AT-LP240-USB (DISCONTINUED)

Direct-Drive Turntable (USB & Analog)

MSRP* US$499.95
One-Year Limited End-User Warranty

*Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price. Actual selling price may vary; please check with an authorized Audio-Technica dealer.



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  • Overview

    The AT-LP240-USB is a superbly made high-performance USB turntable designed for home use. The turntableís USB output allows direct connection to a computer without any special drivers, making it easy to transfer records to digital music files that can be played back on a portable audio device. Built to deliver exceptional sound, the AT-LP240-USB utilizes a direct-drive high-torque multi-pole motor for unwavering speed stability, and features an S-shaped tone arm with adjustable tracking force and anti-skate adjustment and removable cartridge mount (cartridge available separately), and a damped cast-aluminum platter with a felt slip mat.

    The AT-LP240-USB plays back 33-1/3, 45 and 78 RPM records. Its built-in phono preamp enables the turntable to be connected to a wide variety of music and home entertainment systems, powered speakers, and to A/V receivers that do not include a dedicated phono input. The turntable includes PC- and Mac-compatible Audacityģ software that converts the audio on a record to MP3, WAV or other format digital audio files.
  • Features

    • USB outputóno special drivers required for direct connection to your computer

    • Direct drive high-torque multi-pole motor

    • Selectable 33/45/78 RPM speeds

    • Selectable internal stereo phono pre-amplifier

    • S-shaped tone arm assembly with:
      Adjustable counterweight
      Anti-skate adjustment
      Tone arm height adjustment and lock
      Tone arm lift with hydraulic action and lift lever
      Tone arm rest with locking mechanism

    • Stroboscopic platter and speed accuracy indicator

    • Damped cast aluminum record platter with slip mat

    • Start/stop button

    • Removable stylus target light

    • 45-RPM adapter

    • Adjustable feet for leveling

    • Removable dust cover

    • Dedicated ground lug for tone arm grounding

  • Specifications


    Type 3-speed, fully manual operation
    Motor 16-pole, 3-phase, brushless DC motor
    Drive Method Direct Drive Direct drive
    Speeds 33-1/3 RPM, 45 RPM, 78 RPM
    Turntable Platter 332 mm dia. die-cast aluminum
    Starting Torque >4.5 kgf.cm
    Braking System Electronic brake
    Wow and Flutter < 0.1% WRMS (JIS WTD) with 33 RPM
    Signal-to-Noise Ratio > 55 dB (DIN-B)
    Output Level Pre-amp "PHONO": 2.5 mV nominal at 1 kHz, 5 cm/sec (HP-4005)
    Pre-amp "LINE": 150 mV nominal at 1 kHz, 5 cm/sec (HP-4005)
    USB Function A/D, D/A - 16 bit 44.1 kHz or 48 kHz USB selectable;
    Computer interface - USB 1.1 Compliant Windows XP or above or MAC OSX or above
    Power Supply Requirements 120V AC, 60 Hz
    Power Consumption 11W
    Dimensions 450.0 mm (17.72") W x 353.0 mm (13.90") D x 166.5 mm (6.56") H
    Weight 12.2 kg (26.9 lbs.)
    Accessories Included Slip mat; dust cover; platter; 45 RPM adapter; counterweight; headshell; power cord; USB cable; dual RCA (female) to 1/8" (3.5 mm) mini-plug (male) stereo adapter cable; dual RCA (female) to 1/8" (3.5 mm) mini-plug (female) stereo adapter cable; dual RCA (male) cable with integrated ground wire; stylus target light; Audacity software (CD)



    RIAA: 20-20kHz, +1/-3dB (In: 1.5mV 1kHz)
    Tone arm type: Static balanced S-shaped tone arm with detachable headshell
    Effective arm length: 230 mm
    Overhang: 15 mm
    Height of tone arm adjustment range: 0-6 mm
    Tracking error angle: Less than 3 degrees
    Applicable cartridge weight:
    Without headshell 3.5 - 8.5 g,
    With headshell 13 - 18 g
    Anti-skating range: 0-3 g


