Audio-Technica AT-LP120XUSB Direct-Drive Turntable (Analog & USB), Silver, Hi-Fidelity, Plays 33 -1/3, 45, and 78 RPM Records, Convert Vinyl to Digital, Anti-Skate Control, Variable Pitch Control
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- Experience the high-fidelity audio of vinyl
- Direct-drive, DC servo motor with selectable 33/45/78 RPM speeds
- Fully manual operation featuring adjustable dynamic anti-skate control, variable pitch control with quartz speed lock, and balanced S-shaped tonearm with hydraulically damped lift control and lockable rest
- Convert your vinyl records to digital audio files by downloading and using the free Mac- and PC-compatible Audacity recording software (or software of your choice)
- Includes: USB cable, detachable RCA output cable (dual RCA male to dual RCA male), AC adapter, 45 RPM adapter, counterweight, felt mat, and removable hinged dust cover
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Direct-drive, DC servo motor
Fully manual operation. Selectable 33/45/78 RPM speeds.
Convert your vinyl records to digital
Connect to a computer via the USB output and convert by using the free Mac- and PC-compatible Audacity software (or software of your choice)
Professional-grade anti-resonance, die-cast aluminum platter with felt mat
Audio-Technica headshell and cartridge
AT-HS6 universal ½"-mount headshell and AT-VM95E Dual Magnet phono cartridge with 0.3 x 0.7 mil elliptical stylus
Balanced S-shaped tone arm with hydraulically damped lift control and lockable rest. Also features adjustable dynamic anti-skate control.
Features a stroboscopic platter with speed indicator, and variable pitch control with quartz speed lock
Popup stylus target light for easier cueing in low light
Built-in switchable phono pre-amplifier for phono or line-level output
USB cable, RCA output cable (dual RCA male to dual RCA male), AC adapter, 45 RPM adapter, counterweight, felt mat, and removable hinged dust cover
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This update of the AT-LP120-USB turntable features a new DC servo direct-drive motor, along with adjustable dynamic anti-skate control and selectable phono preamplifier. The fully manual turntable plays 33-1/3, 45, and 78 RPM records and is equipped with a USB output that allows direct connection to your computer. Just download the free Mac- and PC-compatible Audacity recording software (or software of your choice) and start converting your records to digital audio files. But in addition to the USB output, the turntable also comes with a detachable dual RCA output cable and is equipped with a built-in selectable phono preamp so you can connect directly to your home stereo, whether it has a dedicated phono input or not. The turntable features an S-shaped tonearm with adjustable tracking force and an AT-HS6 universal ½"-mount headshell with an AT-VM95E Dual Magnet™ phono cartridge. Audio-Technica has been a leader in phono cartridge design for more than 50 years, and that expertise shows in the versatile, high-performance AT-VM95E cartridge, which comes with a 0.3 x 0.7 mil elliptical stylus, but is also compatible with any VM95 Series replacement stylus, offering a wide choice of options for every budget and application. Additional features include a die-cast aluminum platter with felt mat; a start/stop button; selectable high-accuracy quartz-controlled pitch lock and pitch change slider control with +/-8% or +/-16% adjustment ranges; a stroboscopic platter with speed indicator; a removable plug-type stylus target light; external power supply; and a removable hinged dust cover. Available in black (AT-LP120XUSB-BK) and silver (AT-LP120XUSB-SV).
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Then I found the LP120X, a newer updated version of the LP120. Fortunately my LP120 was still in the window for refund. There aren't many reviews for the LP120X, as opposed to the thousands of reviews for the LP120 so I took a risk.
Pros or improvements of the 120X compared to the 120:
1. Better stylus. The highs are brighter and clearer. Overall, it simply has better sound than the LP120. I won't get into all the technicals of the phono/line output. I have a separate pre-amp and amp.
2. The platter/motor is dead silent compared to the loud noise of the 120. I had to put my ear next to the 120X and still cannot hear the motor. It's that good.
3. RCA jacks so you can upgrade cables.
4. Removable pilot light. While some people might prefer the built-in pop-up light on the LP120, I like the removable light on the LP120X because it allows for rotation. I have the album jacket standing up next to the TT and have the light aimed at it while listening to music in a dim room. It shines a spot light on the artwork.
1. Price (I got the LP120 on sale).
2. Both are made with lots of plastic.
3. Both come in black or silver. I returned the silver LP120, and kept the LP120X. While both are nice looking and fit in with my system. Black is slightly more modern.
1. Loss of height adjustment on the tone arm (made no difference to me).
2. Loss of reverse direction play (made no difference to me).
It has been less than a week, but I'm very happy with it. I'll update the review if anything changes.
