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Audio-Technica LP-120XUSB

Manual direct-drive turntable with USB output and built-in phono preamp (Silver)

Item # 057120XUSS

Digitize your favorite albums so you can take them with you. Also has pitch control and a target light for easy cueing.

Digitize your favorite albums so you can take them with you. Also has pitch control and a target light for easy cueing.

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About the Audio-Technica LP-120XUSB

Digitize your favorite cuts, or play them live

The Audio-Technica LP-120XUSB turntable is made for sharing your favorite vinyl. You can connect its USB output to your Mac® or PC to digitize your albums, so they can travel with you in your smartphone. (Free 3rd-party Audacity software recommended.) 

Digitize your favorite cuts, or play them live

The Audio-Technica LP-120XUSB turntable is made for sharing your favorite vinyl. You can connect its USB output to your Mac® or PC to digitize your albums, so they can travel with you in your smartphone. (Free 3rd-party Audacity software recommended.) 

If you like to DJ, the 'table features a high-torque direct-drive motor that gets any record — 33-1/3, 45, or 78 rpm — up to speed in a hurry. Adjustable pitch control lets you change the platter speed ±8% or ±16% for easier beat-match mixing, and a pop-up light on the stylus helps you find your groove in a darkened club or living room. The included detachable dust cover helps keep your 'table clean when you're not using it.

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Product highlights:

  • USB output lets you convert vinyl records to digital audio files
    • Mac- and PC-compatible Audacity software for digitizing records is a free download
  • built-in switchable phono preamp
  • high-torque DC servo direct-drive motor for fast starting
  • electronic braking system
  • selectable speed: 33-1/3, 45, or 78 rpm
    • 78 rpm playback of some older pressings requires Audio-Technica VM670SP or similar stylus (stylus not included)
  • balanced S-shaped tonearm with hydraulically damped lift control and lockable rest
  • universal headshell with pre-mounted Audio-Technica AT-VM95E moving magnet phono cartridge
  • variable pitch control with quartz-controlled pitch lock
  • stroboscopic platter with speed indicator
  • removable plug-type stylus target light for easier cueing in low light
  • anti-resonance die-cast aluminum platter with anti-slip mat
  • grounding lug eliminates ground hum
Included accessories:
  • USB cable for transferring audio to your computer
  • dual RCA female to mini-plug male & dual RCA female to mini-plug female adapter cables
  • 45 RPM spindle adapter
  • counterweight for accurate tonearm tracking
  • slip mat
  • removable hinged dust cover
  • power cable
Dimensions and warranty:

What's in the box:

  • Turntable (tone-arm installed)
  • Headshell w/ catridge installed
  • Platter
  • Felt mat
  • Counterweight
  • 45 RPM adapter
  • Stylus target light
  • AC power adapter (attached 57" DC cord)
  • AC power connector
  • 6.5' USB-B to USB-A cable
  • 40" Stereo RCA cable
  • Dust cover
  • 2 Dust cover hinges
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Caution Guide

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Features & specs

Features
Operation Manual
Speeds 33-1/3, 45, 78
Drive Type Direct
Pitch Control Yes
Cartridge Type MM
Phono Preamp Built-in
USB Output Yes
45 RPM Adapter Yes
Specs
Signal to Noise Ratio 50
Wow and Flutter 0.2
Weight 17.6 lbs.
The Audio-Technica LP-120XUSB replaces these items:

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Features

Direct-drive Motor w/ 3 Speeds: The Audio-Technica AT-LP120XUSB is a professional stereo turntable that features a high-torque, direct-drive motor for quick start-ups. The AT-LP120XUSB turntable supports 33-1/3, 45 (adapter included), & 78 RPM records require an additional cartridge that is not included and sold separately (see Accessories Tab).

Die-Cast Aluminum Platter: The Audio-Technica AT-LP120XUSB turntable employs a professional anti-resonance, die-cast aluminum platter with a slip mat. The Stroboscopic platter provides a speed indicator.

