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Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB

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

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Overview

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Digitize your favorite cuts, or play them live

The Audio-Technica AT-LP120BK-USB turntable is made for sharing your favorite vinyl. You can digitize top tracks with a built-in USB output and included Mac- and PC-compatible Audacity software, so they can travel with you in your smartphone. 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 ±10% or ±20% for easier beat-match mixing, and a pop-up light on the stylus helps you find your groove in a darkened club. The included detachable dust cover helps keep your 'table clean when you're not using it.

Product Highlights:

  • USB output lets you convert vinyl records to digital audio files
  • built-in switchable phono preamp
  • high-torque direct-drive motor for fast starting
  • forward and reverse play capability for DJ-ing
  • selectable speed: 33-1/3, 45, or 78 rpm
  • balanced S-shaped tonearm with hydraulically damped lift control and lockable rest
  • universal headshell with pre-mounted Audio-Technica AT95E moving magnet phono cartridge
  • forward/reverse operation and variable pitch control with quartz-controlled pitch lock
  • pop-up stylus target light for easier cueing in low light
  • anti-resonance die-cast aluminum platter with anti-slip mat
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
  • Mac- and PC-compatible Audacity software for digitizing records
  • 45 RPM spindle adapter
  • phono cartridge
    • 78 RPM records require additional cartridge (not included)
  • 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)
  • AT95E Cartridge
  • Platter
  • Mat
  • Dust cover
  • 2 Hinges
  • 45 RPM adapter
  • Counter-weight
  • 6' AC power cord
  • 6.5' USB-B to USB-A cable
  • 3' Female stereo RCA to male stereo minijack cable
  • 9" Female stereo RCA to female stereo minijack cable
  • Audacity Recording Software on CD-ROM
  • Installation/Operation Manual
  • Software Guide
  • Audio-Technica brochure

Old school quality, old school turntable. Chose this after a friend recommended it. Couldn't be happier.

John, Anderson, SC

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Features and Specs

Features
Operation Manual
Speeds 33-1/3, 45, 78
Cartridge Type MM
Phono Preamp Built-in
USB Output Yes
Pitch Control Yes
45 RPM Adapter Yes
Specs
Signal to Noise Ratio 50
Wow and Flutter 0.2
Weight 23.5 lbs.

Product Research

Features

Direct-drive Motor w/ 3 Speeds: The Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB is a professional stereo turntable that features a high-torque, direct-drive motor for quick start-ups. The AT-LP120-USB turntable supports 33-1/3, 45 (adapter included), & 78 RPM speeds (78 RPM records require additional cartridge that is not included).

Die-Cast Aluminum Platter: The Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB 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 AT95E Dual Magnet MM phono cartridge which features a long-life diamond stylus and 1/2" mount universal headshell. A popup stylus target light is used for easier cueing in low light.

Built-in Switchable Phone Pre-amp: A selectable internal stereo phono pre-amplifier allows the turntable to plug directly to components with no dedicated Phono MM input.

Attached Stereo RCA Cable: The AT-LP120-USB is fitted with an attached 38" stereo RCA cable.

USB-B Out for Vinyl Recording: The Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB turntable features a USB-B output, comes with a USB cable, and is supplied with Audacity recording software on CD-ROM which 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 included Audacity recording software. The Audacity software is compatible with both PC (XP or above) & Mac (OS X 10.6 or above). Your vinyl records can be downloaded and recorded to your laptop or computer at CD-quality (16-bit/44.1kHz).

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

Controls: The turntable incorporates forward/reverse operation and variable pitch control with quartz speed lock. Forward and reverse play capability can be used for DJ-ing. The selectable high-accuracy quartz-controlled pitch lock and pitch change slider control offer +/-10% or +/-20% adjustment ranges.

Dust Cover: The Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB turntable comes with a removable hinged dust cover.

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Why did you buy this?