Update: June 2019:
It has been more than a month. I'm still happy with the TT. Been using it at least 1 hour per day.
1. This is fully manual, so if you fall asleep while listening, it will keep on spinning. But automatic TT are not as good quality and have more things to break.
2. Adding an acrylic platter mat made it visually more interesting because the strobe light is transmitted through the mat. Especially at night.
3. I bought a lint roller for the records. Works better than the brushes for removing the dust on the records.
4. I'm not interested in converting my vinyl records to digital so I have not tried that yet.
Update July 2019:
It has been about 2 months.
Still enjoying the TT daily.
So far no issues. Still highly recommend it.
I've built up quite a selection of records now. Going to local vinyl stores, thrift stores, and buying from Amazon.
Update August 2019:
3 months now.
Still going strong. No issues.
September. 4 months now:
Still going strong. No issues.
One more recommendation: this is a great TT period. I think it is a great way to get into the hobby and see if you have bat ears and able to tell the difference between this and a more expensive TT and if it is worth it for you to upgrade. For me, it fits my needs perfectly. While I can afford much more expensive TT, there is no need to upgrade.
December 2019 update:
Still functioning beautifully. No issues.
i don't know a whole lot about turntables - but the set up is fairly easy - i looked on Youtube where A-T gives instructions on how to set up the tone arm and with the counterweight and the anti-skate. There's also prevalent old information out there that says the Anti-Skate doesn't work on the LP120 - the internet has a way with keep some seriously old info out there - as well as Youtube. The anti-skate does work - no i didn't perform a blank CD test or a blank test with a blank vinyl - i know the anti-skate works because when i was setting up the counter weight for the tone arm (my anti-skate was dialed in at 2 per A-T instructions) - i was supposed to dial the counter weight back to 2 grams (that is the recommended weight for the cartridge) but i forgot to do that - i was going to play a record but when i try to place the needle right above the start groove - it kept swinging right and would not lower because i had my anti-skate dialed to 2 but i neglected dial the counter weight to the 2 grams necessary for the proper set up. Once i did adjust the counter weight it was fine. The supplied pre-mounted cartridge was already aligned at the factory so all i needed to do was to insert the cartridge and tighten the mount and i was ready to go.
Alot of negative opinions on the build quality - i found it nice and pretty solid - it's not a chintzy feel - it doesn't feel cheap to me. feels fairly hefty given its size - as it should be for stability. body is made of plastic but the platter is aluminum and it is solid.
Sound quality is decent - of course it also depends the pressing of the vinyl as well - but i did notice some distortion at the higher frequencies - i listen mainly to movie scores and my collection is going to be just predominately movie scores - i would say that the higher frequencies are somewhat muddy - maybe my set up is wrong or i could use a upgrade in stylus and/or cartridge - Bass and midrange no issues- sounds great.
It plays 33,45,78 - for this iteration they got rid of playing reverse so i'll never know if "Paul is Dead" since i cant hit the reverse on this one. i don't have any 78 records but it's there if i need it.
The TT is direct drive (no belt) and it is quiet - Zero motor noise - i turn up the volume on my receiver (Yamaha R-N803) and all i hear is the noise floor - i'm really impressed with how quiet this thing runs.
they do not include a disk for the free Audacity freeware - the site you need to go to download this freeware is audacityteam.org -- in the youtube instructions A-T gives it as AudacityTeam.net - that being said it is given correctly in the instruction manual. if you to rip vinyl and use audacity please note that on the Lp120 you have to switch in the back to say "LINE" - unless of course you're already switched to LINE (instead of PHONO) because either you are running it with active (self-powered) speakers or you are using an amp/receiver that does not have a dedicated PHONO input.
I was going to go with Sony PH-x500 (400) because of the hi-res ripping capability but decided against since you'll also be recording the pops and clicks in hi res - figured the LP120xusb would be more than adequate. plus it left me a bit of money to actually buy some vinyl.
i love this turntable - looks good - sounds good - if you're looking to discover or rediscover vinyl - this is a good place to start.
thanks for reading
Edit: after about a month using it. I found myself just listening to the limited amount of records I have and I haven’t touched any digital music file. I have listened to CDs though. I’m not sure what it is about it that has captured my attn.
Also on another note. Now having more experience listening to records. I feel that these new vinyl are getting pressed directly from a digital source- I have no problem with that however they really should remaster it specifically for vinyl. The medium is different each with it own subtleties. I think the last Tomb raider score by Junkie XL was not mastered correctly for vinyl so the high end sounds “crunchy” still a good score however.
You might take the above edit with a grain of salt I don’t know anything about producing music or any aspect of it. I do like to listen though!
