AT-LP120-USB

Direct-Drive Professional Turntable (USB & Analog)

MSRP* US$299.95
One-Year Limited End-User Warranty

*Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price. Actual selling price may vary; please check with an authorized Audio-Technica dealer.



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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.
  • Features


      AT-LP120-USB Direct-Drive Professional Turntable
    • USB outputóconnects directly to your computer

    • Mac- and PC-compatible Audacity software digitizes your LPs

    • Direct drive high-torque motor

    • Selectable 33/45/78 RPM speeds

    • Professional cast aluminum platter with slip mat

    • Ĺ-inch mount universal headshell with Dual Magnetô phono cartridge

    • Balanced tone arm with soft damping control

    • Switchable built-in pre-amplifier with line-level RCA output cables

    • Included cables connect to your stereo or powered speakers

    • Stroboscopic platter speed indicator

    • Forward and reverse play

      Includes
    • Direct Drive Professional Stereo USB turntable

    • Mac- and PC-compatible Audacity software

    • USB cable

    • Adapter cables

      System requirements
    • PC or Mac with an available USB port (USB1.1 or higher)

    • CD-R or CD-RW writer for burning CDs & installation

    • Includes Audacity software for PC & Mac users
      Audacity requires Mac running OS X 10.1 or later or PC running Windows (98 and above)

  • 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.


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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