Balanced Tone Arm & MM Cartridge: The Audio-Technica turntable features a Balanced S-shaped tone arm with hydraulically damped lift control and lockable rest. You will need to install the included Audio-Technica AT-VM95E Dual Magnet MM phono cartridge which features 0.3 x 0.7 mil elliptical stylus and 1/2" mount universal headshell (AT-HS6). A popup stylus target light is used for easier cueing in low light.

Built-In Switchable Phono Preamp w/ Stereo RCA Outputs: A selectable internal stereo phono pre-amplifier allows the turntable to plug directly to components with no dedicated Phono MM input. The turntable features stereo RCA outputs and comes with a 40" stereo RCA cable.

USB-B Out for Vinyl Recording: The Audio-Technica AT-LP120XUSB turntable features a USB-B output, comes with a 6.5' USB cable, and supports downloadable Audacity recording software that allows you to convert your vinyl records to digital audio files. You will need to plug the turntable into your laptop or computer via USB and install the downloadable Audacity recording software. The Audacity software is compatible with both PC (7 or above) & Mac (OS X 10.7 or above). Your vinyl records can be downloaded and recorded to your laptop or computer at CD-quality (16-bit/44.1 or 48kHz).

Note: Other third-party recording software packages are also compatible with this turntable.

Pitch Control: The turntable incorporates variable pitch control with quartz speed lock. The selectable high-accuracy quartz-controlled pitch lock and pitch change slider control offer +/-8% or +/-16% adjustment ranges.

Dust Cover: The Audio-Technica AT-LP120XUSB turntable comes with a removable hinged dust cover.

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after many searches i determined that this turntable was the best choice for me as well as the best value out there [ lane  Mar 26, 2020 ]
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Much research and trust in Crutchfield [ J  Jan 17, 2020 ]
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My old Sony font-loading turntable has developed mechanical issues and I needed to replace it. After searching, I decided on the AT LPXUSB as a suitable replacement. [ Larry  Dec 11, 2019 ]
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It is a starter turntable for my son. I am familiar with the brand and have used a similar model for years with no issues. The model provides a great deal of functionality and performance at a very modest price with an expectation from personal use of an extended lifetime. [ John  Dec 01, 2019 ]
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looked at a few others online and read reviews ! hope my daughter likes it . [ ROBERT  Nov 29, 2019 ]
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From the description and reviews it appears to be a quality turntable with attractive features like digital output and direct drive. [ William  Oct 24, 2019 ]
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Price, reviews, and material used. [ S  Oct 15, 2019 ]
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Generally good independent reviews. USB output and integrated phono-pre-amplifier were important requirements [ EDWARD  Oct 04, 2019 ]
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rated the best turntable at this price point - considered better than many more expensive [ Vance  Aug 28, 2019 ]
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Good reviews from multiple sources.. [ Jim  Jul 31, 2019 ]
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Familiar with brand and model. Good pricing. [ Tom  Jul 10, 2019 ]
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I LIKE IT BECAUSE IT WORKS GOOD. [ DALE ROBERT  Jun 11, 2019 ]
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As a relatively inexpensive yet decent second turntable to play and digitize my 78s. [ Steven  May 13, 2019 ]
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My Numark TT200 moter drive burned out and I need a good turntable to recover music from my old LPs. [ Wayne  Jun 10, 2020 ]
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Very positive reviews [ Michael  May 26, 2020 ]
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best intro tt for the money, would like to see automatic version though. [ Daniel  May 13, 2020 ]
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The ability to take my vast album collection and save to digital [ Pam  Apr 16, 2020 ]
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Existing turntable need to be fixed and found parts are no longer available. This came recommended by a few vinyl collectors. [ dan  Apr 09, 2020 ]
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you suggested it [ christine  Apr 08, 2020 ]
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Listening to "My Analog Journal" on YouTube and was inspired [ Evrim  Apr 06, 2020 ]
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This will enable us to transfer our vinyl records to MP3 digital format. [ Mark  Apr 03, 2020 ]
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I chose this turntable because I needed to replace a 30 year old turntable with the strobe feature. Some LPs are not always in tune to 440 A, and this feature allows for that variance. I purchased an Audio Technica turntable for my wife who has recently got in to vinyl and loves it. [ Mathew Wayne  Feb 15, 2020 ]
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The durability, capabilities, and specifications of this Audio-Technica Turntable make it an outstanding value. Audio-Technica [ Dale  Dec 28, 2019 ]
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Multiple reviews [ almalave  Dec 19, 2019 ]
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9 questions already asked

