Audio Solutions Question of the Week: How Do I Select the Audio-Technica Turntable That’s Right for Me?

Question: How do I select the Audio-Technica turntable that’s right for me?

Answer: When selecting an Audio-Technica turntable, you should consider the following features to ensure you get the turntable that’s best suited to your needs:

  • Ease of setup and use
  • Automatic or manual operation
  • Speed selection (33/45/78 RPM)
  • Permanently attached or replaceable cartridge

Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB Turntable

Ease of setup and use

With the AT-LP3 and AT-LP60 fully automatic belt-drive turntables, as well as the USB (AT-LP60-USB) and wireless (AT-LP60BK-BT) models, there is minimal setup involved. The AT-LP120-USB, AT-LP1240-USB and AT-LP5 direct-drive turntables, on the other hand, require some more adjustment, such as balancing the tone arm and setting the tracking force. Read through our AT-LP120-USB setup instructions to understand what’s involved. On the AT-LP60 and AT-LP3, the settings are preconfigured for you.

Automatic or manual operation

The fully automatic AT-LP60 and AT-LP3 allow the user to simply click the “Start” button and walk away. The tone arm will automatically lift out of the rest, set down on the record, and return to the rest and stop when the record is finished. The AT-LP5, AT-LP120-USB and the AT-LP1240-USB are all fully manual turntables. This means you will have to manually lift the tone arm and set it down on the record. When the record finishes, you will also have to place it manually back on the tone arm rest. Fully automatic turntables are popular for casual listening applications, while fully manual turntables are commonly used for more discriminating listening or DJ applications.

Speed selection (33/45/78 RPM)

The AT-LP60, AT-LP5 and AT-LP3 each play 33 and 45 RPM records. They also only play a record forward. The AT-LP120-USB and the AT-LP1240-USB can play 33, 45, and 78 RPM records. (IMPORTANT NOTE: While these turntables allow you to play 78s, you must use a 78 RPM stylus to do so.) These turntables also allow you to play records backwards and to even slow the record down and speed it up via the pitch control.

Permanently attached or replaceable cartridge

Whether you want to be able to select a cartridge for your turntable is another very important question to ask yourself. Review our blog post here on selecting the cartridge/stylus best suited for you. The AT-LP60 has a permanently attached cartridge with a replaceable stylus (ATN3600L). The AT-LP5 features the exclusive AT95Ex Dual Moving Magnet stereo cartridge with replaceable stylus. On the AT-LP5, AT-LP3, AT-LP120-USB and the AT-LP1240-USB, you can select a wide range of cartridges/styli for your turntable.

AT-LP60-USB Turntable

 

 

 

 

 

 

AT-LP60

– Lightweight

– Easy setup

– Fully automatic

– Plays 33 and 45 RPM records

– Preset tracking force

– Integral cartridge with replaceable stylus

– AT-LP60-USB lets you create digital audio files

– AT-LP60-BT is equipped with Bluetooth technology

AT-LP3

 

 

 

 

 

 

AT-LP3

– Lightweight

– Easy setup

– Fully automatic

– Plays 33 and 45 RPM records

– Wide range of cartridges/styli available

 

AT-LP5

 

 

 

 

 

 

AT-LP5

– Heavy duty

– Adjustable settings

– Fully manual

– Plays 33 and 45 RPM records

– Wide range of cartridges/styli available

 

AT-LP120-USB & AT-LP1240-USB

 

 

 

 

 

 

AT-LP120-USB & AT-LP1240-USB

– Heavy duty

– Adjustable settings

– Fully manual

– Plays 33, 45, and 78 RPM records

– Turntable settings can be fine-tuned

– Wide range of cartridges/styli available

– Lets you create digital audio files

– Advanced playback controls

Selecting your Audio-Technica turntable should be a fun experience. Hopefully this article helped to better explain the main differences between the turntables we offer. If you need further assistance or have other questions, please contact the Audio Solutions Department.

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4 Comments

  1. Hello! What’s the differences between at lp 120usb and at lp 120usbhc?

    I found no information on this topic. Thanks!

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