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Audio-Technica LP-120XUSB

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

Item # 057120XUSB

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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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.


Product highlights:

  • Featured in our article: Best turntables for 2023
  • 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
    • when switch is set to LINE, turntable must be connected to a standard line input (labeled AUX, CD, or TAPE)
    • when switch is set to PHONO, turntable must be connected to an outboard phono preamp or dedicated phono input
  • 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:
  • 17-13/16"W x 5-5/8"H x 13-7/8"D
  • weight: 17.6 lbs. (with dust cover removed)
  • warranty: 1 year

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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More details on the Audio-Technica LP-120XUSB

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Features & specs

Color Black
Operation Manual
Speeds 33-1/3, 45, 78
Drive Type Direct
Pitch Control Yes
Phono Preamp Built-in
USB Output Yes
Bluetooth Built-In No
45 RPM Adapter Yes
Audio Cable Detachable
Power Cable Detachable (12-volt DC adapter)
Materials and Construction
Plinth MDF
Platter Aluminum
Tone Arm Shape S-shaped
Tone Arm Material Aluminum
Tone Arm Lift Finger, lever
Cartridge Info
Included Cartridge AT-VM95E
Cartridge Type MM
Removable Headshell Straight
Tracking Weight 2.0 g (20mN)
Frequency Response 20-20,000
Output Voltage 4.0
Load Impedance 47,000
Load Capacitance 100-200
Audio Specs
Signal to Noise Ratio 50
Wow and Flutter 0.2
Dimensions and Warranty
Width (Inches) 17.8125
Height (Inches) 5.625
Depth (Inches) 14.5
Weight 17.6 lbs.
Turntable Parts Warranty 1 Year
Turntable Labor Warranty 1 Year
Cartridge Parts Warranty 1 Year
Cartridge Labor Warranty 1 Year
The Audio-Technica LP-120XUSB replaces these items:

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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.

  • Dimensions With Dust Cover Closed: 17.8125" (w) x 5.625" (h) x 14.5" (d)
  • Dimensions With Dust Cover Opened: 17.8125" (w) x 15.625" (h) x 16.375" (d)

