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Audio-Technica AT-LP120USB Direct Drive Professional DJ Turntable with USB Output

You Pay: $249.00
Product Highlights
  • USB Output
  • 33 1/3, 45 and 78RPM Speeds
  • Direct Drive Motor
  • +/- 10% and 20% Quartz Pitch Control
  • Cast Aluminum Construction
  • Includes Cartridge & 95E Stylus
  • Includes Audacity Recording Software

The Audio-Technica AT-LP120USB Direct Drive Professional DJ Turntable delivers a host of features that are suitable for use in nightclub DJ booths, mobile and home DJ applications. The AT-LP120USB features a rugged cast aluminum construction with line and phono audio outputs. A USB output will interface with Mac or Windows computers and give DJs the ability to digitize their vinyl collections. Audacity recording software is also included for Mac and Windows. Additional features include 33 1/3, 45 and 78RPM speeds, +/- 20% and 10% quartz pitch control, and reverse mode.

USB output—connects directly to your computer for plug-&-play use
Mac and PC compatible Audacity software digitizes your LPs
Direct drive high-torque motor
Selectable 33/45/78 RPM speeds
Professional cast aluminum platter with slip mat
Integral Dual Magnet™ phono cartridge with replaceable stylus
Balanced tone arm with soft damping control
Switchable built-in pre-amplifier with line-level RCA output cables
Included cables connect to your stereo or powered speakers
Stroboscopic platter speed indicator
Forward and reverse play
Output Connectors Phono RCA
Line RCA
USB
Motor Direct Drive DC Motor
Speeds 33-1/3 RPM, 45 RPM, 78 RPM
Brake Electronic Brake
Pitch Control Range +/-10% or +/-20%
Wow and Flutter < 0.2% WRMS (33 RPM)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio >50dB
Power Requirements 11W
Dimensions (WxDxH) 17.72 x 13.86 x 6.1" (450 x 352 x 157mm)
Weight 23.5 lb (10.7 kg)
Audio-Technica AT-LP120USB Direct Drive Professional DJ Turntable with USB Output
  • Direct Drive Professional Stereo USB Turntable
  • Includes Cartridge with 95E Stylus
  • Audacity Software (Mac & Windows)
  • USB Cable
  • Adapter Cables
  • 1 Year Warranty
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    Audio-TechnicaAT-LP120USB Direct Drive Professional DJ Turntable with USB Output
     
    4.6

    (based on 146 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (97)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (47)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (105)
    • Excellent sound (103)
    • Professional features (90)
    • Versatile (60)
    • Consistent (48)

    Cons

    • Limited features (4)

    Best Uses

    • Home studio (79)
    • Amateur recording (47)
    • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (20)
    • Professional recording (14)
    • Performances (12)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (86), Novice (27), Professional musician (13), Education oriented (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Perfect first turntable.

    I purchased this as my first turntable to use with my home stereo system. It seems that many in my generation (mid to late 20's) are interested in exploring vinyl, and many...Read complete review

    I purchased this as my first turntable to use with my home stereo system. It seems that many in my generation (mid to late 20's) are interested in exploring vinyl, and many artists put out limited releases of their new albums on vinyl, so I wanted to be part of that. I thought listening to some non-compressed audio (or less compressed at least) would be good for my brain.

    I had enjoyed using my parents' turntable growing up; the whole romance of moving the tonearm intro position, and dropping the stylus down in the the record seemed much more appealing to me than pressing play on my childhood boom box cd player... or an mp3 player/computer today. The turntable i grew up using was a nice Marantz belt driven model, and I wanted to replicate the quality of those experiences without spending the money for a pro-ject or something like that. I had always hated the gimmicky "looks old-timey" but sounds like garbage turntables (the kind with built in speakers in a faux wood cabinet), and wanted to steer clear of the lower end models that were fully automatic and couldn't be upgraded with a better cartridge, or anything else.

