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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  • 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)
     
    4.3

    (based on 45 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

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    • 4 Stars

       

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    • 3 Stars

       

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    • 1 Stars

       

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    84%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Casual listening (22)
    • Archiving (16)
    • Versatile (9)
    • Excellent sound (8)
    • Consistent (6)

    Cons

    • 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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    5.0

    Great, once you get rid of the internal preamp

    By 

    from São Paulo, Brazil

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

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

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

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

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        3.0

        Very poor quality

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        from Dallas

        Pros

          Cons

          • Poor Quality Sound
          • Wears Over Time

          Best Uses

            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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            • Less than a month
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            4.0

            i will buy again

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            from Richmond, VA

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

            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

            Best Uses

              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

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Professional Features
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • Poor Quality Sound

              Best Uses

                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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                • Over a year
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                4.0

                Really great product.

                By 

                from Saint John, NB, Canada

                Pros

                • Great Grip
                • Quiet
                • Wears Evenly

                Cons

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

                    I love this turntable. It is by far the best I've ever owned, it's very easy to use and the sound quality is great, there are turntables out there with better sound but for this price you can't beat it.

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                    4.0

                    Awesome !!!

                    By 

                    from Winnipeg

                    Pros

                    • Beautiful
                    • Sounds awesome
                    • Well built

                    Cons

                    • Better, clearer directions on tone arm set up

                    Best Uses

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

                      So far only had for one day. It is a well built, beautiful looking player that is everything I wanted and more!!!

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                      • Less than a month
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                      5.0

                      Whole lotta bang for the buck!

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                      from Indianapolis, IN

                      Pros

                      • Corners Well
                      • Great Grip
                      • Long Lasting Tread
                      • Quiet
                      • Wears Evenly

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

                          I'm an old audiophile who got in the hobby in the late 60's. I could never afford the high end equipment, so I looked for the best bang for the buck. The Audio Technica AT120 is my 4th turntable ever. When I began looking for a new TT in the summer of 2010, I was disappointed at the selection of decent audiophile models available. In the under $300 range, it was slim pickins! Not surprising, with the advent of CD's in the mid 80's. Another rarity is the hi-fi specialty shop, and I live in a big city. I was forced to go online to do my shopping.

                          Based on reviews, I chose the AT120, and chose wisely. I really wanted a semi-auto unit that automatically returns the tonearm at the end of the record, but the automatics available were on the lower end of the scale and didn't meet my requirements for audio quality. I was very pleasantly surprised when I unpacked the AT120. It looked to be of the same quality I had come to expect from the turntables of 60's and 70's. Setup was easy- I've had experience at this in the past. I was impressed by all the features, and that they operated with a quality feel. I insisted on: adjustable tonearm tracking, anti-skating, 3 speeds, damped cuing, and a dust cover, among other features, and it has them all. It even includes a built-in preamp, USB connection, and reverse turntable direction, none of which I need.
                          I've been enjoying this unit for six years now, and only one thing has needed servicing: the tonearm damping fluid had dried out, letting the tonearm free-fall to the record. You can buy the silicon damping fluid on line and find video instructions on how to fix this on youtube. It now operates perfectly and I expect it to continue giving excellent service for many more years. The only change I made to the original setup was to replace the supplied cartridge with my vintage Audio Technica AT 125 LC cartridge. Amazingly, this cartridge from 1981 still souns great!

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                          5.0

                          This turntable is the bomb diggity!! Love it!

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                          from Wild and Wonderful West Virginia

                          Pros

                          • Corners Well
                          • Great Grip
                          • Long Lasting Tread
                          • Quiet
                          • Wears Evenly

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

                              I use this to play my vintage albums, new albums, and ones recorded from master tapes at half speed.

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                              5.0

                              New to vinyl and I love it.

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                              from Lisle,il

                              Pros

                              • Consistent
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Excellent Sound
                              • Versatile

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

                                  I am new to vinyl. I love this turntable. It is built like a tank and I can tell it will last a long time.

