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Audio-Technica LP120 Review

As one of the most popular record players, the Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB reigns supreme in its price class for good reason. Why? Well, when you consider the fact that it’s relatively affordable and requires no fancy setup, it’s not that hard to understand why it’s been called a professional record player by the masses for such a long time.

But let’s show you the details to give you a better understanding of things…

Audio-Technica LP120 Review

The Pros:

  • Comes with a built-in preamp with bypass control
  • Sports a USB port for record digitalization
  • Has a quiet motor
  • It’s built solid

The Cons:

  • Hard-wired RCA connections become an issue when you want to replace them over time
  • USB recordings are a bit noisy
Audio Technica AT-LP120

Our Verdict

We can’t deny it: The Audio-Technica LP120 is one of your best choices out there if you’re looking for a solidly built turntable that won’t break the bank. The fact that it’s easy to set up and easier to operate just seals the deal for us, which scored the AT LP120 a great 8 out of 10 in our books.

Build & Design

The Audio-Technica AT-LP-120-USB runs on a direct-drive design, which might be bothersome to some users, but for casual listeners it’ll do the job just fine. Furthermore, this vinyl player comes with a stroboscope, a target light, reverse switch and +/- 20% pitch control.

We really appreciated the fact that this unit offered us the choice of playing at 33, 45, or 78rpm; since it’s something we don’t often see in record players of this caliber.

At the back of the unit there’s a switch for the built-in preamp, so this ensures that you can use the unit with your amp’s line-level input or a dedicated phono input, whatever you’re into. Seeing that the LP120 also comes with a USB output, you can easily use it to copy records to your PC’s hard drive.

These points alone make the Audi-Technica LP-120 look like an all-star, but as with all things man-made; this unit did have one or two flaws (none of which were serious deal-breakers of course)

Sound Quality

Pleasing yet very polite…that about sums up the Audio Technica Vinyl Player and its abilities, well for what it’s worth, it soars out above its competitors.

This vinyl player is even-handed with its output, delivers low-frequency solidity, great clarity, and good-enough detail. It won’t copy crystal clear USB formats of your records onto your hard drive, and it could probably do with a little more oomph in the sound quality department, but for its price, the AT-LP120-USB goes above and beyond what we expected it to be.

Who Should Buy the Audi-Technica LP120?

Casual listeners who take seriously good care of their records and only use them once in a blue moon will appreciate what this unit is capable of. This is also a great option for listeners who aren’t keen on major setups and intricate operating procedures.

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