AT-LP120-USB

Direct-Drive Professional Turntable (USB & Analog)

MSRP* US$299.00
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.

    Available in silver (AT-LP120-USB) and black (AT-LP120BK-USB).

    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

    • Available in silver (AT-LP120-USB) and black (AT-LP120BK-USB)

  • 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:




    Conditions
  • 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)
     
    4.2

    (based on 53 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

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    • 4 Stars

       

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    • 3 Stars

       

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    • 2 Stars

       

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    • 1 Stars

       

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    77%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Casual listening (22)
    • Archiving (16)
    • Excellent sound (13)
    • Versatile (11)
    • Professional features (10)

    Cons

    • Not consistent (3)
    • Poor quality sound (3)
    • Wears over time (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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    1.0

    Don't buy.

    By 

    from Chicago IL

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

    So excited to have received my record player as a gift from my wife. We had planned to start our collection... 2 years later, I finally have found the time to try and replace the needle that broke while I was playing my very first record. Meanwhile, my daughter purchased a record player for 1/3 of the cost, and has been enjoying ever since. My advice - Skip audio-technical. (Not a spelling error... their own site won't let you spell their name without auto correcting).

    I've been on the site for more than 20 minutes trying to locate a replacement for the needle. Seriously. This is just a terrible experience.

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    5.0

    I would DEFINITELY buy this turntable again....

    By 

    from Lexington,Ky.USA

    Pros

    • Appearance
    • Consistent
    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Professional Features
    • Versatile

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

        I have collected vinyl most of my adult life,starting in the late 1960`s.During the 1970`s and 1980`s,I was involved in the Disco/Dance/Club scene and always wanted one of the turntables that every DJ had a pair of back then(no need mentioning brands here),but even back then,they were prohibitively expensive,at least for me.Fast forward to 2017...I still have all my records,which are now nearly 40 years old,andmost of which are so rare that they will never be available on CD,or for download....and I needed a new turntable..In my opinion,the Audio-Technica LP120 blows any other consumer turntable out of the water and even has the same look and features of that previously mentioned turntable,which now is even more expensive,and AT has done it at a remarkable price!I have mine hooked to a mid level shelf audio system and the sound is GREAT!I didn`t buy this to transfer my vinyl to CD,but that is an option with the included software...It is VERY easy to set up,and would probably sound even better if I had it hooked up to a better stereo!The fit and finish is spectacular!All in all,it is the nicest and most elegant turnatble I have ever owned,and I am thrilled to have it...At age 65,I figure It will last me from here on out.

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        2.0

        ANTI-SKATE

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        from Iwakuni Japan

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Professional Features

        Cons

        • Wears Over Time

        Best Uses

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

          So When I first got this record player I fell in love with it. However over time with me learning a little more about turn tables I realized you should test your anti-skate and I discovered mine was broken. With a little research I found this is a pretty common problem that will slowly wear your records into being ruined. I love how it sounds and was start to upgrade my player to make it even better but after finding people where jerry rigging it to work properly with no help from Audio-Technica. That and they have also discontinued their heavier counter weight if you wanna upgrade your cartridge, and even using a think cork mat the tone arm doesn't quite sit level. With all of the Problems with a not really cheap player for someone with my salary I have been put quite sour, I plan on selling mine before I ruin any good records and upgrade with a new table, on that come with better materials and hopefully less problems.

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

           
          5.0

          I would definitely buy this again, great turntable!

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          from Mahone Bay, NS

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          • Consistent
          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Professional Features

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

              Love this turntable, huge upgrade from my previous one, it's very reliable, and has great sound, I do wish that some of the cables in the back were removable just in case they had to be replaced, but over all very good build and sound quality, I haven't had a single issue yet

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              5.0

              Awesome purchase!!

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              from Appleton Wisconsin

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Professional Features

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

                  I love this turntable! It's a MAJOR step up from the other one I had. If you have the correct audio equipment then this turntable and your vinyl will sound amazing!!! Worth the money!

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                  2.0

                  I will not buy again

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                  from Modoc Indiana

                  Pros

                  • Excellent Sound
                  • My phono side of the turntable has very low soun

                  Cons

                  • Not Consistent

                  Best Uses

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

                    Lost my phone side of the turntable very low sound but the line side still works so there for to record I will be going to a different turn table didn't last one year and I have 2700 albums to record

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                    5.0

                    Please reply to my querry

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                    from Mauritius

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

                    How do I do to get alternative Audio-Technica cartridges that are optised for the playback of 78 RPM/SP records?

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                    • Less than a month
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                    4.0

                    A Very Good Mid-Range Turntable

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                    from Toronto, Canada

                    Pros

                    • Versatile

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

                        It is a fully manual turntable. Styled as an SL-1200, with similar features, it's allows for various cartridge height in thanks to the tonearm height adjustment. The rumble and wow & flutter are fair for a direct drive table. I have upgraded from the supplied cartridge, but for average users it's sufficient. The switchable preamp is a nice touch for today's audio equipment that doesn't have a dedicated phono input. That, or for direct connection to a computer for USB use.

