Audio Technica AT-LP120 Turntable Demo

the a TLP 120 X USB is a professional
direct drive turntable equipped with a
USB output for sending a digital signal
to our Mac or PC computer it includes a
lightweight head shell with
pre-installed and aligned ATVM 95 II
cartridge the turntables built-in phono
preamp allows it to be used with a wide
range of amplifiers and receivers before
the turntable can be used it needs to be
set up carefully unpack the turntable
and verify that you have all of the
parts and accessories position the
turntable chassis on a sturdy surface
carefully place the platter on the
spindle and make certain it is fully
seated place the felt mat on the platter
next assemble the tonearm
remove the twist tie and temporarily
secure the tonearm to its rest with the
locking clamp attach the head shell with
pre-installed atv m95 ii cartridge by
inserting it into the tonearm socket
while holding the head shell in position
rotate the head shell walking ring
counterclockwise as the ring rotates it
pulls the head shell into its seated
position tighten carefully install the
counterweight making certain the black
stylus force gauge dial is oriented
toward the front as you rotate the
counterweight it will thread on to the
tonearm now we will balance the tonearm
set the tracking force and adjust the
anti skate or the atv m95 ii cartridge
this important process allows the
cartridge to track properly and failure
to do so can cause the stylus to wear
prematurely and to possibly damage your
records first set the anti skate
adjustment knob to zero carefully remove
the stylus protective cover by sliding
it straight forward off the front of the
cartridge exposing the stylus while
gently holding the head shell to
stabilize the tonearm carefully release
the locking clamp at this point the
tonearm is unbalanced and can easily
swing be careful not to let the stylus
drag across the platter well gently
holding the head shell rotate the
counterweight until the tonearm
is horizontally balanced
it should hover freely just above the
platter and not touch the platter
surface once the tonearm is balanced
without touching the counterweight
carefully move the tonearm to its rest
and secure it using the locking clamp
now set the stylus tracking force every
cartridge has a recommended tracking
force setting the tracking force to
light can cause the stylus to skip out
of the groove on loud or dynamic
passages setting it to heavy can cause
excessive wear on both the stylus and
records resulting in audio distortion or
channel imbalance for the ATV m95 ii
cartridge the recommended tracking force
is 2 grams locate the black stylus force
gauge dial on the front of the
counterweight marked with numbers and
lines indicating different tracking
forces the dial can rotate independently
of the counterweight without turning the
counterweight carefully rotate the
stylus force gauge dial until the zero
on the dial lines up with the center
line marked on the top of the tonearm
now set the tracking force by rotating
the entire counterweight assembly in a
counterclockwise direction as you rotate
the counterweight note that the gauge
dial rotates with it continue turning
the counterweight until the two value on
the gauge dial lines up with the center
line mark on the tonearm
you now have set the recommended
tracking force for the atv m95 ii
cartridge if you ever change out the
cartridge and head shell rebalance the
and set the tracking force to the value
required by the new cartridge the 80 120
x USB has an anti scape force adjustment
this small outward force can be applied
to the tonearm to compensate for the
natural skating force that pulls the
tonearm toward the center of the record
for best performance during normal
turntable operation set the anti skate
adjustment knob to the same value as the
cartridge tracking force the turntable
includes a stylus cueing light it
illuminates the record surface to assist
in finding the groove in a low light
situation if needed plug the cue light
into the receptacle on the chassis and
aim it as desired for best performance
the turntable should be level using a
small bubble
level adjust the turntables feet as
needed to make certain it is level with
the turntable assembled and leveled the
power and audio connections can be made
first connect the AC power adapter cable
to the turntable and plug the adapter
into a convenient AC outlet the 80 120 x
USB provides a traditional phono output
along with a built-in magnetic phono
preamp providing an RIAA equalized line
level output this makes it compatible
with traditional phono inputs on
amplifiers and receivers along with augs
or line level inputs on powered speakers
amplifiers and other audio equipment if
your audio device has its own RIAA
magnetic phono preamp simply set the
phone aligned selector switch to phono
bypassing the turntables internal preamp
if you are connecting to an augs
type line level input or powered
speakers place the selector switch in
the line position to use the turntables
internal phono preamp if your audio
device has a separate ground terminal
connect the Spade log on the dual RCA
cable to the grounding log on your audio
component and the grounding log on the
turntable to help minimize hum the
turntable is also equipped with a USB
output allowing it to connect digitally
to Mac and PC computers without the need
of special drivers compatible with a
wide range of third-party recording
software the USB connection allows you
to record from the turntable to the
computer simply connect the USB cable
from the turntable to an open USB port
on the computer the turntables dust
cover is designed to protect the
turntable when not in use and should
remain off when records are playing for
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Audio Technica AT-LP120 Turntable Specs