    AT-LP120-USB Direct-Drive Professional Turntable (USB &amp; Analog) 4.3 5 20 20
    Awesome turn table! I have owned this since June of 2013 and it is used almost every day by either me or my wife. We have enjoyed hearing vinyl again and have expanded our collection with classic albums and new 180 gram reissues. This is excellent for recording via USB to digital files, I have tons of albums on my iPod. The USB that came with it was a little short to my liking but I bought a longer one for about 7 bucks on Amazon. The tonearm took some time to set up just right but I watched the many helpful videos on YouTube by Audio Technica and some more by fans of this TT. This model comes with the AT95E stylus which tracks at 2 grams. The previous stylus no longer comes with the LP120. Trust me, this one is better (it is the GREEN cartridge). The direct drive can stop on a dime! Pitch control is something I would never use but it has a nice feel to its "slide" and clicks into place in the middle. Hit "quartz" and it instantly tracks at the normal speed. The unit weighs around 25 pounds and that's a good thing. I've noticed that the Popup Stylus Target Light gets a little warm after it's been on for a while so I use it when I need it but mostly leave it turned off. I almost bought the USB LP60 and I am glad I got this one instead. The direct drive and adjustable tone arm and anti-skate sold me on this model. It has been nice to hear Hendrix, Styx, Zeppelin and The Beatles again and the Beatles remasters sound awesome. Thanks AT for making such a nice TT! For those wondering this does not have an auto return but most good turn tables do not have this, I don't mind a bit. Best advice is to stay AWAY from those all-in-one units you see in the big box stores that also have cassette and CD. Those things will eat your records for breakfast! February 14, 2014
    Not for Performance DJ's I bought these turntables to use for my mobile dj rig. The audio is good. I bought the Shure M44-7 needles. I use Serato dj Sl2 box. I have some dicers and a lpd8 to control the samples and the effects. BUT.... the turntables do have the motor power to do anything but a basic scratching. juggling is out of the question. No advance scratching. I could actually do more scratches with my Numark V7's. I think I will keep them this year to just learn on them and next year I will upgrade to the 1240's because I know they are more for mobile DJ. Its more my fault for not being able to afford the better tables. I do recommend these decks to beginner Dj's. But just understand its more of a start and stop unit. February 5, 2014
    A Fine Record Player I recently received my AT-LP120 a week ago and I have to say, I am impressed.This is my first "real" record player I've ever bought.There was some assembly, but no problem-setup is easy as long as you take your time and follow the instructions.I took my time setting up the tone arm, using the YouTube video regarding the subject.I have it set around 3.5 g counterweight/3.5 g anti-skate and have had no adverse effect.The sound quality is great, but the cartridge/stylus could be better.I'm planning on replacing it, but research first! I wasn't expecting it to be so heavy (around 24 lbs.), but this is good, as it provides a rock solid, level surface.The setup also comes with a variety of cables to suit your needs.I currently have it hooked to the Line-In on my Audigy 2 ZS Platinum sound card on my computer, as to record and archive the albums.I am still trying to figure out the Audacity software package that's included, but that's just the user.I definitely would recommend this turntable.I look forward to enjoying many years of enjoying my vinyl on the AT-LP120.Thanks to Audio Technica for producing a fine product! September 20, 2013
    common problem with right channel Common problem with right channel. No sound from right channel. There is a design issue that needs to be fixed. Too many people have this problem. August 21, 2013
    Great value Not being able to find a direct drive turntable in a brick and mortar in the Phoenix area, I was happy to find this on Amazon for a great price. Opening the box, it was packaged very well. This is comparable to the 30+ year old Technics SL 1310 Mark 2 I was replacing. The Technics had a couple problems including the infamous broken lift arm assembly. It had been repaired twice over the last few decades and now the digital speed control was acting wonky. Recording onto computer was tricky at first due to the lack of instructions for Audacity, but a few trials and errors later, I got the hang of it. I was pleased to find out my old headshell fit the connector and I could use my Pickering XSV 3000 cartridge. The Audio Technica cartridge sounds just as good to my ears, so it's great to have a spare. Just don't make the mistake I made by adjusting the weight while the spare cartridge is in the spare hole in the back. You can damage the spare's needle while making the adjustment. There should be a warning about this in the literature. If it's in there, I didn't see it. My old vinyl never sounded so good. August 16, 2013
    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 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. May 6, 2013
    Excellent! As a 21-year old college student, I had no prior knowledge of or experience with turntables or vinyl. I have no nostalgic ties to this platform or medium like many who grew up with it, but that didn't stop me from discovering the superiority of analog over digital. After researching online and receiving input from friends and family who have experience with vinyl, I chose the AT-LP120 as my first turntable. I love everything about it and I use it all the time. The audio quality is superb and the turntable itself is incredibly sturdy. I was very impressed by its heavy build, as there simply are not many products these days built with this level of quality. All of the extra features are nice too. I haven't yet used the vinyl-to-digital conversion via USB feature yet, but I plan to soon. I can't say enough about the audio quality though. I compared a song played on my turntable with the same song saved on my computer's hard drive and the difference was noticeable and immediate. I couldn't be happier with it. Don't just take it from me, either. A few of my friends, who I suppose could be considered "audiophiles", also praised the audio quality and said I got a bargain when considering the quality and price. I've turned some of my friends onto vinyl and the AT-LP120 is what I've recommended. I don't have a huge library of LPs (only about 25-30), but I plan on expanding that and I love the fact that most of the bands I listen to release new material on vinyl. I could go on and on about how much I love the AT-LP120, but I'll stop here. I've had it about 8 months and I'd be surprised if it didn't last at least 10+ years. I would recommend it to anyone who wants a quality turntable built to last that won't break the bank. May 2, 2013
    Love it! In November 2011, my 30 year old belt drive turntable died. A couple weeks later, by chance, I stumbled upon the annual AT warehouse sale in Stow Ohio. At the sale, I picked up the LP-120. I absolutely love it! For 30+ years, I dreamed of owning a nice Direct Drive Turntable. Now I have one and I use it all the time. I almost forgot how nice vinyl sounds. I'm also happy that more and more music is being released on vinyl again. I haven't used the USB feature yet. But, I'm sure I'll get around to it eventually. So far, my LP-120 has performed flawlessly! As an added bonus.... I emailed a stylus question to customer service. They actually *called me* with an answer to my question! Who does that anymore? Nice touch. Keep up the good work! November 15, 2012
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    Clearance required to remove dust cover?

