AT-LP120-USB Direct-Drive Professional Turntable (USB & Analog)
A Fine Record Player
I recently received my AT-LP120 a week ago and I have to say, I am impressed.This is my first "real" record player I've ever bought.There was some assembly, but no problem-setup is easy as long as you take your time and follow the instructions.I took my time setting up the tone arm, using the YouTube video regarding the subject.I have it set around 3.5 g counterweight/3.5 g anti-skate and have had no adverse effect.The sound quality is great, but the cartridge/stylus could be better.I'm planning on replacing it, but research first! I wasn't expecting it to be so heavy (around 24 lbs.), but this is good, as it provides a rock solid, level surface.The setup also comes with a variety of cables to suit your needs.I currently have it hooked to the Line-In on my Audigy 2 ZS Platinum sound card on my computer, as to record and archive the albums.I am still trying to figure out the Audacity software package that's included, but that's just the user.I definitely would recommend this turntable.I look forward to enjoying many years of enjoying my vinyl on the AT-LP120.Thanks to Audio Technica for producing a fine product!
September 20, 2013
common problem with right channel
Common problem with right channel. No sound from right channel. There is a design issue that needs to be fixed. Too many people have this problem.
August 21, 2013
Not being able to find a direct drive turntable in a brick and mortar in the Phoenix area, I was happy to find this on Amazon for a great price.
Opening the box, it was packaged very well.
This is comparable to the 30+ year old Technics SL 1310 Mark 2 I was replacing.
The Technics had a couple problems including the infamous broken lift arm assembly. It had been repaired twice over the last few decades and now the digital speed control was acting wonky.
Recording onto computer was tricky at first due to the lack of instructions for Audacity, but a few trials and errors later, I got the hang of it.
I was pleased to find out my old headshell fit the connector and I could use my Pickering XSV 3000 cartridge.
The Audio Technica cartridge sounds just as good to my ears, so it's great to have a spare.
Just don't make the mistake I made by adjusting the weight while the spare cartridge is in the spare hole in the back. You can damage the spare's needle while making the adjustment.
There should be a warning about this in the literature. If it's in there, I didn't see it.
My old vinyl never sounded so good.
August 16, 2013
Great turntable for the price. Once you get the tone arm set up you are good to go. I have had no issues with the built in pre-amp. Some reviews on other sites complain about a hum but I detected none even with headphones. I also ordered a 16 foot USB cable because the one that comes with it just wasn't long enough. So now I can have the turntable hooked up to the stereo and the computer at the same time. Audio transfers are flawless. If you have an issue with Audacity recording low input levels just go into your effects and select "Amplify" and it will bring the levels up without clipping or distorting the audio. People keep asking if the tone arm returns automatically - no it doesn't but any good professional turntable does not have an auto return. I imagine this table is good for scratching but I do not use it for that, I use it to play my vinyl. Weighs in at around 25 pounds, this thing is a tank. Comes with the AT95E cartridge which is very good and acceptable to my ears. Some suggest the AT120E which is a higher priced cartridge. I have no heard it so I do not know. If you are going to play 78's do NOT use the AT95E, but a 78 cartridge because it play them better. I don't have 78's so I will use the AT95E until it no longer works and may switch over to the 120E. Set at 2.0 tracking grams, anti-skate at 2.0 and you will be good to go. Very fine turntable but wish it was Made In USA.
August 6, 2013
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 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.
May 6, 2013
As a 21-year old college student, I had no prior knowledge of or experience with turntables or vinyl. I have no nostalgic ties to this platform or medium like many who grew up with it, but that didn't stop me from discovering the superiority of analog over digital. After researching online and receiving input from friends and family who have experience with vinyl, I chose the AT-LP120 as my first turntable. I love everything about it and I use it all the time.
The audio quality is superb and the turntable itself is incredibly sturdy. I was very impressed by its heavy build, as there simply are not many products these days built with this level of quality. All of the extra features are nice too. I haven't yet used the vinyl-to-digital conversion via USB feature yet, but I plan to soon. I can't say enough about the audio quality though. I compared a song played on my turntable with the same song saved on my computer's hard drive and the difference was noticeable and immediate. I couldn't be happier with it.
Don't just take it from me, either. A few of my friends, who I suppose could be considered "audiophiles", also praised the audio quality and said I got a bargain when considering the quality and price. I've turned some of my friends onto vinyl and the AT-LP120 is what I've recommended.
I don't have a huge library of LPs (only about 25-30), but I plan on expanding that and I love the fact that most of the bands I listen to release new material on vinyl.
I could go on and on about how much I love the AT-LP120, but I'll stop here. I've had it about 8 months and I'd be surprised if it didn't last at least 10+ years. I would recommend it to anyone who wants a quality turntable built to last that won't break the bank.
May 2, 2013
In November 2011, my 30 year old belt drive turntable died. A couple weeks later, by chance, I stumbled upon the annual AT warehouse sale in Stow Ohio. At the sale, I picked up the LP-120. I absolutely love it! For 30+ years, I dreamed of owning a nice Direct Drive Turntable. Now I have one and I use it all the time. I almost forgot how nice vinyl sounds. I'm also happy that more and more music is being released on vinyl again. I haven't used the USB feature yet. But, I'm sure I'll get around to it eventually. So far, my LP-120 has performed flawlessly!
As an added bonus.... I emailed a stylus question to customer service. They actually *called me* with an answer to my question! Who does that anymore? Nice touch. Keep up the good work!
November 15, 2012
Since my first review I've been able to reach support and they were able to fix the problems. Still a ground wire would be nice.
February 17, 2012