Home HiFi AT LP120x turntable
$529 + $50 gift voucher
Available in Gloss Black & Matt Silver
This baby is an all-round gem. First of all, let's start by saying that audiophiles hate direct drive turntables, so if you are a fruit bat or want something that looks vintage (rather than Technics 1200 Retro) then you should go check out Classic HiFi or the VIntage Record in Newtown and Annandale Respectively.
If, on the other hand, you want something that works, out-of-the-box with any audio system you might have at home and would like to record any record (33, 45, 78) you play via USB while you listen to it with minimal fuss, then look no further.
Play and record your vinyl via USB at the same time. Direct drive, forward and reverse play capability; cast aluminium platter with slipmat; three speeds 33/45/78; quartz-controlled pitch lock; pitch control with +/-10% or +/-20% ; and a removable hinged dust cover. The main different between the LP120 and the LP60 is that this deck has an adjustable tone-arm, this means less wear on your records and more precision in playing them. it also has a removable headshell which means you can upgrade your cartridge in the future should you so desire.
The internal (and by-passable) stereo phono pre-amp allows you to plug into components with no phono input. Comes with a USB cable plus Mac- and PC-compatible Audacity software to record your LPs.
$529 plus $50 store credit *
If you are wondering why we sell this for $499 including a $50 gift voucher when you have seen it cheaper online, it's for a couple of reasons. Firstly it's how we add value for you so we can compete with high turn-over low margin internet operators and keep the vinyl flowing into our racks, but far more importantly it's because you will, without a doubt, require cleaning products or a spare needle or if it's a gift, even better, bonus double-gift.
NB: A lot of the Rega and Project turntables have the insanely stupid hardwired headshell design. This makes it incredibly tricky to swap cartridges (something you will eventually do because they do eventually need replacing) and highly likely that you'll tear out a wire. The LP120 and LP1240 have a tone-arm collar (made famous by the Technics 1200) for an easily removable headshell assembly. This also makes it way easier to clean your stylus - something you should be doing regularly.
As we believe in human interaction, we do not sell online. We find that most people like to have a good ol' gasbag about how to set up the tone arm weight and anti-skating and how to care for records and the like, which we can do on phone but LOVE to do in person. If you do have questions but cannot come in, we still like to answer those, so just call or email us :)
ALSO: Don't buy electronics from overseas! Even if you get a transformer, you will be buying a product that is not supported locally for service or repairs but FAR MORE IMPORTANTLY it will not have passed the Australian Government's QC inspectors and will therefor be illegal. This means that you will be legally liable if anything untoward (read, burn your house down or electrocute someone) happens and insurance will not cover it. True Story. And now, our two most popular decks; the Audio-Technica LP60 and LP120.
Oh, ps, we can sort out any pre-amp or connectivity issues you might have :)
Entry Level versus Home Hi-Fi.
While the entry level deck works a treat it is not adjustable or up-gradable. This means it 1) wears your records more over time and 2) cannot have a new cartridge installed on it should you wish to upgrade in the future. A good rule of thumb is that if you are intending to continue buying new records, collecting etc, then you are probably better off investing in the home Hifi turntable, while if you are just messing around, buying old records from op-shops or occasionally listening to old records you inherited, the entry level will do just fine (in our opinion the LP60 is the best of this design available in Australia). We can elaborate on this quite extensively if required ..
Why do we only sell one brand?
We could prattle on about the tyranny of choice but it comes down to this: We don't like drama and we don't like you having to come back with issues. In our 13 years of experience Audio-Technica has the least coming-backness of the lot and they clearly failed acting class because the lack of drama surrounding this brand is palpable. Finally, both the LP60 and LP120 consistently come top or very near top in almost all comparisons between brands. A simple google search will verify this.