    Read about this model, that it was the least expensive thing that would pass for good, and I liked the fact that it had a pre-amp built in, since i just have 'computer' speakers at the moment, which of course do not have a phono pre-amp, just left and right line level RCA inputs. And since many A/V receivers these days do not offer phono pre-amp circuitry either, I decided that was a good feature to have for my budget of about 200 dollars.

    I don't care about the USB, so I have never used that... I don't have a large vinyl collection i want digitized, i have a large mp3 collection i want vinylized!

    I'm also not using this to DJ, so i can not comment on the quality of the motor or whatever for keeping up with scratching. And although it looks a lot like the technics model that costs 6 times as much, i doubt it's a replacement for that, if that's what you are used to.

    There are some issues with resonance, for example if i tap lightly with my fingers on the top deck of the turntable while the stylus is in contact with the record, you can hear it resonating through the speakers. The platter is undampened with any sort of material on the underside, and the tone arm is fairly lightweight, which probably contributes to this. I could see this being a problem for a DJ where the start and stop button push is picked up as a chunkchunk sound. There is however no motor noise or anything like that that is picked up in normal operation, so i don't mind this, it's just something i noticed.

    All in all, a great first turntable to add to your home audio system if you want to see what listening to vinyl is all about, and i'm sure it would be a suitable replacement for an aging turntable that isn't of significant original quality to justify a new belt and cartridge to bring back up to snuff.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Couldn't believe this was the same tt

    Where to begin? Every conceivable place plastic could be used on this tt it was used. Even the buttons were plastic. The aluminum platter was crudely cast and wasn't rubberized to dampen resonances....Read complete review

    Where to begin? Every conceivable place plastic could be used on this tt it was used. Even the buttons were plastic. The aluminum platter was crudely cast and wasn't rubberized to dampen resonances.

    Despite the tt's mass, when you tapped on the plinth, the taps registered through the speakers. Ridiculous. What's the point of the extra tt mass if it doesn't serve to isolate the stylus even from very mild disturbances? I can't imagine using this tt in a nightclub.

    In 78 rpm mode, the pitch wasn't centered. I had to increase the pitch just to bring the tt up to speed, and this was without a load, just with the spinning platter. There was also a slight grinding noise when the platter spun. The only halfway decent thing about this tt was the tonearm.

    Anyone who's ever owned a Dual, Acoustic Research, or Thorens tt would be nuts to ever sing the praises of the AT-LP120USB. Even for the low price Audio Technica charges for this tt, the quality issues are inexcusable. Yes, I returned this crate.

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    5.0

    Simply the best!

    By Fred the Explorer

    from Houston, TX

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Professional Features
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio

      Comments about Audio-Technica AT-LP120USB Direct Drive Professional DJ Turntable with USB Output:

      Really easy to set up and easy to use. The 3 speed feature is great when you have old 78 RPM vinyls to play. My vinyl collection thanks it too.

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      5.0

      Amazing Player

      By Elliott

      from Pennsylvania, USA

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Professional Features
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio

        Comments about Audio-Technica AT-LP120USB Direct Drive Professional DJ Turntable with USB Output:

        Great quality!

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        5.0

        outsatnding

        By Mania

        from Zambia

        Comments about Audio-Technica AT-LP120USB Direct Drive Professional DJ Turntable with USB Output:

        Just the perfect product if you wanna go back to the real crispy easy listening sound of a vinyl record. This is labelled as a professional DJ product. But it is perfect for listening to your old and new records. Outstanding!

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        5.0

        Great LP player

        By audiophile_mix

        from Seattle, WA

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Professional Features

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Mobile DJ
          • Performances

          Comments about Audio-Technica AT-LP120USB Direct Drive Professional DJ Turntable with USB Output:

          This player does exactly what I was expected it to do - play LPs with a great quality of sound.

          The conversion of LPs to digital files is a big bonus and works well.

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          4.0

          Good turntable

          By M

          from NY

          Comments about Audio-Technica AT-LP120USB Direct Drive Professional DJ Turntable with USB Output:

          Works.

