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:




    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

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    Audio-TechnicaAT-LP120-USB Direct-Drive Professional Turntable (USB & Analog)
     
    4.1

    (based on 56 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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    • 4 Stars

       

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    • 3 Stars

       

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    • 2 Stars

       

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    • 1 Stars

       

      (5)

    72%

    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 (4)
    • 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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    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 5 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

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        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...

          • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
          • DJ
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          • Casual Listener
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          • Less than a month
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          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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          • Less than a month
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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I would DEFINITELY buy this turntable again....

          By 

          from Lexington,Ky.USA

          Pros

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

          Cons

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

              I have collected vinyl most of my adult life,starting in the late 1960`s.During the 1970`s and 1980`s,I was involved in the Disco/Dance/Club scene and always wanted one of the turntables that every DJ had a pair of back then(no need mentioning brands here),but even back then,they were prohibitively expensive,at least for me.Fast forward to 2017...I still have all my records,which are now nearly 40 years old,andmost of which are so rare that they will never be available on CD,or for download....and I needed a new turntable..In my opinion,the Audio-Technica LP120 blows any other consumer turntable out of the water and even has the same look and features of that previously mentioned turntable,which now is even more expensive,and AT has done it at a remarkable price!I have mine hooked to a mid level shelf audio system and the sound is GREAT!I didn`t buy this to transfer my vinyl to CD,but that is an option with the included software...It is VERY easy to set up,and would probably sound even better if I had it hooked up to a better stereo!The fit and finish is spectacular!All in all,it is the nicest and most elegant turnatble I have ever owned,and I am thrilled to have it...At age 65,I figure It will last me from here on out.

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              • Less than a month
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              (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              ANTI-SKATE

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              from Iwakuni Japan

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Wears Over Time

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

                So When I first got this record player I fell in love with it. However over time with me learning a little more about turn tables I realized you should test your anti-skate and I discovered mine was broken. With a little research I found this is a pretty common problem that will slowly wear your records into being ruined. I love how it sounds and was start to upgrade my player to make it even better but after finding people where jerry rigging it to work properly with no help from Audio-Technica. That and they have also discontinued their heavier counter weight if you wanna upgrade your cartridge, and even using a think cork mat the tone arm doesn't quite sit level. With all of the Problems with a not really cheap player for someone with my salary I have been put quite sour, I plan on selling mine before I ruin any good records and upgrade with a new table, on that come with better materials and hopefully less problems.

                • How long have you used this product?:
                • Over a year
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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                I would definitely buy this again, great turntable!

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                from Mahone Bay, NS

                Pros

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

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

                    Love this turntable, huge upgrade from my previous one, it's very reliable, and has great sound, I do wish that some of the cables in the back were removable just in case they had to be replaced, but over all very good build and sound quality, I haven't had a single issue yet

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                    • Up to a year
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                    5.0

                    Awesome purchase!!

                    By 

                    from Appleton Wisconsin

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Excellent Sound
                    • Professional Features

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

                        I love this turntable! It's a MAJOR step up from the other one I had. If you have the correct audio equipment then this turntable and your vinyl will sound amazing!!! Worth the money!

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                        • Less than a month
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                        (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        2.0

                        I will not buy again

                        By 

                        from Modoc Indiana

                        Pros

                        • Excellent Sound
                        • My phono side of the turntable has very low soun

                        Cons

                        • Not Consistent

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

                          Lost my phone side of the turntable very low sound but the line side still works so there for to record I will be going to a different turn table didn't last one year and I have 2700 albums to record

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                          • Up to a year
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                          5.0

                          Please reply to my querry

                          By 

                          from Mauritius

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

                          How do I do to get alternative Audio-Technica cartridges that are optised for the playback of 78 RPM/SP records?

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                          • Q:

                            Do you have a URL web site that enables me to download a more comprehensive user guide than the small manual that comes with the turntable?
                            Asked on 8/10/2017 by mapdoctor from North Ogden, Utah

                            1 answer

                            • 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 8/14/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
                          • Q:

                            I'm trying to plug my turntable directly into a computer slot using the USB cable. Everything is running, but there is no sound coming from the PC speakers, and Device Manager only references a USB CODEC or something like that. Question is, can I plug this unit directly into the computer like I did and get any output.
                            Asked on 8/8/2017 by DJ from Oregon USA

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                          • Q:

                            Hello my question is do I have to hook this up to my computer to work, and are the speakers going to work if I dont. In other words will this turntable just work without the computer? Thank you
                            Asked on 8/5/2017 by Sandi from Pearce AZ

                            1 answer

                            • Staff Reviewer

                              A:

                              Yes, you may connect the turntable to a stereo receiver or 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 8/7/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
                          • Q:

                            is there an analog pass through or does the analog output go from a/d to d/a the out?
                            Asked on 8/2/2017 by yeddey from Becket, MA

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                              A:

                              The analog output is analog and does not pass through an A/D converter.

                              Answered on 8/4/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
                          • Q:

                            I have an AT-PL 120 Direct drive Turntable and one of the removable hinges of my dustcover broke, do you sell replacement ones?
                            Asked on 7/30/2017 by Steve from La Jolla, California

                            1 answer

                            • Staff Reviewer

                              A:

                              Please contact our Parts Department at (330) 686-2600 ext 5002 or at parts@atus.com for assistance with this.

                              Answered on 7/31/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
                          • Q:

                            Someone unfamiliar with the turntable broke the needle.
                            Can I replace just the needle or do I have to order a whole new needle assembly.
                            Asked on 7/29/2017 by Bill from Ohio

                            1 answer

                          • Q:

                            we just purchased this awesome LP-120, before trying it out i will like to know where and which is the cable for ground? this is very important to know and i would like to see it before i return the item if it doesn't have it. your help is much appreciated.
                            Asked on 7/25/2017 by Cynthia from South San Francisco, CA

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                            • Staff Reviewer

                              A:

                              The ground is done between the turntable and the preamp and since the RIAA preamp is located inside of the turntable, the ground is done internally.

                              Answered on 7/28/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
                          • Q:

                            I just bought my turnabable AT-LP 120 USB, I made the calibration, then I decided to play an LP, it sounds great but when finish playing the LP, is not automatically going back to the cradle and it turns off as every other turntable does. Why is that? Do I need to set up something? Or this turntable is not having that feature?
                            Asked on 7/22/2017 by JCV from San Diego, CA

                            1 answer

                            • Staff Reviewer

                              A:

                              The AT-LP120-USB turntable is a fully manual turntable.

                              Answered on 7/26/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
                          • Q:

                            Hi is there anyway to have it that when a record has finished playing that the arm lifts up? as if i leave a record to play out i find the tip just bounces and scratches on the record
                            Asked on 7/20/2017 by pillowheaded from undisclosed

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                            • Staff Reviewer

                              A:

                              You may use a third party tone arm lifter.

                              Answered on 7/24/2017 by ATUS_Specialist3
                          • Q:

                            I was wondering if you can plug headphones into this turntable and listen to the records?
                            Asked on 7/17/2017 by Ryan from SC

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                              A:

                              You can, but there is no volume control on the turntable and the output level of the LINE out is only moderately loud.

                              Answered on 7/21/2017 by audio-solutionsSpec1 from Stow, OH
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