MotorDC Servo
Drive MethodDirect Drive
Speeds33 1/3, 45, 78 rpm
Tonearm TypeS-Shaped
Effective Arm Length9.075″ / 230.5 mm
Overhang0.63″ / 16 mm
Tracking Error Angle<3°
TorqueStarting: >1
Brake SystemElectronic
Cartridge WeightApplicable: 3.5 to 8.5 g
Anti-Skating Range0 to 4 g
Signal to Noise Ratio>50 dB
Wow and Flutter<0.2% (WTD) @ 3 kHz (JIS)
HeadshellModel: AT-HS6
Mount: 1/2″ Mount
Stylus0.3 x 0.7 Mil Elliptical
Output1 x Stereo RCA Phono / Line Pair (Switchable Preamplifier)
1 x USB 1.1
Output LevelPhono: 4 mV Nominal at 1 kHz, 5 cm/sec
Line: 240 mV Nominal at 1 kHz, 5 cm/sec
D/A Converter16-Bit / 44.1 kHz or 48 kHz, USB Selectable
GainPhono Preamp: 36 dB Nominal, RIAA Equalized
Turntable PlatterDie-Cast Aluminum
System RequirementsWindows 7 or Above or Mac OS X or Above
Available USB Port (USB 1.1 or Higher)
Power Requirements120 VAC, 60 Hz
Power Consumption3 W
Dimensions (W x H x D)17.8 x 5.57 x 13.86″ / 452 x 141.6 x 352 mm
Weight17.6 lb / 8 kg Without Dust Cover

Audio Technica AT-LP120 Turntables

The Audio Technica AT-LP120 Turntable is designed for the serious audiophiles who demand precision and innovation in their record players. A high quality turntable that uses a spinning disc rather than a belt, this unit boasts a tonal range that would rival the likes of cartridges from other manufacturers. With the AT-LP120, you are given a choice between two speeds: “B” for Black Label and “H” for High Definition. If you are looking for a record player that can rip up to 90 songs per hour and create an impressive sonic experience, then the AT-LP120 Turntable is the model for you.

converts records to digital audio records with ease. Mac & PC-atible Audio Technica software also digitizes old records. Direct-drive, high-torque electric motor with die-cast aluminum tonal range. Fully manual operation Minibind, high-torvee high-frequency roller bearing. Professional tonal range with balanced midrange & loud treble. Switchable 33 / 45 / 78 rpm speeds.

High efficiency single coil speaker enabling the AT-LP120 to generate high fidelity sound for all your music mixes. There are a tonal range for every genre and a great way to expand your listening enjoyment. There is a mid-range sound for chill rock, pop, country and soul, a high-end sound for metal, classical, and classic rock. Rock is served up with a high-quality sound engine featuring a low-frequency trap sound module. The AT-LP120 can even reproduce a record’s hi-hat sound.

It comes with two feet of rack-mounting speakers in a black walnut tonal range. And it has the ability to store up to twenty-five records. And the rear channel output features an exclusive sonic range. The AT-LP120 will not display information on the cover, which has been etched onto the unit. For more information on this and other Technica products please visit their web site.

Audio Technica AT-LP120 review:

In summary, the Audio Technica AT-LP120 turntable is a high end, all-in-one unit for the enthusiast that wants a tonal range for practically any record playing situation. Its ease of use, high quality sound reproduction, and stylish styling make it a great choice for a beginning DJ or a seasoned pro. Even if you’re looking for a basic yet durable, hi fi record player, this one is a great choice. But for the ultimate in hi fi Turntables check out the Audio Technica AT-LP120 Professional Series. There you will find the best of class, comfort and high fidelity for your listening pleasure.

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3 verified buyer reviews
  1. So far, I’ve been using this turntable for about 2 days, and it appears to be a fine, sturdy Turntable with a lot of features for the price. There have been some stories of the motor and PC board on the previous model burning up, so hopefully AT has fixed the issue with this model. The only way to know is to wait and see. To help combat this, I have the unit’s power connected to my Receivers switched power source, so it is not on internally 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

    The speed is spot-on, which is obviously critical, and the tonearm appears to be of good smooth quality, allowing for precise tracking weight and anti-skating adjustment. 78 RPM isn’t much use to me, but you never know. I wasn’t sure I’d use the USB-out feature, but after dialing in Audacity (which took some time to set up), I’ll certainly be converting some of my rare vinyl to digital. I wish I had the owner’s manual because I didn’t realize you had to turn the output to Pre-amp out, which also requires USB out. However, the USB feature emits an obnoxious mid/high frequency buzz. I’m hoping that a higher-quality cable would fix the issue. Fortunately, the manual was accessible via the internet.

    When I try to achieve higher volume levels, the included AT-VM95E Cartridge/Stylus (though Elliptical) seems to produce a lot of Low-Frequency feedback. This is not the case with my AT-216EP Cartridge and Stylus, which is fixed on an Ortofon SH-4 head cover. I’m not sure why. My subwoofer is on the other side of the room and is not set to high gain. Perhaps it’s due to a lack of adequate shielding in this entry-level cartridge. I like that it has a storage hole on the deck for the main or secondary head shell, as I’ll be changing these heads on a regular basis depending on my mood.

