AT-LP120-USB Direct-Drive Professional Turntable (USB & Analog)
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
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
Not for Performance DJ's
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.
February 5, 2014
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