AT-LP120-USB

Direct-Drive Professional Turntable (USB & Analog)

MSRP* US$299.95
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
  • 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)
     
    4.3

    (based on 36 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (24)

    • 4 Stars

       

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    • 3 Stars

       

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    • 2 Stars

       

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    • 1 Stars

       

      (3)

    80%

    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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    5.0

    New to vinyl and I love it.

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    from Lisle,il

    Pros

    • Consistent
    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

        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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        5.0

        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 6 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

          (1 of 1 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

          Best Uses

            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

              Cons

              • 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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                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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                • Over a year
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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                First turntable; no regrets

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                from Princeton, IL

                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Excellent Sound
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                    This is the first turntable I've ever owned, and I'm glad I did my research and went with this one. Sound quality is just fantastic, which is what you really want if you are buying a turntable. High, mid and bass ranges are all perfect. Led Zeppelin has never been more fun to listen to.
                    For the first time, setup was a little intimidating, but that's probably more inexperience than the fault of the company. After it is set up, the controls are all simple enough to understand, and it's worth mentioning that the buttons are very satisfying to press. The lever to drop the stylus on the disc does so slowly, smoothly and carefully. I've owned the player for over half a year now I believe, and I really haven't noticed any decline in the quality of the stylus (with VERY heavy use, mind you.) The connections are great, the USB hookup is very convenient and I can use either that or the analog cables to run the sound through my computer. The whole turntable overall has a very professional look and feel, from the sleekness of it to the spindle stopping and starting on a dime.
                    The only real drawback and the reason I will only rate this four stars, however, is because the platter is very slightly but noticeably warped. Strange for a company that seemingly makes very good equipment for them to skimp on the tolerances of the platter itself. As far as I know, however, this has not affected sound quality at all, and should no means turn you off from buying this turntable. It really is worth the price.

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                    • Up to a year
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                    4.0

                    Was worried it would not sound as good as my PL-7

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                    from Raleigh, NC

                    Pros

                    • Excellent Sound
                    • Professional Features
                    • Versatile

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

                        Looks cool, sounds good and with the lights and design...is just cool. Paint, mine is black, is not great but looks good. Seems well built, but not proven over time. I really like it so far!

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                        • Less than a month
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                        5.0

                        Great sound, great turntable

                        By 

                        from Charlotte, NC

                        Pros

                        • Consistent
                        • Excellent Sound
                        • Versatile

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

                            Great turn table!

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                            • Less than a month
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                            4.0

                            Poor Documentation, Nice Performance

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                            from Worcester, MA

                            Pros

                            • Excellent Sound
                            • Flexibility
                            • Professional Features
                            • Value

                            Cons

                            • Curious Omissions
                            • Hard To Use
                            • Hardwired RCA Phono Outputs
                            • Limited Documentation
                            • No information about how to ground, if grounding

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

                              I received this as a very nice Christmas gift.In the interest of someone maybe buying a really good turntable for the first time, I was amazed at how the documentation lacks details on a few things. While having the 78RPM speed as a feature, the manual neglects to tell the owner that a dedicated cartridge and stylus are needed to properly play 78's. It might be nice to inform a potential listener of this format what they need to play it.

                              Additionally, there is nothing in the manual that makes it clear what a listener needs to do in order to install a new cartridge into a headshell, or what should be done step by step in order to set overhang. That is a rather puzzling oversight. Nor could I find information on headshells, or if a headshell/cartridge.stylus combo is even available, despite having the machine configured right out of the box with this handy combination. The top of the turntable has a slot to store an extra headshell, yet the instructions lack the documentation necessary to "build" an alternative, or secondary configuration. Really odd.

                              The lack of information on grounding is odd. I have this connected to an Onkyo receiver, with a grounding post near the phono inputs. The last table I used needed to be properly grounded to that post in order to prevent hum. Do I need one? I would not know, based on the lack of information in the manual.The hardwired RCA outputs, with short leads, are also odd. Just spring for a few dollars more, and build output jacks into the back.

                              But the table sounds fantastic. Tracks amazingly well, Setting it up is a rather fun experience, especially for someone who has never balanced, set tracking, and anti-skate on previous tables owned. The included cartridge/stylus combo seems to be fabulous. So much so that I ordered an extra one to have on hand. If I could only have Audio Technica tell me how to properly install and set overhang.

