Audio Technica AT-LP1240-USB Turntable Review

Audio Technica AT-LP1240-USB Turntable

Overview:  

The Audio-Technica company has been making some new waves in the DJ vinyl turntable market and I, for one, like what I see.  A couple of weeks ago, we brought you the review of the Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB turntable which is basically a nice rendition of the iconic classic Technics 1200 deck.  Not only was it a good look-a-like, but it also performed rather well for its price.  Audio-Technica has now introduced an even better SUPER-OEM turntable that can hang with the best of them called the AT-LP1240-USB.  Check out our Full HD-Video review after the jump.



Staff Review


Review Video & Demo


Setup & First Impressions

The Audio-Technica AT-LP1240-USB is the premier vinyl turntable from the Audio-Technica DJ Lineup. These turntables were recently released, but if they look familiar, it’s because they are! The Audio-Technica AT-LP1240-USB are also known as the “Super-OEM” turntable which shares the same internals as the Stanton ST-150, the Numark CDX, the American Audio HDT4.5, and a few other decks that have been around since about 2005.

The “Super-OEM” turntables are still arguably the best turntables for DJ’s in the world with the best and strongest motor out on the market today. Turntablists all over the world swear by them and they are now proven in the longevity category with a 7-year history already in the books. The Audio-Technica retains all of these excellent qualities while also having a nice black color scheme with a tinted plastic dust cover to boot.


Unboxing Video


Features

The upper body of the turntable is all steel while the lower portion of the deck is a very heavy rubber material for dampening and isolation purposes. These are some seriously heavyweight turntables clocking in at a bit over 42lbs each! That's a lot of high quality components that are all built to last. Along with getting an excellent turntable with an excellent motor, there are lots of nice extra features such as the ability to play records in 33, 45, and 78 RPM, a reverse play button, Separate Start & Stop speed adjustment knobs, adjustable pitch range buttons (8%, 25%, 50%), internal power grounding, rubber feet, replaceable pop-up light, and two start/stop buttons aligned in the perfect position for turntablists and scratch DJ's who like to place their decks in the battle configuration. To top it all off, it comes with a nice felt slip mat and a good headshell to get you started.

We tested the AT-LP1240-USB with a Shure M44-7 cartridge and the results were excellent. The tracking was just right after we setup the tonearm height/weight and there was not a skip to be heard or seen during our scratch battle and juggling sessions. Everything just felt SOLID in every sense of the word. All of the buttons have a more rubberized feel to them over the other Super-OEM turntable models and they all have an audible click so you can be sure if you activated the button or not. The pitch slider felt solid with lots of resistance and does not have a center click to it, but there is a blue LED next to the absolute zero marker so you know when you are at perfect vinyl speed.







Conclusion / Recommended For

In conclusion, we recommend the Audio-Technica AT-LP1240-USB Professional Turntables to any DJ or Turntablist who is very serious about their craft and need a serious machine to hone their skills. The AT-LP1240-USB (and all the Super-OEM) turntables are possibly the best out there on the market today. After using countless numbers of turntables in my 19 year DJ history, I would be inclined to agree with this statement. The Audio-Technica AT-LP1240-USB turntable has a solid construction, super-strong motor, all the extra features a DJ can ask for and it also it has a USB port and cable for transferring your vinyl collection to a computer. It’s hard to find any fault with these decks at all…


Pros & Cons

Pros

  • All Steel Heavy-Duty Construction
  • Very Strong High-Torque Direct Drive Turntable Motor
  • Nice "Extra" Feature Set
  • Comes with a Dust Cover, Headshell, & Felt slip mat
  • Turntablist "Standard" Turntable for Scratching (Super-OEM Turntable)
  • USB port & cable for Vinyl to Digital Transfer

Cons

  • No Cartridge Included

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Written by on 05/10/12




Features & Specs


Features:

Professional DJ turntable
USB output – connects directly to your computer; includes Audacity software

Direct drive high-torque multi-pole motor for demanding DJ use

Professional features for DJ use in nightclubs, touring & mobile applications

Selectable 33/45/78 RPM speeds

Selectable internal stereo phono pre-amplifier

Dual start/stop controls

Start and brake control adjustments

Sliding pitch control with quartz speed lock

Reverse operation

S-shaped tone arm assembly with:
oAdjustable counterweight
oAnti-skate adjustment
oTone arm height adjustment and lock
oTone arm lift with hydraulic action and lift lever
oTone arm rest with locking mechanism

Dedicated ground lug for tone arm grounding

Stroboscopic platter and speed accuracy indicator

Damped cast aluminum record platter with low-resistance DJ-style slip mat

Removable stylus target light

45-RPM adapter

Adjustable feet for leveling

Removable dust cover


SPECIFICATIONS
Type 3-speed, fully manual operation
Motor 16-pole, 3-phase, brushless DC motor
Drive Method Direct Drive Direct drive
Speeds 33-1/3 RPM, 45 RPM, 78 RPM
Turntable Platter 332 mm dia. die-cast aluminum
Starting Torque >4.5 kgf.cm
Braking System Electronic brake
Wow and Flutter < 0.1% WRMS (JIS WTD) with 33 RPM
Signal-to-Noise Ratio > 55 dB (DIN-B)
Output Level Pre-amp "PHONO": 2.5 mV nominal at 1 kHz, 5 cm/sec (HP-4005)
Pre-amp "LINE": 150 mV nominal at 1 kHz, 5 cm/sec (HP-4005)
USB Function A/D, D/A - 16 bit 44.1 kHz or 48 kHz USB selectable;
Computer interface - USB 1.1 Compliant Windows XP or above or MAC OSX or above
Power Supply Requirements 120V AC, 60 Hz
Power Consumption 13W
Dimensions 450.0 mm (17.72") W x 353.0 mm (13.90") D x 166.5 mm (6.56") H
Weight 12.5 kg (27.6 lbs.)
Accessories Included Slip mat; dust cover; platter; 45 RPM adapter; counterweight; headshell; power cord; USB cable; dual RCA (female) to 1/8" (3.5 mm) mini-plug (male) stereo adapter cable; dual RCA (female) to 1/8" (3.5 mm) mini-plug (female) stereo adapter cable; dual RCA (male) cable with integrated ground wire; stylus target light; Audacity software (CD)


RIAA: 20-20kHz, +1/-3dB (In: 1.5mV 1kHz)
Tone arm type: Static balanced S-shaped tone arm with detachable headshell
Effective arm length: 230 mm
Overhang: 15 mm
Height of tone arm adjustment range: 0-6 mm
Tracking error angle: Less than 3 degrees
Applicable cartridge weight:
Without headshell 3.5 - 8.5 g,
With headshell 13 - 18 g
Anti-skating range: 0-3 g




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