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AT-LP1240-USB

Direct-Drive Professional DJ 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 superbly made, professional quality DJ turntable is designed primarily for DJ use in nightclubs, touring and mobile applications. It can also be used by music lovers to play their record collections at home. Its sleek, elegant gloss-black and silver design fits into any stereo music or home entertainment system, and its built-in switchable phono preamp enables it to be used with a wide variety of receivers, powered speakers and other A/V components. As an added benefit, the turntable offers a USB output that allows direct connection to a computer for easy LP-to-digital conversion.

    Built to deliver exceptional music reproduction even under the most demanding conditions of professional use, the AT-LP1240-USB utilizes a powerful direct-drive 16-pole, three-phase motor for unwavering speed stability along with easy back-cueing, forward and reverse play and quiet operation at 33-1/3, 45 or 78 RPM. The turntable features an S-shaped tone arm with adjustable tracking force (counterweight) and anti-skate adjustment and a removable universal cartridge mount (cartridge available separately).

    Additional DJ-friendly features including a damped cast-aluminum platter with stroboscopic speed markings and slip mat, an illuminated speed indicator and adjustable pitch control, a start/stop button, a removable stylus target light, a dedicated tone arm grounding lug, a hydraulically-damped lift lever and a locking tone arm rest that keeps the arm and cartridge in place during transport.

    The turntable includes PC- and Mac-compatible Audacity® software that converts the audio on a record to MP3, WAV or other format digital audio files.
  • Features


    • Direct-drive, high-torque, multipole motor for demanding DJ use

    • Fully manual operation

    • Start and brake control adjustments

    • Selectable 33/45/78 RPM speeds

    • Professional anti-resonance, damped die-cast aluminum platter with DJ-style slip mat

    • ˝” mount universal headshell (phono cartridge sold separately)

    • Balanced S-shaped tone arm with hydraulically damped lift control, anti-skate, height adjustment and lockable rest

    • Mac- and PC-compatible Audacity software to create digital files from vinyl records

    • Built-in switchable phono pre-amplifier with detachable RCA output cables

    • Stroboscopic platter with speed indicator

    • Forward/reverse operation and variable pitch control with quartz speed lock

    • Removable stylus target light for easier cueing in low light

    • Includes: Mac- and PC-compatible Audacity software, Dual RCA output cable with ground wire, Two output adapter cables (dual RCA female to mini-plug male & dual RCA female to mini-plug female), USB cable, Power cord, 45 RPM adapter, Counterweight, DJ-style slip mat, Removable dust cover

  • Specifications


    Type 3-speed, fully manual operation
    Motor 16-pole, 3-phase, brushless DC motor
    Drive Method Direct drive
    Speeds 33-1/3 RPM, 45 RPM, 78 RPM
    Turntable Platter 332 mm dia. die-cast aluminum
    Starting Torque >4.5 kgf.cm
    Braking System Electronic brake
    Wow and Flutter < 0.1% WRMS (JIS WTD) with 33 RPM
    Signal-to-Noise Ratio > 55 dB (DIN-B)
    Output Level Pre-amp "PHONO": 2.5 mV nominal at 1 kHz, 5 cm/sec (HP-4005)
    Pre-amp "LINE": 150 mV nominal at 1 kHz, 5 cm/sec (HP-4005)
    USB Function A/D, D/A - 16 bit 44.1 kHz or 48 kHz USB selectable;
    Computer interface - USB 1.1 Compliant Windows XP or above or MAC OSX or above
    Power Supply Requirements 120V AC, 60 Hz
    Power Consumption 13W
    Dimensions 450.0 mm (17.72") W x 353.0 mm (13.90") D x 166.5 mm (6.56") H
    Weight 12.5 kg (27.6 lbs.)
    Accessories Included Slip mat; dust cover; platter; 45 RPM adapter; counterweight; headshell; power cord; USB cable; dual RCA (female) to 1/8" (3.5 mm) mini-plug (male) stereo adapter cable; dual RCA (female) to 1/8" (3.5 mm) mini-plug (female) stereo adapter cable; dual RCA (male) cable with integrated ground wire; stylus target light; Audacity software (CD)



    RIAA: 20-20kHz, +1/-3dB (In: 1.5mV 1kHz)
    Tone arm type: Static balanced S-shaped tone arm with detachable headshell
    Effective arm length: 230 mm
    Overhang: 15 mm
    Height of tone arm adjustment range: 0-6 mm
    Tracking error angle: Less than 3 degrees
    Applicable cartridge weight:
    Without headshell 3.5 - 8.5 g,
    With headshell 13 - 18 g
    Anti-skating range: 0-3 g


