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.



  • Overview
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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.

    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

  • 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 34 reviews)

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    • 4 Stars

       

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    75%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Casual listening (22)
    • Archiving (16)
    • Excellent sound (5)
    • Mobile dj/broadcast (4)
    • Versatile (4)

    Cons

    No Cons

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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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    (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    "Line" setting vs "Phono" setting

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    from Hilsboro, OR

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

    [One star, because I only purchased the unit recently, and have not had enough time to really put it to the test, but I was not allowed to post anything without choosing a star rating, and I personally think star rating are useless. So, the one star was for their insistence on that, and nothing to do with the turntable. I might be likely to rate the turntable *after* I've lived with it a while, and can speak to actual pros and cons.]

    I'm curious how many users have found that the "Line" setting provides a cleaner signal than the "Phono" setting?
    I have three receiver/amplifiers, two of which are identical, and have phono input jacks with a ground terminal. When connecting the LP-120 to the phono inputs, with the the turntable switched to "Phono", a nasty buzz is present.
    When connecting the turntable to any outputs on any of my receivers, with the switch set to "Line", the signal is clean.
    So.... is this something that other users have experienced?

    Additionally, the turntable provides a clean signal when switched to "Line", and connected via USB to any of our computers, and also to powered monitor speakers in the studio.

    This makes me curious about the built-in pre-amp, and why the "Phono" setting creates a buzz when connected to receivers which are designed for phono inputs?

    • How long have you used this product?:
    • Less than a month

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Great if it works

    By 

    from St Louis, MO

    Pros

    • Great features for the price.

    Cons

    • Had for less than a year before problems started
    • Not Consistent
    • Wears Over Time

    Best Uses

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

      She it is working it is a great turntable form the price. However, had it for less than a year and the stylus skates across the record and skips despite setting the tracking force and anti skate exactly as directions describe. A quick Google search shows that this is a common issue. I realize that it isn't a top of the lone TT, but should still be able to do what it is designed for. Getting in touch with technical support is a nightmare because they never answer the phone and you have to leave a msg then sit around while they call you back. Despite 3 calls to them I still haven't talked to anyone.

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      • Up to a year
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      2.0

      I have the same problem. Turntable won't spin.

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      from Houston, TX

      Pros

        Cons

        • Hard To Use
        • Not Consistent

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

          Literally disappointed. Sounded great when it was working. Now seeing whether I keep pressing stop/ start if it will work. Everything else is on.

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          • Over a year
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          5.0

          Liked the first one so much I went out and bought a second!!

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          from Largo, Florida

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

          I've had my pair of PL-120 turntables for a few years now and my only complaint is that one both units the "START/STOP" switch had to be pressed a couple dozen times to get it working again. I'm an electronics broadcast engineer and I need to take it apart to see why this is happening but probably won't until it completely stops working. It almost feels as if grease in the switch (if any) is causing the problem. It is an annoying problem but probably isn't an issue if you use it at least once a month and don't let it sit idle for months at a time like I do.

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          • Over a year
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          4.0

          First turntable; no regrets

          By 

          from Princeton, IL

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Excellent Sound
          • Versatile

          Cons

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

              This is the first turntable I've ever owned, and I'm glad I did my research and went with this one. Sound quality is just fantastic, which is what you really want if you are buying a turntable. High, mid and bass ranges are all perfect. Led Zeppelin has never been more fun to listen to.
              For the first time, setup was a little intimidating, but that's probably more inexperience than the fault of the company. After it is set up, the controls are all simple enough to understand, and it's worth mentioning that the buttons are very satisfying to press. The lever to drop the stylus on the disc does so slowly, smoothly and carefully. I've owned the player for over half a year now I believe, and I really haven't noticed any decline in the quality of the stylus (with VERY heavy use, mind you.) The connections are great, the USB hookup is very convenient and I can use either that or the analog cables to run the sound through my computer. The whole turntable overall has a very professional look and feel, from the sleekness of it to the spindle stopping and starting on a dime.
              The only real drawback and the reason I will only rate this four stars, however, is because the platter is very slightly but noticeably warped. Strange for a company that seemingly makes very good equipment for them to skimp on the tolerances of the platter itself. As far as I know, however, this has not affected sound quality at all, and should no means turn you off from buying this turntable. It really is worth the price.

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              • Up to a year
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              4.0

              Was worried it would not sound as good as my PL-7

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              from Raleigh, NC

              Pros

              • Excellent Sound
              • Professional Features
              • Versatile

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

                  Looks cool, sounds good and with the lights and design...is just cool. Paint, mine is black, is not great but looks good. Seems well built, but not proven over time. I really like it so far!

