Please ask for help by using the Submit a New Question button above. (3) No meme or rage comic image posts. SETUP VIDEOS FOR AUDIO-TECHNICA AT-LP120 TURNTABLE 1. Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by DBMartin, Oct 20, 2019. Bought one of these recently. I tried a calculated protractor, and ended up back to exactly where it was set from the factory. Not to be particular, but the manual doesn't share the hints of using the cue lever and a record on the platter to set it. (5) Do not make a post to share download codes. (2) Photo and image posts as well as gifs and short videos must also include a 300+ character description, story, or review of their content. Good overall tips for people like me that need a refresher, [–]Boner4StonersAudio Technica 2 points3 points4 points 5 years ago (0 children). Thanks a ton! I have a different than standard turntable mat, so my VTA number isn't going to help you. Please visit /r/vinylcollectors in order to sell, trade, and seek albums. That's a bold upgrade from the AT95E to a VM540ML . Leaving it unlocked introduces all kinds of vibration, and distortion (that I had a hard time finding), as a result of obvious tone arm slop when it is unlocked. That mirror idea sounds good. Here's how I set my numbers: Just make sure you have a digital scale and use it every time you switch carts is what I say. I found that helped me a lot. /r/vinylcollectors - Buy, Sell, and Trade. I grew up in the 1960s and 1970s, when the album, or LP, was the physical musical format. Rendered by PID 19160 on r2-app-0f489719e06726faa at 2020-12-23 22:54:15.821636+00:00 running 6abf2be country code: FR. REDDIT and the ALIEN Logo are registered trademarks of reddit inc. π Rendered by PID 19160 on r2-app-0f489719e06726faa at 2020-12-23 22:54:15.821636+00:00 running 6abf2be country code: FR. Tonearm Setup / Balancing ↳ If you need further help, please do not hesitate to Contact Us. A list of album titles is not an adequate description. Looking to buy a new table and this one has been really piquing my interest so thanks for the rundown! We’re very pleased to have started stocking renowned Japanese turntable manufacturer Audio-Technica at Smart Home Sounds. Dial the anti-skate back to 2. If you add height to the platter without compensating the tonearm height adjustment, you'll rob a little bit from your highs and bloat the bass a bit. This model has been discontinued. [–]mp29kAudio Technica[S] 1 point2 points3 points 5 years ago (0 children). This is your proper setting for 0. /r/cd_collectors - CDs Are Also Pretty Neat! Get an ad-free experience with special benefits, and directly support Reddit. This is a very well crafted copy of the popular Technics SL-1200 series of turntables made by Panasonic. On the AT-LP60 and AT-LP120, the RCA cable is hardwired to the back of the unit. I love Safe As Milk. Direct-drive motors feature higher torque (motor power) and require less maintenance than belt-driven motors. I have had the AT-LP120 since Christmas, and have been messing with setup since then almost daily. How many mm is your VTA set to? Add the sleek, black carbon-fiber tonearm and you have a turntable that certainly doesn’t look like it costs $299. best essentially one I'm considering myself. But it sounds like you have a digital scale already. I have heard it pays to upgrade the tonearm counterweight. The AT-LP120-USB is a direct-drive turntable, which means there’s a motor beneath its spindle turning its platter. How Do I Align the Cartridge on the AT-LP120-USB and AT-LP1240-USB Turntables? One more question; which protractor should I use? I'm finally fully in love with this hobby again, happy listening everyone! And it is a very close race indeed. But the higher output level of the VM540ML and the fact that it is an Audio-Technica product that potentially will be easier to fit and align on my AT-LP120 are two small factors that make the VM540ML the one that I will choose. I read somewhere - though I cannot vouch for the accuracy - that the AT CW-1 is 136 grams and the one that came with my TT might be about 128 g. But once you set the tracking force and note the dial settings, it shouldn't change, correct? General Overview + Setup 2. Fine tune the counter weight so that when you drop the cue lever (slowly), the needle will hover over the record, but not touch it. I have usually found it only drifts if your anti-skate is not set to zero when you try to set counterweight. It looks very similar to the late, lamented Technics SL1200/1210 – and that's no bad thing. Plus, you don't really have to worry about zeroing out the tone arm anymore. I found that helped me a lot. Put a record on your turntable. There's a hardware section which would be better for this. This can lead to constructive, unique and enjoyable content and we sincerely encourage you to share your opinions based on experience. This is an important step, and the line between hovering and barely touching is so small it will not make a difference. The AT-LP120 series has built its reputation on (4) key features: 1.1The LP120 series features a direct-drive motor which is unique in this price range. /r/Turntablists - Scratch, Juggle, and Flair. The article here explains all the choices: It looks like AT have a protractor you can download as well: One more post, because I think everything is set up properly now, and all I can say is WOW! Music and technology move on