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Audio-Technica LP120-USB Turntable

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AT-LP120-USB Direct-Drive Professional Turntable (USB & Analog)

This professional USB & analog stereo turntable features a high-torque direct-drive motor, a selectable internal stereo phono pre-amplifier, and a USB output that connects directly to your computer. Forward and reverse play; cast aluminum platter; three speeds--33/45/78.

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 with remote start/stop input; 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.

AT-95E Cartridge Details

The AT-95E has a very distinguished and colorful lineage. On its own, it has been a multiple recipient of Best Buy ratings in the UK. Its lineage is intertwined with the classic and musically acclaimed Linn Basik, K5 and K9 phono cartridges. Unlike these cartridges however, the AT-95E is delightfully affordable and available. Recently in the Stereophile October 2004 issue, the AT-95E was honored with a Class D rating and included in the Recommended Components List (Stereophile Vol. 27 No. 10). The review summarized the performance of the AT-95E with the following words: "Makes music for 50 bucks!"

The half-inch standard mount and dual-magnet AT-95E cartridge sounds clear, dynamic and richly balanced. It allows music lovers to use limited means to upgrade their turntables and thus attain a higher level of discernment and listening pleasure without the financial burden typically associated with high end cartridges. Yes it is vibrant, dynamic and rich in detail as reviewers and users say, and some users may no longer wish to upgrade further. The AT-95E has been consistently rated a "Best Buy" in the UK and we agree wholeheartedly. Manufactured to Audio-Technica's world class quality standards, each cartridge is completely hand assembled and tolerances are held to just thousands of an inch.
  • USB output—connects directly to your computer for plug-&-play use
  • Mac- and PC-compatible Audacity software digitizes your LPs
  • High-torque, direct drive motor
  • Selectable speed: 33, 45, and 78rpm
  • Selectable internal stereo phono pre-amplifier
  • S-shaped tonearm assembly
  • Adjustable counterweight
  • Adjustable bias
  • Adjustable VTA
  • Dampened cueing lever
  • Tonearm rest with locking mechanism
  • Selectable quartz-controlled pitch lock
  • Selectable +/-10% or +/-20% pitch adjustment ranges
  • Stroboscopic platter speed indicator
  • Forward and reverse play
  • Cast aluminum record platter with slip mat
  • Start/stop button with remote start/stop input
  • Pop-up target light
  • 45rpm adapter
  • Receptacle for extra headshell
  • Adjustable feet for leveling
  • Removable hinged dustcover
  • AT-95E phono cartridge
  • Mac- and PC-compatible Audacity software
  • USB cable
  • Adapter cables
  • Technical:
  • Type: 3-speed, fully manual operation
  • Platter: die-cast aluminum
  • Motor: DC
  • Drive method: direct-drive
  • Speeds: 33,45, and 78rpm
  • Pitch variation: +/-10% or +/-20%
  • Starting torque: >1.6kgm/cm
  • Braking system: electronic brake
  • Wow and flutter: <0.2% WRMS (33rpm)
  • Signal to noise ratio: >50dB
  • Output with preamp off: 2.5mV nominal at 1kHz, 5cm/sec
  • Output with preamp on: 200mV nominal at 1kHz, 5cm/sec
  • Phono pre-amp gain: 38dB nominal, RIAA equalized
  • Pitch output: output signal to drive remote pitch indicator
  • 2.5V square wave signal
  • 675Hz +/- 1Hz for 33 and 45rpm quartz-locked speeds
  • Varies from 540Hz - 810Hz when +/- 20% pitch is selected
  • Varies from 607Hz-742Hz when +/- 10% pitch is selected
  • 1170 +/- 1Hz for 78rpm
  • Remote start/stop: 2 conductor 1/4" connector (T/S)
  • Normally open contact closure
  • Power: 115/230V AC, 50/60Hz, 13W
  • Dimensions: 17.75"Wx 6"Hx13.88"D
  • 450mmWx157mmHx 352mmD
  • Net Weight: 23.4lbs (10.6kg)
  • Audio-Technica AT95E Cartridge Specifications:
  • Output voltage at 1000 Hz, 5cm/sec. 3.5 mV
  • Channel balance within 2.0 dB
  • Channel separation at 1 kHz > 20 dB
  • Frequency response 20-20.000 Hz
  • Dynamic compliance (x10-6 cm/dyne) 6.5
  • Static compliance (x10-6 cm/dyne) 20
  • Load resistance 47 kOhms
  • Load capacitance 100 - 200 pF
  • Stylus type 0.4 x 0.7 mil elliptical diamond stylus
  • Tracking force range 1.5 -2.5 g
  • Tracking force, recommended 2.0 g (20 mN)
  • Vertical tracking angle 20°
  • Coil impedance at 1kHz 2.8 kOhms
  • Coil inductance at 1kHz 400 mH
  • Recommended load resistance 47 kOhms
  • Cartridge colour, body/stylus Black/Green
  • Cartridge weight 6.5 g
  • Dimensions (mm) L 30.5 x W 17.0 x H 17.20
  • Replacement stylus unit ATN95E
  • Ratings & Reviews

    12 reviews



    Ordered turntable on 3/10. Received 3/13. Turntable is more than I expected. It took some time to set up correctly, but once done performed above expectations. The cartridge sounds great and tonearm setup was simple. Have not used the USB/software yet. Turntable could use an automatic option. Still give it a 5



    Very easy to set up and use Controls are accurate I removed the pre amp a task that is not that easy and would not rec if not very very handy . You Tube tutorial is not the best! However now using with Rega pre amp Sounds great with E 95 cart!