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22 questions already asked

Just recently bought this at $349. Now it's on sale? Is there a price match?
ralph edward  Feb 10, 2023
1 answer
If you purchased from us and are within your 60-days satisfaction guarantee Ralph, you are covered. Just have your order number handy and contact our Customer Service department and we can put the difference back on your original pay method, it's that easy! If the turntable was not purchased from us or you are outside of your 60-days, there is little we can do to help.
bo  Feb 11, 2023 (Staff)
Just recently bought this at $349. Now it's on sale?
ralph edward  Feb 10, 2023
1 answer
Greetings Ralph. At Crutchfield we have a 60 day price protection guaranty. Please call our Customer Support line at 800-955-9091 with your order number before the turntable goes back up in price for a credit back to your payment type.
thomas  Feb 10, 2023 (Staff)
Can a flash drive be used for the USB to convert a vinyl collection? Thanks in advance !
mark st.  Oct 06, 2022
1 answer
No. This must be connected to a PC or Mac in order to digitize your records.
zachary  Oct 06, 2022 (Staff)
Is this Bluetooth enabled ?
moira  Mar 01, 2022
3 answers
jim  Mar 04, 2022
thomas  Mar 02, 2022
I don't believe it is. I have mine hardwired to my receiver and have been very happy with it. Hope this helps.
lawrence  Mar 02, 2022
What is the replacement stylus for this turntable?
richard  Oct 20, 2021
2 answers
You nailed it ! The stylus that comes with the turntable is lousy or its the preamp! Best options are Sumiko or Ortofon,
derrel  Oct 21, 2021
I used a Sumiko Pearl MM with very good results.
greg  Oct 20, 2021
randy  May 01, 2021
1 answer
We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question.
thomas  May 21, 2021 (Staff)
What type of speakers should I purchase with this turntable (Audio Technica LP-120XUSB) ?
richard  Feb 28, 2021
3 answers
I personally have the Polk Legend 600 speakers that are hooked up with this turntable and they sound great. There are many speakers that will shine with this turntable though so just get the best speakers your budget will allow. If you don't like the sound you can always buy a better stylus for the turntable. The stylus makes a big difference in sound too.
greg  Feb 28, 2021
Well there are many powered speaker set out there, I would recommend the klipsch R-14M a good powered set that won't break the bank either. They will have great sound and great power handling.
casey  Feb 28, 2021
you must have an amplifier or powered speakers The turn table does not have Bluetooth out so you will need to solve that problem. My suggestion is spend the money on a good amp and some nice Polk speakers. You will really enjoy them.
david a.  Feb 28, 2021
I have a audio technica LP120 usb turntable I'm would like to upgrade the stylus any recommendations?
michael  Feb 08, 2021
2 answers
I upgraded to the more expensive stylus, the AT-VMN95SH Replacement Stylus for the purpose of playing and recording new LPs and left the original cartridge for everyday use. To be honest I can not hear a difference between the two. Changing stylus instead of cartridge is the easiest way to upgrade, you don't have to realign your cartridge.
victor  Feb 09, 2021
I went high-end with Ortofon Black that costs around $600. Tracking is set at 1.5 grams. Of course, the other Ortofons, namely red, blue and bronze are equally compatible. Try lpgear.
james  Feb 08, 2021
I am interested in buying this turntable. Can you recommend an amp to go with it? Will it work with my Sonos playbar or do I need to also purchase stereo speakers? I don't have a huge budget, so something entry level or mid range. Thank you!!
lindy  Oct 12, 2020
2 answers
If the Sonos playbar has an AUX input you should be able to connect the LP-120XUSB since the turntable has its own phono preamp. I connect mine to my receiver's AUX input.
victor  Oct 12, 2020
I contacted my turntable to an older Pioneer receiver I had. The turntable output is RCA(red and white) which I connected to the receiver. I had old home stereo sub and speakers to connect to the receiver. I am entirely sure of your connections on your playbar to be able to answer your question completely. i hope this helps. i do enjoy the turntable and am glad i purchased it.
nicholas  Oct 12, 2020
I do not know what to buy. I simply want to play records and hear them. I donâ??t need extras . I do not want a turntable that has to connect to a stereo. I would like a turntable with all the necessary controls to put a record on and play it. I have no technical/electronic . It would be OK if it needs to connect to speakers. What do you recommend?
donna  Aug 27, 2020
2 answers
Sounds like you may want to visit some garage sales in your area and look for some nice vintage gear, like them older hifi record players , or also check Amazon for something like the Popsky Record Player with built-in speakers and blue tooth compatibility. Good luck.
diego j  Aug 29, 2020
Must connect this turntable to both speakers and a tuner.
james  Aug 28, 2020
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.
hunter  Jun 19, 2020
4 answers
lf you can seperate the ground cable from the cable that came with the turntable then you can use the ground and the Audio Quest cables. That's what l did.
william n  Aug 03, 2021
If you're using the turntable's built-in preamp, you should be fine with just the Audioquest cables. See 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:
dan  Jun 25, 2020
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
In some places you may need grounding if you notice some hum. In my home I don't.
victor  Jun 25, 2020
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
2 answers
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
