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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  • 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:




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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

    REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    Audio-TechnicaAT-LP120-USB Direct-Drive Professional Turntable (USB & Analog)
     
    4.0

    (based on 62 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (34)

    • 4 Stars

       

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    • 3 Stars

       

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    • 2 Stars

       

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    • 1 Stars

       

      (5)

    68%

    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 (5)
    • 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

    Great features ruined by cheap build quality

    By 

    from Seattle, WA

    Pros

    • Easy Controls
    • Easy To Set Up

    Cons

    • Cheap build quality means short lifespan

    Best Uses

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

      Like many here, my turntable was great until it quit spinning the platter. Mine was just past a year old when it happened. Unlike many here, I actually opened it up to see if it was something obvious, and it is. The PCB boards are so poorly mounted they flex all over the place so you end up with broken solder runs on the logic board that distributes power to the DC motor. And with no parts support, its not like you can just order a new one. And even if you could, you should be handy with a soldering iron in order to replace it, as it's melted right to the tone arm.

      This is a disappointing product, especially at the price point it's sold at. Premium features don't mean anything if they are delivered in third rate components.

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      • Casual Listening
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      • Audiophile
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      • Over a year
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      2.0

      Excellent sound & a disappointing platter..

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      from Vancouver, Canada

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up
      • Great Sound

      Cons

      • Questionable quality on its parts

      Best Uses

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

        Having done my homework on this unit, despite a number of owners complaining about warped platters and poor anti-skate function, I decided to listen to the many very positive reviews and went ahead with the purchase. I've owned a number of high quality turntables for 20+ years (Tech 12's, Pioneer 1000, Stanton t92), and because I'm particular about them, I was apprehensive prior to its delivery. I was hoping for a basic deck that produced good sound, had a built in preamp, and had USB functionality. This seemed to check all of the boxes..

        Upon its arrival, I was impressed with its packaging, the weight and craftsmanship of the unit, and how much it looked like my old Technic 1200 mk2's. So far so good. After all of the various installations and tonearm alignment & balancing, I was up and running in about 20min. I placed a record on the platter, hit the start button, and immediately noticed the problem I was dreading.. The platter was significantly warped. For anyone who knows turntables, this is a big issue as it will affect playback and in turn, cause added stress to your cartridge, stylus, and your precious vinyl. My guess it that because these are mass produced, the parts are prone to becoming compromised. This was what many had written about in the many reviews Inread prior to buying the unit, especially in relation to the warped platter. It's truly a shame because this TT has so much potential. It produces great sound for a deck in this price range, and overall it has sturdy craftsmanship, making it a steal for entry level DJ or casual listening turntables. The lesson here was that I should have went with Audio Technica's flagship model, the AT LP1240, as it truly is a premiere deck aimed at people like myself who are looking for a high end experience. I still have the option to return this deck, which I most certainly will. I just hope that the warped platter isn't an issue that is tied to the 1240 as well.

        • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
        • Casual Listening
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        • Audiophile
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        • Less than a month
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        2.0

        Broken after 7 Months

        By 

        from Charlotte, NC

        Pros

        • Easy Controls
        • Easy To Set Up

        Cons

        • Unreliable
        • Wears Over Time

        Best Uses

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

          Was very happy with this product until it completely died on me this week. I mean it was seriously great at first, it was easy to set up, it has a beautiful and sleek design, and it was such an upgrade from my el cheapo turntable that my parents bought me! But that being said, I have literally only had this turntable for 7 months and it is ALREADY BROKEN. When you go to press the start button the plate won't turn, thus I can only infer that the motor is kaputt as this is a direct drive and has no belt. This is with VERY casual and gentle use, only using it maybe a few times per week. I am super upset because it seemed like such a good decision at the time, "a great set up for not too much $$!!" Still can't believe it but my advice is, save your money and buy a real turntable y'all, I'm very lucky to have had it break within the one year warranty.

          • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
          • Casual Listening
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          • Casual Listener
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          • Up to a year
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          5.0

          second review

          By 

          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):

              Music reproduction far better than other more expensive turntables. Flawless performer! A turntable well worth the reasonable cost. Voices clear, music seamless and function of turntable exemplary. Best bargain ever!!!

              • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
              • Casual Listening
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              • Up to a year
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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

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                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
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                • Over a year
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                5.0

                Excellent Turntable

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                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
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                    • Audiophile
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                    • Up to a year
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                    5.0

                    New purchase

                    By 

                    from Louisville, Ky.

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

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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...

