It was just this week that I discovered issues with one of my old turntables and was considering looking at some new options. Then a box arrived containing perhaps the answer to my wishes. The Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB is a bit of a mouthful when it comes to model numbers, but it makes up for all that in features. For any of you wanting to digitise your vinyl collection and get those classic records into your digital playlist, this is an ideal solution that still has a traditional operation too.
I think it is safe to say that a certain turntable from years past has defined just how a DJ turntable should look and so dictates how so many are built. But, there are a few additional features on this modern take of the classic that are worthy of their place on the top panel. To start with, the pitch adjustment, whilst being centre indented to allow you to find the correct speed, also comes with a Quartz button that snaps it back into perfect time at the press of a button no matter how many percents out it was set to operate at. For those of you who might be mixing a wide range of music and genres, the pitch slider can be adjusted to shift either 10% or 20% from original pitch, giving you plenty of scope to bring different tracks together. As a DJ tool this is a well thought out turntable.
I don’t often assemble turntables out of the box, personally I tend to only buy them every twenty years or so. But I do get a number to test out and never really fancy the setup procedure. The AT-LP120- USB on the other hand was a walk in the park. The tone arm assembly was already in place, with just the counter balance weight needing to be screwed on to the end. The platter dropped into place without the need of alignment and best of all, the headshell came completely wired with cartridge and stylus already installed. Thank you Audio-Technica for making it easy for every new turntable customer to have their setup completed quickly and accurately without needing to break the seal on the operating manual.
Of course, the added bonus of this turntable is that it has a built-in A/D converter to allow you to send the audio direct from the unit to a computer via USB. This has got to be the simplest way to back up all your vinyl and bring your old records into your modern playlists.
For more details, head to audio-technica.com.au.
Hits and Misses
Headshell and cartridge comes pre-wired
East setup and installation
Extended pitch range
Did I mention the headshell and cartridge comes pre-wired
Target light switch is a little fiddly, that’s about it though