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I recently purchased this turntable along with a set of Audioquest Evergreen RCA cables to use between the turntable and receiver. The turntable came with a stock set of RCA cables with ground connectors on both ends. Can I use the Audioquest cables without grounding or should I use the stock cables with the grounding cables? Not sure which is the best method for this turntable.
[ Gregory  Jun 19, 2020 ]
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If you're using the turntable's built-in preamp, you should be fine with just the Audioquest cables. See https://www.crutchfield.com/learn/how-to-connect-a-turntable-to-a-receiver.html If you plan to use you receiver's preamp, or a separate component preamp, you will probably need grounding, either by using the included RCA/ground cables, or by using the Audioquest cables with an add-on ground, such as this one: https://www.crutchfield.com/p_703GGSTRN6/AudioQuest-Saturn-GroundGoody-6-meters.html?tp=203
[ DAN  Jun 25, 2020 ]
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I used the cables supplied by the manufacturer and I am pleased with the sound. I don't think you can damage the device by using a non-grounded cable. So, try both and use the one that sounds better. If the grounding is important, the difference is likely to be obvious
[ Vance  Jun 25, 2020 ]
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In some places you may need grounding if you notice some hum. In my home I don't.
[ Victor  Jun 25, 2020 ]
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I'm very interested in this item ,but the real truth is that I'm not technological at all. Do I have to use Audacity software,? I'd like to learn to edit my old vinyl stuff, but so far, I haven't been lucky.I was looking for an editor online, Youtube had a simple and easy editor once.,but they don't have it anymore. I'm most familiar with WMP and simple devices. Is Audacity neccessary to record my records in my computer if I decided to have the AudioTechnica 120-USB turntable? I feel Audacity will be kind of hard for me,I need advice.
[ WALTER  Apr 30, 2020 ]
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Hello Walter: I'm afraid I will be of little assistance regarding your question. I bought the turntable simply to replace an old turntable, with no intention of doing anything other than spinning vinyl. I can, therefore, not address/answer your question with any degree of knowledge or competence.
[ Richard  Apr 30, 2020 ]
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Sorry, I just use it as a turntable.
[ David  Apr 30, 2020 ]
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how to set-up the tone arm balance?
[ David R.  Mar 25, 2020 ]
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If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer.
[ Calvin  Apr 21, 2020 ]  Staff
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I would recommend you.tube. Got the best info I could find there.
[ charles  Apr 20, 2020 ]
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I remember screwing that thing on at the back of the arm and having to play with it to get the balance right, I think.
[ Alex  Apr 20, 2020 ]
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Does the tone arm return to stored position?
[ John  Dec 27, 2019 ]
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No, this is fully manual.
[ WILLIAM R  Jan 29, 2020 ]
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No it does not you have to return it when your album is done
[ Ronald  Jan 29, 2020 ]
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No it does not
[ David  Jan 28, 2020 ]
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If this is a "must have" feature for you, unfortunately the tone arm does not return to the stored position automatically. You may want to research whether automatic turntables have any effect on fidelity.As an "old geezer" who remembers the early days of high fidelity stereo recordings, it does not generally bother me to get up to perform the chore. I tend to listen to music quite closely, so I don't face the danger of accidentally letting the tone arm go repeatedly over the end of my listening session and I've been quite pleased with the performance this model. Ultimately, having the feature is a matter of personal choice and if you feel strongly about it--I'm sure you can find automatic models that have excellent reproduction. Bill Van Nostran.
[ WILLIAM VAN  Jan 28, 2020 ]
