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.



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  • Features
  • Specifications
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  • Q & A

  • 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


    • 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.


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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

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    Audio-TechnicaAT-LP120-USB Direct-Drive Professional Turntable (USB & Analog)
     
    4.5

    (based on 25 reviews)

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      (2)

    Pros

    • Casual listening (22)
    • Archiving (16)
    • Mobile dj/broadcast (4)
    • Performance DJ (3)

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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

    Great turntablefor the price

    By 

    from Malone, NY 12953, USA

    Site Member

    Pros

    • Archiving
    • Casual Listening

    Cons

    • manual operation

    Best Uses

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

      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

      • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
      • Casual Listening
      • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
      • Intermediate
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      • Less than a month
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      4.0

      Great starter turntable ready to plug and play

      By 

      from Rogers, AR

      Site Member

      Pros

      • Archiving
      • Casual Listening

      Cons

      • could use a better pack in cartridge

      Best Uses

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

        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.

        • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
        • Casual Listening
        • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
        • Intermediate
        • How long have you used this product?:
        • Over a year
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        5.0

        It's like a time machine!

        By 

        from Chatsworth, USA

        Site Member

        Pros

        • serious audiophile listening to treasured lp

        Cons

        • adjustable feet don't level

        Best Uses

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

          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.

          • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
          • Other
          • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
          • Audiophile
          • How long have you used this product?:
          • Up to a year
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          5.0

          Love It!

          By 

          from Lake Havasu City, AZ, USA

          Site Member

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          • Casual Listening

          Cons

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

              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.

              • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
              • Casual Listening
              • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
              • Intermediate
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              • Less than a month
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              4.0

              Best Turntable For My Use

              By 

              from Madison Heights, VA, USA

              Site Member

              Pros

              • Archiving
              • Casual Listening
              • Easy to set-up and use
              • excellant product support
              • qualty materials and construction
              • Very reliable

              Cons

              • no gain control
              • tone arm height
              • weak anti-skate

              Best Uses

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

                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.

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

                Great Product

                By 

                from Glastonbury, CT, USA

                Site Member

                Pros

                • Archiving
                • Casual Listening

                Cons

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

                    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

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

                    This product is great!

                    By 

                    from Oliinda, Brasil

                    Site Member

                    Pros

                    • Casual Listening

                    Cons

                    • the rca cable shoud be removable

                    Best Uses

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

                      I�m 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�m using the line output with an extra 3mt RCA cable). I�m very happy with it.

                      • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                      • Casual Listening
                      • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
                      • Intermediate
                      • How long have you used this product?:
                      • Less than a month

                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Awesome turn table!

                      By 

                      from Panama City, FL, USA

                      Site Member

                      Pros

                      • Archiving
                      • Casual Listening

                      Cons

                      • none

                      Best Uses

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

                        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!

                        • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                        • Casual Listening
                        • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
                        • Intermediate
                        • How long have you used this product?:
                        • Up to a year
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                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Not for Performance DJ's

                        By 

                        from Ohio

                        Site Member

                        Pros

                        • Casual Listening
                        • Mobile DJ/Broadcast

                        Cons

                        • not for performance dj's
                        • you must upgrade the neddle for djing

                        Best Uses

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

                          I bought these turntables to use for my mobile dj rig. The audio is good. I bought the Shure M44-7 needles. I use Serato dj Sl2 box. I have some dicers and a lpd8 to control the samples and the effects. BUT.... the turntables do have the motor power to do anything but a basic scratching. juggling is out of the question. No advance scratching. I could actually do more scratches with my Numark V7's. I think I will keep them this year to just learn on them and next year I will upgrade to the 1240's because I know they are more for mobile DJ. Its more my fault for not being able to afford the better tables. I do recommend these decks to beginner Dj's. But just understand its more of a start and stop unit.

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

                          A Fine Record Player

                          By 

                          from Madison, Nashville, TN, USA

                          Site Member

                          Pros

                          • Archiving
                          • Casual Listening
                          • Stability

                          Cons

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

                              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!

                              • 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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                              • Q:

                                Where can I get a new cartridge and new dust cover an hinges
                                Asked on 8/29/2015 by John from Fountain City Indiana

                                1 answer

                                • Staff Reviewer

                                  A:

                                  Thank you for your inquiry.

                                  A replacement dust cover may be available through our Parts Department at Parts@atus.com.

