The versatile AT-120 Professional Turntable plays 33, 45 and 78 rpm records and will accommodate any disc recording up to 13" in diameter. It has a +/- 20% pitch control which is essential for the proper playback of vintage records, given that many early 78s were actually recorded at speeds ranging from the the 60s to the 90s. It will also play vertical recordings (including Edison Diamond Discs) when used in conjunction with a vertically-wired cartridge or an outboard vertical/lateral switch, as is found on the Re-equalizer.
The plug and play AT-120 comes with two outputs: standard RCA phono plugs for connecting to an audio system and a USB cable for plugging directly into a computer. The deck features a high-torque direct-drive motor for quick start-ups, a high-accuracy quartz-controlled pitch lock and slider control (with an adjustment range of +/-20%), and the ability to play recordings in reverse at the touch of a button!
The tonearm is easily raised and lowered with a locking base ring. If necessary, one can stack additional turntable mats and/or records on the platter thereby clearing the pointed spindle and allowing off-center discs to be properly played. In its uppermost position, the tonearm is sufficiently high enough to easily clear the problem record.
An integrated stereo phono pre-amplifier allows the turntable to plug directly into components with no dedicated turntable input, or it may be bypassed for those wishing to use their own preamps. Audacity software for digitizing records is included (Mac and PC compatible), as well as a hinged acrylic dust cover.
The AT-120 Turntable comes ready to go with an Audio-Technica cartridge, LP stylus, 78 rpm stylus, SuperStrobe Disc and hinged acrylic dust cover.
Order with the optional Archival Transcription Arm and you'll be able to play discs up to 16" in diameter (such as early 14" Victors, Columbias and Pathés and later 16" film soundtracks and radio transcriptions). This audiophile-grade arm is silicon-damped, thereby reducing arm resonances and providing better tracking for problematic discs. The 13" overall length (10" from pivot to stylus) allows discs of any diameter to be played with the proper tracking angle, resulting in better frequency response and cleaner transfers. This arm is an ideal choice for archives, audiophiles and sound engineers alike. (Due to the extra length of the arm, the dust cover must be shifted 1/4" to the right in order to properly close.)
Studio engineers, archivists and audio professionals wishing to get the best possible playback results will want to invest in one or more custom styli configured to extract more audio with less noise. At present, custom styli are only available for the Shure M-44 cartridge, a studio workhorse that has been around for many years and is the "go to" cart for countless vintage record collectors, transfer engineers and archivists.
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