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  • Downloads

    AT-LP1240-USB Manual (pdf 1.19 M)
    AT-LP1240-USB/AT-LP240-USB/AT-LP120-USB/AT-LP60-USB Software Manual (pdf 1.05 M)
  • Reviews

    A turntable with so much potential and one major design flaw

    2

    I've spent just over 2 years with this TT and love many things about it. It is essentially the modern Technics 1200 mk2 with its layout and sturdy construction. It has an extremely powerful and reliable motor with impressive torque. In many ways, it has the potential to out perform the 1200 however like it's little brother, the AT LP120 USB, it is plagued with platters that simply don't spin evenly. I actually went through 3 different units and an additional replacement platter (4 platters in all), and each had varying degrees of significant, wobbly platter syndrome. They would rise and fall, causing the stylus and tone arm to do the same. As their flagship model, it's absolutely baffling that this is an issue for a high end turntable. I contacted customer service and after several emails back and fourth, one of their head engineers told me that this type of rise and fall is "acceptable within their quality control standards". Because of this, I was unable to use the warranty to get a refund as this was deemed 'normal' to the companies standards. If you know anything about high end turntables, this is quite obviously not the case as all good decks use platters that spin absolutely flat, balanced, and evenly. It's a shame because this turntable has so much potential and so much going for it that it could very well have set the standard for the new turntables to come. However, because of this pervasive problem, I would advise anyone who is considering purchasing this TT against it as it is an unacceptable flaw that has the potential to adversely affect your stylus and more so, your precious vinyl collection. As well, don't take my word for it and do your own research into this issue as I'm most certainly not the only one to encounter this problem. I would hope that this issue has been addressed and alleviated in their newest 1240, but again, do some investigating as I'd hate for you to have to endure the frustration and disappointment that I went through.

    Vancouver, BC

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    Beware of cleaning this wonderful TT.

    4

    *Update from my last review I've had this amazing machine for just over a month now and have noticed quite a few fine scratches on the dust cover and on the top part of the turntable. It's made of shiny black metal and though I've only been using very soft microfibre cloths to dust it, it seems to be showing a number of fine scratches/abrasions (which is a shame as it's such a beautiful TT). I'm wondering if there is a solution for this and am hoping I can remove or at least minimize the eye sores?

    Vancouver, BC

    The last turntable you'll ever buy..

    5

    I've been using turntables for well over 20 years and more so, I've used the Technics 1200 mk2's. Ultimately, when I decided it was time to buy a new deck, I began looking for the best 1200 substitute as I wasn't willing to shell out the $2000+ that most were looking for, for a new one. Article upon article kept pointing me towards the Audio Technica AT-LP1240 USB (and the AT-LP120). Because I wanted something with a bit more punch and with torque similar to the power of the 1200, I decided that the 1240 was definitely worth the extra money. That being said, the entire time prior to receiving my new 1240, I wasn't expecting too much as I had already experimented with a handful of modern 1200 'substitutes', and they all fell quite short (except for the Pioneer PLX 1000, which is a great deck but still not what I was looking for). And then I received my new TT and proceeded to open the box.. Not only was it shipped and boxed to withstand a massive earthquake, the parts were all very accessible and easy to put together. About 20min tops from opening it to playing my first record. The first thing I noticed was its construction and heft. This weighs more than the 1200 and upon inspection, it's due to the high caliber parts and materials used to built this tank of a TT. The torque is also wrist breakingly strong, again, more so than the 1200, as it starts and stops on a dime and when manipulating the platter while playing records, you can feel it's heavy pull. What struck me the most however was the actual sound that came out of the amazing machine. With punchy bass, crisp highs and clear mids, the 1240 will most definitely satisfy the bulk of today's audiophiles. As a DJ primarily and an audiophile as a close second, this is definitely one of the 1240's biggest strengths. Not only will it satisfy the vast majority of those looking for a full fledged DJ turntable, the ace up its sleeve is that it its sound qualifies it as an audiophile deck as well. So yes, I'm thrilled.

    Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Outstanding alternative to the super-expensive Technics 1200

    5

    My first "high-end" turntable was a Pioneer PL518, almost 40 years ago. It is built like a tank and is still running beautifully. When my teenage daughter discovered vinyl, I gave her the Pioneer and had to find a new version of a direct-drive turntable that I liked as much. Of course, the new issue of Technics' SL1200 would do the trick, but I did not have $4k to drop on a turntable. When I auditioned the AT LP-1240 I was stunned at how close to the 1200 it sounded, and how well-built it was. I bought one and mated it with an AT440 cartridge. I have been thoroughly enjoying it for a year now and it continues to reveal things in old LPs that I had not heard before. I can see why DJs love it, given its rugged build, but home-bound vinyl lovers will love it just as much. I run it through a McIntosh amp and Harbeth C7 speakers, and it sits on a Pro-Ject wall-mount shelf. It just sounds great, and I can listen for hours. Also bought an Ortofon mono 78 cartridge and separate head shell so I can play my grandparents' old 78 classical records, and it handles them very well. Highly recommended, and could easily have been priced higher and still been a good value.

