AT-LP1240-USB

Professional DJ Direct-Drive Turntable (USB & Analog)

MSRP* US$529.95
One-Year Limited End-User Warranty

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



  • Overview
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  • Specifications
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  • Overview

    This superbly made, professional quality DJ turntable is designed primarily for DJ use in nightclubs, touring and mobile applications. It can also be used by music lovers to play their record collections at home. Its sleek, elegant gloss-black and silver design fits into any stereo music or home entertainment system, and its built-in switchable phono preamp enables it to be used with a wide variety of receivers, powered speakers and other A/V components. As an added benefit, the turntable offers a USB output that allows direct connection to a computer for easy LP-to-digital conversion.

    Built to deliver exceptional music reproduction even under the most demanding conditions of professional use, the AT-LP1240-USB utilizes a powerful direct-drive 16-pole, three-phase motor for unwavering speed stability along with easy back-cueing, forward and reverse play and quiet operation at 33-1/3, 45 or 78 RPM. The turntable features an S-shaped tone arm with adjustable tracking force (counterweight) and anti-skate adjustment and a removable universal cartridge mount (cartridge available separately).

    Additional DJ-friendly features including a damped cast-aluminum platter with stroboscopic speed markings and slip mat, an illuminated speed indicator and adjustable pitch control, a start/stop button, a removable stylus target light, a dedicated tone arm grounding lug, a hydraulically-damped lift lever and a locking tone arm rest that keeps the arm and cartridge in place during transport.

    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


    • Professional DJ turntable
    • USB output Ė connects directly to your computer; includes Audacity software

    • Direct drive high-torque multi-pole motor for demanding DJ use

    • Professional features for DJ use in nightclubs, touring & mobile applications

    • Selectable 33/45/78 RPM speeds

    • Selectable internal stereo phono pre-amplifier

    • Dual start/stop controls

    • Start and brake control adjustments

    • Sliding pitch control with quartz speed lock

    • Reverse operation

    • S-shaped tone arm assembly with:
      oAdjustable counterweight
      oAnti-skate adjustment
      oTone arm height adjustment and lock
      oTone arm lift with hydraulic action and lift lever
      oTone arm rest with locking mechanism

    • Dedicated ground lug for tone arm grounding

    • Stroboscopic platter and speed accuracy indicator

    • Damped cast aluminum record platter with low-resistance DJ-style slip mat

    • Removable stylus target light

    • 45-RPM adapter

    • Adjustable feet for leveling

    • Removable dust cover

  • 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 13W
    Dimensions 450.0 mm (17.72") W x 353.0 mm (13.90") D x 166.5 mm (6.56") H
    Weight 12.5 kg (27.6 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-LP1240-USB Manual (pdf 1.19 M)
    AT-LP1240-USB/AT-LP240-USB/AT-LP120-USB/AT-LP60-USB Software Manual (pdf 1.05 M)
  • Reviews