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  • Downloads

    AT-LP240-USB Manual (pdf 1.14 M)
    AT-LP1240-USB/AT-LP240-USB/AT-LP120-USB/AT-LP60-USB Software Manual (pdf 1.05 M)
  • Reviews

    AT-LP240-USB Direct-Drive Turntable (USB &amp; Analog) 5 5 1 1
    audio-technica AT-LP240-USB Turntable: Perfect Marriage of Analog and Digital! First, let me state that vinyl is my music listening passion. Whenever I have the opportunity for attentive, leisurely immersion in sound, it's LPs that fit the bill. Second, CDs and MP3 files are a convenient method of transporting and playing music. Digital media makes it easy to bop around in the car, work out, or drown the cacophony of interactive modern living. I have 3,000 LPs and 1,000 CDs. My CDs are the product of industry hype and, until circa 2008, simple availability of new music. Downloads are not my thing; it's tantamount to kissing your sister. The introduction is important only to emphasize that my decision to acquire the AT-LP240-USB turntable is that, after a tremendous amount of research, it is the perfect marriage to produce the predominately rock and pop music I love in both analog and digital formats. I already own the last version of the time-tested premier DJ turntable with a customized audiophile integrated cartridge. I could have acquired a quality pre-amp with an USB output. According to reliable sources, it would have been the optimum solution to reasonably faithful reproduction of my vinyl to MP3 files for loading onto my 28 gigabit player. But, I wanted a stand-alone turntable/USB capability to marry with a second complete home sound system. So, now I have the AT-LP240-USB Direct Drive Turntable. And I am impressed with the design, construction, and performance of the unit. For old dudes like me, it's a little humorous to read modern instruction manuals "introducing" consumers to records and players. The folks at audio-technica have done an excellent job describing set-up and features. After mating the headshell to a vintage A-T PRECEPT PC110 cartridge, the receiver/amplifier and high-end tower speakers purred their approval of the turntable sound output. As a pure turntable, it is immensely enjoyable. Whether kicking out the jams with the MC5, strolling down Abbey Road with The Beatles, or navigating ethereal Mylo Xyloto waters with Coldplay, the AT-LP240 delivers solid, honest musical passages while flawlessly tracking grooves at 1.5 grams. Is the new turntable as formidable as my pampered 8 year-old aforementioned record player? Well, no; but there is over a $1,000 differential between the two units in today's market place. And, hey, the audiophiled DJ turntable had no premonition or aspiration to be a bridge to the digital world. Do I audibly perceive substantive differences in playback due to USB capability pollution, as some audiophile purists would insist? Well, no; but then I'm into rock and pop, and don't possess the gadgetry to scientifically demonstrate my preconceived hypotheses. All I know is that I really, really like what I hear! Switching to transferring vinyl to digital electrons, I employed the audio-technica suggestion to use Audacity software -- with a slight catch. I'm a PC operating with Windows 7. Thanks to the admirable content of the Software Guide accompanying the turntable, I opted to forego the CD download and go directly to http://audacity.soundforge.net. This was a smart move, discovering that the Audacity wizards just released v2.0.2 on 25 August 2012. Just as important, I learned that installation of Lame v3.99.3 for Windows was the only conduit for generating MP3 files from Audacity; a key revelation since my sole purpose of acquiring an USB turntable was to make my vinyl "mobile" via my MP3 player. Conceding my computer literacy quotient is about 7 on a scale of 10, I found the Audacity cockpit display to initially be overwhelming, but ultimately intuitive. Overcoming my predisposition to avoid mistakes #which would have required reading the current on-line user guide, since most YouTube demonstrations are obsolete#, I simply set the turntable to LINE, plugged the USB cable into the designated ports, and played a record. Snow Patrol's Fallen Empires was the chosen test case, and the 45 rpm platter produced the desired horizontal wiggly lines in all the right places on my computer screen. After completing side 1, I saved the project in Audacity and exported it with an MP3 selection click to my computer. I played back the Audacity file on my computer desktop external speakers, just to make sure #as The Holy Barbarians sang# the music was true. One thing I like about the Audacity/Lame construct is that I do not need to establish an external library account through iTunes or similar hosts. You see, I do not need to catalog or access my converted vinyl grooves on Windows MediaPlayer; once I send the MP3 file from my PC to the Creative Vision player, the computer electrons may be released #or erased# to join the big byte in the sky. Remember that I prefer listening to music on a turntable in my home, and the transferred digital version is of no value once the birthing process has been completed. As a final note, I have not yet exploited the editing and recording variation capabilities of Audacity. The inner production engineer and DJ in me is to be released. To be truthful, I envision letting the pure vinyl recording take its course, without unnaturally boosting or suppressing the 31 bands displayed on my graphic equalizer or Audacity screen. Bottom line #FINALLY!#: I strongly recommend the audio-technica AT-LP240-USB Direct Drive Turntable. I confidently endorse its use for novices and experienced vinyl music lovers. Buy it now, before people fully recognize what a wonderful value it truly is! September 28, 2012
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    USB Output Level

