AT-LP120-USB

Direct-Drive Professional Turntable (USB & Analog)

MSRP* US$299.00
One-Year Limited End-User Warranty

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



  • Overview
  • Features
  • Specifications
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  • Overview

    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.

    Need help setting up your AT-LP120-USB turntable? Check out our blog for step by step instructions:
    Setting up the AT-LP120-USB Turntable - Part 1
    Setting up the AT-LP120-USB Turntable - Part 2

    Or, view the AT-LP120-USB Turntable Setup Video:

  • Features


    • Convert your vinyl records to digital audio files

    • Mac- and PC-compatible Audacity software digitizes your records

    • Direct-drive, high-torque motor
    • Fully manual operation

    • Selectable 33/45/78 RPM speeds

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

    • ˝” mount universal headshell with AT95E Dual Magnet™ phono cartridge and long-life diamond stylus

    • Balanced S-shaped tone arm with hydraulically damped lift control and lockable rest

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

    • Stroboscopic platter with speed indicator

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

    • Popup stylus target light for easier cueing in low light

    • Includes: Mac- and PC-compatible Audacity software, USB cable, Two output adapter cables (dual RCA female to mini-plug male & dual RCA female to mini-plug female), Power cord, 45 RPM adapter, Phono cartridge (78 RPM records require additional cartridge, not included), Counterweight, Slip mat, Removable hinged dust cover

  • 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



    Please note: As of September 2011, the AT-LP120-USB includes the AT95E cartridge, replacing the ATP-2XN cartridge.

    Need help setting up your AT-LP120-USB turntable? Check out our blog for step by step instructions:
    Setting up the AT-LP120-USB Turntable - Part 1
    Setting up the AT-LP120-USB Turntable - Part 2

    Or, view the AT-LP120-USB Turntable Setup Video:




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  • Downloads

    AT-LP120-USB Manual with AT95E (green) cartridge (pdf 1.55 M)
    AT-LP120-USB Manual with ATP-2 (white) cartridge (pdf 1.54 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-LP120-USB Direct-Drive Professional Turntable (USB & Analog)
     
    4.4

    (based on 40 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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    • 4 Stars

       

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    • 3 Stars

       

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    • 1 Stars

       

      (3)

    86%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Casual listening (22)
    • Archiving (16)
    • Excellent sound (7)
    • Versatile (6)
    • Consistent (5)

    Cons

    No Cons

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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Awesome turn table!

    I have owned this since June of 2013 and it is used almost every day by either me or my wife. We have enjoyed hearing vinyl again and have expanded our collection with classic...Read complete review

    I have owned this since June of 2013 and it is used almost every day by either me or my wife. We have enjoyed hearing vinyl again and have expanded our collection with classic albums and new 180 gram reissues. This is excellent for recording via USB to digital files, I have tons of albums on my iPod. The USB that came with it was a little short to my liking but I bought a longer one for about 7 bucks on Amazon. The tonearm took some time to set up just right but I watched the many helpful videos on YouTube by Audio Technica and some more by fans of this TT. This model comes with the AT95E stylus which tracks at 2 grams. The previous stylus no longer comes with the LP120. Trust me, this one is better (it is the GREEN cartridge). The direct drive can stop on a dime! Pitch control is something I would never use but it has a nice feel to its "slide" and clicks into place in the middle. Hit "quartz" and it instantly tracks at the normal speed. The unit weighs around 25 pounds and that's a good thing. I've noticed that the Popup Stylus Target Light gets a little warm after it's been on for a while so I use it when I need it but mostly leave it turned off. I almost bought the USB LP60 and I am glad I got this one instead. The direct drive and adjustable tone arm and anti-skate sold me on this model. It has been nice to hear Hendrix, Styx, Zeppelin and The Beatles again and the Beatles remasters sound awesome. Thanks AT for making such a nice TT! For those wondering this does not have an auto return but most good turn tables do not have this, I don't mind a bit. Best advice is to stay AWAY from those all-in-one units you see in the big box stores that also have cassette and CD. Those things will eat your records for breakfast!

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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.

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    4.0

    Really great product.

    By 

    from Saint John, NB, Canada

    Pros

    • Great Grip
    • Quiet
    • Wears Evenly

    Cons

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        Comments about Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB Direct-Drive Professional Turntable (USB & Analog):

        I love this turntable. It is by far the best I've ever owned, it's very easy to use and the sound quality is great, there are turntables out there with better sound but for this price you can't beat it.

