Audio-Technica AT-LP120BK-USB Direct-Drive Professional Turntable (USB & Analog), Black
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- Connectivity Technology: Wired
- Included Components: Turntable
- Manual 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
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Direct-drive, high-torque motor
Fully manual operation with quick start-ups. Selectable 33/45/78 RPM speeds.
Convert your vinyl records to digital
USB output (cable included) connects directly to your computer. Includes Mac- and PC-compatible Audacity software to digitize your records.
Professional anti-resonance, die-cast aluminum platter with slip mat.
High-quality Audio-Technica cartridge
1/2" mount universal headshell with AT95E Dual Magnet phono cartridge and long-life diamond stylus.
Balanced S-shaped tonearm with hydraulically damped lift control and lockable rest.
Features a stroboscopic platter with speed indicator, forward/reverse operation, and variable pitch control with quartz speed lock.
Popup stylus target light for easier in low light
Built-in switchable phono pre-amplifier with RCA output cables and USB cable to connect to a computer, audio system, and powered speakers (not included).
Mac- and PC-compatible Audacity software, USB cable, Two output adapter cables, 45 RPM adapter, AC line cord, Headshell/cartridge.
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Audio-Technica's AT-LP120-USB direct-drive, high-torque professional turntable is perfect for DJs and other music enthusiasts, especially in an era that many would call "postvinyl," when it's no longer the norm for audio/video receivers or even integrated amplifiers to offer a dedicated phono input. Connect the Audio Technica ATLP120 to your computer to digitize your old LPs (laptop not included). It also includes a selectable internal stereo phono preamplifier and a USB output that connects directly to your computer-perfect for digitizing your old LPs to high-quality MP3 or FLAC files for playback from your computer. USB cable and adapter cables are included, along with Mac- and PC-compatible Audacity software to digitize your LPs. The AT-LP120's S-shaped tone arm assembly comes with an adjustable counterweight, an antiskate adjustment, a tone-arm height adjustment and lock, a tone-arm lift with hydraulic action and lift lever, and a tone-arm rest with a locking mechanism to keep the arm stable during transport. The turntable uses a DC servo motor to maintain accurate rotational speed at either 33-1/3 45, or 78 rpm, governed by a selectable, high-accuracy quartz-controlled pitch lock-all of which gives new life to 7- and 12-inch singles you may not have played for years. Unleash your inner DJ with the 'table's pitch-adjustment feature, with variations ranging from either +/-10 percent or +/-20 percent. A pop-up stylus target light and stroboscopic platter speed indicator offer visual assistance in queuing and playing your favorite tunes. Forward and reverse play options unlock countless creative doors. The turntable comes with a cast-aluminum record platter, a slip mat, and a professional cartridge and headshell (model AT95E) that plugs directly into the tone arm. Adjustable, antivibrational feet keep the platter level, regardless of your environs. A start/stop button with remote start/stop input lets you integrate the player with your more sophisticated DJ tools. The player also includes a 45 rpm adapter with storage receptacle for the adapter and for a surplus or replacement headshell (sold separately). If the turntable is connected to a sound card, powered speakers or AUX -type inputs, set the selector to LINE, which will activate the turntable’s internal pre-amp The half-inch standard mount AT95E phonograph cartridge offers outstanding clarity and detail. Reviewers have rated this affordable, high-performance cartridge as a best buy value. Manufactured to Audio-Technica's renowned quality standards, each cartridge is meticulously assembled with remarkably tight tolerances. The elliptical diamond stylus is designed to track record grooves with high accuracy for outstanding audio reproduction. Includes mounting hardware and stylus guard.
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Well...It tracks great and is a very heavy duty build quality. I did pick up an extra stylus head and opted for an Audio Technica AT440MLB cart and now this thing really sounds good. The AT95E that now comes stock is pretty good as well but it has it's drawbacks. First off, this TT has a built in Pre amp and usb port. It comes with Audacity software to load onto your computer so you can just plug the unit into your computer and archive all your vinyl to MP3, etc. But it is a known fact on these Turntables, this built in Pre amp, even when not in use tends to darken or muddy up the overall sound or your records. Many people have pulled the pre amp out and experienced a much brighter sound. Many youtube vids showing this done. I plan on keeping mine stock just in case I ever want to archive all my vinyl one day..and have worked around the whole "Muddy, Dark" sound issue with the use of the AT440MLB cart and a little ol thing called an EQ. Yes...an EQ does wonders on any analog type equipment. A little EQ adjustment for Vinyl...store the setting in one of the six pre sets on the Technics EQ and all done.