    AT-LP1240-USB Professional DJ Direct-Drive Turntable (USB &amp; Analog) 5 5 4 4
    Outstanding Product I purchased that turntable to replace an older non high-end turntable. I use it to play the one hundred or so LPs which I kept following the advent of the CD. I am not disappointed at all with it. It has a powerful motor and a more than decent tone arm. It also features a stroboscope and a good internal stereo phono pre-amp which can be bypassed with the flick of a switch. Moreover, it has an USB output for use with a computer. Overall, it performs pretty well. The only thing that I may complain about is the light slip mat which might very well suit a DJ. However, since I am not a DJ, I would have preferred a thicker non slipping mat. Before ending this review, I also strongly suggest, since the headshell contacts are tiny, that you use a good contact enhancer and preservative such as the Caig ProGold, so you won't have any hum problem. Should you be looking for a decently priced turntable, either as a DJ or an audiophile, don't hesitate about this product. With a good cartridge, you will have hours of happy listening. December 11, 2012
    Excellent for home audiophile use I am not a professional DJ, I just use this turntable for home audiophile listening. While not technically designed for that it does do very well in this regard sound quality wise. The dampened platter doesn't make noise. I did buy an expensive cartridge for it as it does not come with one. The speed accuracy is excellent and while this was designed for professional DJ use I found the ability to adjust braking speed and to play records in reverse rather nice things to have to customize the feel of it. The reverse feature is good because who doesn't own a record with backwards masking on it or just backwards messages? The radio station I am at has 2 technics SL-1200 MK II turntables and this turntable in my opinion is just as good. I was struck by the part quality for one thing. The tone arm lever is metal and has a screw on metal ball end. They could have easily cheaped out on plastic but did not. The pitch adjust slider knob is smooth however the button is made out of plastic and that is puzzling considering the other attention to making sure the parts are metal. Also when you first turn on this turntable the pitch speed is not quartz locked. You must manually push the button every time you turn the power on however when the slider is in the middle there is no need for the quartz button anyway. The slider button does not have a center click which Audio Technica should replace this slider button with the type you have on the Technics SL-1200 MK II in my opinion! The unit shell is made out of metal also which very much surprised me. In fact I cannot think of an electronics product made since the early 80s where the unit shell wasn't plastic. Easy to clean and won't be a problem keeping looking new especially if one is a smoker. I am glad I got this model instead of the AT-LP240 because of the extra controls like brake speed and start speed and reverse etc. There are very practical uses for speed controls for someone who is NOT a DJ. I am a musician and the ability to slow down songs to learn them is pretty valuable. You can even adjust the speed to what you are tuned to so you do not have to retune your guitar for every different album you throw on, just adjust the pitch of the song using the pitch and speed slider control. Anyway all in all a fantastic turntable with fantastic speed accuracy. I like to listen to classic and do not hear any speed warble or pitch problems. It is accurate enough to detect a record that is off-center rather than the turntable making pitch speed problems. The motor is very strong and you can tell this immediately when you use your old vintage Discwasher on it, the turntable does not like to slow down easily when pressure is applied to it. Overall also the turntable feels like a quality very well made product that just feels like it will still be running in 10 years. July 4, 2012
    Looks great Cool d–Ķsign,solid and stable platter,good pich control range. –ēxpect this model to the European market soon March 29, 2012
    Review - AT-LP1240-USB I have been using the Technics 1200 for almost 2 decades. I came across this turntable through several reviews I've read online. I felt inspired to purchase one and give it a go. Upon receiving it and removing it from the package, I was impressed with the attention to detail, and the general appearance of the plynth, and general assembly. I was also impressed with the even physical weight distribution. All corners presenting same weight and structural control. When I held the unit, there wasn't any loose assembly generally found with plastic and metal constructed products as it is designed to present itself very ridgid. Finally connected everything. I substituted a MK5 1200 with this one through the same mixer. FACT: - Startup torque more powerful on the AT-LP1240-USB vs the 1200 MK5, I put a 2lb weight on both units to compare. The AT-LP1240-USB launched itself in the same manner as with no weight. The MK5 1200 required 1.5 inches to reach full torque speed. - Sound quality, very impressive. Same ortofon needle as other MK5 1200. Sound was unnoticably different. Both tables present a clear rythmic sound. Out of curiousity, I positioned both tables beside my Polk Audio SDA-SRS mamoth speakers on oak hard wood floor. The MK5 1200 had slight rumble, while the AT-LP1240-USB displayed the same sound projection as it did in the case, on the audio desk table. - Arm release. The tonearm drop on the AT-LP1240-USB is slightly softer than the MK5 1200. I perfomed this test on the same LP in the same place on several areas of the album. The AT-LP1240-USB did not have any pops or crackles when the stylus touches the LP - Flexibility: The AT-LP1240-USB offers many features non existant on the MK5 1200. Conclusion: Unfortunately my apartment got broken into. The culprit stole one AT-LP1240-USB and the other MK5 1200 turntable. I am now requiring 2 new turntables and will be purchasing qty. 2 Audio Technica AT-LP1240-USB units in a prox 1 month. The AT-LP1240-USB will be replacing the Technics tables in my little studio. February 8, 2012
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    Is it possible to actually turn OFF all A/D D/A conversion circuitry with an internal or external switch and use the AT-LP1240-USB as if it were an all analog turntable? Thanks.
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    Thank you for your inquiry. It can be used as an analog turntable by simply using the RCA connectors. There is no need to turn of the A/D convertors.
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    Is the tone arm and turntable designed more for ruggedness or more for very best possible sound?
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    Thank you for your inquiry. The AT-LP1240-USB has the same tone arm as the AT-LP240-USB. The turntable is designed for both sound and ruggedness.
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    Does the LP1240 have a hinged dust cover?

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    Thank you for your inquiry. The dust cover is not hinged on this turntable.
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    From reading the advertisement of each of these, it is hard to tell the difference other than price and title.
    What features/specifications does the AT-LP1240-USB have that the AT-LP120-USB/AT-LP240-USB lack?
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    Thank you for your inquiry.Comparing the AT-LP120-USB with the AT-LP24-USB, the AT-LP240 is the better of the two if your goal is to have the best audio quality. The AT-LP240 is more of a hi-fi turntable whereas the AT-LP120 would be classified more as a DJ turntable (hence the pitch control and reverse direction functions on the AT-LP120). The motor in the AT-LP240 is a different design resulting in improved speed accuracy and low noise. The platter and the base of the AT-LP240 turntable are dampened to control any resonancesand the tone arm is an entirely different design with much tighter tolerances. The AT-LP240 also has a detachable audio cable so you can use your favorite interconnect cable instead of the supplied cable if you like. The audio cable on the AT-LP120 is permanently attached. Please note that the AT-LP120 includes our AT95E Cartridge, while the AT-LP240 does not include a cartridge. We often recommend the AT120E/T Cartridge for use with the AT-LP240. It is probably the best bang for the buck cartridge in our entire line. The AT150MLX Cartridge is stellar, as close to the sound as more expensive and complex moving coil designs as you can get with a moving magnet design in my opinion! The dust cover on the AT-LP240 is not hinged, but instead rests on top of the turntable, whilethe dust cover on the AT-LP120 is hinged. Finally, the AT-LP240 has a grounded power supply with and exterior ground lug.

    The AT-LP1240-US is the AT-LP240 with the additin of all of the DJ functions that are on the AT-LP120-USB.
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    I was looking to purchase another LP120, but I definitely would like to buy the LP1240 instead if the price is right. Anyone no how much and who is currently selling it.
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    Thank you for your inquiry. This product should be available during mid summer 2012. Suggested retail is $529, although I do not know what the street price will be. It should be available at any stores, online or brick and mortar, that carry our products.
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