The AT-LP-120-USB is a mid-range record player that offers excellent sound quality for its price. The best part of it is that it already comes equipped with a pretty decent cartridge so you don't have to fuss around trying to learn and fix your very own cartridge into it.
Type of drive: Direct
Tonearm operation: Manual
Tonearm shape: S-shaped
In-built phono preamp: Yes
Reverse play support: Yes
USB interface: Yes
iPod dock: No
Recording types (33s, 45s, 78s): Yes, Yes, Yes
Dimensions in inches (length x height x width): 17.72″, 6.1″, 13.86″
Weight (pounds): 23.5 lbs
The Audio-Technica AT-LP-120-USB is a cheaper alternative to the AT-LP1240 but this is easily the best record player that you can get at a price range of $200 or so. The features remain wholly the same so there’s really nothing much to add here if you’ve already read the Audio Technica AT-LP1240 review.
Sure, audiophiles might be able to crank out crisper sound quality with an AT-LP1240 (which costs twice at $400), coupled with a $80 cartridge but if you’re just an average vinyl listener or even a budding DJ, this little machine is certainly enough. If you want to get a little more kick out of this record player, you could install a custom cartridge (the best only costs about $80-$100) and you’ll be all set.
As its name suggests, it has the capability to transfer your vinyl music collection over to your PC via a USB port, so that’s an added benefit. Its operation has been flawless thus far, with no skips at all in our 10-hour long tests. The ratings and reviews of the AT-LP120-USB have been nothing short of outstanding since it was first released sometime around 2004 so if you’re looking to purchase a record player that doesn’t feel cheap, has a modern look to it and that is able to produce impressive audio for less than $300, this is as good as it gets.