Audio Technica LP120X Turntable

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We stock the Audio Technica range of turntables: We offer two different choices at two price points. This is the dearer of the two; the ATLP120X

We also supply a excellent Amplified Speaker Set (connected by phono leads) to your turntable. Speakers can be bought separately or as part of a bundle deal.

 

Audio Technica have released a great turntable in the AT-LP120XUSB. For home listening, you'll be hard pressed to find a better turntable. Improvements all around have made it a record player that sounds better than it's older model which already sounded good for the price.


Dig out all your LPs, EPs and limited edition 7” singles. The Audio Technica AT-LP120X

 

The Audio-Technica AT-LP120XUSB is the next-generation model of the LP120USB turntable. Having DJs and music fans in mind, this direct-drive vinyl player comes with a few upgrades and new features along with a refreshed design.
As the saying goes, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. So, if this really is the case then the Technics SL1200/SL1210 in all its variations must be one of the most flattered products in all of the consumer electronics world.

The latest turntable to take inspiration from the SL1200 is the Audio-Technica AT-LP120XUSB. Despite this, the Audio Technica – as befits a company with more than a bit of experience where turntables are concerned, of course – has enough going on to make a distinct case for itself, not least of which is its full suite of functionality.

The AT-LP120XUSB is a direct-drive turntable, powered by a hefty DC servo motor. The “quick start” and “quick brake” for which direct-drive is prized comes with all the DJ-orientated accoutrements, too: quartz-locking pitch control (switchable between +/- 8% and +/- 16%), stroboscope, target light, anti-skate adjustment…

And it all sits on four big, extremely compliant, rubbery feet. As such, there’s a welcome degree of “give” should the turntable be leaned upon at any point. The feet also help reject vibration, which can only be a good thing.

The LP120XUSB comes with an Audio-Technica AT-VM95E dual-magnet cartridge pre-fitted to its headshell. Audio-Technica has decades of experience where styluses and cartridges are concerned, and there’s no doubt the LP120XUSB is over-specified in this respect, especially in the context of its overall price.

 



In absolute terms – and “absolute” in this instance means “audio” – the Audio-Technica AT-LP120XUSB is a little off the pace. It can be bettered, in terms of outright audio fidelity, by Rega’s very similarly priced Planar 1. However, it should be noted that the Rega is “just” a record player, and a belt-driven record player at that.

There are none of the accoutrements that the LP120XUSB is kitted out with, no phono stage, no USB output – and, most probably, Rega will tell you this is the reason its deck is superior. There’s certainly something to be said for concentrating the budget on the motor, tonearm and cartridge, as Rega has done. 

You could spend quite a bit less than £245 on a Pro-Ject Primary E – around £100 less, in fact, which would allow you to buy a Rega Fono Mini A2D and bring the Pro-Ject’s spec up towards that of the Audio-Technica. But it wouldn’t buy you the Audio-Technica’s smooth and substantial build quality, or its resistance to vibration, or its ability to play at 78rpm as well as 33.3 and 45. It would buy you a little more positivity in the bass, though.

Think of the Audio-Technica AT-LP120XUSB as something of a gateway product. If you want to get into vinyl, or you want to get into DJing, this model will get you under way, right until you’re ready to spend bigger money doing it properly.

 

By: DevotionalVinyl. 





ATLP120X also available in BLUETOOTH version.