Sorry, I just use it as a turntable.
david a.  Apr 30, 2020
how to set-up the tone arm balance?
david r.  Mar 25, 2020
4 answers
The instuctions that came with the turntable were not helpful. I went to audio technica's site and found more detailed instructions there. You are aiming to balance it so it is not head or tail heavy. Since you cannot move the fulcrum, the weighted dial at the tail end does this for you. There are markings on the dial so you can fine tune your settings.
elyse marie  May 06, 2020
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.
thomas  Apr 21, 2020 (Staff)
I would recommend Got the best info I could find there.
charles  Apr 20, 2020
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 m  Apr 20, 2020
Does the tone arm return to stored position?
john  Dec 27, 2019
9 answers
No, this is fully manual.
william  Jan 29, 2020
No it does not you have to return it when your album is done
ronald  Jan 29, 2020
No it does not
david a.  Jan 28, 2020
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  Jan 28, 2020
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  Jan 28, 2020
It does not. You have to do everything by hand.
rick  Jan 28, 2020
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
Not automatically.
michael  Jan 28, 2020
Not automatically
zachary  Jan 28, 2020
Does automatic mean that the arm will return on its own?
john  Dec 27, 2019
11 answers
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
Hello John. While this is a very fine turntable the arm will not return in its own.
donald  Jan 09, 2020
Well, yes automatic does mean the arm will return on its own, but this machine is manual.
james  Jan 09, 2020
No, the arm does not return after reaching end of record.
james  Jan 09, 2020
Yes. This particular turntable does not have an automatic return.
peter  Jan 09, 2020
No. You must manually place the tonearm on the record, then manually remove it when you're done listening to the album.
roger  Jan 08, 2020
This is a manual turntable, no the arm does not return on its.
joel  Jan 08, 2020
No. The tone arm does not return on its own.
david alan  Jan 07, 2020
Mine does not return.
david  Jan 07, 2020
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
No this is a fully manual turntable.
casey  Jan 07, 2020
could you play 33 1/3 size records on this table and lp s ?
robert  Sep 01, 2020
6 answers
Yes, this turntable will play standard 33 1/3 LPs, old 78s and has an adapter for 45s.
john  Sep 02, 2020
frank  Sep 02, 2020
Yes it works beautiful
dean  Sep 01, 2020
dean  Sep 01, 2020
Yes, it has settings to play 33s and 45s. You can also play 78s, but I think you need a special cartridge for that.
michael  Sep 01, 2020
ryan  Sep 01, 2020
What kind of speakers is everyone using with this turntable?
brian  Aug 15, 2020
4 answers
I have been using JBL L100 t3 that I have for for 29 years and they are still great! They can handle 400W continuous power per channel.
patrick  Apr 02, 2021
Im using Polk Audio speakers. But honestly, I think the receiver you choose has more influence on overall sound quality. Look for a high quality phono input. I went with a Marantz unit.
travis  Aug 17, 2020
Klipsch floor speakers that are at least 30 years old
joseph  Aug 16, 2020
I am using the Polk Audio RTI series tower speakers and they sound amazing
randall  Aug 15, 2020
I had the following question about playing 78 rpm records on this Audio-Technica LP-120XUSB-SV turntable, and I received the answer directly from Audio-Technica tech support, and I want to share it here for anyone else who may be interested. I purchased an Audio-Technica LP-120XUSB-SV turntable as well as an Audio-Technica VM670SP phono cartridge for when I play 78 rpm records. When using the VM670SP cartridge for 78 rpm records, the tracking force is supposed to be set at 5 grams, but the tracking force gauge on the counterweight for the LP0-120XUSB-SV turntable only has markings that go up to 3.5 grams, and I could not find anything in the manual about how to achieve 5 grams of tracking force. So, I contacted Audio-Technica tech support and asked them how do I achieve 5 grams of tracking force? They gave me the solution, which is to keep turning the counterweight past the 3.5 mark on the gauge. When you then get to the 0 mark (after passing the 3.5 mark), you are then applying 4.0 grams of tracking force. If you keep going beyond that to the 1.0 mark, you will be applying 5.0 grams of tracking force. I tried that, and it worked. (Note: Of course, if you want to switch out the cartridge and go back to playing 33 rpm records using a separate cartridge for 33 rpm records that is supposed to have a tracking force of 2 grams, you need to remember that you were using 5.0 grams of tracking force for the 78 rpm records -- even though the gauge says 1.0. So, to get to 2 grams of tracking force, you need to turn the counterweight backwards, going from 1.0 back to 0, past 3.5, and down to 2.0.) I hope this is helpful!
michael  Aug 05, 2020
2 answers
Yes very helpful
dean  Sep 01, 2020
Great information, Thank You.
jose martin  Aug 18, 2020
will this plug into my old mcs 6601 stereo?
tim m.  Mar 29, 2020
3 answers
I am a oldschool DJ I have my turntable plugged into a Gemini mixer and I works beautiful
dean  Sep 01, 2020
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
Yes , as long as you have a phone in or an aux in plug
mike  Mar 30, 2020
Can you use a phono preamp with this turntable?
kevin  Feb 18, 2020
4 answers
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
Yes, I use one with mine.
william  Feb 19, 2020
Yes. The onboard phono amp can be switched off.
jon m  Feb 19, 2020
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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