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                          • DJ
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                          • Casual Listener
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                          (0 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          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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                          • Q:

                            I have a pair on Definitive Technology Mythos 5 speakers that I would like to use with this turntable. Do I need a seperate amp to use them? Can they be hooked directly to the turntable?
                            Asked on 12/7/2017 by MGE from undisclosed

                            1 answer

                            • Staff Reviewer

                              A:

                              The speakers you listed appear to be passive (non powered) speakers and would require a power amplifier or stereo receiver to power them. You may connect the turntable 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.

                              Answered on 12/12/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
                          • Q:

                            Does the built in Pre-Amp negatively effect the sound even when bypassed ie but in phono mode?
                            There is a lot of talk on the net about the negative effects the Pre-Amp causes. Thank you for your time and have a great day.
                            Asked on 12/3/2017 by Navy from Floyds Knobs, Indiana

                            1 answer

                            • Staff Reviewer

                              A:

                              All Audio-Technica turntables have an inductor in series with the output and a capacitor from the output to ground in both phono and line out modes. These components are necessary to ensure the turntables comply with CISPR/CIS/I Electromagnetic Compatibility standards. These components are what people are referring to when they say the preamp is not "completely" bypassed in phono mode. In actuality, the entire active portion of the preamp is bypassed and the output from the tonearm goes directly to the RCA outputs with only these two passive components left in the signal path.

                              Answered on 12/6/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
                          • Q:

                            From what I understand, as long as I have the PHONO/LINE setting set to LINE, I can plug the attached RCA output cables into any RCA audio inputs on my receiver (CD, AUX, AUDIO)? My receiver has no built-in preamp or phono input.
                            Asked on 12/1/2017 by Steve from Canada

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                          • Q:

                            The little black plastic clasp that you return the needle arm to broke just now, is there a replacement piece I can order?

                            Thanks!
                            Asked on 11/29/2017 by Clumsy from Los Angeles, CA

                            1 answer

                            • Staff Reviewer

                              A:

                              Thank you for your inquiry. Please contact our Parts Department at 330-686-2600 ext. 5002. They would be happy to help you.

                              Answered on 12/1/2017 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
                          • Q:

                            Hello people of Audio Technica. I'm new to the vinyl world and bought an Audio Technica lp120 and now I'm having issues with the motor making noise while spinning and it totally ruins the music.
                            So my question to you is if I could buy another motor since my warranty has expired! Please respond and tell me if yes and the cost. I don't want to send the turntable for repair.
                            Thanks.
                            Asked on 11/27/2017 by Antonio from Norwich Ct

                            2 answers

                            • Staff Reviewer

                              A:

                              Thank you for your inquiry. Please contact our Service Department at 330-686-2600 ext. 5003. They would be happy to help you.

                              Answered on 12/5/2017 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
                            • Staff Reviewer

                              A:

                              Please contact our Service Department at (330) 686-2600 ext 5009 or at service@atus.com for assistance with this.

                              Answered on 12/5/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
                          • Q:

                            Will it work with windows 10?
                            Asked on 11/27/2017 by Kev from undisclosed

                            2 answers

                            • Staff Reviewer

                              A:

                              Thank you for your inquiry. Yes, it will.

                              Answered on 12/5/2017 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
                            • Staff Reviewer

                              A:

                              Yes you may connect the AT-LP120-USB turntable to a Windows 10 computer to record your records into your computer.

                              Answered on 12/5/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
                          • Q:

                            Where is the audio input/how do I hook it up to a pair of bookshelf speakers?
                            Asked on 11/27/2017 by Jake from Wallops Island, VA

                            1 answer

                            • Staff Reviewer

                              A:

                              Thank you for your inquiry. There are two RCA connectors that are hardwired to a cable on the turntable. The speakers must be powered speakers.

                              Answered on 12/1/2017 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
                          • Q:

                            We have just bought this turntable for our son. We need to buy speakers now. If we want to leverage the pre-amp function the turntable then the speakers we need to buy must be powered, volume speakers correct? Will any computer speaker do? thanks
                            Asked on 11/27/2017 by jason from BC

                            1 answer

                            • Staff Reviewer

                              A:

                              Thank you for your inquiry. Yes, the speakers must be powered.

                              Answered on 12/1/2017 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
                          • Q:

                            I have a question about the overall sound quality between this model and the AT-LP60 turntable. I know this model has a bunch of extra features, but in terms of overall sound quality, is there a difference?
                            Asked on 11/27/2017 by NLaubach1520 from Columbia, MO

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                          • Q:

                            Does this model have the fully automatic option like the AT-LP60 version? It's for my Grandmother. She needs simple!
                            Asked on 11/26/2017 by Shane from Oklahoma City

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