                                  A replacement cartridge is available through any Authorized Audio-Technica Dealer.

                                  Answered on 8/31/2015 by ATUS_Specialist3
                              • Q:

                                Can I just connect this to my computer and use Audacity to monitor playback audio and listen using headphones? I don't have a receiver/amplifier and I don't wish to rip my vinyl to digital.
                                Asked on 8/29/2015 by Boogah

                                1 answer

                                • Staff Reviewer

                                  A:

                                  Thank you for your inquiry.

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

                                  Answered on 8/31/2015 by ATUS_Specialist3
                              • Q:

                                CAN I PLUG A FLASH DRIVE INTO THE LP120 AND WRITE ON IT AND THEN PLUG THE FLASH DRIVE INTO MY COMPUTER TO BURN CDS?
                                Asked on 8/22/2015 by Robert from United States

                                1 answer

                                • Staff Reviewer

                                  A:

                                  Thank you for your inquiry.

                                  No, you will plug your turntable into a computer and may use compatible recording software that will allow you to record the signal from your vinyl records into the computer. You may then change, edit, etc your recorded media to burn onto a CD or put onto a portable music device.

                                  Answered on 8/25/2015 by AudioSolutionsSpecialist3
                              • Q:

                                How do I install the AT-LP120 to a computer to digitize my music collection?
                                Asked on 8/22/2015 by Don from Forestville, MD

                                1 answer

                                • Staff Reviewer

                                  A:

                                  Thank you for your inquiry.

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

                                  Answered on 8/25/2015 by AudioSolutionsSpecialist3
                              • Q:

                                Lost one of the stabilizing feet. Is there a way to purchase a replacement?
                                Asked on 8/22/2015 by Nikki from Florida

                                1 answer

                                • Staff Reviewer

                                  A:

                                  Thank you for your inquiry.

                                  Please contact our Parts Department at (330) 686-2600 ext 5002 or at Parts@atus.com for assistance with this.

                                  Answered on 8/25/2015 by AudioSolutionsSpecialist3
                              • Q:

                                I am running the AT-LP 120 through Onkyo TX-820 and then speakers through Rocketfish. 2 bookshelf Klipsch speakers R-14M. I am only getting sound out of 1 speaker. Yet when I switch it to radio, I get both. I only use this for records and AM radio. The turntable is 15 months old. The receiver and speakers are weeks new.
                                Asked on 8/19/2015 by tonymeda from cleveland ohio

                                1 answer

                              • Q:

                                Can I use a Shure M95ED or M97HE cartridge on this turntable or are there incompatibility audio issues?
                                Asked on 8/16/2015 by music vinyl buff

                                1 answer

                                • Staff Reviewer

                                  A:

                                  Thank you for your inquiry.

                                  The AT-LP120-USB turntable utilizes standard half-mount cartridges.

                                  Answered on 8/25/2015 by AudioSolutionsSpecialist3
                              • Q:

                                What receivers on the market will accommodate this turntable? It's hard to find an input on the back for a turntable today.
                                Asked on 8/15/2015 by BigDanCD from Dayton OH

                                1 answer

                                • Staff Reviewer

                                  A:

                                  Thank you for your inquiry.

                                  The AT-LP120-USB turntable incorporates an internal RIAA preamp which allows the user to plug into a LINE level input on a stereo receiver (such as CD, Line, Aux, etc) or directly into Powered Speakers.

                                  Answered on 8/17/2015 by AudioSolutionsSpecialist3
                              • Q:

                                can the azimuth and vertical tracking angle be adjusted?
                                Asked on 8/14/2015 by retired broadcast engineer from cleveland, ohio

                                1 answer

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                                  A:

                                  There are no specific dedicated adjustments for azimuth or VTA. However, the tonearm assembly height is adjustable, and the headshell can be rotated slightly as the headshell socket on the end of the arm can rotate in either direction by a small amount.

                                  Answered on 8/26/2015 by Anonymous
                              • Q:

                                what is the best cartridge to use for this?
                                Asked on 8/13/2015 by lgee

                                1 answer

                                • Staff Reviewer

                                  A:

                                  Thank you for your inquiry.

                                  A cartridge selection is subjective for the features and sonic signature. The included AT95E cartridge is very popular as well, you may use another standard 1/2" mounted cartridge.

                                  Answered on 8/14/2015 by AudioSolutionsSpecialist3
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