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.
  • Features


      AT-LP120-USB Direct-Drive Professional Turntable
    • USB outputóconnects directly to your computer

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

    • Direct drive high-torque motor

    • Selectable 33/45/78 RPM speeds

    • Professional cast aluminum platter with slip mat

    • Ĺ-inch mount universal headshell with Dual Magnetô phono cartridge

    • Balanced tone arm with soft damping control

    • Switchable built-in pre-amplifier with line-level RCA output cables

    • Included cables connect to your stereo or powered speakers

    • Stroboscopic platter speed indicator

    • Forward and reverse play

      Includes
    • Direct Drive Professional Stereo USB turntable

    • Mac- and PC-compatible Audacity software

    • USB cable

    • Adapter cables

      System requirements
    • PC or Mac with an available USB port (USB1.1 or higher)

    • CD-R or CD-RW writer for burning CDs & installation

    • Includes Audacity software for PC & Mac users
      Audacity requires Mac running OS X 10.1 or later or PC running Windows (98 and above)

  • 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.


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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

    AT-LP120-USB Direct-Drive Professional Turntable (USB &amp; Analog) 4.4 5 27 27
    Great turntablefor the price Just got the table(3/13/15). Spent about 30 min setting up the turntable. Using on Line out. Sound is crisp in the middle-high end and provides sufficient bass on low end(great cartridge). Very sturdy build. Strobe is accurate. Don't care about DJing. If you don't mind the manual operation I would recommend this product March 17, 2015
    Great starter turntable ready to plug and play This was a great first turntable. It has solid build quality and has the classic Japanese direct drive turntable look. It has really clean and resolved sound quality for the price. The built in phono preamp is great for plug and play capability and upgrading cartridges is fairly easy with the detachable headshell. I recommend Audio Technica's own AT440MLa. It brings out the most from this turntable. Another great feature is the option for 78rpm for older records if you also have a 78rpm needle. The speed is dead on being a direct drive Quartz locked table and I have not been disappointed at all. March 14, 2015
    It's like a time machine! Being somewhat older than dirt, I have over 400 LPs, collected since 1957. Most are of classical music, which means the unit must perform flawlessly and SILENTLY. This unit has given these back to me. I have no wish to dub them over onto CDs, as when I want to hear one, I'll just play it again on this. I have full-range surround speakers with 12" and 15" woofers, and a powerful receiver, so any rumble would shake the walls. The unit has none. The top-line cartridge with elliptical stylus extracts beautiful sound and seems to minimize most surface noise. I had no trouble setting it up, but it's my FIFTH turntable over the years, so I know how to do this. I also had trouble getting the unit to sit level on a custom made rack. It is very heavy toward the left front, and that spring foot completely collapsed and I had to shim it with an old cell phone battery to get the unit to sit level. Once I did this, it performed flawlessly. Bottom line is: It performs flawlessly and does exactly what I want it to do, which is play my treasured LPs with the best possible sound and no noise or problems. February 6, 2015
    Love It! I'm in love with this turntable. It is very well manufactured and looks and sounds fantastic!. I'll have it for many many years. So far I use it everyday and enjoy watching the music being produced. Great product. February 1, 2015
    Best Turntable For My Use This was purchased for me to put my vinyl into MP3 format on my computer, not for DJ use. Had to get a TC-780 line level booster right at first since the gain was not high enough on some of my records and the LP120 had no adjustable gain control. The anti-skate is too weak, had to modify to help but even turned all way to max is still not enough but appears to not hurt sound quality. Tone arm does not lower enough to get the correct Vertical Tracking Angle on stylus. Had to go with an Ortofon Concorde Gold cartridge and add height to the platter with two mats. Spindle is too short to add more platter height so going a more expensive route with another cartridge was only option for me. Got it now where I want and would not change anything now. All in all this is best turntable I've ever used. September 9, 2014
    Great Product I chose this model in part for the 78rpm speed (most don't have) I have several old blues 78's and this player does very well with them. I was pleasantly surprised at all the features, ease of use and set up. There is no comparison to the table I am replacing May 14, 2014
    This product is great! I¬īm Brazilian, bought these turntable in the US and the original package support the flight home. The setup is very easy. No warp plate, no hum (I¬īm using the line output with an extra 3mt RCA cable). I¬īm very happy with it. May 13, 2014
    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 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! February 14, 2014
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    Clearance required to remove dust cover?

    The middle shelf of my media center has 8.25 inches of vertical clearance. Would I be able to remove the dust cover without sliding the phonograph out of the media center?
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    This information is likely coming too late for SOH but I too ran into a situation, forcing me to place the turntable on a middle shelf. Luckily, I had enough space to lift and remove the dust cover from the deck without using the hinges. The hinges can be removed or left connected to the deck and tilted back out of the way.

