Question: Can I play 78 RPM records on the AT-LP120-USB turntable?
Answer: Yes, Audio-Technica’s popular AT-LP120-USB and AT-LP1240-USB turntables will allow the platter to play at the 78 RPM speed. But the correct speed is only part of the solution – a proper 78 RPM stylus should also be used when playing 78 RPM records on your turntable. (Please note that a 78 RPM styli with a diameter of 3 mil is necessary for shellac albums and a styli with a diameter of .6 mil is designed for 78 RPM vinyl records.)
As discussed in our previous posts on cartridges and styli, the stylus is chosen to match the cartridge. So when choosing a cartridge to use, you will want to determine if that cartridge has a compatible 78 RPM stylus. Some people use a different cartridge and headshell setup entirely when playing 78 RPM records. They select a preferred cartridge for their 33 and 45 RPM records and use a different cartridge with a 78 RPM stylus for their 78 RPM records. The AT95E cartridge that comes stock with the AT-LP120-USB turntable is a popular choice as there are a few third-party 78 RPM styli options available for it. Please note that Audio-Technica manufactures the VM670SP cartridge for shellac 78 RPM records and the VM610MONO for 78 RPM vinyl records.
Feel free to contact the Audio Solutions Department for additional information on 78 RPM styli and assistance with finding one for the AT95E cartridge.