - Comment

Audio-Technica’s AT-LP120-USB direct-drive, high-torque professional turntable is perfect for DJs and other music enthusiasts. Especially in an era that many would call “postvinyl,” when it’s no longer the norm for audio/video receivers or even integrated amplifiers to offer a dedicated phono input. It includes a selectable internal stereo phono preamplifier and a USB output that

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Audio-Technica’s AT-LP120-USB direct-drive, high-torque professional turntable is perfect for DJs and other music enthusiasts. Especially in an era that many would call “postvinyl,” when it’s no longer the norm for audio/video receivers or even integrated amplifiers to offer a dedicated phono input. It includes a selectable internal stereo phono preamplifier and a USB output that connects directly to your computer. Perfect for digitizing your old LPs to high-quality MP3 files for playback from your computer or MP3 device. USB cable and adapter cables are included, along with Mac- and PC-compatible Audacity software to digitize your LPs.

The AT-LP120’s S-shaped tone arm assembly comes with an adjustable counterweight, an antiskate adjustment, a tone-arm height adjustment and lock, a tone-arm lift with hydraulic action and lift lever, and a tone-arm rest with a locking mechanism to keep the arm stable during transport. The turntable uses a DC servo motor to maintain accurate rotational speed at either 33-1/3 45, or 78 rpm, governed by a selectable, high-accuracy quartz-controlled pitch lock-all of which gives new life to 7- and 12-inch singles you may not have played for years. Unleash your inner DJ with the ‘table’s pitch-adjustment feature, with variations ranging from either +/-10 percent or +/-20 percent. A pop-up stylus target light and stroboscopic platter speed indicator offer visual assistance in queuing and playing your favorite tunes. Forward and reverse play options unlock countless creative doors.

The turntable comes with a cast-aluminum record platter, a slip mat, and a professional cartridge and headshell (model AT95E) that plugs directly into the tone arm. Adjustable, antivibrational feet keep the platter level, regardless of your environs. A start/stop button with remote start/stop input lets you integrate the player with your more sophisticated DJ tools. The player also includes a 45 rpm adapter with storage receptacle for the adapter and for a surplus or replacement headshell (sold separately).

The half-inch standard mount AT95E phonograph cartridge offers outstanding clarity and detail. Reviewers have rated this affordable, high-performance cartridge as a best buy value. Manufactured to Audio-Technica’s renowned quality standards, each cartridge is meticulously assembled with remarkably tight tolerances. The elliptical diamond stylus is designed to track record grooves with high accuracy for outstanding audio reproduction. Includes mounting hardware and stylus guard.

Product Features

  • Switchable built-in pre-amplifier with line-level RCA output cables
  • USB output—connects directly to your computer for plug-&-play use
  • Direct-drive, high-torque motor
  • Selectable 33/45/78 RPM speeds
  • +/-10 percent or +/-20 percent pitch adjust
  • High-accuracy quartz-controlled pitch lock
  • S-shaped tone arm assembly with adjustable counterweight, antiskate adjustment, tone-arm height adjustment and lock
  • Includes USB cable and Mac- and PC-compatible Audacity software to digitize your LPs
  • Professional cast aluminum platter with slip mat
  • ½-inch mount universal headshell with Dual Magnet™ phono cartridge
  • Included cables connect to your stereo or powered speakers
  • Stroboscopic platter speed indicator
  • Forward and reverse play

SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Frequency Response: 20-20,000 Hz
  • Channel Separation: >20 dB at 1 kHz
  • Tracking Force Range: 1.5-2.5 grams 2.0 grams (20 mN) recommended tracking force
  • Recommended Load Impedance: 47,000 ohms Output 3.5 mV (1 kHz, 5 cm/sec)
  • Channel Balance: within 2.0 dB
  • Stylus Type: 0.4 x 0.7 mil elliptical diamond stylus
  • Cantilever: Alloy tube
  • Mount: Half-inch

Comments

Gerard Masters says:

Indeed a New Era……. So, what do you do when you want to get current with a new turntableand you find the field swollen with overpriced gear and on the otherside, cheap Junk??You shoot for a Technics SL1200….at least that’s what I thought..Sorry, but at $7+ bills-for a guy who neverspent over $170 for a turntable back in the day they were King, not goingfor that. So what we have here with the Audio Technica AT LP120 USB to be realistic, is a chinese knockoff of theFamous Technics Table.So I bought one!The bad first: On my unit, the finish on the topof the turntable at three spots shows signs of the ‘finish paint’ not beingproperly sprayed. In another words, it looks like someone took a pencileraser and went back and forth a few hundred times over the top finishand wore out the finish coating. Ok,not good but something I could livewith cause it’s not that bad, but, it doesnt make it look splendidly new either!Do I…

G. Trager says:

A real turntable that also does USB Overall I’m fairly satisfied with this turntable. It has a nice strong motor, a decent solid metal platter, and an okay factory cartridge. I say Okay because AT makes much better cartridges (like the AT95 series, that are still fairly inexpensive) than the one that comes on this thing and for this kind of spend, it wouldn’t have killed them to throw one in. Plus the included cartridge tracks at “3-5” grams. That’s a viciously high tracking force. I have an AT95HE that I mangled the needle on…once I replace the needle, I plan to swap it in. Hey, at least it really includes a magnetic cartridge and not the typical crap ceramic cartridge that the vast majority of these USB turntables come with, and at least it’s a standard mount so you can swap it for something better, which you also can’t do on most of those crappy tables. This is one of the few USB turntables out there that actually let you adjust tracking force and antiskate at all.One other nice feature is that…

Hawkeye says:

It Works! It Works! It Works! I will not and actually cannot improve on the other reviews for this turntable. Right now Led Zeppelin I is playing as I type this and it sounds magnificent. My comments, after two days, are as follows:1. The hum, I don’t have one. Perhaps the most important problem that was identified in the reviews, I was prepared to rig up a ground wire but it was not necessary.2. The power supply. Turned on just fine. However, I made sure that the connection to the the turntable was firm, give the plug a good push and you will feel it seat itself.3. The on/off button. Yup, it’s funky, but it turns on and off just fine.4. The audio cables. Too short as noted, had to buy a pair of RCA couplers to connect to my receiver at an additional cost of 10$ for the gold plated variety. I actually would have preferred that AT just provide the ports and I would be pleased to supply my own cables.5. The cartridge. I am not an audiophile and…

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