An Introduction to the Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB Turntable
One of the most over-looked facets of owning a vinyl collection is having a properly setup turntable. Performing this right the first time will save you money in the long run. This will also keep you from harming any of the precious vinyl records you buy and collect.
Although you can apply the following techniques to most turntables, I will be primarily focusing on the Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB turntable. It’s one of the most common entry-level turntables on the market, and comes highly recommend from yours truly. It has also won the TechRadar ‘best turntable to buy’ award for the second year in a row.
Here’s TechRadar’s breakdown of why it’s such a great TT no matter your budget:
via – TechRadar
The Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB is the best introductory turntable for aspiring vinyl enthusiasts. Out of the box, it features the ability to play 33 ⅓, 45 and 78 RPM, this means there will never be an album you can’t play. There’s also a built-in phono preamp so you never have to worry about finding one on your own.
New record collectors will love the easy setup and features while more vetted users will love the option to dial in the vertical tracking angle, tracking force and easily replaceable headshell. Sure, it looks like a Technics SL-1200 ripoff but at a fraction of the price, it’s entirely worth it.
The AT-LP120-USB also comes with a USB output that allows you to record your record collection if you want. To put it simply, this deck strikes the perfect balance of ease of use for beginners while still including some more advanced features for you to grow into.
Setting up and Calibrating your Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB Turntable
Here is a detailed and straight-forward video on setting up your Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB Turntable:
Additionally, this is an excellent article about balancing the tone arm and setting the tracking force for the AT-LP120-USB. It can found here on the Audio-Technica company’s blog. Their blog is also a great resource to learn how to calibrate the full line of Audio-Technica turntables.
Lastly, I’ve included a turntable buying guide video in this article in case you are in the market for one. It’s a great reference if you are looking at upgrading from your TT setup in the near future:
Also, if you’re looking at upgrading the stock cartridge and needle of your AT-LP120-USB turntable, then be sure to check out this blog post: