Audio-Technica - Professional Turntable - Silver

Listen to your favorite records with this Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB professional turntable, which features a selectable phono preamp for use with systems with no dedicated turntable input. The USB output lets you digitally back up your collection.
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Overview

What's Included


  • 45 RPM adapter, counterweight, slip mat
  • Headshell (AT-HS1)
  • Hinged dust cover
  • Phono cartridge (AT-95E)
  • Professional Turntable
  • USB cable, 2 RCA output adapter cables, power cord

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (802 out of 831)

Features


Direct-drive motor

Delivers quick start-ups.

33-1/3, 45 and 78 RPM listening speeds

Let you enjoy your entire record collection.

Selectable phono preamp and RCA output

Allow connection to components with no dedicated phono input.

USB output

Lets you digitize your vinyl records for easy backup to a computer. Includes Mac- and PC-compatible Audacity software.

Forward and reverse play capabilities

Along with pitch lock and pitch change offer versatile listening options.


Overall customer rating

Rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars with 831 reviews

97%of customers would recommend this to a friend

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  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Not bad but needed returned

    Posted
    DMG75

    Purchased one after reading many reviews on other sites with the hopes that the platter issues they have had were eliminated. Got it home and set up. There is a YouTube post by AT that makes set up very easy. But just as I had read about, the platter was warped. So I contacted Audio-Technica about this and they sent out a new platter which I received in less than 24 hours. It came warped as well and with the strobe circles on the side chewed up a bit. They told me to send it back and that they would sent out another. So I sent it back. Now they inform me that their stock of platters all have a "wobble" and that the technician says that "it should not affect the performance of the table". Anyone who owns a turntable knows that any "wobble" of the platter means that the stylus, the tone arm and not to mention the records themselves will all start to wear prematurely from the stress of the arm compensating for all of that negative up and down action from just normal usage. So, what started as really great customer service, ended up negatively. I'm not saying all of these turntables have this problem. But there are some that do. If you get one in perfect condition I have no doubt you will love it. If you get one with a bad platter, just return it and save yourself the time of hoping Audio-Technica will, or even can, resolve the problem. Not to mention, if they send you a replacement for a defective part and it turns out to be defective as well, and you need to send it back to them for another replacement part, you will do so at your own cost with no promise that they will send out another. So be warned on that. This is not a slam on AT either. I own a couple of their products and am very pleased with them. Do your own research of this on many sites like you should for any product. There are many pleased people who own this product. And many who have had similar issues.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful Turntable/Built for quality

    Posted
    KeithMC
    • Verified Purchaser

    Here is a layman's description for a professional product .[ Direct Drive ]-benefit....No belt drives that will, over time, slip or break and need replacing. Plays at constant speed. [ Counter-balance ] -benefit....chose a different cartridge/stylus and set balance to avoid skips, even on new albums. also, lighten weight of the tip of stylus/needle to avoid excessive heat generated at tip. This warps or stretches the groove with over a thousand degrees of heat from pressure centered at the very tip of the needle. Record should not be re-played within a 24 hour period, this allows the groove to return to it's original shape producing greater fidelity.:i.e.- keeps the record from wearing out too quickly. [ Anti-skating ]-benefit....stops tone arm from sliding across the LP and insures correct tracking, in the groove. [ removable shell-head ]-benefit...keep different stylus shapes installed and quickly changes out for different types of music.(requires extra phono/cartridge with stylus) (has place on T.T. to keep ready) [ Forward/Reverse control ]-benefit....play record forwards or backwards. [ Pitch control slider ]-benefit...speed up the record or slow it down to match beats per minute during segue-way. [Tone arm platform ]-benefit... can elevate tone arm at pivot point for various record thickness.(or warping) [ Cue arm ]-benefit.... brings up the needle and drops the needle slowly avoiding damage [Main power control]-benefit...... sends power thru system. [platter power control]-benefit....starts turntable platter spinning(full-speed) and stops it almost to a dead stop [Three (3) R.P.M. speeds]-benefit.... can play 33 1/3, 45's and 78's. [Stacked strobe markings]-benefit....shows visual indicator that table is spinning at exact speed or if it is faster or slower. [Recess target light]-benefit.....shines light across record to help find track separations, turns off and pushes down to get out of the way. [45 adaptor]-.......place on center spindle to seat 45's with large center holes. [USB cable]-.......run directly into USB port on computer for vinyl to digital conversions [RCA plugs reduced to stereo mini-plug}-benefit.....can plug in without USB port, instead uses microphone input. {includes (2) 1. male RCA's to female mini-plug. 2. male RCA's to male mini-plug. Also this is how turntable is attached to back of stereo amplifier. [Switch for phono/input line selection]-benefit.......can run into phono jacks (magnetic) or input line:i.e.-AUX input select. [Another pitch control]-.....do not know what the use is yet. Will have to study and experiment. [Audacity software]-benefit....professional audio engineering software for converting analog sound to .WAV files then export to .MP3 format. Can do mix-downs, half speed mastering and many more that I am not qualified to explain. [Heavy duty motor]........turntable must weigh 20 to 30 lbs. Solid and steady, well built [Audio-Technica cartridge and stylus. (AT 96)] included with turntable. ***** This reminds me of the old Technics D.J. turntables, this is what I need to convert old records from the 70's and earlier into MP3 files for music collection. Total price with tax $288.00, had to special order it but worth the wait. Have not had a single album skip, these mainly being used records. ***Highly Recommend if you don't want to spend one to two thousand dollars for a turntable. Remember to clean dust from album before playing and best if using an anti-static gun or damp cleaning solution. helps keep records from going SNAP, CRACKLE and POP.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best bargain around

