The Audio Technica AT-LP1240 is our top choice when it comes to high-end record players. The sound quality is super crisp and the build quality is amazing.
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): 18″, 6.1″, 13″ Weight (pounds): 27.6 lbs
There’s a brief review of the Audio-Technica AT-LP1240 on the home page here already, so we might risk sounding repetitive if you’ve already read that. Here, we’ll be discussing further on the technical specifications of this particular record player.
As you might already know, the Audio-Technica AT-LP1240 has been selected by us as the best record player over 2 other Super-OEM quality turntables, which are the Stanton ST-150 and the Numark TTXUSB. If you don’t know what Super-OEM turntables are, they’re basically “improved” versions of the famed Technics 1200 turntable (a discontinued model that’s often used as a benchmark due to its extremely impressive quality). Now, before you Technics 1200 fans get all mad, the motors of these new Super-OEM models are indeed more powerful than that of the 1200 and most of them have powerful enough features for scratch DJs to play around with so the argument is legit.
Why Is Audio-Technica AT-LP1240 The Best?
Regardless of that, the main reason why we deem the Audio-Technica AT-LP1240 the best (we mentioned this before on the homepage but we’ll mention it again) is because at its price of approximately $400, it is significantly cheaper than the Stanton ST-150 ($600) and they both have a very similar quality. The reason for the considerable jump in price is probably because the ST-150 comes equipped with a cartridge whereas for the AT-LP1240, you have to purchase a separate cartridge and install it by yourself. Of course, if you’re unfamiliar with it, you might want to stick to the ST-150 since the proper installation of a cartridge is no easy feat at all.
This record player has a sturdy steel construction on its upper body whereas the bottom part is heavily rubberized to allow for dampening. It has a dark polished surface on most of its body. The color theme of this record player is mostly silver and black, which is pretty standard.
The AT-LP1240 has a direct drive motor and has the capability of playing all 3 types of records (33s, 45s, 78s). You’ll also be able to meddle with a huge myriad of controls on the record player. Some of these include the pitch control buttons (with a pitch slider that has just the right amount of resistance), a chords lock button, reverse play, battle-style features (2 start/stop buttons at opposite ends), target lights (one of which is removable), brake/start adjustment knobs and so on.
Naturally, it supports reverse play as well. All of the buttons on this record player feels tough and solid with a rubbery surface and clicky sounds to let you know that you’ve activated them.
The tonearm used in this configuration is the exact same as the one used in the Stanton ST-150 which is a very sturdy S-shaped arm, with fully manual control. It also has a USB port for easy transfer of your vinyl music into your PC. A dust cover and a smooth turntable mat is provided as part of the set as well.
This is basically a perfectly constructed machine that has all of the features that a DJ or vinyl lover could possibly need. Our thorough tests with this machine using multiple cartridges had been really solid and there’s literally no fault with it at all, however minor. The only “con” that the Audio-Technica AT-LP1240 has would be the fact that it doesn’t include a cartridge so you’ll have to install your very own.
If you wish to opt for a fully functional high-end record player that works right way without any further customization, check out the Stanton ST-150 instead. Otherwise, there’s really no better substitute for the Audio Technica AT-LP1240 and in some ways, it is actually superior to the original Technics SL-1200 (the more powerful motors would be one such example). No offense to fans of the 1200 of course.