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AT-LP120-USB

Direct-Drive Professional Turntable (USB & Analog)


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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.

    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.

    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

    REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    Audio-TechnicaAT-LP120-USB Direct-Drive Professional Turntable (USB & Analog)
     
    4.0

    (based on 67 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (37)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (13)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (6)

    67%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Casual listening (22)
    • Archiving (16)
    • Excellent sound (13)
    • Versatile (11)
    • Easy to set up (10)

    Cons

    • Wears over time (6)
    • 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

    Best record player, BEST customer service.

    By 

    from Baton Rouge, La

    Pros

    • Beautiful
    • Durable
    • Easy Controls
    • Easy To Set Up
    • Great Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

        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.

        • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
        • Casual Listening
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        • Audiophile
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        • Over a year
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        1.0

        Not so good.

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        from Washougal, WA

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up

        Cons

        • Wears Over Time

        Best Uses

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

          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.

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

           
          5.0

          Very good turntable for the price

          By 

          from South Jersey

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy Controls
          • Easy To Set Up
          • Great Sound

          Cons

          • Tone arm locking clip

          Best Uses

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

            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.

            • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
            • Casual Listening
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            • Audiophile
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            • Up to a year
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            3.0

            Not highly recommended for an "audiophile."

            By 

            from Vancouver, WA

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

            I have several Technics turntables from my broadcast days and thought as the AT looks like a "clone" of my SL1200 M3D I get one for 78's.
            What I noticed is that when it start it sound like a rim drive turntable. There is a slight mechanical rumble when it starts and plays. With recordings the rumble doesn't register, but I hear it never the less. I took the platter off and noticed the spindles moves randomly and make the same slight rumbling. So for under $300 its okay, but other than for 78's I use the ancient SL1200 M3D's for remastering LP's and 45's.

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            • Professional Audio
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            • Audiophile
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            5.0

            Turntable to buy!

            By 

            from Louisville, Ky.

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy Controls
            • Easy To Set Up
            • Great Sound
            • great tracking with supplied cartridge

            Cons

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

                After using for nearly a year the AT LP120 has performed flawlessly. All functions work as expected. The audio reproduction is awesome. The supplied cartridge is better than expected and tracks without skipping. High notes are crystal clear, midrange is perfectly balanced and the lows emanating from my tower speakers reminds me of a sub woofer! I especially like the ability to slow music selections to match music to my key for singing along with same. All in all, this attractive turntable is THE BEST BUY on the market! Audio Technica has given us the best for less money!

                • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                • Casual Listening
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                • Audiophile
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                • Up to a year
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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Great features ruined by cheap build quality

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                from Seattle, WA

                Pros

                • Easy Controls
                • Easy To Set Up

                Cons

                • Cheap build quality means short lifespan

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

                  Like many here, my turntable was great until it quit spinning the platter. Mine was just past a year old when it happened. Unlike many here, I actually opened it up to see if it was something obvious, and it is. The PCB boards are so poorly mounted they flex all over the place so you end up with broken solder runs on the logic board that distributes power to the DC motor. And with no parts support, its not like you can just order a new one. And even if you could, you should be handy with a soldering iron in order to replace it, as it's melted right to the tone arm.

                  This is a disappointing product, especially at the price point it's sold at. Premium features don't mean anything if they are delivered in third rate components.

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                  • Casual Listening
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                  • Audiophile
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                  • Over a year
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                  2.0

                  Excellent sound & a disappointing platter..

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                  from Vancouver, Canada

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Great Sound

                  Cons

                  • Questionable quality on its parts

                  Best Uses

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

                    Having done my homework on this unit, despite a number of owners complaining about warped platters and poor anti-skate function, I decided to listen to the many very positive reviews and went ahead with the purchase. I've owned a number of high quality turntables for 20+ years (Tech 12's, Pioneer 1000, Stanton t92), and because I'm particular about them, I was apprehensive prior to its delivery. I was hoping for a basic deck that produced good sound, had a built in preamp, and had USB functionality. This seemed to check all of the boxes..

                    Upon its arrival, I was impressed with its packaging, the weight and craftsmanship of the unit, and how much it looked like my old Technic 1200 mk2's. So far so good. After all of the various installations and tonearm alignment & balancing, I was up and running in about 20min. I placed a record on the platter, hit the start button, and immediately noticed the problem I was dreading.. The platter was significantly warped. For anyone who knows turntables, this is a big issue as it will affect playback and in turn, cause added stress to your cartridge, stylus, and your precious vinyl. My guess it that because these are mass produced, the parts are prone to becoming compromised. This was what many had written about in the many reviews Inread prior to buying the unit, especially in relation to the warped platter. It's truly a shame because this TT has so much potential. It produces great sound for a deck in this price range, and overall it has sturdy craftsmanship, making it a steal for entry level DJ or casual listening turntables. The lesson here was that I should have went with Audio Technica's flagship model, the AT LP1240, as it truly is a premiere deck aimed at people like myself who are looking for a high end experience. I still have the option to return this deck, which I most certainly will. I just hope that the warped platter isn't an issue that is tied to the 1240 as well.