    The AT-LP120-USB has a height of 6.25" with the dust cover in place, not the 6.1" as indicated in the specification. The dust cover requires at least 2.25" to clear the tone arm assembly. At least 8.5" of vertical space is needed to lift and remove the dust cover from the deck.
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    Sorry I did not understand your original question. This could work, but it will be tight. You will have to just set the dust cover in place on the turntable without installing the hinges. You will then have to lift the dust cover over the tone arm to remove it and that is a minimum of 8 inches above the shelf the turntable is sitting on.
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    I guess I wasn't clear enough in my question. I was thinking that since the vertical shelf space is limited, I would simply remove the dust cover when I wanted to play an album. What is the clearance needed to completely remove the dust cover? From the two answers already posted, I am wondering if it is required to fully swing open the dust cover before you are able to remove it.
    I was hoping to be able to lift it slightly up and out and I was wondering if just a couple of inches of clearance would be sufficient to do so.
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    the dust cover raises to 12 and 1/2 inches on the hinges.the dust cover itself is 2 3/4 deep.
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    Thank you for your inquiry. Full clearance from the shelf the turntable is sitting on to the shelf above is 16 inches. 8.25 inches is not enough clearance.
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    I am looking for a turntable that i can simply plug and play if i am not interested in converting to digital files first, but would also have the ability to convert to digital files if i so chose. Does this product offer that "ease of use" feature? If not, do you have another recommended product that does
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    On some cases, it's good to enable the "hear this device" at recording device properties located at little speaker on taskbar, it won't need to run audacity.
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    Depending on your sound card and/or operating system, it is possible to listen to records without installing or running any additional software like Audacity.
    For example, in Windows 7 and 8, the USB Audio CODEC recording device in the Windows Sound Control Panel (which is automatically installed when the turntable is connected) has a listen setting in its Properties. Enabling this setting allows you to listen while playing a record. Mac OS X has a similar setting. The settings can differ with each sound card.
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    Yes, you can play live without recording. The audio signal is sent out of the USB live, similar to what is sent out of an RCA cable. The beauty of this is that this is a fully amplified signal so you'll have no problem with most carts, aside from low output Moving Coil carts.

    If possible I suggest using the RCA outs (a y connector is supplied with the turntable so you can plug it into your computer) because the sound is a little bit better. Don't get me wrong, the sound coming through the USB is very good but the sound from the RCA out is pure analog. It is also pre-amplified so you'll have no problem plugging it directly into a line level input such as a tape in or the "line in" on your computer.
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    Thank you for your inquiry. You may simply listen to records with the turntable connected to the computer. You will need to install and run the software provided (Audacity), but you do not have to start the recording process.
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    I have a LP-120 connected to an Onkyo 609 amplifier with the analog cable form the 120. The switch is on line and I get music but also a significant amount of static. This source is the only one that has static when playing thru my system. Is there a way to ground the turntable or shield the cable. I may be getting interference from all the cabling out of the back of the 609.
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    Is it plugged into the Onkyo's "Phono In?" If so, you will get a lot of static and distortion because this is a pre-amplified turntable. The signal sent out by this turntable is line level. If you plug it into a "cd in," "tape in," "line in" or "aux in" you'll be fine. You also don't have to connect a ground cable because the turntable's preamp is grounded to the power cord.
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    may i ask if it is too close to the speakers.
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    Please contact the Audio-Solutions team at audio-solutions@atus.com to discuss your question.
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    2 questions about output and pitch.

    1. Are there rca outputs on the turntable for use with a stereo receiver?
    2. I found a turntable will allow you to slow down the speed without affecting the pitch. This is useful to musicians trying to learn quick/difficult passages without having to transpose them.
    Will the Audio Technica do this?
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    1) The audio outputs will work with a stereo reciever. Keep in mind that this turntable has a built in preamp so you need to plug it into a "line in," "tape in," "cd in" or an "aux in." If you plug it into your "audio in" you will have a lot of unpleasant and loud distortion.

    2) This turntable does not have the pitch control you are asking about. I personally have a professional turntable with pitch control but it is quite limited. You can only go up and down about 8 rpm which equates to about an octave or two, depending on the speed of the disc. There is some very powerful and inexpensive software available that will do this, and much more. The quality of this turntable is quite good, so it would be worth it for you to consider that option.
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    as far as the patch cords go, i just plugged them into my,phono,plugs.i think you can use audio on your recever also,has a on off pre amp switch in back.i left it at original setting.sorry but i also am trying to align my sure cartride,will.
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    Thank you for your inquiry. The turntable has RCA output connectors for connection to a stereo receiver. As for changing the speed without changing the pitch, this can be done with the software after the audio is recorded. It cannot be done on the turntable itself.
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    USB FlashDrive?

    Will the AT-LP120-USB accept a USB flash drive in the usb port? I do not have the ability to directly connect the turntable to my computer. I wish to transfer my old vinyl albums to a flash drive, and then use the flash to transfer to my computer (via my itunes acct.) Can this be done?
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    If your computer has a "line in" you can plug the turntable in, bypassing the USB port. The turntable comes supplied with RCA output cables and an adapter for your line in jack. All you will need is software to capture the line in feed and you'll be able to record. The line is pre-amplified so you will not have to buy a separate preamp.

    You won't be able to directly transfer music to the flash drive without using a computer or line in recorder.
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    This turntable is designed for use with a computer and external recording software. A USB flash drive will not work to my knowledge.
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