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        • Over a year
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        4.0

        Awesome !!!

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        from Winnipeg

        Pros

        • Beautiful
        • Sounds awesome
        • Well built

        Cons

        • Better, clearer directions on tone arm set up

        Best Uses

          Comments about Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB Direct-Drive Professional Turntable (USB & Analog):

          So far only had for one day. It is a well built, beautiful looking player that is everything I wanted and more!!!

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

           
          5.0

          Whole lotta bang for the buck!

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          from Indianapolis, IN

          Pros

          • Corners Well
          • Great Grip
          • Long Lasting Tread
          • Quiet
          • Wears Evenly

          Cons

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              Comments about Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB Direct-Drive Professional Turntable (USB & Analog):

              I'm an old audiophile who got in the hobby in the late 60's. I could never afford the high end equipment, so I looked for the best bang for the buck. The Audio Technica AT120 is my 4th turntable ever. When I began looking for a new TT in the summer of 2010, I was disappointed at the selection of decent audiophile models available. In the under $300 range, it was slim pickins! Not surprising, with the advent of CD's in the mid 80's. Another rarity is the hi-fi specialty shop, and I live in a big city. I was forced to go online to do my shopping.

              Based on reviews, I chose the AT120, and chose wisely. I really wanted a semi-auto unit that automatically returns the tonearm at the end of the record, but the automatics available were on the lower end of the scale and didn't meet my requirements for audio quality. I was very pleasantly surprised when I unpacked the AT120. It looked to be of the same quality I had come to expect from the turntables of 60's and 70's. Setup was easy- I've had experience at this in the past. I was impressed by all the features, and that they operated with a quality feel. I insisted on: adjustable tonearm tracking, anti-skating, 3 speeds, damped cuing, and a dust cover, among other features, and it has them all. It even includes a built-in preamp, USB connection, and reverse turntable direction, none of which I need.
              I've been enjoying this unit for six years now, and only one thing has needed servicing: the tonearm damping fluid had dried out, letting the tonearm free-fall to the record. You can buy the silicon damping fluid on line and find video instructions on how to fix this on youtube. It now operates perfectly and I expect it to continue giving excellent service for many more years. The only change I made to the original setup was to replace the supplied cartridge with my vintage Audio Technica AT 125 LC cartridge. Amazingly, this cartridge from 1981 still souns great!

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              • Over a year
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              5.0

              This turntable is the bomb diggity!! Love it!

              By 

              from Wild and Wonderful West Virginia

              Pros

              • Corners Well
              • Great Grip
              • Long Lasting Tread
              • Quiet
              • Wears Evenly

              Cons

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                  Comments about Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB Direct-Drive Professional Turntable (USB & Analog):

                  I use this to play my vintage albums, new albums, and ones recorded from master tapes at half speed.

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                  • Over a year
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                  5.0

                  New to vinyl and I love it.

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                  from Lisle,il

                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Excellent Sound
                  • Versatile

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                      Comments about Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB Direct-Drive Professional Turntable (USB & Analog):

                      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.

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                      • Less than a month
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                      (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Outstanding Turntable; Best Bang for Your Buck!

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                      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 AT-LP120-USB Direct-Drive Professional Turntable (USB & Analog):

                        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 ;)

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                        • Up to a year
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                        (1 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        1.0

                        "Line" setting vs "Phono" setting

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                        from Hilsboro, OR

                        Comments about Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB Direct-Drive Professional Turntable (USB & Analog):

                        [One star, because I only purchased the unit recently, and have not had enough time to really put it to the test, but I was not allowed to post anything without choosing a star rating, and I personally think star rating are useless. So, the one star was for their insistence on that, and nothing to do with the turntable. I might be likely to rate the turntable *after* I've lived with it a while, and can speak to actual pros and cons.]

                        I'm curious how many users have found that the "Line" setting provides a cleaner signal than the "Phono" setting?
                        I have three receiver/amplifiers, two of which are identical, and have phono input jacks with a ground terminal. When connecting the LP-120 to the phono inputs, with the the turntable switched to "Phono", a nasty buzz is present.
                        When connecting the turntable to any outputs on any of my receivers, with the switch set to "Line", the signal is clean.
                        So.... is this something that other users have experienced?

                        Additionally, the turntable provides a clean signal when switched to "Line", and connected via USB to any of our computers, and also to powered monitor speakers in the studio.