    The middle shelf of my media center has 8.25 inches of vertical clearance. Would I be able to remove the dust cover without sliding the phonograph out of the media center?
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    Sorry I did not understand your original question. This could work, but it will be tight. You will have to just set the dust cover in place on the turntable without installing the hinges. You will then have to lift the dust cover over the tone arm to remove it and that is a minimum of 8 inches above the shelf the turntable is sitting on.
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    I guess I wasn't clear enough in my question. I was thinking that since the vertical shelf space is limited, I would simply remove the dust cover when I wanted to play an album. What is the clearance needed to completely remove the dust cover? From the two answers already posted, I am wondering if it is required to fully swing open the dust cover before you are able to remove it.
    I was hoping to be able to lift it slightly up and out and I was wondering if just a couple of inches of clearance would be sufficient to do so.
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    the dust cover raises to 12 and 1/2 inches on the hinges.the dust cover itself is 2 3/4 deep.
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    Thank you for your inquiry. Full clearance from the shelf the turntable is sitting on to the shelf above is 16 inches. 8.25 inches is not enough clearance.
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    I have a LP-120 connected to an Onkyo 609 amplifier with the analog cable form the 120. The switch is on line and I get music but also a significant amount of static. This source is the only one that has static when playing thru my system. Is there a way to ground the turntable or shield the cable. I may be getting interference from all the cabling out of the back of the 609.
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    Is it plugged into the Onkyo's "Phono In?" If so, you will get a lot of static and distortion because this is a pre-amplified turntable. The signal sent out by this turntable is line level. If you plug it into a "cd in," "tape in," "line in" or "aux in" you'll be fine. You also don't have to connect a ground cable because the turntable's preamp is grounded to the power cord.
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    may i ask if it is too close to the speakers.
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    Please contact the Audio-Solutions team at audio-solutions@atus.com to discuss your question.
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    2 questions about output and pitch.

    1. Are there rca outputs on the turntable for use with a stereo receiver?
    2. I found a turntable will allow you to slow down the speed without affecting the pitch. This is useful to musicians trying to learn quick/difficult passages without having to transpose them.
    Will the Audio Technica do this?
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    1) The audio outputs will work with a stereo reciever. Keep in mind that this turntable has a built in preamp so you need to plug it into a "line in," "tape in," "cd in" or an "aux in." If you plug it into your "audio in" you will have a lot of unpleasant and loud distortion.

    2) This turntable does not have the pitch control you are asking about. I personally have a professional turntable with pitch control but it is quite limited. You can only go up and down about 8 rpm which equates to about an octave or two, depending on the speed of the disc. There is some very powerful and inexpensive software available that will do this, and much more. The quality of this turntable is quite good, so it would be worth it for you to consider that option.
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    as far as the patch cords go, i just plugged them into my,phono,plugs.i think you can use audio on your recever also,has a on off pre amp switch in back.i left it at original setting.sorry but i also am trying to align my sure cartride,will.
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    Thank you for your inquiry. The turntable has RCA output connectors for connection to a stereo receiver. As for changing the speed without changing the pitch, this can be done with the software after the audio is recorded. It cannot be done on the turntable itself.
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    USB FlashDrive?

    Will the AT-LP120-USB accept a USB flash drive in the usb port? I do not have the ability to directly connect the turntable to my computer. I wish to transfer my old vinyl albums to a flash drive, and then use the flash to transfer to my computer (via my itunes acct.) Can this be done?
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    If your computer has a "line in" you can plug the turntable in, bypassing the USB port. The turntable comes supplied with RCA output cables and an adapter for your line in jack. All you will need is software to capture the line in feed and you'll be able to record. The line is pre-amplified so you will not have to buy a separate preamp.

    You won't be able to directly transfer music to the flash drive without using a computer or line in recorder.
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    This turntable is designed for use with a computer and external recording software. A USB flash drive will not work to my knowledge.
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    ATP-2 Cartrige

    Recently I have purchased the AT-LP120 -USB Direct Drive Turntable System. The unit offers three selectable RPM speeds: 33/45/78. Can the stylus supplied with the system which I believe is the ATP-2 cartridge and an ATP-N2 stylus play all three speeds or does it require to have different stylus to play all the three speeds? Please advise.

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    The stylus supplied with the ATP-2XN cartridge is an elliptical microgroove stylus and should not be used to play 78s. You technically "can" play 78s with it but you will do premature damage to your 78s and your stylus.

    There are 78 styli available for this cart and they are surprisingly inexpensive. This is a great sounding moving magnet cartridge and 78s sound wonderful on it when you have the right size stylus.
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    For best results, we recommennd using a stylus designed specifically for 78 RPM records. One of our dealers, LP Gear, has a 78 RPM stylus for the ATP-2 Cartridge that was supplied with your turntable. http://www.lpgear.com/product/ATPN2...
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