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 (858 out of 887)

    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.


    Customer rating

    4.7
    97%
    would recommend to a friend

    Expert rating

    4.1

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Beautiful Turntable/Built for quality

      Posted
      KeithMC
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

      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

      Solid quality turntable for intermediate users

      Posted
      Jadjunk
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      After some research into alternative USB turntable models following the motor failure of my second Sony PS-LX300USB turntable (also available in store), I chose this model based on good online product reviews as well as its availability in stores. All Best Buy stores in my area carried this product, however they all had 1 in stock and my closest store had difficulty finding it as there was no floor model. I think this product warrants a floor model as it is an outstanding product. This turntable falls into the "deluxe" category of Audio Technica's turntables, above the budget automated model and below the professional, DJ quality turntable. As a casual vinyl enthusiast, this model in particular fits me best. Unlike the Sony PSLX300USB, it is not automated, and will not operate simply with the push of a button. The platter is operated with a simple push button, and can play forwards and backwards, with adjustable pitch speeds up and down by 20% (for anybody possibly interested in listening to records backwards seeking subliminal messages, ha). Some installation is necessary, but I found it easy to put together and calibrate, with plenty of instruction for setup right out of the box. The tone arm will have to be calibrated and is fully adjustable to accommodate a large variety of Audio Technica needles, which range from affordable to extraordinary prices. A decent quality needle is included with this package and the sound is excellent. Ultimately, this means a more versatile record player with many more playing options, perfect for a variety of records old and modern, there is even a slot for a second headshaft with backup or alternate needle for older phonograph records (second headshaft and needles are not included and sold separately). Other favorable quirks that I never expected in any record player, let alone this one includes a small projector light at the push of a button that illuminates the edge of the record in low light conditions so that the listener can locate where to set the needle. The dot series on the edge of the platter visually seem to glide backwards and forwards as a visual indicator of pitch adjustment, a good indicator for me in particular as platter motors may begin to fail or decline in quality over time and the listener can make adjustments to the platter from the pitch shift control. Finally, a complex control series at the base of the tone arm adjusts needle pressure, anti-skating and conveniently lifts and slowly sets the arm upon the record, ensuring that the needle does the least amount of damage to the record as possible. I have noticed that many records that had a difficult time playing on my Sony turntable play without difficulty on this Audio Technica model, and I attribute this to the correct amount of pressure and a good quality needle that it skips far less often than it did before. I feel the transition from my Sony model to this Audio Technica model has taken me into futuristic territory as far as records go. Many of the same features and accessories are included, a 45 adapter, usb cord and software for USB to MP3 and other media transcriptions. I have not explored the software in depth, but the software is called Audacity (Windows & Mac Compatible) and am looking forward into converting many records over the summer. The software included in the Sony PSLX300USB turntable was not user intuitive and very challenging to use, so I think any change through audacity may be an improvement. There is a phono and line out option. I have a very basic speaker system for audio output that sits directly beneath this player and the sound is awesome. I would assume that more complex phono outputs could create an excellent soundscape, but I have not explored this option. Finally, the construction is very sturdy, and this is one heavy turntable... no complaints here, as I feel heavier metals make for a more durable quality turntable (over the plastic body of the Sony model). The rubber feet provide good support with no shuffling and they adjust to accommodate unusually shaped surfaces and furniture. Cool red LED indicators provide a warm glow to this turntable for a vintage, yet futuristic appeal. I don't often find products that are so soundly designed that there is no room for criticism, but I am very satisfied with this model and think that at $250, it is a great balance of value and quality, and I highly recommend this to anybody in the market for a modern turntable.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great sound out of the box.