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          5.0

          Great value!

          By KDawg

          from Grove City, Ohio

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Professional Features
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio

            Comments about Audio-Technica AT-LP120USB Direct Drive Professional DJ Turntable with USB Output:

            This turntable works great for digitizing your vinyl collection. Before buying it I spent a lot of time researching this turntable model and found that it appeared in the top 5 or 10 best value ratings under $500.00 for a turntable in just about every review I read. It meets or exceeds what I expected. The turntable was easy to set up and I recommend watching the video at the Audio-Technica website before setting yours up.

            I really appreciate it being full manual because when I am getting ready to digitize a record I can easily cue it up on the lead-in groove and start it from a stopped position. I do not hear the ground hum or rumble noise in this turntable that some have claimed to have heard in their unit.

            I have to note that I had to return the first turntable of this model I bought to B&H due to an intermittant problem with the right channel going out but this one is working fine. B&H handled the exchange with a quick and hassle-free process. I am giving it 5 stars based on functionality and the sound of this unit. 5 stars also to B&H too!

            I am using VinylStudio software for capturing and cleaning up the audio in conjuction with this turntable. It is excellent for creating tracks, cds and loading into iTunes. The additional cost of the software was well worth it in the time it will save in the above mentioned services it provides.

            I judged the turntable to be the best value in its price range and am happy with my decision.

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            5.0

            works as expected, sounds good

            By Joe

            from Scarsdale, NY

            Comments about Audio-Technica AT-LP120USB Direct Drive Professional DJ Turntable with USB Output:

            Arrived on time and in seemingly perfect condition. Easy to set up. Included cartridge sounds good enough to me. Platter appears to be flat. Have not yet used built-in preamp or the USB function; but I have been enjoying listening to my old records.

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            5.0

            Fantastic performance

            By Memphis Walker

            from NYC

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Audio-Technica AT-LP120USB Direct Drive Professional DJ Turntable with USB Output:

            T.T.s are coming back!, and "this" one is the one to get.
            Affordable, looks great, plays smooth, and simple to set up.
            Love it!

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            5.0

            Good So Far!

            By Alex

            from Seattle, WA

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Professional Features
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Audio-Technica AT-LP120USB Direct Drive Professional DJ Turntable with USB Output:

                I upgraded from a AT-LP60. Wish it had an auto return.

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                4.0

                Great Professional Turntable..

                By MikeM

                from Monmouth County, NJ

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Excellent Sound
                • Professional Features
                • Versatile

                Cons

                • Hard To Use
                • No Auto Stop Feature

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio

                Comments about Audio-Technica AT-LP120USB Direct Drive Professional DJ Turntable with USB Output:

                Love this turntable. Pulled out cartons of old vinyls and started playing them. Excellent sound. Looking forward to converting some to MP3 files. Only con is that item does not have an automatic return. When album is finished, it keeps going and going till arm lifted, moved to side and stopped.

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                5.0

                Nice

                By Dave

                from Lititz, Pa

                Comments about Audio-Technica AT-LP120USB Direct Drive Professional DJ Turntable with USB Output:

                Very nice. Well made.

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                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                AN AUDIOPHILE STEAL!!

                By Ed from Barrington

                from Barrington, IL

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent
                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • Professional Features
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Studio

                  Comments about Audio-Technica AT-LP120USB Direct Drive Professional DJ Turntable with USB Output:

                  I have this turntable connected to a Cambridge Audio Rig
                  (851C...840A...840W). It more than holds it own and the price is insanely low. I use a Ortofon 2M Red cartridge
                  and the results a fabulous. My big rig has a table which
                  cost ten times more than this unit and to my ears...the sound results are about equal. True bargains a rare in the Audio
                  business but this is the best one I've ever heard!

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                  5.0

                  Great turntable. Easy set-up

                  By Bumich

                  from Milwaukee.