All in all...if your looking for an audiophile turntable...keep looking. There are great ones out there. But your going to spend double the price just to get in the ballpark. Not including the cart. But if you just want to play your records with a quality unit that will sound great, not tear up your records and looks fantastic I highly recommend this unit. Of course though...the set up is crucial and very important. They make this unit in Silver and Black and I wore myself out trying to decide which one to get. But I finally opted for the Black one and so glad I did. It is a High Gloss Black and looks fantastic. Very classy looking.
I gave it four stars because I did have to make a cart change to get the audio quality I was looking for. But in all fairness, that is a personal thing and you may find the one that comes with it is perfect for you. Pick one up and try it out, everyone should have at least one Turntable !
I realize that many "audiophiles" aren't crazy about this turntable because of the built-in phono amp. I'm not one of those guys who sits around in a smoking jacket sipping brandy... analyzing the sound quality of my music. I am a guy who's listened to music all his life, loves great music and a great, big sound coming out of his speakers. This turntable delivers like Domino's for me and my needs. From a build-quality perspective it's definitely a step up from my old turntable. It is heavy (there is a large metal weight bolted inside the bottom of the chassis (I found this out by watching a couple youtube videos). Even though the chassis is plastic on the outside, the weight and feel of the switches/controls feels really good. Everything from the power switch to the start/stop button to the cueing lever feels like good quality to me. The hinged cover opens with a good, solid feel and stays put in the open position. There are a lot of features here that I'll probably never use... not a DJ so I don't know that I really need to change the pitch of my music or play a record backwards. If you're interested in doing any of these things they're here for you. I do really like the pop-up light tho. It keeps me from having to turn on brighter lights to line the stylus up with the beginning of the record.
I did spend a bit more to get the black version, but I'm happy with the way it looks with all the rest of my other components which happen to be black. If you are interested in upgrading components you can always get a higher-quality cartridge/stylus. I don't hate the one it came with which is the Audio-Technica AT95E (the green one). Apparently this turntable used to come with a lesser-quality cart that was white.
One last thing, and it's a very important note. My old Audio-Technica turntable's cover got scratched up really bad during a move. I contacted Audio-Technica support to ask about ordering a new cover. I fully expected the cover to cost a crazy amount of money and for it to be such a huge pain in the ass that I'd just say the heck with it. I contacted their tech support and got a reply from someone within 24 hours. He was incredibly helpful and told me the part number I needed and the price. I was impressed with how nice and helpful he was as well as the fact that they weren't gouging me for the replacement cover (I think it was around $20). I called him back and ordered the replacement, shipping was a very reasonable $4 and it was on my doorstep within 3 days. I was surprised and impressed with the service I got... something I don't think most people can say very often.
Top international reviews
I am the owner of an online radio station, playing 78 RPMs from 1920s to 1950s.
This turntable simply BLEW me away, as it is basically my old Technics SL-1200 turntable
that i loved so much but upgraded with USB!
You can use it two ways: RCA output for sound systems etc or USB direct for PC using the included Audacity software.
Now this is a heavy, near 30 pounds, all metal turntable, just like the old Technics from back then. It is a direct drive,
with elevation control, balance control, and pitch control on the arm.
You can set it +- 20% pitch and also 80 lvls of anti-skating. The arm has the Technics curve which is very important for professional alignment of your head and it comes with universal cartridge you can remove to make your own or simply replace it with other pre-built heads with cartridges of your choice.
Stylus is a diamond one for 33rpms and 45rpms.
Quartz button "one-tap" to set your pitch dead-on perfect lets say if you have 80rpms or 33 and 1/3 records.