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Not automatically.. You need to take it out of stored position and place back to stored position.. It has a u-shaped lock to prevent it from popping out
[ JAMES H  Jan 28, 2020 ]
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It does not. You have to do everything by hand.
[ RICK  Jan 28, 2020 ]
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I'm 99% sure the tone arm does not automatically return to the stored position when the record finishes. I had ordered this turntable but for this reason changed to the Denon DP-300F, which I'm very satisfied with.
[ STEPHEN  Jan 28, 2020 ]
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Not automatically.
[ michael  Jan 28, 2020 ]
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Not automatically
[ Zachary  Jan 28, 2020 ]
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Does automatic mean that the arm will return on its own?
[ John  Dec 27, 2019 ]
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No it does not retrieve the arm on its own. You have to be on alert as vinyl side ends. But this tt is amazing! For the price it's a great deck!
[ DIEGO J  Jan 10, 2020 ]
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Hello John. While this is a very fine turntable the arm will not return in its own.
[ Donald  Jan 09, 2020 ]
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Well, yes automatic does mean the arm will return on its own, but this machine is manual.
[ james  Jan 09, 2020 ]
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No, the arm does not return after reaching end of record.
[ james  Jan 09, 2020 ]
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Yes. This particular turntable does not have an automatic return.
[ Peter  Jan 09, 2020 ]
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No. You must manually place the tonearm on the record, then manually remove it when you're done listening to the album.
[ Roger L.  Jan 08, 2020 ]
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This is a manual turntable, no the arm does not return on its.
[ JOEL  Jan 08, 2020 ]
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No. The tone arm does not return on its own.
[ David Alan  Jan 07, 2020 ]
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Mine does not return.
[ David  Jan 07, 2020 ]
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Fully automatic means that one button will pick up the tone arm and set it on the record, then, when the record is finished, will again lift it up and return it to rest. Semi automatic means that you need to set the tone arm on the record to play, but when the record is finished the turntable will automatically pick up the tone arm and return it to rest. Fully manual, like this model (which I have) means that you must set the tone arm to play and pick it up when the record is completed. Hope this helps.
[ Vance  Jan 07, 2020 ]
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No this is a fully manual turntable.
[ CASEY  Jan 07, 2020 ]
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will this plug into my old mcs 6601 stereo?
[ tim m.  Mar 29, 2020 ]
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It appears that the mcs6601 is a direct drive turntable itself. But if you are speaking about an older system compatibility the answer is yes. I connected my turntable to a 20+ year old ONKYO TX906 and everything works fine together. I assume your receiver has RCA inputs. Have fun, it's a great Turntable. I hope this helps.
[ PATRICK  Mar 30, 2020 ]
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Yes , as long as you have a phone in or an aux in plug
[ MICHAEL  Mar 30, 2020 ]
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Can you use a phono preamp with this turntable?
[ Kevin  Feb 18, 2020 ]
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You don't need it as it has a preamp already built into the turntable. I have had mine for about 3 months now and it works great and I know I made the right choice after doing research for about 2 years. I previously used a United Audio Dual 1229Q which I bought in 1975. Unfortunately it developed motor trouble a couple of years ago and I decided to get a new one. It owed me nothing. I hope this helps.
[ PATRICK  Feb 20, 2020 ]
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Yes, I use one with mine.
[ William  Feb 19, 2020 ]
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Yes. It has a built in preamp that you can switch off if you want to use a separate preamp.
[ Gregg  Feb 19, 2020 ]
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