    I recently upgraded from a cheap turntable with decent sound to the At LP120 and all I can say is that it sounds great. It really does have a heavy duty build quality, and for the price a wonderful sound. Even though not as classic or built as the old Technics 1200's it does a great job as being a close clone of the technics models from the past. Stellar job from the people at Audio Technica.



    I've had this turntable and I have to say the sound was..."okish" for the price. This turntable is definitely for a DJ rather than an Audiophile by all means. Pros: Build quality is soild and the USB is nice to have Cons: Dust cover is easily scratched, the tonearm's locking mechanism broke off during shipping and the tonearm doesn't stay level even at the lowest height setting.



    I have had this turntable for almost 3 months. It was purchased as a second table. I'm giving it five stars because of it's versatility. It can be used as a DJ table/ Not for me. USB I really do not care about. Using it mainly for 78 recordings from the dawn of early electrical. Sounds great. Using a Grado 78C cartridge in place of the AT-95E which also sounds great Lps. Not a high end, but a super value table that sounds great.



    I bought the AT-120 a few weeks ago to replace my really old Technics Quartz Direct Drive SL-QL 15 that I bought in Germany back in 1986. Getting used to a swing arm turntable that’s not an automatic linear is quite a change. I went with the upgrade to the Audio-Technica 120E Cartridge after doing some research. The upgrade was well worth it. It took a few times to adjust the tone arm to get it right, but I downloaded the video making the adjustment easy. I tried using the USB option and its okay, but it seemed to over saturate at first. I had to reduce the recording level from about 80 down to 13. I went for the line-in into my sound card and did some more tweaking and now it’s at 18. The Audacity software is not too hot – found it too difficult to use for cutting tracks. I use Clean 4 by Steinberg (it’s an old program, but it works great) since I want WAV files that I can convert to MP3. I use a Nitty Gritty record cleaner before each spin of an album. So far this turntable is making some great recordings. I have over 470 albums and I only recorded about 30 to 40 albums to my computer since 2004 with my old turntable. I also have my turntable suspended by hanging it level with 2 inch thick foam under each adjustable foot for reduced vibrations (been doing this for years with great results). I’ve redone a few albums and the recordings are much cleaner with better clarity and better bass. You cannot go wrong with this turntable and the Audio-Technica 120E Cartridge combination. It’s a little more than I wanted to spend, but now I can say it was worth it!



    I am extremely happy with my Audio-Technica LP120. Did a lot of research before deciding upon this model and it has been nothing short of fantastic. I had a Crosley so not like it could be much worse. The sound, coupled with new speakers, is incredible. The table itself is very pretty and functions in every way like I think it should. The stock cartridge tracks at 1.5-2.5g which is great for home listening and not so much DJ'ing which I don't really want to do. I tried the USB function with a couple albums and after a bit of fumbling around trying to get audacity to work it works decently as I could have hoped. The ripped and compressed MP3's don't sound as good, but still decent and good enough to listen to some vinyl only releases on-the-go.



    22 November 2011 Hi, I bought the LP120 not expecting that it would perform this well... 10/10 from me. It also has a switchable power supply so I didn't need to buy a step-down transformer in order to use it in Australia. I usually don't write reviews at all... but this TT is fantastic!!!



    I purchased the AT-LP120 in Feb.2010. I found it easy to install.It seem's to be very well made. The sound with my modern stero system and Bose speaker's is beyond belief. I am so happy wth my purchase which is the stock model cartridge and stylus. I would recommend this record player to any one,also the price is a great bargin for the way it preforms.

    David Leyava


    I have about 1000 LPs that I've collected since the 1960s, though I stopped buying LPs when the digital era began. I've owned and used an AR manual belt-drive turntable for decades and after many moves it had become damaged and I needed to replace it. The AudioTechnica LP120 is super and I couldn't be happier! Easy to use and setup, it's made me want to play my LPs again and the sound is super! It's much easier to operate and use than the AR was, and while I used to agonize over performance specs regarding the cartridge, the one supplied with this turntable is just great! (I can't use enough "exclamation points" in this review). Unless you're someone still thinking you have to spend lots of money to get good performance and sound, and you're in the market for a great but inexpensive turntable, please don't pass this one by. As for the USB aspects of this produce, I haven't yet had the chance to utilize them and can't say how that will perform; I'll simply save that for another review.



    My old Gerard turntable of many years finally died. I unpacked this one, and within 10 minutes I was probably hearing my favorite albums for the first time! This LB120 manual turntable and cartridge has the sound and seperation I was looking for. It is easy to use, and should last for many years.



    I bought an AT-LP120 a couple of years ago and it's been great. This turntable performs like professional equipment I've owned in the past. One of the reasons I bought it was the built in phono preamp so I could use it with newer recievers, but it's switchable- so when I pulled out my old JVC head from 1977 I just switched off the preamp in the LP120. The sound is very clean through the stock cartridge, and after two or three years of heavy use mine still hasn't had a single problem. Be aware, though, that there is no tone arm return feature. On one hand it's one less thing to break (and that's usually the first major problem I ever had before). On the other hand it can be a hassle if you get busy while a record's going and then you have to hustle across the house to lift the arm off the runout grooves. Overall, though, I'm extremely happy with this turntable, and I know I couldn't have gotten one this nice at this price from anyone else.