                              Despite poor documentation, I would definitely recommend this turntable to a friend.

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                              • Q:

                                The quartz lock doesn't appear to work for 78 speed. For 33 and 45, when the slider is in the middle (or after I press the Quartz Lock button) and the Green LED is lit, then the strobe dots appear stationary. For the 78 speed, the dots appear to be moving to the right. I have to move the slider down quite a bit to get the dots stationary. Is this normal or did I receive a dud?
                                Asked on 5/15/2016 by andrew from United States

                                1 answer

                                • CUSTOMER CARE

                                  A:

                                  The strobe indication does not apply to the 78 rpm speed. Note that there are dots for the 33 and 45 rpm (at 50 or 60 Hz) speeds only.

                                  Answered on 5/16/2016 by ATUS_Specialist1 from Stow, OH
                              • Q:

                                Will my AT-LP120-USB work in my computer with Windows 7 Home Premium?
                                Asked on 5/13/2016 by MARIO from HUIXQUILUCAN, MEXICO.

                                1 answer

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                                  A:

                                  Thank you for your inquiry. Yes, it should.

                                  Answered on 5/16/2016 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
                              • Q:

                                Can this be used with powered speakers?
                                Asked on 5/12/2016 by Newbie from Lisle il

                                1 answer

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                                  A:

                                  The AT-LP120-USB can indeed be used with powered-speakers. For assistance with selection and setup, please contact the Audio-Technica United States (ATUS) Audio Solutions Team at:
                                  audio-solutions@atus.com

                                  Thanks!

                                  Answered on 5/13/2016 by ATUS_Specialist2 from Stow, OH
                              • Q:

                                does this have auto reject once it reaches end?
                                Asked on 5/11/2016 by Fernando

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                                  A:

                                  No, it does not, The AT-LP120-USB Turntable is fully manual in operation.

                                  Answered on 5/12/2016 by ATUS_Specialist1 from Stow, OH
                              • Q:

                                I am buying this gift for a friend moving to Australia. Will it work with their outlets/voltage?
                                Asked on 5/11/2016 by taylor from United States

                                1 answer

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                                  A:

                                  The voltage will need to be properly switched prior to plugging into the power. Refer to the manual. Additionally, a plug adapter will be required.

                                  Answered on 5/12/2016 by ATUS_Specialist3
                              • Q:

                                Where are the AT-LP120-USB Turntables manufactured?
                                Asked on 5/10/2016 by John from Hanover, PA

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                              • Q:

                                My AT120lp-usb is approx 3-4 years old and I love it. However, it's been warbling of late. It seems to lessen when I activate the quartz button but I still hear it. People tell me that it may be a motor issue, but I can't help thinking something is sticking and needs to be lubricated. However, I can find no way to do that short of dismantling the table. Judging by the dots on the side of the platter, the strobe reveals an uneven speed as they appear to go back and forth. Please help?
                                Asked on 5/10/2016 by LP Louis from Auburn, Maine

                                1 answer

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                                  A:

                                  Your best bet would be to send a short 10-15 second video clearly depicting the wobble to Audio-Solutions@atus.com for evaluation and possible suggestion for Service.

                                  Answered on 5/10/2016 by ATUS_Specialist4
                              • Q:

                                What year was this product released?
                                Asked on 5/8/2016 by Caleb

                                1 answer

                              • Q:

                                What is the best sound system or speaker to use (to get the best sound) for this turntable?
                                Asked on 5/6/2016 by Emily

                                1 answer

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                                  A:

                                  To receive an answer to your question, please contact the Audio-Technica United States (ATUS) Audio Solutions Team at:
                                  audio-solutions@atus.com

                                  Thanks!

                                  Answered on 5/13/2016 by ATUS_Specialist2 from Stow, OH
                              • Q:

                                The tone arm does not return automatically return after the record has ended. What adjustment
                                needs to be made?
                                Asked on 5/5/2016 by Tone from Lincoln City,Or.

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                                  A:

                                  This is correct. The AT-LP120-USB is not an automatic turntable, so the tonearm will not automatically return when the record is finished playing.

                                  If you have any further questions, please contact the Audio-Technica United States (ATUS) Audio Solutions Team at:
                                  audio-solutions@atus.com

                                  Thanks!

                                  Answered on 5/6/2016 by ATUS_Specialist2 from Stow, OH
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