AT-LP1240-USB

Direct-Drive Professional DJ Turntable (USB & Analog)

MSRP* US$449.00
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

    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 Audacity® software that converts the audio on a record to MP3, WAV or other format digital audio files.
  • Features


    • Direct-drive, high-torque, multipole motor for demanding DJ use

    • Fully manual operation

    • Start and brake control adjustments

    • Selectable 33/45/78 RPM speeds

    • Professional anti-resonance, damped die-cast aluminum platter with DJ-style slip mat

    • ˝” mount universal headshell (phono cartridge sold separately)

    • Balanced S-shaped tone arm with hydraulically damped lift control, anti-skate, height adjustment and lockable rest

    • Mac- and PC-compatible Audacity software to create digital files from vinyl records

    • Built-in switchable phono pre-amplifier with detachable RCA output cables

    • Stroboscopic platter with speed indicator

    • Forward/reverse operation and variable pitch control with quartz speed lock

    • Removable stylus target light for easier cueing in low light

    • Includes: Mac- and PC-compatible Audacity software, Dual RCA output cable with ground wire, Two output adapter cables (dual RCA female to mini-plug male & dual RCA female to mini-plug female), USB cable, Power cord, 45 RPM adapter, Counterweight, DJ-style slip mat, 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


    Conditions
  • 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

    REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    Audio-TechnicaAT-LP1240-USB Professional DJ Direct-Drive Turntable (USB & Analog)
     
    4.8

    (based on 12 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to set up (8)
    • Great sound (7)
    • Simple controls (7)
    • Durable (6)

    Cons

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    5.0

    Simply put - One Beautiful Turntable!

    By 

    from British Columbia, Canada

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy Controls
    • Easy To Set Up
    • Great Sound
    • Heavy duty packaging.

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

      Comments about Audio-Technica AT-LP1240-USB Professional DJ Direct-Drive Turntable (USB & Analog):

      One of the best built turntables on the market today! I installed a Shure M97xE cartridge on this beauty and can't believe how nice it sounds! Don't get me wrong, Audio-Technica makes some of the best cartridges out there, I just decided to put a Shure on. All the features of this turntable are geared toward the DJ market but will perform just as well in the audiophile market. Very easy to set up and use but be prepared to manually move the tone arm onto and off the record as this table is fully manual, the auto tables are more of a toy in my opinion. The 1240 employs a very high torque drive motor as it starts and stops on a dime! To sum up, the AT-LP1240USB is extremely well made, awesome looking, and will probably be the last turntable you'll ever buy. Well done Audio-Technica!

      • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
      • Casual Listening
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      • Audiophile
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      • Less than a month
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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best turntable hands down !!!!

      By 

      from Brooklyn, NY

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy Controls
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Great Sound

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          Comments about Audio-Technica AT-LP1240-USB Professional DJ Direct-Drive Turntable (USB & Analog):

          I have had these turntables for about 4 years now and they are just as good as they were when I first purchased them. Some of the best craftsmanship I have seen on a turntable. There is nothing I see to complain about. It is just a great turntable and nice on the eyes !!!

          • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
          • DJ
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          • Audiophile
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          • Over a year
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          5.0

          EXELLENT TURNTABLE

          By 

          from MIami

          Pros

          • Easy to Set Up
          • Execellent sound quality
          • Great Grip
          • Great strong built

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              Comments about Audio-Technica AT-LP1240-USB Professional DJ Direct-Drive Turntable (USB & Analog):

              I have always used TT 1200 The LP1240 is a modern version of the T1200. I have no issues it is built strong and sounds excellent. It has more torque than the 1200's and I love all the new modern features. Make sure you balance the table by adjusting the feet's before setting up and use a level.

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              • Less than a month
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              5.0

              You wanna be a turntablist??

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              from Salem, OR

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy Controls
              • Easy To Set Up
              • Great Sound

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                  Comments about Audio-Technica AT-LP1240-USB Professional DJ Direct-Drive Turntable (USB & Analog):

                  I'm a turntablist that uses vinyl as well as software. I scratch on these a lot and they have performed flawlessly for coming up on 2 years. They've been road tested since I play venues and events. Strong torque motor allows you to scratch on these turntables. Another great feature is the included dust cover. If you want a nice pair of DJ quality turntables then get these!!

