|Looking for a turntable that can do justice to your cherished vinyl records? Audio-Technica's AT-PL120 is designed to please professional DJs and LP lovers alike. Its high-torque, direct drive motor provides solid, quartz-controlled playback for albums, 45s...even those old 78s (a rare feature for turntables in this price range!). A built-in, selectable phono preamp means you can connect the AT-PL120 directly to almost any audio system, or even hook it up to your PC's sound card for digitally archiving your vinyl collection (may require adapter, not included). Audio-Technica even includes their rugged, high-quality ATP-2 phono cartridge for great-sounding playback right out of the box. DJs will also appreciate the AT-PL120's impressive list of special playback options. Its pitch control feature can be set to two different ranges (±10% or ±20%), for easier beat-match mixing. Reverse play lets you create cool sonic effects. A remote input jack lets you start or stop playback from a compatible mixer or control unit, and the pop-up stylus target light makes it easier to see where you're dropping the needle in low-light settings like a dance club.|
Customer Reviews of Audio Technica AT-PL120 Professional Direct-Drive Turntable
I bought this turntable to input some very old 78's (up to 90 years old) to my computer. The tone arm tracks perfectly at 78 RPM and I have been able to preserve these old records. BTW it plays all my other much newer LP's equally as well. Would recommend this machine to anyone wanting excellent copies of their old records.
Excellent value for the money8/19/2008
I researched turntables market for long before I made the final decision. I don't necessarily need turntable with PRO attribute, I wanted high quality home machine - quartz locked direct drive, and good arm. AT cartridge/stylus could be better, indeed - following a track is not always guaranteed. I had to use different force and anti-skating settings on different records to avoid skipping. Shell with mounted cartridge was not riding under 90 degree angle; I had to bend it a little to get it running straight, first thing. Bottom line: buy this turntable, good quality shell and cartridge and you will have a turntable not shy of ones which cost more than $500.
I purchased this model of turntable a couple of years ago and at first was pleased with it. When playing 7" 45rpm records, I found the turntable to be very unpredictable,all centering around the anti-skate feature and non-durable stylus provided. Although the stylus pressure and anti-skate were adjusted in the suggested manner, after the third record that I played, the tonearm took off at the end of the record and went all the way across the record label until it ran into the spindle. It also had the tendency to skip on the record. NO pressure or anti-skate adjustment could prevent this. This was not always consistant. After the third time the tonearm did this, it had ruined the stylus, although I didn't realize this until it had plowed through and ruined a couple of my records. I changed to a Shure M97xe with better success and a Shure M78S to play 78rpm records. It has always played 78rpm records flawlessly. The best cartrige that I found that works excellently is the Pickering NP/AC tracking @ 3 grams. The AT cartrige that comes with this turntable is JUNK. AT did send me another stylus free of charge, but the stylus was up against the plastic box and had made a depression, so I didn't chance using it. They also would not tell me how to defeat the anti-skate feature. It had a propensity to push the tonearm inward as opposed to push it outward like it was supposed to do. Also, the 78rpm speed is incorrect in the quartz-locked setting and has to be adjusted through the pitch control.
One of the few quality and affordable 3-speed turntables available to play your old records.