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:




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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)
     
    4.3

    (based on 50 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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    83%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Casual listening (22)
    • Archiving (16)
    • Excellent sound (11)
    • Versatile (10)
    • Professional features (8)

    Cons

    • 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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    (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!!

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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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            • Less than a month
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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

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              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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              • Up to a year
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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

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              • 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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                  • Over a year
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                  (5 of 5 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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                      • Over a year
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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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                          4.0

                          i will buy again

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                          from Richmond, VA

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                          The left output was broken when we received it. It's hard wired so we can't fix it.

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                          4.0

                          Lots of peeps modify these

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                          from L,pool uk

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Professional Features
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                          • Poor Quality Sound

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

                            Comes with poor cartridge even though at produces at440mla surely should be optional as shure m97×e/jico sas combo expensive

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                            4.0

                            Good entry level

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                            from Canada

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                            • Consistent
                            • Professional Features
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                            • Poor Quality Sound

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

                              Good build quality and features used best with an external amp.I did not like the low end noise from the gear drive upgraded to a high end belt drive unit.

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                              • Q:

                                I have AT LP120-USB turntable. I want to download a song from record to my computer but I dont have the software. Can I get software off internet?
                                Asked on 4/22/2017 by Anonymous from Irvington, NY

                                1 answer

                                • CUSTOMER CARE

                                  A:

                                  Thank you for your inquiry. With our USB turntables you may use any recording software you prefer and can find free software downloads on the internet. Audacity's recording software is free and can be downloaded from their website at http://www.audacityteam.org/

                                  Answered on 4/26/2017 by ATUS_Specialist4 from Stow,OH
                              • Q:

                                Hi there, just realized that the cartridge at95e that comes with the turntable is not recommended for djing (NOT SCRATCH, but back and forward cueing), would you recommend or is it compatible with the ortofon pro s dj on this turntable ? for djing obiously
                                thanx in advance
                                Asked on 4/18/2017 by mrdavidp from Ecuador

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                                  A:

                                  Thanks for your inquiry. The Ortofon OM Pro S Single half-inch mount cartridge will work on the LP120, but the Concorde Pro S Single will not fit on the tonearm.

                                  Answered on 4/20/2017 by Anonymous
                              • Q:

                                I have plugged my AT-LP60 into my MacBook Pro and using the USB audio CODEC am recording an LP. I am getting digital static from the right channel across different source LPs. Please advice
                                Asked on 4/13/2017 by andy from Los Angeles, Ca

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                                  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 4/14/2017 by Anonymous
                              • Q:

                                I want to buy this together with the additional cartridge for playing 78RPM records; however, I can't find anyplace where it says which cartridge that would be ore how to buy one, and the website search feature was equally useless for finding out.
                                Asked on 4/9/2017 by Dana from Santa Monica, CA

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                              • Q:

                                hi when I drop tone arm on to record using the cue lever,the needle wants to skip into the first song on album.the rest of album plays fine.any ideas? I have the tracking and anti-skate both at 2.0 I have double checked turntable being level and tracking force with a scale.thanks starting turntable with needle on record is bad idea?
                                Asked on 4/7/2017 by Rundgren1 from Gloversville NY

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                                  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. Also would you please send us a video of your turntable when you lower the tonearm while the record is playing.

                                  Answered on 4/11/2017 by Anonymous
                              • Q:

                                Pre-amp selector switch should be in which position when hooking up to a Pioneer tuner/receiver: phono or line? Does phono setting mean that you are activating the internal turntable's amp?
                                Asked on 3/28/2017 by JJH from Westbrook, CT

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                              • Q:

                                Is there a shure cartridge and stylus I can upgrade to in place of the ATLP120 sub stock green/blue. Also will it work on stock head shell what exactly will I need to upgrade cartridge and stylus to shure
                                Asked on 3/19/2017 by Marion from Va 24486

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                                  A:

                                  You will want to make certain the cartridge you select will fit within the specifications of the turntable. You may contact the cartridge manufacturer to inquire of their specs.

                                  Answered on 3/22/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
                              • Q:

                                I recently bought the at-lp120-usb. I love it. The outside of he box indicates a different stylus is needed for 78's. Nothing shows this in the instructions. I play mostly 33's. Do I need another stylus for rarely playing 78's and if so, how do I order it?
                                Asked on 3/10/2017 by ed from fullerton, ca.

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                              • Q:

                                Can you use hdmi cable instead of USB.
                                Asked on 3/10/2017 by Rule from Lowell ma

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                                will this turntable play 78s, 45s and LPs?
                                Asked on 3/10/2017 by Crazy Carol from Mammoth Lakes, CA

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