    Posted
    GPB190

    I can't help smiling about the other reviews. This is an audiophile quality turntable with a true high fidelity cartridge and stylus include in the price. You would have to pay twice the price for a comparable quality TT from any other manufacturer and then buy a cartridge and stylus to boot. This is without a doubt the best value for a turntable anywhere. As for not being able to stack records, anyone who knows anything about vinyl knows you do not want records dropping on each other causing nicks and scratches. If you want to experience the true sound of vinyl without emptying your bank account this is the turntable to get. Pair this TT with a decent amp or receiver (Sony DH130-$118) and a good set of speakers(Pioneer BS22-LR-$129/pr.) and you have a true high fidelity, maybe even audiophile quality system for less than $500. You could easily spend $1200-1500 and not do any better.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent for what you pay for!

    Posted
    CarMechanic1991
    • Verified Purchaser
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    Very surprised and happy with this turntable. It has amazing sound for what you pay for, and amazing sound in general. There is some setup required after purchase, but it isn't difficult. For sure read the directions if you are not an audiophile on the set up. Now, this turntable is pretty great quality, especially for the price, but it can be improved with only a couple inexpensive changes. The mat is kind of a point the cheaper out on. Change it if you want better performance. The needle is pretty dang good, but if you change it to a Shure-M77 it'll give you more range and less record wear, just a slightly better sound really. To sum it up: great turntable with great quality sound, especially with the price. It'll perform without any mods, but if you become an audiophile that is never satisfied with the sound quality, just those two changes will keep you satisfied for a very long time.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Superb audiophile turntable!

    Posted
    MikeinChatsworth

    Being somewhat older than dirt, I have over 400 LPs, and when I upgraded my AV receiver, and my old idler-driven changer had had it, I knew I had to have something new. This unit is exactly what I wanted. There's something just plain cool about an audio quality turntable. It's incredibly simple, and yet it must be incredibly sophisticated. This unit has it all. It just plain LOOKS and HANDLES cool! You need to make sure you know what you're getting. It has a dampend lifter/lowerer for the tone arm, but aside from that, it's pure manual. You have to position the stylus over the groove, use the mechanism to lower it, and then go lift it off at the end of play. The performance is magnificent. I have a powerful receiver and real 15" and 12" woofers (not small, trick subwoofers) and surround sound, and if this thing had one iota of rumble or speed variance, I would hear it. It has none. It's perfect! What it does is, it gives me back my LP collection, and I am amazed at how fine the sound is on most of them. I attribute much of this to the top-line Audio-Technica cartridge and elliptical stylus. I use a cosmetic brush I found at Walgreens to dust out the grooves, and I can even use the backwards spin capability to dust them out both ways. Cool! MINOR QUIBBLE: The spring loaded feet are equally sprung, but with the massive motor located toward the left front, the unit sags that way and I had to shim it up with an old cell phone battery. It's now in place on a rack I custom-built to hold it behind my big flatscreen, and it performs perfectly. If you have LPs and want to hear them as best as you can, this is the right choice.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great build quality; auto return would be nice

    Posted
    Martian
    • Verified Purchaser
    • My Best Buy® Member

    In this day and age, it is reassuring to know that one can still get a turntable that has such good build quality to it. This isn't one of the flimsy, plastic-dominated belt-driven turntables that you commonly see. This is a solid, direct-drive turntable, with excellent damping. It starts up and stops instantly. I was pleasantly surprised to see that it can play 78 rpm records, in addition to the standard 33 and 45 rpm discs. Overall, I am very pleased with the quality of this product, but I do wish it had auto return. I don't like having to rush to the turntable at the end of a record, especially if I'm listening in a different room. It should have been easy enough to include auto-return -- all of my previous turntables (including models from the 1960s) have had some form of this feature. I haven't yet used the USB output feature of the turntable -- or the software that came with it. Right now, I'm using it primarily to listen to my old vinyl recordings. An interesting extra that I have never seen elsewhere is a "reverse play" feature -- in case you ever wanted to know what your music might sound like when played backwards! This feature has limited utility for me, but I'm sure professional DJs and mixers might have a use for it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best $200 Turntable!

    Posted
    PBSanDiego
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I haven't owned a turntable in years, and so I know what I wanted and what I didn't want. This record player is build solid and is heavy with wonderful shock absorbers for feet. I like that I can adjust up or down record playback speed as well as adjust the tracking force on the cartridge and stylus. My only con, and I knew this going in, was that this turntable does not have a automatic tonearm return like my old one back-in-the-day. This means you must manually pickup the tonearm at the end of a record or else it will keep revolving around the center until you do. Again, this is a very minor annoyance and more of a nit-pick. Overall, you can't go wrong with this table. Just know that it is a stereo component, so you will need speakers or a receiver to plug into for sound. (All cables and accessories included!)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    excellent turn table

    Posted
    hemiguy1

    this is a nice turn table, nice heavy direct drive, designed after the famous SL 1200 by technics, looks about the same as well, being a direct drive unit thats a no brainer, has very accurate strobe light and functions well. I added a weighted chrome record clamp which helped the sound quality, I recommend this unit , Its fun to kick back and play vinyl, brings back memories, and this being usb you can run into your pc if wanted to. love it!

    I would recommend this to a friend



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