                  • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                  • DJ
                  • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
                  • Intermediate
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                  • Over a year
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                  5.0

                  Deal of the millenium

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                  from Londonderry, NH

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy Controls
                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Great Sound

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                      Comments about Audio-Technica AT-LP1240-USB Professional DJ Direct-Drive Turntable (USB & Analog):

                      This is an OEM clone of the Technics 1200 series. But at 1/4 of the price. Well balanced tone arm, strobe platter, stylus light, heavy duty motor. I chose the AT120EB cartridge with it, and the combo is amazing. Don't hesitate.

                      • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                      • Casual Listening
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                      • Audiophile
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                      • Less than a month
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                      4.0

                      Very happy with this purchase

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                      from New Jersey

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy Controls
                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Great Sound

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                          Comments about Audio-Technica AT-LP1240-USB Professional DJ Direct-Drive Turntable (USB & Analog):

                          Back in the day i had technics MK2's. The standard of its time. I'm back in the market for a pair of turntables like many of us. Your not a DJ unless you spin vinyl. Sorry but nothing like the real thing. I just recieved my audio-technica lp1240 and it is solid with serious drive.

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                          • Other
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                          • Audiophile
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                          • Less than a month
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                          4.0

                          Better music

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                          from USA

                          Pros

                          • Easy Controls
                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Great Sound

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                              Comments about Audio-Technica AT-LP1240-USB Professional DJ Direct-Drive Turntable (USB & Analog):

                              The overall quality and performance is very good. The only issue is the internal pre-amp. I would like to see a version with out the pre-amp. Other than that, a heavier counter weight would help with larger cartridges.

                              • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                              • Casual Listening
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                              • Intermediate
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                              • Less than a month
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                              5.0

                              awesome turntable

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                              from north carolina

                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Easy Controls
                              • Easy To Set Up
                              • Great Sound
                              • pitch control is smooth and very accurate ..

                              Cons

                              • none noted

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Audio-Technica AT-LP1240-USB Professional DJ Direct-Drive Turntable (USB & Analog):

                                july will be 2 years that iv'e purchased 2 of the lp1240's.love the sexy looks,rounded edges makes it's very distinguishable from other turntables on the market. love the black hi gloss finish.no skipping when in hard usage in a DJ setting.pitch control is very accurate and holds that speed for as long as needed.took a while to get use of the digital pitch which requires a full revolution to adjust,but i'm use to that now and isn't a problem when mixing long mixes..sound is great with my traktor z2 mixer..solid heavy deck,and has wrist breaking torque.never use + 20 or +50 because in the standard +10 range is more than enough for what i do..so glad there isn't a center click for the pitch slide.all buttons feel great with a click letting you know that button has been pressed.i am a former technics owner and this deck is by far a better deck to me.with audio technica's long history and this being there only real DJ turntable they hit all the marks,and this being the companies 50th anniversary model job well done.thanks for giving me a real choice and a technics sl 1200 killer.

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                                • DJ
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                                • Audiophile
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                                • Over a year
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                                (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Outstanding Product

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                                from Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC, Canada

                                Site Member

                                Pros

                                • serious audiophile listening

                                Cons

                                • none

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                                  Comments about Audio-Technica AT-LP1240-USB Professional DJ Direct-Drive Turntable (USB & Analog):

                                  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.

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                                  • Casual Listening
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                                  • Audiophile
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                                  • Less than a month
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                                  5.0

                                  Excellent for home audiophile use

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                                  from Lewiston, ME, USA

                                  Site Member

                                  Pros

                                  • Casual Listening
                                  • solidly built rugged easy to clean

                                  Cons

                                  • plastic lid scratches very easily
                                  • quartz lock button isn't on by default
                                  • slider button is plastic and doesn't center lock

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Audio-Technica AT-LP1240-USB Professional DJ Direct-Drive Turntable (USB & Analog):

                                    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.

                                    • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                                    • Casual Listening
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                                    • Audiophile
                                    • How long have you used this product?:
                                    • Up to a year

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                                    • Q:

                                      Are the feet adjustable if the surface it sits on isn't quite level?
                                      Asked on 5/7/2017 by Mark from West Haven Ct

                                      1 answer

                                      • Staff Reviewer

                                        A:

                                        Yes, the feet are adjustable. To lower the feet (raise that corner of the turntable), rotate the feet clockwise.

                                        Answered on 5/9/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
                                    • Q:

                                      What type of cartridge fits this turntable. I want to know if I have to buy your cartridges only?
                                      Asked on 3/16/2017 by Messy from Stow, Ohio

                                      1 answer

                                      • Staff Reviewer

                                        A:

                                        No, you may use most standard half inch mounted cartridges.