                  Comments about Audio-Technica AT-LP120USB Direct Drive Professional DJ Turntable with USB Output:

                  I love this turntable. A lot of advanced features. USB recording to computer ability. Great sound. Easy set- up. If you are thinking about buying a turntable this is the best in this price range. Great buying experience with B&H. I've been throwing an annual vinyl party for 6 years this was the best one yet.

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                  4.0

                  Easily meets expectations

                  By Odie

                  from Port Royal, PA

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                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Excellent Sound
                  • Exceptional Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Digitize Vinyl Collection
                    • Digitizing Personal Vinyl
                    • Home Studio

                    Comments about Audio-Technica AT-LP120USB Direct Drive Professional DJ Turntable with USB Output:

                    I bought the Audio-Technica AT-LP120 turntable, after reviewing several makes and models, to convert my life long vinyl collection to digital format and I am extremely pleased with my choice. Quality vs. price is as good as it gets. I haven't heard my vinyl sound this good in a long time. It's easy to set up and the Audacity processing software is easy to use (after initial familiarization). The only reason I did not give it 5 stars is because I have to go online to reference the software user manual.

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                    5.0

                    Exactly what I wanted

                    By echobats

                    from Tennessee

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                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Excellent Sound
                    • Professional Features
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Studio

                      Comments about Audio-Technica AT-LP120USB Direct Drive Professional DJ Turntable with USB Output:

                      I use this for home entertainment. It is great...everything I could have expected and more. It is a heavy-duty system and looks fantastic. I have an extra headshell and stylus for 78 rpm records. Everything works perfectly. I would highly recommend it. I watched the audio-technia video on youtube, and setup was a breeze. I have not yet used the recording software...the short cable would not reach my desktop.

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                      5.0

                      Perfect sound and help by B&H people

                      By Barto

                      from São Paulo,SP

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                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Excellent Sound
                      • Professional Features

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Home Studio
                        • Professional Recording

                        Comments about Audio-Technica AT-LP120USB Direct Drive Professional DJ Turntable with USB Output:

                        Hi. I´m surprise with the quality and sound from the Audio-Tech.

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                        4.0

                        turntable

                        By Dan

                        from Ohio

                        Comments about Audio-Technica AT-LP120USB Direct Drive Professional DJ Turntable with USB Output:

                        Locking tone arm bar arrived broken. Poorly made of thin plastic. Otherwise meets expectations for home use.

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                        5.0

                        great product

                        By Mike

                        from Flagstaff, AZ

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                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Well Built

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Amateur Recording

                          Comments about Audio-Technica AT-LP120USB Direct Drive Professional DJ Turntable with USB Output:

                          Transfer LPs to electronic

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                          5.0

                          Needing a turntable look no further

                          By Joel

                          from Wichita, KS

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Excellent Sound
                          • Professional Features
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Amateur Recording

                            Comments about Audio-Technica AT-LP120USB Direct Drive Professional DJ Turntable with USB Output:

                            Ease of operation

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                            4.0

                            Very nice turntable for the price

                            By Vince I

                            from Montreal, Quebec, Canada

                            About Me Experienced

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Professional Features

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Amateur Recording
                              • Home Studio

                              Comments about Audio-Technica AT-LP120USB Direct Drive Professional DJ Turntable with USB Output:

                              I purchased this turntable to transfer a handful of records to computer. So far the unit has performed as advertised.

                              My previous turntable was a Technics SL-1200MK2 and while the LP120USB looks similar, it does not come close in build quality, which it be expected due to the price difference. However for the price of the LP120USB, I don't think you could do much better.

                              I recommend this turntable for a beginner or someone to casually play some records. I would not recommend it for heavy DJ use, the motor just does not seem up to the task.

                              Sound quality is acceptable as is, but this unit does have some motor noise, which can be picked up during soft passages, nothing too major though. Overall I think it does a good job with speed accuracy and offers really good bang for the buck.

                              The included cartridge is better than expected, but I would recommend upgrading the cartridge/stylus if you can and add a rubber mat for best results.

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