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                  • Less than a month
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                  5.0

                  Great sound, great turntable

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                  from Charlotte, NC

                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Excellent Sound
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

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

                      Great turn table!

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                      • Less than a month
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                      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Poor Documentation, Nice Performance

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                      from Worcester, MA

                      Pros

                      • Excellent Sound
                      • Flexibility
                      • Professional Features
                      • Value

                      Cons

                      • Curious Omissions
                      • Hard To Use
                      • Hardwired RCA Phono Outputs
                      • Limited Documentation
                      • No information about how to ground, if grounding

                      Best Uses

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

                        I received this as a very nice Christmas gift.In the interest of someone maybe buying a really good turntable for the first time, I was amazed at how the documentation lacks details on a few things. While having the 78RPM speed as a feature, the manual neglects to tell the owner that a dedicated cartridge and stylus are needed to properly play 78's. It might be nice to inform a potential listener of this format what they need to play it.

                        Additionally, there is nothing in the manual that makes it clear what a listener needs to do in order to install a new cartridge into a headshell, or what should be done step by step in order to set overhang. That is a rather puzzling oversight. Nor could I find information on headshells, or if a headshell/cartridge.stylus combo is even available, despite having the machine configured right out of the box with this handy combination. The top of the turntable has a slot to store an extra headshell, yet the instructions lack the documentation necessary to "build" an alternative, or secondary configuration. Really odd.

                        The lack of information on grounding is odd. I have this connected to an Onkyo receiver, with a grounding post near the phono inputs. The last table I used needed to be properly grounded to that post in order to prevent hum. Do I need one? I would not know, based on the lack of information in the manual.The hardwired RCA outputs, with short leads, are also odd. Just spring for a few dollars more, and build output jacks into the back.

                        But the table sounds fantastic. Tracks amazingly well, Setting it up is a rather fun experience, especially for someone who has never balanced, set tracking, and anti-skate on previous tables owned. The included cartridge/stylus combo seems to be fabulous. So much so that I ordered an extra one to have on hand. If I could only have Audio Technica tell me how to properly install and set overhang.

                        Despite poor documentation, I would definitely recommend this turntable to a friend.

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                        • Less than a month
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                        5.0

                        Yes

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                        from London

                        Pros

                        • Consistent
                        • 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):

                            I've been listening to music on it for one month, so far i've been very happy with this turntable. This is the best turntable that I've had. I don't even se the point of upgrading this unit, it plays music flawless.

                            Some peple complains about some noise when it is not playing music, I can't hear anything.

                            My last turntable was a Pro-ject 1 Xpression, it was 8 years ago), let me tell you the Audio Technica 120 is a lot better than the Pro-ject 1 Xpression. I'm not saying the Pro-ject Xp was bad is just the Audio T. 120 is so much better. I dare to say it is a night and day the difference among both.

                            I didn't try the phono that comes with it or recording vinyl.

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                            5.0

                            Great turntablefor the price

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                            from Malone, NY 12953, USA

                            Site Member

                            Pros

                            • Archiving
                            • Casual Listening

                            Cons

                            • manual operation

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

                              Just got the table(3/13/15). Spent about 30 min setting up the turntable. Using on Line out. Sound is crisp in the middle-high end and provides sufficient bass on low end(great cartridge). Very sturdy build. Strobe is accurate. Don't care about DJing. If you don't mind the manual operation I would recommend this product

                              • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                              • Casual Listening
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                              • Intermediate
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                              • Less than a month
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                            • Q & A

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                              • Q:

                                What is the tracking force on the stylus? Thank you.
                                Asked on 4/17/2016 by Mike

                                1 answer

                                • CUSTOMER CARE

                                  A:

                                  The tracking force for the AT95E (included with the AT-LP120-USB) is 2g, relative to a properly zeroed-out/balanced tonearm. To make certain you are setup properly, please watch the following video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBD8yO13-DI

                                  If you have any further questions, please contact the Audio-Technica United States (ATUS) Audio Solutions Team at:
                                  audio-solutions@atus.com

                                  Thanks!

                                  Answered on 4/22/2016 by ATUS_Specialist2 from Stow, OH
                              • Q:

                                My laptop does not have a cd drive, can I still download a driver in order to download vinyl tracks to my laptop?
                                Asked on 4/17/2016 by Bernie from Charlotte, NC

                                1 answer

                                • CUSTOMER CARE

                                  A:

                                  To receive an answer to your question, please contact the Audio-Technica United States (ATUS) Audio Solutions Team at:
                                  audio-solutions@atus.com

                                  Please include which operating system you are using, and which version of that operating system you are using in the email.