Edit 7/6/19. I find myself not really using the usb audacity rip function. It’s like I’ll listen to the vinyl rather than ripping it and using that recording digitally. I just rather listen to the vinyl.
Edit 7/15/19 - this weekend i listened to 4 movie scores on vinyl on headphones - running the yamaha r-n803 receiver headphones (sennheiser hd650, beyerdynamic dt770 250Ohm, beyerdynamic dt880 250Ohm, - the 650 was on the warm side and so was the dt880 - it paired well with the DT770 giving it a bit more on the high end.
edit 8/12/19 - this weekend i found 3 records from 30-40 Years Old- an old stash of mine from the 80s. (don't judge haha) 2 debbie gibson EP (1988, plays at 33.3RPM) - Foolish Beat EP and Staying Together EP -- and The Empire Strikes Back LP (1980). oh boy Foolish Beat it sounded exceptional - 30 year record - some surface noise and a bit dusty but oh boy serious fidelity - this thing sounded like it was pressed yesterday i swear.. The Empire strikes back - the vinyl was warped but it tracked well and playable - a bit tinny but overall for a 40 year old record it sounded good on the Audio Technica 120XUSB - seriously ZERO regrets on going with Audio Technica 120XUSB. great bang for the buck.
Edit 8/20/19 added new “medley” video. Remember that the music has been compressed and also it was taken with the iPhone X.
Edit 10/21 last weekend by brother dropped by. He was just staring at my system - I was playing daft punk discovery and he said whats this? They record is pressed exceptionally- He couldn’t believe it was vinyl. I mean he hadn’t heard vinyl for 40 years- he was surprised but I don’t think I conveRted him to vinyl due to the insane prices.
edit 10/28 - someone mentioned a wobble on the comments section - i see what may have cause it to look like a wobble is the dots on the side of the aluminum platter that may not have been manufactured straight perhaps or the record itself may not be 100% flat. i'm 100% satisfied with this player - 250 - not alot of "investment" but a whole lot of joy - i wish they pressed the records with better precision and with less dust......
11/7 edit. I’ve been paying closer attn to the platter. There is a bit of a wobble yes - but it hasn’t affected the sonic performance
Most of the records here I used the supplied felt mat which was not 100% flat. I have since replaced with a Hudson acrylic mat.
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Ho provato sia l'entrata Phono con la messa a terra (cavo non incluso) che con la presa AUX, funzionano entrambe e non sento differenze rilevanti. Non l'ho ancora collegato al PC per la conversione dei file in mp3, ma non è una funzione che mi interessa al momento, vedremo più avanti.
Primo disco fatto girare: U2 - The Joshua Tree...e niente, spacca come sempre.
After days and days of research, I came to the conclusion that this was the best option for beginners that still has great quality, sound, build and function.
There are of course better turntables, but not many good quality turntables have the 78 rpm speed that can allow you to listen to old records as well, something that this turntable has.
Overall, I'm very satisfied with this product, and the only thing that I think needs more work is the anti-skating feature. It was claimed that they fixed the problem that the AT-LP120 USB had, but I still think even with this update to the 120X, the anti-skating problem still isn't completely resolved. But I guess there isn't really too much of a difference.
So ultimately, I still love it. (Wish it looked more vintage though ><)
NOTE ne pas oublier de lire les renseignements sur les feuilles qui sont très bien explique avec dessin de a-z et vous aller être heureux comme moi wow merci
I watch a bunch of different YouTube videos on setting up turntables.. oh my, so many different things to do.
Opt for the simple option, take out of the box put it together and try it.
Took about 1/2 hour to set up and play the first LP.
Yes, the first one dirty, but sounded just like use to way back when, just as expected.
Then I got new LP, cleaned stylus and it sounded great.
Very happy with purchase and sound.
Tuttavia passando da un giradischi economico a questo qui il passaggio e' stato quasi brutale.
Pur usando casse attive per cosi' dire "economiche", il suono e' corposo con bassi quasi viscerali.
Sugli alti ho sentito strumenti che mai avrei pensato ci fossero sulle registrazioni.
regolazione peso e antiskating semplicissima, poi bisogna prenderci la mano con il fatto che e' tutto manuale.
il che' ha anche un suo fascino con la manualita' dell'ascolto del vinile.
Per quanto mi riguarda sono stra soddisfatto dell'acquisto.
Si bien no es una opción muy económica, para los que disfrutamos el sonido de los Vinilos es una excelente opción para invertir, incluso los detalles están hermosamente pensados, como la luz de asistencia y los colores de los detalles. Lo más curioso es que lo que más me preocupaba era que tardaría dos semanas aproximadamente en llegar, llegó en 3 días a México y en excelentes condiciones. ¡La recomiendo!