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AT-LP120BK-USB

Direct-Drive Professional Turntable (USB & Analog)


U.S. 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
  • Downloads
  • 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
    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

    Yes I'd buy it again

    5

    AT-LP120-usb Love this turn table, takes me back to when music was real and not computer generated. The only issue I have is the platter wobbles a bit but does not affect the sound quality yet.... eventually will order a new platter and rule out the motor spindle ...great purchase

    Clovis New Mexico

    true

    Save you money and vinyl

    2

    Non functioning anti skate, wrong angle on tonearm, poor pre-amp and lame circuity. I regret buying this thing.

    Youngstown Ohio

    false

    Belt missing

    1

    My girlfriend bought his for me as my first record player and the belt is missing so I can't even use it. I felt stupid for couple hours trying to figure out why it wasn't working. Had to watch a YouTube video to figure out I don't even have the belt.

    Los Angeles , ca

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    2.5 years and still playing my vinyl!!!!!!!!

    5

    I have had my LP60 for 2.5 years and it still works. I play my albums daily for at least an hour, longer on weekends and it still works as if it was new and out of the box. I have a pair of Bose computer speakers hooked up and the music sounds excellent. I have been neglect in not replacing the stylus (still plays great) and that's why I am on the Audio-technica site...to order a replacement stylus. When this record player finally quits on me I will replace it with another LP60. I also love that the tone arm automatically returns at the end of the album!!!!

    Summerville, SC

    true

    Do not waste your time

    1

    The turntable is vunerable to spinning at a rate to fast pitching all your music too high. this problem started early into owning the record player and only got worse and worse with time. There are no solutions to fixing it than getting a new turntable and seems to be a common problem while searching online.

    Minnesota

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    Awesome sound quality for the price!

    5

    I just bought brand new in the box the usb version of the AT-LP60. Looks like an older model. Box says 2009. Anyway it was easy to set up. All of 10 or 15 minutes. That was taking my time too. Including unpacking. The thing I like is its fully automatic. Its belt driven. A preference of mine. It has a pre-amp. So i hooked it up to a set of 72 watt powered shelf speakers. Fantastic full rich sound for the price. Im guessing (Have never owned one so im using common sense here) the sound quality is not enough of a difference to justify spending another $150 on the AT-LP120. I think the biggest difference is the motor and weight. They are both great turntables Im sure....for my money Im sticking with the belt driven version.

    Cincinnati Ohio@

    true

    For what this is, AT has done a really good job with design

    3

    First things first -- the users in these reviews claiming that they were getting bad sound and/or distortion most likely had the phono preamp switch set incorrectly. If you are plugging into an input marked "phono" on your receiver, make sure the switch on the back of the unit is set to "phono" as well. If everything is set up correctly, the unit will sound as it should. My advice would be to ignore those reviews. I am a turntable repair person, so I have a different perspective than most users. For the purpose of performing its function relatively well and meeting a price point, the AT-LP60 is a remarkable feat of industrial engineering. It's certainly not a "great" turntable performance-wise and it's made of plastic and thin metal and has an inexpensive motor, so I would not expect these to last a long time. But as a starter deck, one could do a lot worse. I've had a few come through the shop. One had an issue with the auto-stop linkage sticking and creating skipping halfway through a side. This was fixed by cleaning and re-setting the linkage. I had another one that had a frozen platter bearing. That would be a QC issue from the factory. As luck would have it, I had a compatible bearing assembly and was able to repair it for the customer. I've had several with pitch issues, but these are easily remedied by adjusting the controls with a jeweler's screwdriver and a strobe disc. I would contrast this with some other cheaper models I've seen, including the Sony PS-LX250 and the mechanisms that are in the Crosleys and all of their clones. Those are far inferior to the AT-LP60 in terms of reliability. When those come in, they typically can't be fixed because something in the motor or the circuitry has died. The AT-LP60 is a safe bet for now, and that's due to good design principles.

    NC

    true

    Best record player, BEST customer service.

    5

    I got this player for my birthday years ago and I still love it and used it daily. The power cord was lost in a move and I was devastated. I contacted customer service and before the morning was up they'd fixed the problem. I could honestly cry I'm so happy to have my favorite thing back!! So happy we chose AT and I recommend them to everyone.

    Baton Rouge, La

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    Not so good.