price [ Froylan  Oct 07, 2018 ]
I have amassed a large vinyl album collection and want to return to the sound quality that turntables provide. I have been doing research on turntable brands, types and availability and tend to revisit the Audio-Technica brand. I have also followed home stereo and car stereo equipment from Crutchfield since I was at College in the 80's and I have had good experiences through the purchases from them. So when it came time to make my purchase I opted to choose Crutchfield. [ Mark  Oct 04, 2018 ]
Good brand with buit-in preamp. 5 star rating. [ Robert J.  Sep 30, 2018 ]
I got this to replace another lesser quality record player. I wanted to be able to back up my vinyl that this turntable can do. It also comes with a much better needle. [ William  Sep 19, 2018 ]
Good Reviews. [ Robert  Sep 18, 2018 ]
read lots of reviews on many turntables on and around this price range, decided this was the ONE. [ Ralph  Sep 08, 2018 ]
Wanted to try a direct drive turntable. Hope it will last longer, with accurate play speed, compared to belt drive, and still have high quality sound reproduction. [ Rod  Sep 04, 2018 ]
Top choice on Wirecutter [ Jeffrey  Sep 03, 2018 ]
This turntable has the features I'm looking for: damped cueing, pitch adjust, anti-skate, tracking adjustment, USB, and a light to see where the stylus is going. Can't wait to set it up. [ Dan  Aug 21, 2018 ]
The DENON 300-F I bought from you several months ago does not maintain 33.3 speed correctly. Plays jazz albums OK , but anything with singing sounds like chipmunks. Very disappointed. Marshall Upshur [ MARSHALL  Aug 20, 2018 ]
Features, ruggedness, ratings, reviews,pricing and number of satisfied customers. [ EMMANUEL  Aug 12, 2018 ]
reviews [ Jesse  Aug 11, 2018 ]
Good reviews [ timothy  Jun 30, 2018 ]
Uniformly good (and informative) reviews for this product; good pricing for the purported quality. [ Thomas  Jun 16, 2018 ]
It seemed like the best turntable on the market under $300.00. [ Andrew  May 14, 2018 ]
most bang for the buck [ Thomas  May 13, 2018 ]
Great price for an outstanding turntable [ Luis  Apr 16, 2018 ]
Price [ William R.  Apr 16, 2018 ]
Good reviews and price point/quality. [ Patrick  Mar 14, 2018 ]
Used to DJ and this looks the closet turntable to the now discontinued Technics 1210 [ Diane  Mar 05, 2018 ]
upgrade from current turntable [ Gregory  Feb 17, 2018 ]
Suggested by an experienced audio professional. [ Ryan James  Feb 01, 2018 ]
Good reviews , most complete features and nice cartridge. [ Luis  Jan 31, 2018 ]
Looked at a lot of tables and for the money this is great. I especially wanted a table that had speed control for the platter. Not an audiophile or dj...just wanted a decent affordable turntable. [ Dana  Jan 26, 2018 ]
Direct drive plus 33.3 45 [ John  Jan 16, 2018 ]
As a professional musician, I decided this model had the features I wanted at the best price. Besides, replacing just the stylus on my current turntable would cost $800! [ WILLIAM  Jan 15, 2018 ]
Online reviews, and general reputation of the manufacturer. [ MARTIN  Jan 14, 2018 ]
Play 78 rpm records and record to digital. [ Patrick  Jan 14, 2018 ]
Marshall Thank You Vito Russo [ Vito  Jan 10, 2018 ]
My old Dual 1219 stopped working due to idler wheel malfunction. I was guided in the decision to buy new or try to repair, as it was thought to be almost as much to repair, and the new turntable would be of considerably higher quality. Thanks, Buster, for your time and advice. [ G  Jan 08, 2018 ]
Gift for my son - he picked it out. Chat with advisor Archer was helpful! [ Suzanne  Dec 15, 2017 ]
On daughter's Christmas wish list ;) [ Kathy  Dec 11, 2017 ]
reviews [ Carl  Dec 08, 2017 ]
My son chose them as a gift. [ Martha  Nov 27, 2017 ]
What I was looking for and a great price [ Bobby  Nov 26, 2017 ]
Gift for my 18 year old who has become obsessed with my old album collection. [ chris  Sep 25, 2017 ]
Good turntable Specs [ Tom  Aug 06, 2017 ]
It was my first purchase to start playing my vinyl [ Keith  Jul 30, 2017 ]
my husband is replacing his childhood Realistic turntable. [ Cheri  Jul 26, 2017 ]
Best seller with 5 star reviews! [ Dennis  Jul 19, 2017 ]
Every review I read brought me to conclude this was the best turntable on the market for the money. [ Dave  Jul 01, 2017 ]
I chose this product because I wanted a solid Turntable built to last. And futhermore, Crutchfield will always be my number 1 go to for anything Electronic. My experience with them in the past has always exceeded my expectations, from the technical help to standing behind the products they sell. [ Darrell  Jun 09, 2017 ]
customer reviews. [ Robert  May 30, 2017 ]
Looking for a decent and reputable turntable to play my lps and digitalize them if I choose and after extensive research I decided on this model because of its features...its a step above basic and a step below to expensive â?ºï¸? [ Victor  May 29, 2017 ]
I want to put on my computer [ William  May 23, 2017 ]
High Quality Turntable at a great price [ zac  Apr 02, 2017 ]
price [ willie  Mar 18, 2017 ]
I purchased this item after speaking with Max. Max help convinced me the unit although listed as scratch and dent, may not necessarily have any cosmetic defects. Also, I have purchase from Crutchfield in the past and I had a very good experience with their service. [ BARRY C  Mar 16, 2017 ]
It is the best value and can play 78s [ Collin  Mar 10, 2017 ]
Good Ratings [ Thomas  Jan 23, 2017 ]
Your write-up was good and it's one of your best sellers. Also my old turntable quit. [ Charles  Jan 22, 2017 ]