    Philadelphia

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    Simply put - One Beautiful Turntable!

    5

    One of the best built turntables on the market today! I installed a Shure M97xE cartridge on this beauty and can't believe how nice it sounds! Don't get me wrong, Audio-Technica makes some of the best cartridges out there, I just decided to put a Shure on. All the features of this turntable are geared toward the DJ market but will perform just as well in the audiophile market. Very easy to set up and use but be prepared to manually move the tone arm onto and off the record as this table is fully manual, the auto tables are more of a toy in my opinion. The 1240 employs a very high torque drive motor as it starts and stops on a dime! To sum up, the AT-LP1240USB is extremely well made, awesome looking, and will probably be the last turntable you'll ever buy. Well done Audio-Technica!

    British Columbia, Canada

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    Best turntable hands down !!!!

    5

    I have had these turntables for about 4 years now and they are just as good as they were when I first purchased them. Some of the best craftsmanship I have seen on a turntable. There is nothing I see to complain about. It is just a great turntable and nice on the eyes !!!

    Brooklyn, NY

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    EXELLENT TURNTABLE

    5

    I have always used TT 1200 The LP1240 is a modern version of the T1200. I have no issues it is built strong and sounds excellent. It has more torque than the 1200's and I love all the new modern features. Make sure you balance the table by adjusting the feet's before setting up and use a level.

    MIami

    You wanna be a turntablist??

    5

    I'm a turntablist that uses vinyl as well as software. I scratch on these a lot and they have performed flawlessly for coming up on 2 years. They've been road tested since I play venues and events. Strong torque motor allows you to scratch on these turntables. Another great feature is the included dust cover. If you want a nice pair of DJ quality turntables then get these!!

    Salem, OR

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    Deal of the millenium

    5

    This is an OEM clone of the Technics 1200 series. But at 1/4 of the price. Well balanced tone arm, strobe platter, stylus light, heavy duty motor. I chose the AT120EB cartridge with it, and the combo is amazing. Don't hesitate.

    Londonderry, NH

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    Very happy with this purchase

    4

    Back in the day i had technics MK2's. The standard of its time. I'm back in the market for a pair of turntables like many of us. Your not a DJ unless you spin vinyl. Sorry but nothing like the real thing. I just recieved my audio-technica lp1240 and it is solid with serious drive.

    New Jersey

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  • Q & A

    I want to remove the preamp and connect the tone arm wire directly to female RCA's which I will install in the current RCA location. I note that the preamp is connected to a tan pcb by 2 wiring looms, can these be disconnected without causing problems? My ATLP 1240 is now out of warranty and I take full responsibility for any damage to this turntable. I will also take all necessary electrical safety precautions.

    Steve

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

    Brent

    Is there a way I could purchase a new hard shell dust cover for my turntable

    Charlie

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

    Brent

    What is the effective mass of the tonearm?

    lumpy waters

    The AT-LP1240-USB has a medium mass tone arm.

    Brent

    What is the Effective Mass of the tonearm?

    ogg

    It is a medium mass tonearm.

    Rick

    How do I order a new ground wire for the AT1240LP USB?

    Hattrick58

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

    Rick

    Which cartrige do you recommend?

    Willy

    Thank you for contacting Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.. The Audio-Technica Cartridges I recommend for your turntable, in a good/better/best order, are: 1. Good AT95E VM520EB 2. Better VM530EN 3. Best VM540ML VM740ML VM750SH 4. Better than Best! VM760SLC

    Rick

    Is there a diagram to show how to place the drive belt?

    Debra

    As the AT-LP1240-USB is a direct drive turntable, there is not. You may view the manual of the AT-LP1240-USB turntable manual for setup information. https://www.audio-technica.com/cms/resource_library/literature/76f00385ba47a223/p52369_at_lp1240_usb_om.pdf

    Brent

    What material is the slip mat made of that comes with this turntable

    Joe

    The slip mat is felt.

    Brent

    can I hook up a mixer between 2 turn tables? do you sell it ? thx E

    none

    Thank you for your inquiry. Yes, you may use a mixer. We do not sell or manufacture one.

    Rick

    There's no way to search Q&A so this has probably been asked before.. For those of us who don't have optical drives (i.e. anyone with a Mac post 2012) - is there a way to download the Audacity software? Surprised there isn't a URL link and key or something with the AT-LP1240 instead of the CD.

    kc1174

    Thank you for your inquiry. Yes you may download the most recent version of Audacity's recording software from their website here: https://www.audacityteam.org/

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