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Audio-Technica - Stereo Turntable - Black

Model: AT-LP120BK-USBSKU: 5450015

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Solid quality turntable for intermediate users

    Posted
    Jadjunk
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    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

    Beautiful Turntable/Built for quality

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    KeithMC
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    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

    Great sound out of the box.

    Posted
    Mateo
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    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
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    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

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    Ejay
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    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
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    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

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A nice turntable

    Posted
    tonyMT
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    I got this turntable for my spare room, my main room has the older Technics that my Mom gave to me. This unit uses the AT95E stylus, which is an excellent current production model. I converted my Technics to it two years ago. A few things about this unit. You will have to set the tracking force and anti-skate (which are usually set to the same value). Since I have done this many times, I know what to do but the directions can be a little confusing for a first timer. You adjust the counterweight so the arm "floats" level, then lock it down and turn the counterweight to between 1.8 to 2 grams. You simply adjust the anti-skate to the same setting. Do not play 78 RPM records with the included stylus. It will self destruct in short order. You will have to obtain a special stylus for that speed made by Audio Technica from a vendor to play those type of records. This is not a DJ stylus. So, you will have to change the headshell/stylus if you are into playing records backwards or "scratching". I have not tried the included software as I could care less about recording records to my computer. It is nice on the back it has a switch for line or phono output as some amplifiers do not have phono inputs. I have had good results using both, but usually use the phone output setting. This unit is also dual voltage so it will work in areas with 240V 50 Hz AC maiins. The only thing I do not like is it does not automatically return the tone arm at the end of a record. This is a manual unit, but it does have a cue lever so that at least makes life a little easier when you get to that point. All iin all, I am satisfied with this turntable. It is a good price and has a great headshell/stylus. I have notieced on some reviews that some have had warped platters but I did not have this issue.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A good table with lots of potential

    Posted
    WITech
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    Out of the box, the LP 120 is easy to set up and works and sounds pretty good. But there is also a lot of potential waiting to be set free if you are so inclined. I like to tinker and have some technical skills, and can't leave well enough alone, so I dove in and made a few changes and modifications that really enhanced the performance of the machine, however it also voided the warranty. So there's that... Here are the modifications I made - 1. Replace the felt platter mat with a rubber one. This made a HUGE difference and improvement in sound quality and doesn't void the warranty. 2. I didn't need the built-in preamp or USB stuff, so I removed it. It's actually pretty simple and there are several YouTube videos out there that show how to do it. This also made a huge difference, since even when the switch on the back says the preamp is bypassed it's really not and there is still a low-pass filter in the signal path that really veils the high frequency sound. This is an invasive procedure and definitely voids your warranty. 3. Dial up the anti-skate setting to about triple your tracking force. Well known that the anti-skate on these is weak. Makes an audible difference and doesn't void the warranty. 4. Check tracking force with a separate gauge. The setting on the counterweight is off significantly. On mine, when set at 2.0 grams, the actual force was 2.35 grams. 5. Replace the included counterweight with Audio-Techica's "heavy" counterweight. This allows the counterweight to be located closer to the tonearm pivot point, improving tracking noticeably. Doesn't void the warranty. 6. Finally, I replaced the standard AT95 elliptical stylus with a much higher quality line-contact stylus. However this cost about 3x as much as all the other changes combined. But it did make a nice improvement in sound and tracking. Before the modifications, I certainly was pleased with the LP120's performance. After the modifications, I am amazed by the sound quality.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great build quality; auto return would be nice

    Posted
    Martian
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    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

    A great turntable and you can make it better!