Looked like exactly what I wanted [ Mark  Jan 12, 2017 ]
Had good reviews on multiple web sites and was in my price range. [ Michael  Jan 02, 2017 ]
Plays 78 [ Richard  Dec 31, 2016 ]
I chose this because of multiple positive customer & editorial reviews. I chose Crutchfield for convenience & sale pricing / availability. [ Anthony  Dec 18, 2016 ]
My old turntable died, and was looking for a new one. I found this in Crutchfield's catalogue, and the reviews were good. My previous purchases from Crutchfield went very well, so Iordered it. [ Peter  Dec 12, 2016 ]
Belt drive previously, wanted to try direct drive, on sale. [ N  Dec 11, 2016 ]
ratings were the best for this price range [ Rebecca  Dec 10, 2016 ]
Crutchfield Chat [ J  Dec 08, 2016 ]
Perfect gift for the music-lover in my house! [ ELIZABETH YOUNG  Dec 08, 2016 ]
Great turntable for just listening to my myriad of vinyl plus USB to transfer what I want to. [ Caroline  Dec 06, 2016 ]
Still have my vinyl collection from high school and college and was looking for something comparable to my vintage Sony PS-4300. This works and sounds great. [ Zane  Nov 28, 2016 ]
Quality reputation and DJ features, PERFECT for my 17 year old son for Christmas [ ANDREW M  Nov 23, 2016 ]
It is a quality manufacturer and has a feature to allow digitizing LPs as well as playing LPs through powered speakers with preamp. [ George  Nov 21, 2016 ]
excellent reviews [ David  Nov 19, 2016 ]
I have been reading reviews for some time about turntables and this one kept popping up as one of the best. Since it is one sale, now is the time. Thanks [ Vernon  Nov 15, 2016 ]
Listed as one of the best on consumer sites. [ DAVID  Nov 10, 2016 ]
it looked like it was heavy to reduce vibration. [ John  Sep 26, 2018 ]
Recommended by Wirecutters [ SANDRA  Jul 18, 2018 ]
For more than 20 years I have a Technics SLK-1200 which is the same direct drive as the new Audio Technica, is time to convert my vynil records collection into a digital format. Crutchfield is my source to buy excellent audio quality products, keep the good work. [ AXEL  Jul 14, 2018 ]
I purchased the Audio-Technica AT LP120 USB Silver, because it is a highly rated turntable that included both tone controls and phono preamp. [ Eric  Jul 08, 2018 ]
I was in the market for a good turntable. I chose this one because it has the capability of having my lp's transferred to my computer. I'm looking forward to having my favorite tunes now available on my Ipod. [ Ritchie  Jul 04, 2018 ]
Saw it in store. Looked well made. It is heavy. USB will allow me to put my album collection on computer. Believe the cartridge is better than on some other turntables I considered. Wish it was automatic though. [ REX P.  Mar 10, 2018 ]
Picked it out and discussed with Bryce. [ Raymond  Mar 05, 2018 ]
Solid brand. Excellent ratings. Exactly as needed. [ Bruce  Dec 20, 2017 ]
Just retired with tons of old records. Looking forward to transferring music to my IPOD. This unit appears to be highly recommended. [ MAURICE M  Dec 17, 2017 ]
referral [ Jon  Dec 17, 2017 ]
Reviews were great and a friend has had a great experience with this turntable [ Keith  Dec 16, 2017 ]
I read several reviews from several sources and this product was consistently top rated for turntables with usb under $250. I could have bought from several sources but I picked crutchfield for all the great customer service I have read about [ Marsha Elaine  Dec 07, 2017 ]
Solid brand from past experence and confirmed good input from other owners [ ROB  Nov 24, 2017 ]
Past Reputation & Price [ Paul  Nov 14, 2017 ]
Great reviews [ Dale  Jun 12, 2017 ]
It's my husband's birthday and this is what he wanted. [ Marguerite P.  Apr 27, 2017 ]
Good reviews and highly recommended. [ Rowendo  Apr 24, 2017 ]
Because it was well rated and you had it in your inventory. [ Daniel F Lopez  Apr 23, 2017 ]
I require a dependable turntable which allows me to play 33-1/3 rpm discs; 45 rpm discs; and, 78 rpm discs. What's more, this turntable offers USB connections to computer so that I may convert my discs to CD's. [ Michael Joseph  Apr 22, 2017 ]
Price, quality, reputation and really cool. [ John  Mar 21, 2017 ]
Good ratings [ Tim  Feb 18, 2017 ]
I have an old PE 2020 turntable that after decades of storage has start/stop issues. Nobody on the universe wants to work on this unit. Choose AT based on specifications and reviews. Would like to have had an automatic but not a deal breaker. [ Mark  Dec 29, 2016 ]
I will be setting up after the holidays. I'll get back to you. [ JOE  Dec 29, 2016 ]
Several reviews said this was a much better sounding record player then others in the price range. [ Jason  Dec 28, 2016 ]
Had very good reviews everywhere I looked. Also was a good price. [ Jeffrey  Dec 17, 2016 ]
Price quality and features [ John  Dec 13, 2016 ]
Because it looked legit. [ Nadja  Dec 07, 2016 ]
Good reviews and good buy [ Wallace  Dec 03, 2016 ]
Read several reviews and this was the best bang for the buck. [ Michael  Dec 01, 2016 ]
I intend to convert my record collection into digital files to stream them via wi fi throughout my home. [ james  Nov 28, 2016 ]
Pitch control [ C  Nov 23, 2016 ]
I have a lot of vinyl and want to convert to digital. [ gary  Nov 23, 2016 ]
Great reviews [ Joseph  Nov 15, 2016 ]
It received very good reviews from customers and tech personnel and that along with a great price are reasons for me to buy this turntable as a gift for my spouse. [ Deborah  Nov 14, 2016 ]

