Audio-Technica Introduces AT-LP120XBT-USB Turntable Featuring Bluetooth 5 and aptX Streaming

August 18 2020, 00:10
Play vinyl straight to your wireless speakers or headphones! That seems to be the concept behind —Audio-Technica's latest affordable turntable announcement. The company announced its AT-LP120XBT-USB direct-drive manual turntable, which adds wireless Bluetooth 5 with aptX streaming capability to its popular AT-LP120XUSB model with USB connectivity. The new AT-LP120XBT-USB comes with an included AT phono cartridge, a built-in phono preamplifier and more.

Available in black, the new AT-LP120XBT-USB (SRP: US$299.00) is designed for reliable performance and convenience, allowing users to just pair the turntable with compatible Bluetooth headphones, wireless speakers or other devices for cord-free listening. The new model supports the Qualcomm aptX™ codec for superior Bluetooth wireless audio quality, or it can simply be used as a standard wired turntable - no external phono preamp required.

A design from one of the most respected pioneers in turntables and phono cartridges, the Audio-Technica AT-LP120XBT-USB plays 33-1/3, 45 and 78 RPM records and i’s supplied with a high-performance AT-VM95E Dual Magnet™ phono cartridge with an elliptical stylus, for superior resolution, stereo imaging and tracking. The cartridge is pre-mounted on an AT-HS6 universal 1/2"-mount headshell, and is compatible with any Audio-Technica VM95 Series replacement stylus. The turntable has an S-shaped tonearm with a hydraulically-damped lift, adjustable tracking force, and dynamic anti-skating.
The AT-LP120XBT-USB includes a built-in switchable phono preamp, enabling it to be used with audio systems and powered speakers that do not have a dedicated phono input, but also sending the electric signal untouched to any external phono preamplifier. The built-in USB output allows the turntable to be connected to a computer to convert records to digital audio files.

The turntable incorporates additional professional-quality features including an upgraded DC servo direct-drive motor; die-cast aluminum platter with felt mat; stroboscopic platter with speed indicator; variable pitch control with quartz speed lock; damped base construction for reduced low-frequency feedback coloration; an external power supply to reduce electrical noise; and a removable plug-type light to aid with cueing in low light. 

Founded in Japan in 1962 by Hideo Matsushita, Audio-Technica made its name by manufacturing state-of-the-art phonograph cartridges and tonearms. The AT-LP120XBT-USB is supplied with a removable dust cover, detachable RCA output cable, USB cable, 45 RPM adapter and other accessories.
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