    As with every new unit added to your system, some tuning is needed, and I was fortunate to have a backup quality stylus to add to the unit. I’d strongly advise replacing this starter cartridge with a better one. Aside from that, it appears to be a decent Turntable for the price.

  2. I’ve never owned a Technics SL-1200 due to the high price, but I’ve long heard of the Audio Technica LP-120 as a knockoff of the SL-1200. I never bothered with the LP-120 because of many drawbacks, including the pre-amp, uneven platter, motor noise, and anti-skate (which apparently was corrected in 2017). However, in 2019, the LP-120 was discontinued, and the LP-120X USB was introduced in its place. I am pleased to announce that all of the issues that affected the initial 120 have been resolved. The anti-skate works flawlessly. The platter is perfectly straight. There is no motor noise. There were a number of features that were no longer present, including reverse and tonearm leveler, none of which I’d ever seen on any turntable I’d ever owned (although the latter feature would be nice). Since the 120X is intended for home use rather than DJ use, those features were most likely dropped. Most people don’t know how to properly level a tonearm to begin with, and with the reverse element, I’ve never been particularly interested in uncovering secret messages to Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” or Judas Priest’s cover of Spooky Tooth’s “Better By You, Better Than Me” (which landed Priest in court in 1990). Aside from the regular cartridge (the Audio Technica VMN95E that comes with the 120X) and better cartridges (such as the Audio Technica 440MLa or the Ortofon 2m Blue), they were not designed to play records in reverse (you need a DJ stylus for that). Many people have mentioned that the 120x is a few pounds lighter than the original 120, but I’ve never owned the original 120. It’s definitely heavier than my 1977 Technics SL-2000, which is much too light and can easily cause the needle to jump even while walking normally (never mind stomping). I don’t have the issue with the 120x being too responsive to nearby body motion. The new LP-140XP seems to be aimed at the DJ crowd, as it has features that the new 120X lacks, so if that’s what you’re looking for, get the 140XP instead. I also like that the turntable has a quartz lock feature, which means you don’t have to keep fiddling with the speed like you would with an older direct drive turntable, like the SL-2000, but you can still adjust speed, for example, if the disc is a bit heavy and causes it to slow down a bit, or you replaced the felt pad it came with with a rubber mat. In addition, I replaced the VMN95E with an Ortofon 2m Blue (on an Ortofon Blue headshell, of course), and the discs sound fantastic. I am aware that you can substitute the VMN95E with any other series of VMN95 styli without requiring a new body, which means that if you purchase a VMN95SH, you will receive a stylus with a Shibata tip, which is the same tip used for the Ortofon 2m Black but at a fraction of the price (how it compares to the Ortofon 2m Black, I cannot tell as I own neither).

    I’m sure if I could get my hands on a Technics SL-1200, I’d be completely blown away, but given my budget, the LP120X still blows me away. And if you’re tired of the Crosley Cruiser, I highly recommend the LP120X. I also strongly recommend it to anyone interested in turntables. Avoid the Cruiser in favor of this.

  3. I’m a newbie when it comes to turntables. I grew up with them but moved to CDs as soon as they were invented. This format is now being revisited by me. I was looking at different choices and narrowed it down to Audio Technica and Rega after some testing. The Rega P1, P2 sound marginally better than the Audio Technica LP120, but the Regas were not worth the higher price. Aside from that, even though I am not a DJ, the aesthetics of the AT LP120 grew on me, and with the extra features/lights, it felt like I was getting more for my money, making the Regas appear simple. I’m sure purist audiophiles would disagree with my Rega assessment. But I’m just a regular/amateur listener who doesn’t want to spend a lot of money on a TT.

    Then I discovered the LP120X, an improved version of the LP120. Fortunately, my LP120 was still eligible for a refund. There aren’t many reviews for the LP120X, compared to thousands for the LP120, so I took a chance.

    Advantages or improvements of the 120X over the 120:
    1. Improved stylus. The highs are brighter and more defined. Overall, it actually sounds better than the LP120. I won’t go into detail about the phono/line quality. I have a pre-amp and an amp that are different.
    2. In comparison to the 120’s loud noise, the platter/motor is completely quiet.
    I had to position my ear next to the 120X to hear the motor. That’s how amazing it is.
    3. RCA jacks for upgrading cables
    4. Detachable pilot light While some people prefer the LP120’s built-in pop-up light, I prefer the LP120X’s removable light because it allows for rotation. While listening to music in a dim room, I have the album jacket propped up next to the TT and the light directed at it. It directs attention to the artwork.

    Points of neutrality/equality:
    1. Cost (I got the LP120 on sale).
    2. They are both made of a lot of plastic.
    3. Both are available in black or silver. The silver LP120 was returned, but I kept the LP120X. Although both are attractive and work well with my scheme. Black is a little more modern.

    1. Loss of tone arm height change (made no difference to me).
    2. Inability to play in the opposite direction (made no difference to me).

    It’s only been a week, but I’m really pleased with it.

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