Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB Review

Our Thoughts on the Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB

Let’s talk about everything that you need to know about the Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB turntable — its key features, the stuff we like about it, people who could benefit from using it, and what those who have purchased it are saying. So don’t stop reading now if you are planning on buying this turntable!

Key Features

Audio-Technica, a Japanese manufacturer of audio equipment, says this turntable is designed for the pros. Other than having a professional design, it also comes with a bevy of features that seasoned DJs are likely to look for in a turntable for their gigs. Here are some of the AT-LP120-USB turntable’s features that are worth mentioning:

  • Internal pre-amplifier. We love that this professional-looking turntable can be used with audio components that do not come with their own turntable input. That’s because it’s equipped with an internal pre-amplifier. Do you prefer mono over line or the other way around? It doesn’t matter — the AT-LP120-USB has both!
  • Three-speed playback. Just because the AT-LP120-USB turntable is more geared towards professional DJs doesn’t mean that casual music lovers should look for another option. Especially if you are an avid record collector, you’ll be more than happy to learn that this turntable comes with a three-speed playback. So yes, it can play at 33 1/3, 45 and 78 RPM. By the way, this Audio-Technica offering also comes with a pitch lock and a pitch slider control, the presence of both allows you to enjoy your records the way they’re meant to be enjoyed.
  • Record digitization. Speaking of records, the AT-LP120-USB allows you to convert them into digital files without trouble. All you need to do is have the turntable connected to your PC or Mac, and then fire up the Audacity software to get started. Once digitized, you can play your favorite songs using a variety of devices, from laptops, smartphones, tablets to MP3 players.

What We Like

There are a handful of things about the Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB that we really like. Let’s check out some of those that you may also love about this turntable:

  • Reliable cartridge. When it comes to audio reproduction, it’s no secret that one of the most trusted names is Audio-Technica. It’s for this reason exactly why the AT-LP120-USB is capable of impressing with its sound — it ships with the company’s very own AT95E dual magnet phono cartridge. And here’s another thing that we love about this cartridge: a replacement carries a price tag that won’t break the bank!
  • Various playback controls. One of the reasons why the Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB appeals to DJs, seasoned and newbies alike, is that it’s loaded with a variety of playback controls. For instance, it is capable of forward and reverse operation. And as mentioned earlier, the turntable has both a pitch lock and a pitch slider control.
  • Hinged dust cover. Aesthetically, there are many things about the AT-LP120-USB that are pleasing to the eyes. The transparent dust cover that’s attached to the unit is one of those. Sturdy and durable, the dust cover stayed open while we were testing the turntable’s various features. Because the dust cover is transparent, it allows you to marvel at the beauty of the AT-LP120-USB when it’s not in use.

Who is This Product Best Suited To

Everyone knows that Audio-Technica is one of the leading manufacturers of a variety of audio equipment. Needless to say, its AT-LP120-USB offering appeals primarily to professional DJs who prefer to impress each time with an actual turntable, just like back in the days. The product is also suited for newbie DJs as it’s easy to use.

However, just because you are not into DJing doesn’t mean that you should look for a different turntable. Because of the playback versatility of the Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB and its handful of other features, you may find it worthy of a space right in the middle of your home entertainment center.

What Customers are Saying

Brand-conscious customers are happy that this turntable brandishes an easily-recognizable brand name. According to them, they love the fact that the unit’s sound quality and its various controls allow them to showcase their true DJing skills. However, some customers agree that the Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB could use a few more features, including most especially those that are found in more expensive turntables.

The Bottom Line

If you are a fan of Audio-Technica’s, then the AT-LP120-USB should be on the top of your list. This is especially true if you are on the hunt for a reasonably priced turntable that packs a decent amount of record playing and DJing features.

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