                        This makes me curious about the built-in pre-amp, and why the "Phono" setting creates a buzz when connected to receivers which are designed for phono inputs?

                        • How long have you used this product?:
                        • Less than a month

                        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        3.0

                        Great if it works

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                        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

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                          Comments about Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB Direct-Drive Professional Turntable (USB & Analog):

                          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.

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                          from Houston, TX

                          Pros

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                            • Hard To Use
                            • Not Consistent

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                              Comments about Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB Direct-Drive Professional Turntable (USB & Analog):

                              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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                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

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

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                              from Largo, Florida

                              Comments about Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB Direct-Drive Professional Turntable (USB & Analog):

                              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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                            • Q & A

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                              • Q:

                                I have an older turntable that I am replacing. It feeds through a preamp to a newer receiver without phono jacks. I intend to continue this arrangement. I would like to confirm that this unit has standard RCA connections to allow this setup. Thanks.
                                Asked on 9/28/2016 by Kim from TN

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                                  A:

                                  Yes, by putting the switch on the rear of the turntable to PHONO will bypass the AT-LP120-USB turntable's internal RIAA preamp.

                                  Answered on 9/29/2016 by ATUS_Specialist3
                              • Q:

                                Hello,

                                Will I be able to use the AT-618 record weight with the At-LP120usb?
                                Asked on 9/23/2016 by James from United States

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                                  A:

                                  Thank you for your inquiry. Yes you can use the AT-618 record weight with the AT-LP120-USB.

                                  Answered on 9/26/2016 by ATUS_Specialist4 from Stow,OH
                              • Q:

                                I need a replacement power cord for AT-LP-120-USB. Where can I get one?
                                Asked on 9/23/2016 by none from East Tennessee

                                1 answer

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                                  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 9/26/2016 by ATUS_Specialist4 from Stow,OH
                              • Q:

                                Can I buy a replacement power supply for AT-LP120-USB?
                                Asked on 9/21/2016 by Neil from Seattle, WA

                                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 9/22/2016 by ATUS_Specialist4 from Stow,OH
                              • Q:

                                I have been using my turntable for a while with no problems and then it Sat up with out been played for a month when I cut it back on it comes on but the start stop button does not work and the motor doesn't work and it's not spinning can I fix this problem?
                                Asked on 9/19/2016 by Dj peaks from Ga

                                1 answer

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                                  A:

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

                                  Answered on 9/20/2016 by ATUS_Specialist3
                              • Q:

                                how do I plug the turntable into an ac outlet
                                Asked on 9/19/2016 by ob1kanoob from Eden Prairie, Minnesota

                                1 answer

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                                  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 9/20/2016 by ATUS_Specialist3
                              • Q:

                                I am locating the turntable (AT-LP120-USB) across he room from my receiver. I know I need Male to female RCA extensions - likely 25 f.- but can you recommend the best type for this system to reduce loss and sound quality. Thank you!
                                Asked on 9/17/2016 by John from Dallas, TX

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                                  A:

                                  Thank you for your inquiry. Yes the type of extension cable we recommend can be found here: http://www.cablestogo.com/product/13042/25ft-velocity-rca-stereo-audio-extension-cable. However, we want to let you know that we don't recommend that you plug in your turntable to a receiver from across the room, especially at that length. The longer you extend the cable from the turntable to the receiver you will be more prone to outside noise getting into the cable, and also loss of high frequencies which will make your records sound very dull. Physically it can be done, but you may not be happy with the sound of your records.

                                  Answered on 9/19/2016 by ATUS_Specialist4 from Stow,OH
                              • Q:

                                Unfortunately the needle became damaged during cleaning and I need to acquire a new one. I've searched all over town and had no luck. Is this covered under the warranty? Or is there a way for me to order the piece online directly?
                                Asked on 9/17/2016 by Danielle from United States

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                              • Q:

                                What is the weight of the platter
                                Asked on 9/17/2016 by William from United States

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                                  A:

                                  Thank you for your inquiry. The Platter weighs 1.65 pounds.

                                  Answered on 9/19/2016 by ATUS_Specialist4 from Stow,OH
                              • Q:

                                Can the turntable be used with Logic Pro x in any way?
                                Asked on 9/14/2016 by M.Q. from Georgia

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                                  A:

                                  You may use any recording software that will allow an external audio input. When the turntable's USB is plugged into the computer, it is recognized as an external audio soundcard.

                                  Answered on 9/15/2016 by ATUS_Specialist3
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