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
  • Downloads
  • Reviews
  • 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.

    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)
     
    4.1

    (based on 58 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

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    • 4 Stars

       

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    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    • 1 Stars

       

      (5)

    71%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Wears over time (4)
    • Not consistent (3)
    • Poor quality sound (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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    3.0

    It was great ... when it used to work

    By 

    from Nashville, TN

    Pros

    • Easy To Set Up
    • Great Sound

    Cons

    • Stops Working

    Best Uses

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

      I've had this turntable for about 4 years. I've probably used it once a month over that time, and it has sounded great. BUT ... Today I turned it on and the table won't turn anymore. No help to be found online, either. Really disappointing.

      • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
      • Computer
      • 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

      Excellent Turntable

      By 

      from Fayetteville, Arkansas

      Pros

      • Features and quality build
      • Great Sound

      Cons

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

          Excellent turntable with quality features expected with higher end turntables. Sound and range is superb especially with high quality recordings.. Replacing a higher end turntable I had for years with a Sure needle and meet, as well as, exceeds performance with the AT 97 needle. And you certainly can't complain about the contemporary design...matches our house and media room. Love it -

          • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
          • Casual Listening
          • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
          • Audiophile
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          • Up to a year
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          5.0

          New purchase

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          from Louisville, Ky.

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy Controls
          • Easy To Set Up
          • Great Sound

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

              The AT LP120 not only looks great but sounds great! Previous turntable {Dual, 1970's} was also great but this AT LP120 plays circles around it! Setup was a snap, controls are easy to use and function as expected. The audio through an older Kenwood receiver is superb, full range sound is breathtaking. Classical, jazz, pop....all sound live! The supplied cart is excellent and complements the turntable. Thanks Audio.Technica for a great, affordable and feature.filled turntable!!!

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              • Casual Listening
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              • Audiophile
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              (2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Not Rackable!

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              from Austin, TX

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

              DO NOT buy this product if you plan to put it on a pullout shelf in an equipment rack. It's 1/4" too wide!!! (17.72" vs. 17.50"). Seriously AT???

              • What best describes your level of audio knowledge?:
              • Audiophile
              • How long have you used this product?:
              • Less than a month

              (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Not recommended... A lot of issues

              By 

              from Greece

              Pros

              • Easy Controls

              Cons

              • 45 rpm doesn't lock on 0 pitch
              • Annoying sounds on plate.. Maybe from the motor
              • Anti skating doesn't work properly
              • Difficult Controls
              • Usb annoying sounds even rhe turntable is off
              • Wears Over Time

              Best Uses

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

                It's not a professional turntable... It's a toy with a very bad quality...

                • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                • DJ
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                • Casual Listener
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                • Less than a month
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                1.0

                Don't buy.

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                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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                • Less than a month
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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    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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                    • Less than a month
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                    (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    2.0

                    ANTI-SKATE

                    By 

                    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!

                      By 

                      from Mahone Bay, NS

                      Pros

                      • 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!!

                          By 

                          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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                              • Q:

                                I would like to purchase a replacement needle/cartridge for this turntable but am having trouble finding it online. Any advice?
                                Asked on 11/16/2017 by new needle from Miami

                                1 answer

                              • Q:

                                How can I buy a replacement for my plastic lift-up cover that I broke?
                                Asked on 11/7/2017 by Harry the hat from Pawlet, VT

                                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 11/9/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
                              • Q:

                                Is there anyway to just order the hinges for the cover? Mine broke off and that is the only part I need.
                                Asked on 10/26/2017 by David Rathbun from Boulder, CO

                                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 10/26/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
                              • Q:

                                What is the max length for USB cable I can use from turntable to PC? The TT is 22 feet away from PC and I was hoping I didn't have to disconnect the TT from entertainment center. I was thinking of using 25' cable.
                                Asked on 10/25/2017 by goldwing0214 from Midlothian, VA

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                                  A:

                                  As USB buss power is carried over the USB connection from the computer to the turntable, excessive lengths are not recommended as the signal may decrease in performance.

                                  Answered on 10/26/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
                              • Q:

                                Does this turn table have adjustable feet?
                                Asked on 10/16/2017 by Willie from Frisco tx

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                              • Q:

                                Does this TT have a cueing lever/control?
                                Asked on 10/15/2017 by Rocky from Washington State

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                                • Staff Reviewer

                                  A:

                                  Yes, the AT-LP120-USB turntable has a cueing lever to raise/lower the tone arm.

                                  Answered on 10/16/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
                              • Q:

                                do i need to/should i get a reciever or amplifier if this already has a built-in preamp? like what's the difference between a reciever/amplifier and a preamp?
                                Asked on 10/8/2017 by igotquestions from undisclosed

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                              • Q:

                                Exactly, what's in the box?
                                Asked on 10/5/2017 by Willie from Frisco, TX

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                              • Q:

                                Hello. I bought an AT-LP120-USB turntable and it works great, but it's missing the two pieces that slide into the dust cover to connect it to the actual turntable. Is there a way that I can get replacements for it? Please respond and let me know. Thanks for your time and have a great day.
                                Asked on 9/27/2017 by Geo from San Antonio, TX

                                1 answer

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                                  A:

                                  Thank you for your inquiry. You may contact our Parts Department at Parts@atus.com or call (330) 686-2600 ext 5002. to inquire about replacements if you are located in the US.

                                  Answered on 9/28/2017 by ATUS_Specialist4 from Stow,OH
                              • Q:

                                Hi. My AT-LP120-USB direct-drive turnbtable worked when I first hooked it up. Now, it powers up but when I press the START button the turntable does not begin to rotate.
                                Asked on 9/24/2017 by Harold from Montclair, NJ

                                1 answer

                                • Staff Reviewer

                                  A:

                                  Thank you for your inquiry. Please contact our Service department at 330-686-2600 ext 5009. They can help with this.

                                  Answered on 9/29/2017 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
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