    The USB output level seems very low. Is there anything that can be done to boost it?
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    I found a work around within Audacity. After recording a track or album side, save the project as-is. Then go into Effects and choose Amplify. It will automatically determine how much it can increase the track based on the highest peak without clipping.

    This is much better than the Normalize effect in Audacity as it preserves the dynamics of the track.

    One note, you want to remove any clicks or pops before amplifying the track.

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    Thank you for your inquiry. If you are using Windows Vista (or later) or Mac Snow Leopard (or later) you can adjust the input volume via Contol Panel (Windows) or System Preferences (Mac). Earlier releases of these OS's do not allow you to adjust the input volume of USB devices.
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    how can I turn the volume up?

    Recently I perchased a AT-LP240 USB.
    I tried my effort to setup it and I worked.
    The only problem is, the volume of the turnable was unbeliviable low. I checked the chatridge( I used the AT120E/T) , balanced the arm and the headshell. It can make a sound, and the sound is good. But it was really too small to hear.
    I did not connect the turnable to PC or other speakers.
    I also did not find volume adjust button on the turnable.

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    If you are connecting to a dedicated Phono input (labeled as "phono"), then the switch on the back of the turntable should also be set to "phono". Also, use this "phono" setting if you are using the USB connection.

    Additionally, if you are connecting to anything other than a dedicated phono-input or USB, then you should set your turntable to "Line" to engage the internal phono-preamp.
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    There is no volume adjustment on the Turntable. It must be used with speakers to be heard. You need to use either self-powered speakers, a stereo amplifier or stereo receiver with passive speakers connected to it, or a computer with speakers in order to hear the Turntable. Self-powered speakers will have a volume control on them. A stereo amplifier or stereo receiver will have a volume control on it.
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    differences between AT-PL 120 & AT-PL 240

    What are the main differences between the two turntables? I own a AT PL-120 and it seems like the frequency response is actually better on the 120 (I realize that we can only hear 20-20000 hz.) What makes the 240 cost so much more? Thank you.
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    These are completely different designs. One important difference is that the AT-PL120 was designed as a DJ turntable. The AT-LP240 is designed for listening to music and does not have some of the DJ features. Also, the AT-LP240 has a better tone arm, There also additional features (USB port, RCA jacks and so on).
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    Does it connect to 240 volt

    I reside in Australia where the voltage is 240AC and noticed your specs indicating only 120v AC?
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    You will need a step down transformer for this to work on 240 volt.
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    Does AT-LP240-USB OPPERATE USING 240 volt

    I wish to purchase AT-LP240-USB turntable for use in Australia with an electricity supply of 240 volts.
    I would appreciate a direct anser of yes or no as your last reply was vague.
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    You will need to use a step down transformer and step the voltage down to 110 volts.
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