at a very fast pace these days, basically much like any technological advancement; if you stand still, you’re lost! If you are not technically savvy, it might be a bit scary to unbox and set up the LP120. Perfectly 90 degrees will kill bass depth and in my experience, make the highs overly sibilant. The Rega P1, Rega P2 are slightly better than the Audio Technica LP120 in sound, but the Regas were not worth the more expensive price. As per the instructions, turn the anti-skate to zero. The Audio-Technica AT120 is becoming popular because of its sound quality, … [–]Elder_JokerAudio Technica 2 points3 points4 points 5 years ago (0 children). On my LP120, with stock cartridge, when the needle is perfectly perpendicular to the record (proper VTA setup) the tonearm is not level. Just rest the arm on the scale, observe the readout, turn the counterweight as needed. Be sure to use the search bar to browse for your answer - you just may find what you're looking for! [–][deleted] 0 points1 point2 points 5 years ago (2 children). I can't believe how much better the VM540ML sounds than the AT95E, the difference in SQ is almost night and day, and I honestly don't know what more I could possibly want from vinyl and record players right now. I know this is a day late so I hope you can answer my questions. What gave you that impression? EDIT: the digital scale just takes the guess work out of setting the VTF. (You must log in or sign up to reply here. The setup looks something like this. Adjusting the VTF without a stylus gauge is tricky, but I have found a few tricks. Join in on the reviews to share your input or to suggest our next review. My main setup is a Technics 1210 GR with a Nagaoka MP-200 cartridge. However, harassment against other users of any kind is not acceptable and will not be tolerated. Hope this is helpful to others! So, I've had an Audio Technica LP120 for about two years now, and while the standard AT95E cartridge sounds okay to me, I've now decided to finally go for a serious upgrade: the VM540ML (/H, so with headshell). [–]UpgradeTech 1 point2 points3 points 5 years ago (0 children). The Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB is, as they like to say in the motor industry, fully loaded. The VTA, or height adjustment is MUCH higher with the standard cartridge (AT95E), than if you were to align it so that the tonearm/ cartridge body was level with the vinyl. I love DIY fixes, and someone in another (closed) thread suggested the following: Just be careful that if you go this route, the tracking force dial on the counterweight will become inaccurate. Great table, and the adjustments really let you dial things in, but can be a headache if you don't know what you are doing. If your post is removed you can still add a 300+ character comment with the description and it will be approved automatically. So I actually just got a ATLP120 the other day and since you are the most recent post about it I've seen, I have a few q's if you don't mind: When you say with the proper counterweight, the needle will "hover," I have tried this, but the tone arm drifts away from the record. [–]recordcouncilGarrard 0 points1 point2 points 5 years ago (1 child). I am getting by with the needle barely touching the record at the 0 setting (before refining the weight to 2) for a suitable counterweight. Digital scale to the rescue. /r/PunkRecords - Anarchy in the Record Store! /r/uncommongrailz - Not Your Average Grailz. After reading this I decided to reset my VTF, and after playing around with it and realizing it wasn't making sense, I realized I had the VTF ring thingy on the BACK of the counterweight instead of in front of it. [–]mp29kAudio Technica[S] 0 points1 point2 points 5 years ago (0 children). And when you use the scale, adjust your VTA so that the tone arm sits perfectly level when resting on the scale platform. One of the advantages of the Audio Technica LP120 is that it is easy to set up. Audio-Technica's AT-LP120-USB direct-drive, high-torque professional turntable is perfect for DJs and other music enthusiasts, especially in an era that many would call "postvinyl," when it's no longer the norm for audio/video receivers or even integrated amplifiers to offer a dedicated phono input. © 2020 reddit inc. All rights reserved. For VTF, I'd recommend getting a digital scale. I got mine on eBay for like $10. Just connect the RCA cable of your turntable to the RCA input of the powered speaker. Is this to be expected? and join one of thousands of communities. Direct-drive turntables deliver fast start and stop times and excellent torque, and there’s no belt to worry about wearing out over the years.The traditional drawback in a direct-drive design is that vibrations produced by the motor can be transferred to the platter and record. If I set it to barely hover, the needle can't find a groove. The Audio Technica LP120 is a direct-drive turntable that features a USB and analog connection. What kind of receiver/speakers are you running it to? Even a cursory tour through vinyl-related forums will turn up endless mentions of the LP120, which has become the go-to entry level turntable for people serious enough to get a real taste of what vinyl is all about. Album/Equipment Reviews - a collection of sub-generated discussion posts centered around a specific piece of equipment or album pressing. Please report harassment as such so that we can