      Posted
      Mateo
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      After stumbling onto my mother's old records I looked into getting a turntable to play them on. I purchased one of the suitcase style players and while it didn't damage my records as others say they can, the sound quality wasn't up to my standards. Very flat and dull sound, even when attached to larger, more robust speakers. The records were older but I do remember them sounding much more rich and full when I was younger. After months of research and a couple new vinyl more, I purchased this turntable and I couldn't be more pleased with the unit. I waited about a month before starting this review because I needed for that fleeting feeling of new purchase bias to pass. I allowed it to taint my review of the Victrola suitcase record player and didn't want it to happen here, seeing as this is substantially more money that that one. So to start off the set up can be a little intimidating. Balancing the tone arm, setting the counter weight, and tracking force can be confusing and the manual isn't too detailed on this process. But there are some great YouTubers out there who offer a step by step guide to doing this. Once that is done the rest of the set up is all down hill from there. I'm by no means an audiophile and can't speak to the minutiae of sound details but I find the sound produced by the stylus/cartridge/total turntable, oodles better than my suitcase player. Attached to my all-in-one sound bar. Any genre I've tried so far is up to my liking. This was the sound I was hoping for the first time around. Perhaps now I see how foolish I was to expect good sound from a suitcase player that costs a little bit more than a record itself. And while some people will be and are, happy sticking with those turntables (more power to them), this one suits my personal preferences. I love the pitch control that lets you slow or speed up the platter. I have a record that for some reason slows down on certain parts and if I slightly change the pitch it sounds great again. The ability to upgrade the turntable is there for those who want to get even better sound out of this unit. From counter weights to better slip mats, and phono cartridges. I don't plan on upgrading myself just now but I'm glad to know the option is there for when I need to. If the price is too high there are others in the 99$ range that are great. And those are fully automatic to. The Audio Technica LP60 and a Pioneer turntable we're other ones I considered but once I saw this unit go on sale for substantially less than it's original price, I felt compelled to purchase it. In the end, I wish the manual was more informative about the set up process and other things like adjusting the tone arm height and how to install a new phono cartridge when the time comes, but I can find that online. Once that hurdle is clear I love the sound and am happy to add to my vinyl collection for years to come.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • 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

      High quality with great sound

      Posted
      WidescreenRulez
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      For several years now, I've owned an ION turntable. Yes, it was cheap but it got the job done. One thing that I've noticed, however, is that its frequency response has always been rather poor. Bass was incredibly low and I could hear the record playing at the needle, which always struck me as odd. But at the time I bought it specifically to do some record-to-CD conversions and I could always run it through an equalizer while mastering the audio to bump of the lower frequencies. This past year, I designed and built a new entertainment meant specifically to hold all of my LPs and 45s, the vast majority of which are from the 1980s, and I decided to buy a new turntable to start listening to them again. Knowing that AT turntable was always a highly rated unit, I decided to go for it. Two things immediately jumped out at me when everything was done. The first is that this beast is HEAVY compared to the cheapy ION turntable. The ION weighed at most 9 pounds, which was fine for the roll-out shelf I had it on. But the AT turntable came in at a whopping (relatively speaking) 23 pounds! The unit was definitely designed to stay seated and minimize any external vibrations. I ended up replacing the rolling shelf supports in my A/V rack with heavy-duty supports, just to be safe. The second (and most important for me) is that the bass was much, much stronger. Yes, the overall audio quality was superior, but after playing one track from "Rubber Soul" I said to my wife, "I actually hear bass from my records now!" I know that records are coming back (although I'm not naive enough to think that they'll be anywhere near as popular as they were before), but at least now I have a turntable that makes vinyl worth listening to again.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Works Alone and with Denon & Serato DJ

      Posted
      Ejay
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      This is a excellent turntable it works as a normal professional DJ turntable straight into mixer, receiver/Amplifier and works perfect with Serato DJ and Denon DJ the features on this turntable are excellent (Please be advised the needles that come with this turntable are garbage) as far as DJing is concerned. Please replace with professional-grade cartridge and needle as soon as possible I'm using Concord blue and Numark scratch needles and cartridges if set up properly they track excellently on this turntable. I have owned Technic 1200 turntables Technics SL- B10 turntables KLH turntables and I've used Numark direct-drive turntables out of all of these I like the audio tech the best. The only issue I experience with this unit is the ground is built in and when plugging it into the mixer via Denon DJ you may have to play with the line in or phono line in to see which one works best for you. This turntable also comes with a USB transfer capabilities so that you can transfer vinyl to MP3 iTunes and music files that is a awesome feature on such a professional-grade turntable. Last but not least for the price point this is a awesome buy and also I was able for a small amount to purchase a replacement guarantee I think it cost me an extra 10 or $20 which gives you great peace of mind.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Back to Hearing My Vinyl Collection