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                                  • Q:

                                    Everytime I hit the start button the turntable makes a kind of loud clicking noise and I checked and I don't think theres anything stuck inside the hole part. Is this a problem I can fix?? Also I was hoping to occassionally plug headphones into my Yamaha Natural Sound Stereo Reciver RX-396 and it has a phone plug but I can't get it to work right if you also know how to fix that. Thank you!!
                                    Asked on 1/9/2017 by Carimei from United States

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                                      A:

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

                                      Answered on 1/10/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
                                  • Q:

                                    Hello there,

                                    I need a replacement stylus for this turntable (AT-LP120-USB), but I cannot seem to locate the exact replacement model on your website, or online. The stylus has four prongs on it and says "ATP-2" on its side and is just like the grey and white one in the video of the turntable on your site. Please advise it is discontinued or if there is a replacement model, thanks!
                                    Asked on 1/8/2017 by Moll from SoCal

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                                  • Q:

                                    My MacBook Air does not have a CDROM drive. Where can i download the needed software?
                                    Asked on 1/7/2017 by Valder Nogueira from Brazil

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                                    • Staff Reviewer

                                      A:

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

                                      Answered on 1/10/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
                                  • Q:

                                    I have a very old Macintosh FM receiver (tube amplifier).andthe AT-LP120-USB turntable I would like to know if I should put the pre-amp switch on line or phono.
                                    Asked on 1/6/2017 by D'Bone from Palmdale,CA

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                                  • Q:

                                    Does this turntable not need a ground wire? Every other turntable I've had needed one.
                                    Asked on 1/5/2017 by MichaelJMN from Minneapolis, MN

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                                      A:

                                      The ground connection is made between the turntable and the preamp and since the preamp is inside the turntable, the ground is internal.

                                      Answered on 1/6/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
                                  • Q:

                                    Hello, how long is the power cord and if needed, can I use a extension cord?
                                    Asked on 1/5/2017 by Lisa from United States

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                                      A:

                                      The attached RCA cable is roughly 3.5'. You may use an extension but you will want to keep the cable length as short as possible as it is an unbalanced line.

                                      Answered on 1/6/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
                                  • Q:

                                    Does this turntable need a preamp to connect with a Denon receiver (AVR-X1300W) that has no phono inputs? The demo says switch the phono/line switch to line, but I get no sound from the turntable. Also this particular receiver only has CBL and Media player rca jacks to plug into. Since my cable box is plugged into the CBL/SAT hdmi port I assume what ever I do it would have to plug into the Media Player jacks.
                                    Asked on 1/4/2017 by Ray from Peoria,Il

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                                    • Staff Reviewer

                                      A:

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

                                      Answered on 1/5/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
                                  • Q:

                                    I am Interested in purchasing AT-LP120-USB turntable, read that it comes with AT95E Dual Magnet™ cartridge. I was thinking about upgrading cartridge and getting AT440MLb. Would this make a significant difference in sound quality?
                                    Do you need a specialty stylus for 'scratching' of records or running records in reverse?
                                    thanks
                                    Asked on 1/3/2017 by coach from pdx, or

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                                    • Staff Reviewer

                                      A:

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

                                      Answered on 1/4/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
                                  • Q:

                                    I have an old Yamaha CA 400 Natural Sound Stereo Amplifier - bought in 1974-75. Can I play the
                                    AT-LP120-USB TURNTABLE on this amplifier? This would be analog right. Can I ALSO hook it up to my iMac computer's USB port to transfer my analog records into iTunes?
                                    I notice some turntables have a Bluetooth feature. Does this turntable also have a Blue tooth feature? If not, is there a turntable that will do all three? USB, analog and Bluetooth.
                                    Asked on 1/2/2017 by VEK from Charlotte, NC

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                                      A:

                                      Yes you may connect the turntable to your receiver as well as a USB connection to a computer for recording your records into your computer. The AT-LP120-USB does not have an internal Bluetooth transmitter.

                                      Answered on 1/3/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
                                  • Q:

                                    Does this turntable have automatic arm?
                                    Asked on 1/2/2017 by Judy from Los Angeles, Calif.

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                                    • Staff Reviewer

                                      A:

                                      No, the AT-LP120-USB turntable is fully manual.

                                      Answered on 1/3/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
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