investigate. Ok, awesome. You absolutely have to keep the tonearm height "lock" button engaged when playing vinyl. ), Forum Policies, Rules, and Terms of Service. The S-shape… AT-LP120-USB Turntable Company: Audio-Technica Price: $299.95, less at various online retailers. /r/randomactsofvinyl - It's Worth a Shot!? ATLP120 Setup hints (aka: avoiding rookie mistakes) (self.vinyl), submitted 5 years ago by mp29kAudio Technica. Good point. It also doesn’t look anything like a DJ turntable, which is the ubiquitous design favored by Audio-Technica for its various LP120 models (not to mention similar … The Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB may be just what you are looking for. 1.2 The LP-120 series features a higher quality tonearm than most entry level turntables. Do you have a guess as to the difference between the counterweight that comes with the AT LP120 and the AT CW-1? Or are you going to your laptop? We'll be glad to assist you within our Weekly Questions Thread. And when you eventually replace the cartridge, it will be super easy to get the new one set up. [–][deleted] 3 points4 points5 points 5 years ago (1 child). [–]face_plain 0 points1 point2 points 5 years ago* (0 children). With a vast range of options available, from the more budget-friendly ATLP60X to the premium ATLP5XUSB, it might be difficult to know where to begin. Post get removed? Useful Links, Guides, and Threads - for new users and veterans alike, this is a community generated collection of our favorite resources pertaining to collecting, buying, selling, and anything relating to records. /r/vinylreleases - Releases and Preorders. ↳ For the most up to date info, visit the Product Page The AT-LP120-USB comes supplied with a high-quality Audio-Technica ATP-2 cartridge. I am using a NAD d'3020 amp (30 WPC) into Monitor Audio Bronze BX2 with a HSU STF-2 subwoofer to properly round out the bottom end. . Using these setup tips has resulted in the best overall sound for me. . Please see the AT-LP120XUSB Direct-Drive Turntable.This professional stereo turntable features a high-torque direct-drive motor for quick start-ups and a … Have questions? Audio Technica have a great setup video on their YouTube page: [–]MarcyProjects 1 point2 points3 points 5 years ago (1 child). Feel free to post them in the comments. These belong in /r/downloadcodes! Dial back the counterweight (with the cue lever UP) until you see it start to balance. AT-LP120-USB turntable pdf manual download. ATLP120 Setup hints (aka: avoiding rookie mistakes). Setting up the AT-LP120-USB Turntable - Part 1, Setting up the AT-LP120-USB Turntable - Part 2, Free Cartridge Alignment Protractors - Vinyl Engine, Protractor User Guide - Aligning Cartridges with Baerwald, Loefgren & Stevenson - Vinyl Engine. (4) Posts specifically intending to buy, sell, or trade vinyl or stereo equipment are not permitted. With a quartz speed control, push-button 33 and 45 RPM playback, and an integrated strobe light it is easy to get the LP120 setup correctly. Then, after you get the VTF dialed in, remember to raise the VTA back up so that the tone arm is level when resting on the surface of a record. Harassment Policy: It is inevitable that users will appear from all walks and times in life, causing us to have disagreements. Put the tonearm back on the rest, and set the counter weight at exactly 2. Many audiophiles prefer belt-driven turntables, … Also, I have the CW-1 heavier counterweight and it also has an inaccurate vtf dial..by nearly a half gram! [–]tomgi 1 point2 points3 points 5 years ago (0 children). Stupid question: I have audioengine speakers, this requires line not phono because the speakers have their own pre-amp? The most common rookie mistake I've seen is failing to toggle the Line/Phono switch in the back when running the RCA cables to a separate receiver. View and Download Audio Technica AT-LP120-USB installation and operation manual online. I found that the cartridge came setup very close to aligned, so I wouldn't mess with it. use the following search parameters to narrow your results: (1) Questions regarding setups, equipment advice, or personal inquiries that primarily benefit the individual over the broader subreddit community should be submitted in the stickied Weekly Questions thread, also accessible from the Submit a New Question button above. Wait, I have an obsession with Christmas music? For many, the turntable part is easy: The Audio-Technica LP120. You can use it with a standard audio device or attach it directly on your computer. 5 years ago Not to be particular, but the manual doesn't share the hints of using the cue lever and a record on the platter to set it. Looking to buy a new table and this one has been really peaking my interest so thanks for the rundown! I had foolishly assumed that the assembly was "tight" and had left it unlocked since I was messing with the VTA (height adjustment) a lot to try to find the sweet spot. If you have a small flat mirror that is about the thickness of a record, and you rest the needle on the mirror, you can easily see the angle the needle is resting on the mirror. In my table, it manifested as distortion primarily in the mid-range, so it was dreadfully obvious. Direct-drive motors forgo belts and are directly connected to the platter. 7 reasons why the Audio-Technica AT-LP120XUSB is better than the AT-LP120. 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