    Posted
    Scooter

    I bought this thing...It was ok out of the box. Then I did some research about the thing. Unless you want the USB or you don't have a preamp....leave it alone... I yanked out the entire preamp and soldered a whole new RCA chord to the tone arm. I have an Adcom GTP-500 preamp. I unscrewed the entire motor..under the platter...I floated the whole motor on foam. Leave the screws out.. I put a rubber mat on the platter and on top of that a cork mat. You need to raise the platter up to get the tone arm level with the platter...The tone arm on zero is still too high. As for the anti skate...a little sketchy....You really have to adjust it by ear...Get a scale to measure the tracking weight. Get a protractor and a cartridge overhang gauge. Put some "O" rings on the tone arm, to reduce resonance.....Buy the heavier counter weight.. Get a solid, heavy table to put the turntable on. Level the table...then level the turntable. Get a record clamp for the spindle....Now...mine rocks!!!! Got it hooked up to an Adcom GFA-555 high current amp with some JSE Infinite Slope model 2 speakers...Sweet sound...For the price...a great turn table...

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Great if you don't care about sound quality

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    MCVBIII
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    I am extremely disappointed in this product. After buying 3, yes you read that right 3, and having to return the first two due to a severely warped platter and inoperable RCA cables, I finally found one that seemed to not have any issues, after seeing many reviews about finding decent ones I really wanted to give this player a chance. The third one seemed to be THE one, the RCA cables worked fine, the platter was not warped and the unit worked great....... For the first 15 days, then started developing a severe hum, at first just noticeable when no records were playing but the unit was on. Eventually that hum began to grow in intensity and started to be heard over the sounds of the record that was playing. After running many tests to attempt to find out if it was a ground loop or strong magnetic field causing the problem, I was able to find out it was neither, but rather the quality of the RCA cables that are hardwired into the TT so there is no chance of changing them to fix the problem without saudering new cables to the CPU board. The whole issue came to a head 18 days after my purchase, 3 days after being able to return it, so now I must pay out of pocket for the warranty through Audio Technica, or take the TT as a loss and buy a new, better quality TT. Do yourself a favor, Skip Purchasing this TT entirely if you are an Audiophile, if you want something to just play records this is for you, if you want sound quality and reliability, buy something better or find yourself a used SL 1200.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Absolutely Amazing

    Posted
    gvjeff12
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    When it comes to turntables, the last thing you want to do is cheap out and go with an all in one type player. Nobody likes damaging their records on a player that doesn't even sound good, which is most definitely not the case with the Audio Technica LP 120! Honestly there is so much you can do with this turntable. The amount of adjustments and upgrades that can be done to this turntable is more than enough to satisfy all of my needs. With the ability to play records backwards, I'm able to mess around with some of my records to try and discover different sounds between different artists and even some hidden messages in music. Need more features!? It doesn't end there, not only can you play the records backwards but you can play them at all the various speeds in between 33 1/3, 45, and 75 rpm using the pitch slider on the righthand side of the turntable. Oh and I can't forget to mention the ability to connect this turntable to any computer via USB in order to port all your favorite LPs onto your computer for safe keeping or sampling, for those who like to mess with music. I plan on upgrading the slip-mat on my turntable in the near future to add some personalization to the mix and of course I will upgrade the stylus later on down the road. Not to say that the stylus on this record is bad or anything, it comes out of the box in mint condition!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    The best budget turntable around

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    drbermudez
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    As an audiophile on a budget, I found this turntable to be extremely versatile. I come from using vintage turntables, particularly the Gemini XL-500 II, which is a watered-down copy of the Technics SL1200. This Audio Technica inherits the same traits. PROS The weight is perfect (20lbs), the fact that you can raise or lower the tone arm is excellent for upgrades later on. The fact that the headshell and cartridge are replaceable gives me the ability to further improve the sound quality. The included felt mat is better than most mats out there, but it can be easily replaced with any mat, since the VTA can be adjusted by raising or lowering the tonearm. Also, the built-in pre-amp allows me to choose between using my own pre-amp or just plugging this puppy directly to some speakers if need be. CONS The cartridge is pre-mounted on the headshell, but it's not perfectly aligned. I recommend using an alignment tool or take it to someone who knows. I did it myself with several alignment tools. The wires are not as strong as they should be. They are attached to the turntable and are not replaceable. The built-in phono preAmp is not exactly "audiophile" but for entry-level users and experts alike, it's a trade-off. Overall, it is a great turntable that should last for years to come.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect Turntable for Entry Level Audiophiles

