AT-120LP-USB Review

Recently my old turntable (Technics) suffer a “not to be explained further” accident, beyond repair. So i started the hunt for a new turntable. In the end, i found on ebay (or course) a relately cheap Audio Technica AT-120LP-USB turntable. After a few weeks using it, here’s my opinion:


It has all sorts of features, reverse playing, quartz speed control, pitch control, 33rpm, 45rpm, 78rpm! and all with such quality for a really good price!

Plus the fact that it has a USB output. These are the needle and cartbridge that i’m currently using, not the best, i know…but they sound really great:

Some Pictures:

Here are some short audio clips that i recorded so you can see (Electric Light Orchestra, Passion Pit and CSS):

Here are the specs from the Audio-Techinca website:

This professional stereo turntable features a high-torque direct-drive motor for quick start-ups and a USB output that connects directly to your computer. Other features include: forward and reverse play capability; cast aluminum platter with slip mat and a start/stop button; three speeds 33/45/78; selectable high-accuracy quartz-controlled pitch lock and pitch change slider control with +/-10% or +/-20% adjustment ranges; and removable hinged dust cover. A selectable internal stereo phono pre-amplifier allows the turntable to plug directly to components with no dedicated turntable input. A USB cable and adapter cables are included along with Mac- and PC-compatible Audacity software to digitize your LPs. The AT-LP120USB does not come with a cartridge but is compatible with all Audio-Technica cartridges and any ½ inch mount cartridge from other manufacturers.

  • 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
  • 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


  • Direct Drive Professional Stereo USB turntable
  • Mac- and PC-compatible Audacity software
  • USB cable
  • Adapter cables

System requirements

  • PC or Mac with an available USB port (USB1.1 or higher)
  • CD-R or CD-RW writer for burning CDs & installation
  • Includes Audacity software for PC & Mac users
    Audacity requires Mac running OS X 10.1 or later or PC running Windows (98 and above)


  • Type: 3-speed, fully manual operation
  • Motor: DC motor
  • Drive Method Direct Drive: Direct drive
  • Speeds: 33-1/3 RPM, 45 RPM, 78 RPM
  • Pitch Variation: +/-10% or +/-20%
  • Turntable Platter: Die-cast aluminum
  • Starting Torque: >1.6 kgf-cm
  • Braking System: Electronic brake
  • Wow and Flutter: <0.2% WRMS (33 RPM)
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio: >50 dB
  • Output Level Pre-amp: “PHONO”: 2.5 mV nominal at 1 kHz, 5 cm/sec
  • Pre-amp “LINE”: 150 mV nominal at 1 kHz, 5 cm/sec
  • Phono Pre-Amp Gain: 36 dB nominal, RIAA equalized
  • USB Function: A/D, D/A – 16 bit 44.1 kHz or 48 kHz USB selectable;
  • Computer interface – USB 1.1 Compliant Windows XP, Vista or MAC OSX
  • Power Supply Requirements: 115/230V AC, 60/50 Hz
  • Power Consumption: 11W
  • Dimensions: 450.0 mm (17.72″) W x 352.0 mm (13.86″) D x 157.0 mm (6.1″) H
  • Weight: 10.7 kg (23.5 lbs.)
  • Accessories Included: Headshell, AC line cord; dual RCA (female) to 3.5 mm (1/8″) mini-plug (male) stereo adapter cable; dual RCA (female) to 3.5 mm (1/8″) mini-plug (female) stereo adapter cable; 45 RPM adapter; USB cable; recording software

And something else that you might find helpfull:

iTunes Match

About a month ago or so i subscribed to the brand new apple service iTunes Match. I’ve been using it for a while now and i’d like to share with you my insights about it.

First of all, like most products from the bitten fruit it works well. The set up process is really simple. Done using the iTunes Store it works similar to the known Genius. It analyses your music and sends that information to their servers. Once that is done they cross reference your library with theirs so that every song the they already have (form the iTunes Store) is automatically added to the cloud. After that the only thing left to do is upload the remaining songs that they do not have, which takes a while depending on your upload speed.

Now you have a complete back of your music on the iCloud. Neat, right?


If you have a song in your library that they already have and for whatever the reason you need to download it from the cloud, this new file will have no DRM. Also if your original file had a lower quality, the file that you download will be 256 kbps aac. However if the song that you download belongs to that group of songs that you had to download, the new file will be the same that you uploaded. Also you can add multiple computers and iOS devices to your account, so lets say that you own a Netbook or a MacBook Air. The storage capacity in these devices is very limited, however now you can listen to your whole iTunes library on streaming, say without having to store all the files on your computer.


It doesn’t work very well in the iPhone. I’ve tried it on the brand new 4S and even when using WiFi, it just works really slow. So far, there is nothing like having a local copy of the files. Also, you can’t play your music using the browser at limit is 25000 songs, for lots of people that is not enough.

Besides that, it works amazing and i love fact that i have a complete backup in the cloud of my music besides my local backup.


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Cuva Festival 2012

2011 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

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