      Posted
      BagleyBoy
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Was looking for a turntable to replace my record player that I had for many years. I finally found one with substance in the A/T-LP120USB. This is a solid piece of electronic gear. I feel that I will be enjoying it for many years to come. Love the appearance and design. It is feature laden with benefits like pitch control, 78rpm capability, built in phono preamp and USB output. While I am not likely to use the transfer feature to my computer anytime in the near future, I am pleased that I have that option if I choose to use it. My vinyl collection sat dormant in the back of a closet for a few years and I had even put my record player in storage. Well, I just had a hankering to hear that crisp vinyl sound again and this turntable certainly delivers. I researched several online sources including manufacturers, resellers, big box stores and blogs and kept hearing that the A/T LP120USB really delivers. So I pulled the trigger and placed my order with Best Buy's online store. Their free shipping had the box to my front door in a matter of days. Once out of the box, it was an easy set up, just a few minutes and I was able to drop the needle on some classic rock, jazz, classical and movie soundtracks that I have not heard in years. Using the A/T LP120USB is like the old days, enjoying pulling the record out of the sleeve, plopping it on the turntable and cueing it up for about 20 minutes of sonic pleasure. The sound is excellent and it delivers the range that I expected. I even enjoy manually lifting the tone arm when one side is complete and flipping it over to the other side of the record. Makes me feel more engaged with my music. If you are new to the vinyl experience or, like me, have been hoarding an unplayed record collection, I heartily recommend the A/T LP120USB. It offers outstanding sound, solid construction and ease of use. Thinking of getting one for my son so he can listen to his burgeoning record collection. Just order one and enjoy. I finally did.

      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

    What experts are saying

    Rating: 4.1 out of 5 stars with 8 reviews

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    The analysis of all aggregated expert reviews shows that the reviewers are positive about sound, durability, design and usability.
    • techgearlab.comRating, 5 out of 5Max Mutter on December 5, 2017
      Audio-Technica AT-LP120BK-USB Review
      A great all-around package that is a perfect first turntableFull Review
    • The WirecutterChris Heinonen on June 9, 2016
      The Best Turntable for Casual Listening
      We used $30,000+ worth of equipment over 12 hours to compare our new best turntable to the competition. The Audio Technica AT-LP120-USB is highly adjustable, has a built-in phono preamp for easy setup, sounds great out of the box (no audible speedFull Review
    • which.co.ukFebruary 11, 2016
      Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB review
      The Audio Technica AT-LP120-USB is very easy to use, which is what every record player owner wants. But how did it hold up in front of our expert listening panel? And how did it fare at making digital copies of our records? Read our full review toFull Review
    • MyMac.comRating, 4.5 out of 5Elisa Pacelli on November 5, 2015
      AT-LP120-USB Turntable – Review
      I grew up in the 1960s and 1970s, when the album, or LP, was the physical musical format. During those years, and beyond, I accumulated hundreds of albums and 45s, which are smaller versions of albums, usually containing one song on either sideFull Review
    • cnet.com.auRating, 3.5 out of 5Justin Yu on October 23, 2015
      Audio-Technica LP120-USB turntable review: An excellent turntable with a digital twist
      The Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB has been around for awhile now, and there's a reason you see it for sale at so many of your local record stores: at $299 (£279, AU$389), it offers customers an affordable way to listen to records without aFull Review
    • CNETRating, 3.5 out of 5October 22, 2015
      Audio Technica ATLP120 Professional Turntable with USB
      While its entry-level sibling, the Audio-Technica AT-LP60 -- which can be had for less than $100 (£140 in the UK)-- remains a favorite of ours for vinyl newbies, the LP120 steps up to modern upgrades like a USB port on the back to convert yourFull Review
    • How To Spend It - Financial Times (UK)Jonathan Margolis on January 6, 2015
      Audio-Technica AT-LP120USB
      This gem of a turntable also digitises your vinyl collectionFull Review
    • What Hi-Fi? (UK)Rating, 4 out of 5What Hi-Fi? on October 8, 2010
      Audio Technica LP120USB review
      The Audio Technica LP120USB is a sturdy player that not only plays records but can copy vinyl straight to your hard-driveFull Review


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