Id say this turntable is at least 90% durable high quality Japanese die-cast & steel except for the lid cover which hard plastic but i mean even the 45rpm record adapter included is 100% stainless steel and heavy sooo can't go wrong there.
It has 3 speeds, 33-45 and 78rpms, also comes dual function to play all your heavy metal records in "reverse". ;P
It also has a manual start-stop tap pad and even at 78rpm speed it stops on a dime almost instantly..
They removed bad gadgets like auto-return for the arm etc, as let's be honest those gadgets are NOT for pro turntables at all, so all functions on this one are manual functions only to keep it real and not adding more parts that can break easily anyway.
It stands on 4 sturdy metal pads with grip so it will literally act as suction cups on mostly any surfaces and not moving at all. It also has a head slot so you can fit another one if you have or planning on getting more heads and cartridges as you can switch them on the fly very easily.
The sound on this one is simply out of this world and to date, the best sound quality since my beloved Technics.
It is crystal clean, pure, beautiful loud and perfect. I would suggest a very good sound system to go with it.
It also has two mode button on the back. LINE and AUDIO with a pre-amp built-in and also comes
with a "pop-up light to use day or night which illuminates your records for you to see where to drop the stylus with ease.
Although it can play 78rpms the specific needle AND cartrige to play them are NOT included so you will need to get one yourself if you want to enjoy your very old records as usually they were made of SHELLAC not vinyl and has very deep groove so do NOT try to play your 78rpms with the regular stylus provided for 33s and 45s or you will literally destroy your elliptical stylus after 30 seconds and the sound will be distorted as 78rpms cartridges need to be MONO to play them and not stereo ones and also a spherical stylus which is bigger than elliptical and with a round shape.
I will personally recommend the Audio-Technica VM670SP cartridge/stylus combo specially made to play 78rpms. Its the BEST one period.
Just try to get one on amazon or even ebay as it can be installed on the audio-technica universal head easily.
All and all....
THE very best turntable i ever had since the Technics SL-1200. A must have!
there is some mechanical noise caused by metal rotating against metal(?).
it is hard to know what to expect in terms of moise from a metal platter turning, a motor running.
i would have liked less noise, i would have felt more confident in its structural integrity.
more friction, more wear. i didn't want a belt drive. i used to own a rega planar (30 years old) but how much do spend reparing it?
i thought about buying a 2nd hand system deck but chose this at £170. into a nad amp through the deck input the audio technice suffered with sibilance. it sounded better through its own pre.
it's okay, i'm listening to a lot of old records and am surprised how few clicks and thumps from damage are evident. i may have the arm set a little too heavy but prefer this to noise.
if i had wanted to spend more, and i thought about it, i perhaps would have gone for the sony 500 at £300.
If I were to have a gripe about it, I get a little static electricity, oh and remember, you CAN adjust the feet to make the turntable level.
Lastly, please be aware that a couple of in expensive essential tools are a must. One is the cartridge alignment/needle gauge adjustment tool, and the second is the weighing scale to accurately measure the weight of the stylus which is exerted on the record grove, which for the Ortofon 2M , and most of the quality cartridges is of the order of 1.8 grams.
Is not a bad turntable, the quality is very descent with a lot of features. (33/45/78), Pitch control, reverse.
But sadly I never obtained the sound what I was looking for. I removed the pre amp and the sounds improves. I change que mat, update de cartridge (Ortofon M Red), and many other upgrades, but the sound never satisfy at me at all.
The antiskating never works, the tonearme has a lot of resonance and even doing the right cartidge aligment with a Proactor, I heard to much inner groove distortion
Finally, after 7 months using it I sold it and I bought a Rega Plannar 2.
But don't get me wrong.
Maybe if you have a normal receiver (Denon, Sony, Onkyo, Technics, Pioneer) and a decent speakers, Mika, PolK, Technics, Edifier,) or if you just want to use it for DJ ing, this turntable could be a great purchase.
But if you are looking for something more audiophile sound and you have a high quality stereo amplifier (Yamaha, McIntosh, Luxman, NAD) with good set of speakers (KEF, B&W, Revel) this turntable is not for you