8 questions already asked

Hertz [ William  Feb 24, 2018 ]
Not sure what the factory installed cartridges frequency response is but you can definitely purchase upgrades. [ Michael  Feb 19, 2018 ]
The cable is 36 in. ,takes planning is well worth It. Aloha from maui. [ michael  Jan 17, 2018 ]
3-4 ft. Apps. [ John  Jan 17, 2018 ]
Approx 36" [ Frank  Jan 17, 2018 ]
Not real sure, I can look when I get home but believe it is approx. 3 ft [ Barbara  Jan 17, 2018 ]
Jim D, The hardware, that is the turntable is compatible with any system having a USB connection. The software, Audacity, is a stand-alone product although it is packaged with the turntable - there's probably a new version out there. Google Audacity for the latest version. I'm pretty sure Audacity supports Win7 as either 32 bit or 64 bit. My machine is 54bit Win10 and my latest version is Audacity 2.1.3 Hope this helps. Dean [ Dean  Jan 17, 2018 ]
Jim, works perfectly in both operating systems. [ francisco  Jan 17, 2018 ]
You should never sit a turntable (or other piece of equipment for that matter) on top of an amp/receiver. There needs to be a good 4" of clearance to dissipate the heat they generate. [ Rod P  Aug 24, 2017 ]
The outside edge of the feet across the front is 17 inches wide, and the outside edge of the feet, front to back, is 12 inches deep. [ David  Jul 10, 2017 ]
I'm afraid the distance between the mounting "feet" is not listed in our research or the owner's manual for the AT-LP120 USB. I would recommend reaching out to Audio-Technica directly for more details on that--you reach them by phone at 330-686-2600 or check their support website: http://www.audio-technica.com/cms/site/1635df9c8c5039f1/index.html [ Larry  Jul 09, 2017 ]  Staff
Your vinyl records can be downloaded and recorded to your laptop or computer at CD-quality (16-bit/44.1kHz). I hope that helps. My Bio: https://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=5 [ Ryan  Apr 05, 2017 ]  Staff
Matt I cannot answer your question because I have not yet tried the file conversion function of the turntable. I can tell you that I am extremely happy with the performance of the turntable while playing LPs. [ PAUL J  Mar 29, 2017 ]
Thanks for your question. With the cover open completely the height would be 16.25". Also another think to take into consideration would be the depth from front to back which is normally 14.25", when the cover is open it increases to 16". Hope this information helps. [ Kenny  Feb 14, 2017 ]  Staff
Louis I have hooked my turntable to my Denon AVR and have experienced no hum. The only ground I have is through the AC cord. [ PAUL J  Mar 29, 2017 ]
Hey Louis, I just jammed the wires into the receiver's phono input without doing anything fancy and had no hum. [ THOMAS  Jan 03, 2017 ]
~ 5 1/2 inches [ steven  Apr 30, 2017 ]
Roughly 4 inches to the top of the arm Thanks [ Wade  Apr 30, 2017 ]
6 3/8" from feet to highest point of tone arm assembly I have this unit in a space of 8.5" and I am able to change and clean LP's fairly easy. [ Robert  Apr 29, 2017 ]
Answered wrong question. Height of th=urntable surface is 3.5", height to tp of tone arm about 5.25" [ Gregory  Apr 28, 2017 ]
2.75 inches from the turntable surface. [ Gregory  Apr 28, 2017 ]
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