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 F**KING RULES.SERIOUSLY.

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

Includes

  • 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)

Specifications

  • 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

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