                                  Thanks!

                                  Answered on 4/22/2016 by ATUS_Specialist2 from Stow, OH
                              • Q:

                                Will I be able to use standered headphones with this turntable? Or will I need to use an external reciever?
                                Asked on 4/16/2016 by Riley from Canada

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                                  A:

                                  Audio-Technica turntables do not feature a headphone amplifier. Therefore, to interface headphones to the turntable, you would need a headphone amplifier or stereo receiver.

                                  If you have any further questions, please contact the Audio-Technica United States (ATUS) Audio Solutions Team at:
                                  audio-solutions@atus.com

                                  Thanks!

                                  Answered on 4/22/2016 by ATUS_Specialist2 from Stow, OH
                              • Q:

                                I am experiencing skipping with my brand new AT-LP120 USB player. I have set the weight to 2.0 and adjusted it slightly both ways and I still cannot prevent the minor skipping that is occurring. Any tips for me? I am playing brand new records as well so I know it cannot be that. :( Help!
                                Asked on 4/15/2016 by Kristine from NY

                                1 answer

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                                  A:

                                  Thank you for your inquiry. You have a damaged stylus and it would need replaced.

                                  Answered on 4/19/2016 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
                              • Q:

                                What is the max and minimum cartridge weight that the tonearm will hold with the standard headshell.
                                Asked on 4/12/2016 by chrisenglishbg

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                                  A:

                                  Thank you for your inquiry. It can accommodate a cartridge fro 6 to 10 grams.

                                  Answered on 4/19/2016 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
                              • Q:

                                Hi, I'd like to know what model of stylus do I need to replace the one on my Audio Technica LP120 in case it breaks.
                                Asked on 4/11/2016 by Maelo from Vancouver, BC

                                1 answer

                              • Q:

                                does this unit come in black?
                                Asked on 4/8/2016 by MICHAEL

                                1 answer

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                                  A:

                                  Thank you for your inquiry. Yes, the AT-LP120BK-USB is available.

                                  Answered on 4/11/2016 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
                              • Q:

                                What kind of protractor should I use to align the AT95e? Stevenson or Baerwald or another? I found a custom protractor generator that recommends Stevenson with these values for the AT120 (Pivot to spindle distance = 214.500 / Inner groove radius = 57.50 / Outer groove radius = 146.050) Thanks!
                                Asked on 4/7/2016 by marabalos from Buenos Aires, Argentina

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                                  A:

                                  Audio-Technica does currently offer a free alignment protractor. For download and procedure, please review the following information:

                                  How do I align the cartridge on the AT-LP120-USB and AT-LP1240-USB turntables?
                                  - http://blog.audio-technica.com/audio-solutions-question-of-the-week-how-do-i-align-the-cartridge-on-the-at-lp120-usb-and-at-lp1240-usb-turntables/

                                  Cartridge Alignment Protractor Download link:
                                  - http://www.audio-technica.com/cms/resource_library/files/56c354a06d4a5cbf/0406_2904_00_cartridge_headshell_alignment_sheet.pdf

                                  The stylus overhang specification for the AT-LP120-USB Turntable is 16mm. If not using our protractor, then try the Stevenson Alignment Protractor, which is available as a free download from vinylengine.com. See the "Alignment" section near the bottom of page 1. At 230.5mm, the AT-LP120-USB has about the same effective arm length as the Technics SL1210 mk2. The mounting (pivot to spindle) distance is 214.5mm. The Tonearm Alignment Calculator shows the results achieved when using the Stevenson Protractor yields the closest match to the recommended stylus overhang specification. The inner null point should be 60.325mm and the outer null point 117.421mm. By setting the null points, you should obtain the correct effective length, the correct overhang and the correct offset angle.

                                  If you have any further questions, please contact the Audio-Technica United States (ATUS) Audio Solutions Team at:
                                  audio-solutions@atus.com

                                  Thanks!

                                  Answered on 4/8/2016 by ATUS_Specialist2 from Stow, OH
                              • Q:

                                My at-lp120 sub did not come with a protractor for setting the cartrage. What type of protractor should I use?
                                Asked on 4/7/2016 by Richard from Baltimore Md.

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                              • Q:

                                I want to use the turntable to play old 78's. Your specs say 78 RPM records require additional cartridge, not included. What is the model of the "additional cartridge" I need?
                                Asked on 4/7/2016 by Jim from Bettendorf, IA

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