    1

    I got this for remastering 78's and radio transcriptions. I returned mine to Audio Technica for service. The turn table platter has a slight rumble / chattering sound when running. Also their is no ground, so there was a slight 60 hz. hum. They claim there were no issues. It came back to me the same. Also the bearings and pivot area of the tone-arm was sloppy, and I don't recall having that when I sent it to AT service. I know what I am doing and have been setting up turntables and remastering old records since the laste 60's on tape and now digital. I have two Technics turntables that are rock solid players. This was an expensive science project. Almost $300 for the turntable and $80 to ship to AT. I gave the turntable to a not for profit radio station, as the slight noise won't be heard on FM. I found a software trick to record 78's at 45 rpm. Also make sure you have the proper stylus as regular microgroove stylus won't track.

    Washougal, WA

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    Very good turntable for the price

    5

    I found this turntable to be great for the price. Easy to set up. I still haven't connected it to my computer, to import my music into iTunes. So I don't know how easy or well that works. I did find that I shouldn't have ever gotten rid of my old turntable. Listening to my vinyl records again, is way better then the CD's or MP3/4's of today. The only complaint that I have with this turntable, is the clip to secure the tone arm. It is made very cheaply. It is made of plastic and is hard to release. It snapped right off, even though I was careful. I did read about this problem before I bought this, so I knew to be careful, but to no avail. Audio-Technica needs to upgrade this issue.

    South Jersey

    true

    AT-LP120BK-USB Direct-Drive Professional Turntable (USB & Analog)

    4.0 117

    68.7

  • Q & A

    The installed RCA cable is a bit too short (need about 2 more feet) for my setup. What is the best recommended way to extend the RCA cables?

    Nate

    As the cable is an unbalanced line, it is not recommend to go long distances but you may use any standard RCA extension cable to run an additional few feet.

    Brent

    If I order the AT LP120, can I upgrade the cartridge?

    Eric

    Yes you can.

    Brent

    what speaker and connectors would I need to go with this? are there any recommendations?

    Madi

    Thank you for your inquiry. Any powered speaker with RCA or 3.5 mm inputs will work.

    Rick

    Hi! I want to change cartridge AT 95 E to AT 120 Eb. It's ok? Sound is change? Or you recommend at other? Felix

    Felix

    You may contact Audio-Technica Europe for further assistance. http://www.audio-technica.com/world_map/

    Brent

    Is the LP120 compatible with the Bose Companion 3? It's a powered speaker system with standard I/O

    Timmer

    Thank you for your inquiry. Yes they are compatible, but make sure the switch on the back of the turntable is set to Line which will turn on the internal phono preamp. https://blog.audio-technica.com/audio-solutions-question-of-the-week-how-do-i-connect-my-audio-technica-turntable-to-powered-speakers/ https://blog.audio-technica.com/audio-solutions-question-of-the-week-what-does-the-phonoline-switch-mean-on-audio-technica-turntables/

    ATUS_Specialist4

    Is the LP 120 directly compatible with Bose AcousticMass or Companion speakers? Thanks!

    Tjocker

    Thank you for your inquiry. The turntable is compatible with the Bose Companion speakers. If the Acoustimass System has analog AUX inputs on it then yes they will work too, but I believe they are just a speaker system that needs to be connected to a AV receiver.

    ATUS_Specialist4

    Are there analog output ports or is the analog output hardwired inside the turntable? If the latter, how long is the attached analog cable?

    Bob

    Thank you for your inquiry. Yes there is an analog RCA cable that is hardwired into the back of the unit. The length of the cable is approx. 37.5 inches.

    ATUS_Specialist4

    Is it bluetooth ready?

    Elvis

    No, it is not. The AT-LP120BK-USB Turntable does not feature Bluetooth.

    audiosolutionsspec1

    Hello I have an old BOSE 321 one system I would like to hook up to the AT-LP.The Bose system has a 15 pin plug in will this work with the TT or do I need some sort of an adapter?

    Gregory

    Thank you for your inquiry. Im not sure if such an adapter exists.

    AudioSolutionsManager

    I recently received the turntable as a gift. The upper (locking) part of the plastic piece that locks the tone arm to prevent it from accidently going over a record surface or the mat broke off almost immediately after installation. Is there anyway to get a replacement part? and is so, how difficult is it to replace the broken part?

    none

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

    AudioSolutionsManager