                                        Answered on 3/22/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
                                    • Q:

                                      I just bought a pair of these turntables, and noticed that if I apply even the slightest pressure when I scratch or am holding a record, the the turntable gives off a clicking noise. Also noticed that the platter wobbles even without pressure. Is there a way to fix these problems without sending the decks to a shop?
                                      Asked on 2/4/2017 by wyoung10

                                      1 answer

                                      • Staff Reviewer

                                        A:

                                        Thank you for your inquiry. Please contact our Service department at 330-686-2600 ext. 5009. They can help with this.

                                        Answered on 2/14/2017 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
                                    • Q:

                                      Please direct me to first time installation Video
                                      Asked on 2/4/2017 by gerry from NH USA

                                      1 answer

                                      • Staff Reviewer

                                        A:

                                        Thank you for your inquiry. We do not have a setup video for the AT-LP1240.

                                        Answered on 2/15/2017 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
                                    • Q:

                                      hi! look i just got mine a couple of days ago but the removable target light also the 45 adapter and the counterweight were not included, was this supossed to come with these accesories? or not? also if not where can i get them ? i've been looking all over but i cant seem to find them online , thanks.
                                      Asked on 1/31/2017 by omardrox from Vero Beach ,FL

                                      1 answer

                                      • CUSTOMER CARE

                                        A:

                                        Thank you for your inquiry. You may contact our Parts Department at Parts@atus.com or call (330) 686-2600 ext 5002. to inquire about a replacement if you are located in the US.

                                        Answered on 2/2/2017 by ATUS_Specialist4 from Stow,OH
                                    • Q:

                                      I have a marantz 5011 receiver which does not have ground to plug in the 1240 I connected it to the receiver casing screw and when I turn up the volume past 50 it hums i hear it from the turntable then my speakers did not have this probelem with my lp120 should I not connect the ground or is there something else I should do?
                                      Asked on 1/23/2017 by Taki from New Jersey

                                      1 answer

                                      • CUSTOMER CARE

                                        A:

                                        Since the receiver does not have phono jacks on it, you will be using the phono preamplifier located inside the turntable. The preamp selector switch that is located on the rear of the turntable will need to be placed in the LINE position. Do not use the separate ground wire in this scenario. The ground wire is for use when the phono preamplifier is bypassed (the preamp selector switch is in the PHONO position).

                                        Answered on 2/15/2017 by audio-solutionsSpec1 from Stow
                                    • Q:

                                      I am plugging in and playing my 1240 Turntable through a four channel mixer so I am using it in line mode. Do I need to use the grounding? I ask because my mixer has no ground screw. If so, how do I ground it?
                                      Asked on 1/17/2017 by AdamBom from San Diego

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                                      • Staff Reviewer

                                        A:

                                        No, the turntable is grounded to the internal RIAA preamp.

                                        Answered on 1/19/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
                                    • Q:

                                      What cartridge/stylus do you recommend for this turntable??priced from high to low
                                      Asked on 1/6/2017 by Old school from Austin Texas

                                      1 answer

                                      • Staff Reviewer

                                        A:

                                        Please contact our Audio Solutions Department at (330) 686-2600 ext 5000 or at audio-solutions@atus.com for assistance with this.

                                        Answered on 1/10/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
                                    • Q:

                                      Having problems installing the ADT LP 120 USB turntable to a Yamaha receiver it's the RX V481 receiver turntable does not operate properly no sound
                                      Asked on 12/27/2016 by Anonymous from I live in Strasburg Pennsylvania

                                      1 answer

                                      • CUSTOMER CARE

                                        A:

                                        Thank you for your inquiry. Best place to connect the turntable would be AV2, AV3, or AV4. Then make sure the switch on the back of your turntable is set to "LINE" and not "PHONO."

                                        Answered on 12/28/2016 by ATUS_Specialist4 from Stow,OH
                                    • Q:

                                      hello, i just got a pair of these turntables and one of them has a startup issue, sometimes when i press the start button, the turntable does a scratch and goes, in other moments its stay in scratch mode and i have to help the platter for it to start spinning, need some help with this please.
                                      Asked on 12/26/2016 by caio

                                      1 answer

                                      • Staff Reviewer

                                        A:

                                        Please contact our Service Department at (330) 686-2600 ext 5009 or at service@atus.com for assistance with this.

                                        Answered on 12/28/2016 by ATUS_Specialist3
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