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    MCH71
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    I'll keep this simple. This is a great turntable with tons of features, at a decent price. It has a great cartridge on it (AT95E) and you can easily swap out cartridge heads, as well as tweak the cartridge alignment, arm alignment and height, and the anti skate. This all sounds technical but instructions are included, and there are tons of videos you can watch. This all takes about 20 minutes if that. This turntable has surpassed my expectations and even if later down the road I purchase something closer to the 700 dollar range, I will keep this as a second turntable and put it in my office, hook up some powered speakers and now you have an amazing easy setup. Yeah, this thing has a built in pre-amp. You will read online that it's awful and you should take it out(which you can) but I didn't find it too bad, and I ended up just turning it off and buying a cheap external pre amp and hooking it to that. I could have left it but wanted the ability to control the gain so I went this route, either way you will be fine. Overall, this is a great turntable to do a simple set up hooking it to two powered speakers(make sure they are powered) or going the passive route(which I did) and run it through a receiver, and off to a couple of speakers. I hooked it up to a Yamaha, and some Klipsh speakers. It's a great set up. I would say if you are ready to dip your toe, or even a foot into the audiophile world of record playing, you shouldn't hesitate to pick up this turntable.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent for what you pay for!

    Posted
    CarMechanic1991
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    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

    Best bargain around

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    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

    Precision turntable at a Great price.

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    KRTSTOY
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    I had been looking for a TT to replace my 1961 Dual 1009 for about a year. I reviewed most all TT's in the $300 to $500 range. It finely came down to between a Fluance RT81 and the AT 120. I choose the AT because of the plus or minus 10% speed adjustment and the quartz speed lock feature, the fact it could play all 3 speeds and it came with the AT95 cartridge and stylus. First of all, the packaging is top notch. I think that the package could be dropped from 10 feet onto concrete without any damage to the TT. Also, the TT is fairly heavy which I think says something about the quality. The set up is straight forward and fairly easy. As far as operation and sound are concerned, this TT is a Precision TT and the sound is excellent from the AT95 cartridge and stylus. Another nice feature is when you push the stop button, the platter stops immediately without having to touch the platter like I had to do with my Dual. That thing would spin forever. The needle tracks great even at very high volume and that is a must for a good stereo system. Believe me, you will not be disappointed if you buy this TT. Oh, did I mention that this TT is beautiful. I was going to get the black one but it was out of stock and got the silver one and I'm glad I did. The TT looks like a lit Christmas tree when you turn it on!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    After waiting a long time my unit was DOA.

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    SonyFan
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    After waiting an exceptionally long time to get the AT-LP120-USB in black shipped to a Best Buy store I finally got it home and spent some time setting it up. I was a bit skeptical of this Technics knock-off but decided to give it a shot since it was such a good price and came with a half-way decent cartridge. Unfortunately my skepticism was confirmed. Upon finally getting getting it ready to play a record I powered it up only to find that there was something wrong with the motor or possibly spindle bearing or both. This was not just a motor hum that some have complained about with these units but loud grating noise. There was obviously something REALLY wrong here. Needless to say, I was extremely disappointed as this thing took some effort to unpack and set up properly. Silly me for daring to assume that they would put a good motor in a DJ deck right? After packing it back up I returned for a full refund. My advice is to save your money and buy the Pioneer PLX-1000 while you still can and don't waste a single moment on this imitation. The Pioneer is MUCH better made and does not have the USB output and built in preamp which has been proven to degrade sound quality in the AT-LP120. The Pioneer is a serious machine for the serious DJ and audiophile.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend