Product Comparison: Music Hall USB-1 vs Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB


General Specifications
Brand
Music Hall
Audio-Technica
Model
usb-1
AT-LP120-USB
Origin
USA
About the Product
Whether you’re looking to digitize and download your record collection, release your inner DJ, or simply discover the joy of spinning vinyl, the usb-1 is your answer. It has a built-in phono preamp, cartridge, dust cover, and includes all necessary cables and software required for simple plug and play operation.
This professional stereo turntable features a high-torque direct-drive motor for quick start-ups and a USB output that connects directly to your computer. Other features include: forward and reverse play capability; cast aluminum platter with slip mat and a start/stop button; three speeds 33/45/78; selectable high-accuracy quartz-controlled pitch lock and pitch change slider control with +/-10% or +/-20% adjustment ranges; and removable hinged dust cover. A selectable internal stereo phono pre-amplifier allows the turntable to plug directly to components with no dedicated turntable input. A USB cable and adapter cables are included along with Mac- and PC-compatible Audacity software to digitize your LPs.
Key Specs
Drive Type
Belt drive
Direct Drive
Operation Type
Semi-Automatic
Manual
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Music Hall USB-1 Record Turntable
  • This turntable has everything that I want in a turntable except that the turntable drive belt was missing!
  • But, unlike the oldies, it has belt drive for silent running and completely manual operation.
  • I found the controls to be very nice, the pitch adjustment glides nicely and isn't cumbersome to set, and the spin/stop button is very reliable.
  • It has all you need to control the weigh of the arm, anti skate control, integrate preamp, USB port to convert your records in WAV format.
  • The belt driven machine is quiet, the needle is decent, and the ability to rip vinyl is nice.
Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB Direct-Drive Professional Turntable in Silver
  • The beltless direct drive does not use a belt. Just drop it into place.
  • The direct drive motor one can tune with the pitch control should it become inaccurate (it isn't, the strobe to platter gives quick visual reference of the accuracy).
  • Direct drive that stops and starts records immediately.
  • The direct drive mechanism starts up fast and brakes automatically when you stop rotation.
  • This product is amazing. High quality. Heavy, sturdy and a tough direct drive!
  • The only negative is that this is not a fully automatic turntable, my first. Meaning that at the end of the record, the listener must make the move to end the session. This is the only negative I have found so far.
Size & Weight
Height
5.7 in.
6.1 in.
Width
17.7 in.
17.7 in.
Depth
13.8 in.
13.9 in.
Weight
12 lbs.
23.5 lbs.
What customers say about "Size & Weight"
Music Hall USB-1 Record Turntable
  • When I first got the turntable, I was a little skeptical about the weight of the unit. My doubts were unwarranted. The turntable sounds very good and doesn't have any transfer of sound from other sources.
  • When it arrived I was almost afraid to open it due to past experiences but when I did, I found a beautifully designed turntable of just the right weight without being like a cement block.
  • The assembled product looked nice.
  • Little tricky to setup but if you have some patience you get the turntable where it needs to be from sound perspective.
  • Long story short , I have to re-adjust the weight of the turntable constantly , the quality of the product it's really cheap and now I just don't even balance the torn arm anymore since is so un-stable that I just leave it with a lot of extra-weight all the time , that is the only solution I found .
Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB Direct-Drive Professional Turntable in Silver
  • Well, It has a nice weight to it, the feet are a nice size to provide not just lift, but actual slight tilt-able support.
  • They sound good could be louder, but the sound fills the room and they have a good amount of base for the small size.
  • Perfect for a small to medium size room.
  • The weight of this unit is impressive.
  • It is a bit pricy and I've seen some of smaller size but those are of no means problems with this one.
Audio
Record Sizes
12
12
Playable Record Speeds
33 ⅓, 45
33 ⅓, 45, 78
Stylys/Cartridge
Moving Magnet (MM)
Magnet phono cartridge and long-life diamond stylus
Integrated Preamp
Yes
Yes
What customers say about "Audio"
Music Hall USB-1 Record Turntable
  • It is better than nothing, and won't hurt your records.
  • I've recorded a number of tracks from vinyl recently. The unit works great!
  • I put on my worst sounding record ever and it sounded wonderful! Just a wonderful turntable!
  • When it gets to the end of a record, it would be helpful to have it automatically lift the tone arm off of the platter.
  • Setup was easy but there is no auto pickup at the end of the record and the cue level to raise and lower the tonearm is near the back of the arm.
Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB Direct-Drive Professional Turntable in Silver
  • The included cartridge is a top-notch value, it’s got a good amount of weight in the unit and platter, the direct drive motor is strong, and it looks nice on a shelf.
  • This record player played it just fine, without skipping, and only minor hissing.
  • It actually made the needle bounce on the record!
  • The speed of the motor is very even - it required no adjustment out of the box - although that is easy to do as I tried adjusting it.
  • Speeds are very accurate, dynamic range of the provided cartridge is excellent, and the versatility of being able to run it into an amp or use its own preamp is a nice feature.
Features
Control
Line/Phone switch, Speed control switch, Pitch control
Power dial, Start/Stop, Speed control switch, Pitch control, Quartz Speed Lock, Voltage Selector Switch
Functions
Vinyl player
Vinyl player
Platter Material
Aluminum die-cast
Aluminum die-cast
Dust Cover Included
Yes
Yes
Speaker(s) Included
No
No
Interfaces
Stereo RCA audio out, USB type B
Stereo RCA audio out
Extras
USB output for converting vinyl to PC or MAC, Free Audacity software included, +/- 10% adjustable pitch control, Anti-skating control for increased stereo balance
Mac- and PC-compatible Audacity software digitizes your records, Professional anti-resonance, die-cast aluminum platter with slip mat
What customers say about "Features"
Music Hall USB-1 Record Turntable
  • The connections: the USB is always on so that makes it easy to record right away to a laptop.
  • It produces a very clear and clean sound from my 45 year old vinyl albums
  • Does come with a dust cover that is not pictured. I am using it stock right out of the box and I love it. Highly recommended.
  • The USB-1 was easy to set up and using it is great fun. I have a fairly old record collection and the USB-1 goes a long way in giving these old platters a fine spin!
  • The sound quality is poor enough that you might think that vinyl doesn't sound very good compared to CD's.
Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB Direct-Drive Professional Turntable in Silver
  • Plays my vinyl collection perfectly with fully manual operation.
  • My vinyl collect sounds great and I've had no problems in 5 years. For me that's 5 stars!
  • The hinged cover opens with a good, solid feel and stays put in the open position.
  • I like that the cover is a heavy piece of plastic that feels like you're really closing the thing.
  • The thickness of the dust cover was also impressive.
Warranty / Certifications
Certifications
CE
CE
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year(s)
Other Information
MSRP
299.00 $


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