                    • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                    • Casual Listening
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                    • Audiophile
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                    • Less than a month
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                    2.0

                    Broken after 7 Months

                    By 

                    from Charlotte, NC

                    Pros

                    • Easy Controls
                    • Easy To Set Up

                    Cons

                    • Unreliable
                    • Wears Over Time

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

                      Was very happy with this product until it completely died on me this week. I mean it was seriously great at first, it was easy to set up, it has a beautiful and sleek design, and it was such an upgrade from my el cheapo turntable that my parents bought me! But that being said, I have literally only had this turntable for 7 months and it is ALREADY BROKEN. When you go to press the start button the plate won't turn, thus I can only infer that the motor is kaputt as this is a direct drive and has no belt. This is with VERY casual and gentle use, only using it maybe a few times per week. I am super upset because it seemed like such a good decision at the time, "a great set up for not too much $$!!" Still can't believe it but my advice is, save your money and buy a real turntable y'all, I'm very lucky to have had it break within the one year warranty.

                      • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                      • Casual Listening
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                      • Casual Listener
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                      • Up to a year
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                      5.0

                      second review

                      By 

                      from Louisville, Ky.

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy Controls
                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Great Sound

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

                          Music reproduction far better than other more expensive turntables. Flawless performer! A turntable well worth the reasonable cost. Voices clear, music seamless and function of turntable exemplary. Best bargain ever!!!

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                          • Casual Listening
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                          3.0

                          It was great ... when it used to work

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                          from Nashville, TN

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Great Sound

                          Cons

                          • Stops Working

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

                            I've had this turntable for about 4 years. I've probably used it once a month over that time, and it has sounded great. BUT ... Today I turned it on and the table won't turn anymore. No help to be found online, either. Really disappointing.

                            • What best describes the environment the product was used in?:
                            • Computer
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                            • Intermediate
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                            • Over a year
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                            • Q:

                              Does the arm raise and the turntable shut off at the end of the record?
                              Asked on 5/27/2018 by Jon from West Orange, NJ

                              1 answer

                            • Q:

                              Is there a remote start option available for radio station broadcast use?
                              Asked on 5/22/2018 by Sean from Rohnert Park, CA.

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                              • Staff Reviewer

                                A:

                                Thank you for your inquiry. No there is not.

                                Answered on 6/11/2018 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
                            • Q:

                              What is the output of the Turntable? How does one defeat the RIAA curve for playing 78s?

                              thank
                              Asked on 5/18/2018 by dlw from Boston, MA

                              1 answer

                              • CUSTOMER CARE

                                A:

                                The internal phono preamplifier/equalizer can be bypassed. A preamp selector switch is located on the rear of the turntable.The RIAA equalization curves is applied only when the switch is set to LINE. Set to PHONO, the signal is not equalized and it is at phono level.

                                Answered on 5/22/2018 by audio-solutionsSpec1 from Stow, OH
                            • Q:

                              Hi.

                              I wrote to you last December to get some help in replacing my cartridge for this turntable. This turntable by the way is a workhorse. I love it. Anyway, I replaced the cartridge with one of your suggestions and everything was working great until my one year old took an interest in the turntable. It's at his height, and he smashed down on the arm a few times and broke the stylus. The thing broke and then fell off. I totally get it, turntables are fun, but I just scored a near mint copy of Live/Dead and I would love to listen to it sometime soon. I went to look up the email I had written you fine folks back in December, and I had deleted it. So my question to you is: can you send me the list of suggested cartridges for this turntable again, and can you also tell me, can I buy just a stylus for this cartridge? I believe I bought the Audio Technica At95e Phonograph Cartridge 1/2 Mount, but I can't remember. Any help you can give is appreciated. Thanks much.
                              Asked on 4/24/2018 by Mark from Michigan

                              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 4/25/2018 by ATUS_Specialist3
                            • Q:

                              According to my AV receiver's Manual, the phono input is only for turntables with an MM or high output MC cartridge. Should this phono input be used with the AT-LP120 pre amp switch set to phono or line? Or should I use the line setting on the turntable and connect to an auxiliary input on my AV receiver? My new AT-LP120 turntable has the original AT95E cartridge.
                              Asked on 4/21/2018 by Matt from Nashville TN

                              1 answer

                              • Staff Reviewer

                                A:

                                If your receiver has phono inputs set the switch to phono. If connecting to any other input set it to line.

                                Answered on 5/7/2018 by AudioSolutionsManager from Audio-Technica U.S., Inc.
                            • Q:

                              What do I need to play 78s?
                              Asked on 3/21/2018 by gabros from Ukiah, CA

                              1 answer

                            • Q:

                              Can I obtain another (silver) headshell that is included with this turntable?
                              Asked on 3/20/2018 by AJD1170 from Colorado Springs, CO

                              1 answer

                            • Q:

                              How long is the cable with the USB plug on the end?
                              Asked on 3/18/2018 by Roger from Ohio

                              1 answer

                              • Staff Reviewer

                                A:

                                The included cable is approximately 1 meter.

                                Answered on 3/20/2018 by ATUS_Specialist3
                            • Q:

                              Hello. I have recently purchased this turntable and it has been working fine for the first days or two. But all of a sudden the stop and start button in stuck. It is stuck in the pushes down position. What should i do?
                              Asked on 3/9/2018 by Olivia from Whitehouse, NJ

                              1 answer

                              • Staff Reviewer

                                A:

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

                                Answered on 3/20/2018 by ATUS_Specialist3
                            • Q:

                              I lost my audacity software CD that came with my record player. I never had a need to use it until now. Is there a way I can still download the software that came with my record player?
                              Asked on 3/8/2018 by Dirty Inglish from Houston, TX

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