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                        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Great, once you get rid of the internal preamp

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                        from São Paulo, Brazil

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                        • Easy To Use
                        • Excellent Sound
                        • Professional Features
                        • Versatile

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

                            For the money, this is a great turntable. Unfortunately, it is plagued by its cheap internal preamp, which dampens the highs and muddies the lows. Bypassing it doesn't solve the issue because the signal still runs through some capacitors. The only solution is getting rid of it altogether. The are a couple of videos on Youtube showing one how to do that. I've done this to mine and the results were unbelievable. Suddenly my LP120 produced more detailed highs and tighter lows and everything just sounded clearer.

                            I wish Audio Technica would sell a version of the LP120 without the internal pre amp, so us users wouldn't need to resort to such measures in order to extract the most from this otherwise brilliant turntable.

                            If you guys are reading this, please make an Lp120 without the preamp. Everyone would benefit from the choice!

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                            3.0

                            Very poor quality

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                            from Dallas

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                              • Poor Quality Sound
                              • Wears Over Time

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

                                Out of box, only one audio connector worked. I will need to send back entire unit because they made a very wise decision to wire the audio cables directly to the processor board. Who does that?

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                                • Q:

                                  I purchases the LP120 for my partner as a gift and just wondering if you can tell me what else I need to purchase so that its ready to be used? Thank you
                                  Asked on 5/18/2017 by Colleen from Victoria

                                  1 answer

                                  • Staff Reviewer

                                    A:

                                    You may connect the turntable to a stereo receiver or directly to powered speakers. Powered speakers indicate the speakers have their own power amplifier built into them and they will have their own power source. A good example of powered speakers are computer speakers or portable speakers that have an internal battery. I recommend going to your local electronics store and inquire of their stock of powered speakers and see which will best suit your needs. You may contact Audio-Technica Europe for further assistance.

                                    https://eu.audio-technica.com/

                                    Answered on 5/19/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
                                • Q:

                                  How do I fix the target light? Thanks.
                                  Asked on 5/10/2017 by Jer from Ft. Myrrs FL

                                  1 answer

                                  • Staff Reviewer

                                    A:

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

                                    Answered on 5/10/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
                                • Q:

                                  What size Vinyls can be used on this turntable? 7" or 10"?
                                  Asked on 5/7/2017 by Kyle B from Raleigh, NC

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                                • Q:

                                  Would this turntable be compatible with bluetooth powered speakers?
                                  Asked on 5/5/2017 by allie

                                  1 answer

                                  • Staff Reviewer

                                    A:

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

                                    Answered on 5/9/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
                                • Q:

                                  How do I set the options for Windows Vista/Audacity when connecting the turntable to my laptop. Your Installation/operation guide refers me to this site but I cannot find the software guide referred to on page 6 of your guide. I purchased this product because Don Linich said it was easy to set up, but I have found the opposite and am close to returning it.
                                  Asked on 5/4/2017 by Carolynnonaudiophile from Pittsburgh, PA

                                  1 answer

                                  • Staff Reviewer

                                    A:

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

                                    Answered on 5/5/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
                                • Q:

                                  I purchased the AT-LP120 and a set of Klipsch R-15PM speakers. When I set up the system, I get a hum only when the Klipsch speakers are set to the phono input. I have tried bypassing the preamp in the turntable to use the one in the speakers, and vice-versa to no avail. I have also tried moving the plugs around and configuring how both are powered with no luck. What else could be the problem? Do I need a ground fault loop isolator?
                                  Asked on 5/4/2017 by Nate from OH

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                                  • CUSTOMER CARE

                                    A:

                                    Thanks for you inquiry. Did you setup your turntable close to the speakers? This could cause a feedback through the needle that could make a hum. If this is the case, I would recommend you to set the turntable far apart from the speakers.

                                    Answered on 5/5/2017 by Anonymous
                                • Q:

                                  does the turntable come with isolation feet?
                                  Asked on 5/1/2017 by rick m from sarasota fl

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                                  • Staff Reviewer

                                    A:

                                    Yes, the turntable feet have isolation material to help decouple. You may use thicker materials in addition to further decouple.

                                    Answered on 5/4/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
                                • Q:

                                  I have a AT-LP120-USB. The needle is bent, exactly what do I need to buy to replace this? I have had two unsuccessful attempts at purchases.
                                  Asked on 4/29/2017 by Joe from Tennessee

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                                • Q:

                                  My husband broke the dust cover...how do I order a replacement. I can't seem to find it on your website
                                  Asked on 4/29/2017 by Peggy Mathews from Hawthorne CA

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                                  • Staff Reviewer

                                    A:

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

                                    Answered on 5/2/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
                                • Q:

                                  I have the turntable directly connected to one of the inputs on a pioneer soundbar with sub. I'm using the turntable's built in pre-amp and have it set to "line". I get sound to come through the soundbar, however, I have to turn the volume up way way way higher than when I am using the soundbar for TV or bluetooth audio. I do not like having the volume up this high because if I even bump the turntable a little it'll make a really loud noise. Any ideas what could be going on? Thanks.
                                  Asked on 4/25/2017 by Steven from FL

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                                  • CUSTOMER CARE

                                    A:

                                    Thanks for your inquiry. Do you have the tonearm balanced before you set the tracking force? We believe it could be because the tracking force is too heavy. Please contact our Audio Solutions Department at (330) 686-2600 ext 5000 or at audio-solutions@atus.com for assistance with this.

                                    Answered on 5/2/2017 by Anonymous
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