Audio-Technica AT-LP120 vs Denon DP-300F

Denon DP-300F vs Audio-Technica AT-LP120 – two high-quality solutions for everyone

Denon DP-300F vs Audio-Technica AT-LP120

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Features & Performance

The Denon DP-300F vs Audio-Technica AT-LP120 features comparison proves that these two models can output rich and natural music. These two models have built-in pre-amps – 2.5 mV nominal at 1 kHz.

However, these turntables use two different types of cartridges – compare the moving magnet type cartridge in the Denon DP-300F and the dual magnet type cartridge in the Audio-Technica AT-LP120.

The Audio-Technica AT-LP120 supports 3-speed options – 33.3, 45 and 78 RPM, while the Denon DP-300F supports only two options – 33.3 and 45 RPM. The DP-300F uses the belt drive method and the AT-LP120 uses direct drive technology.

Design & build quality

The Audio-Technica AT-LP120 vs Denon DP-300F design comparison shows that both models are perfect for people who like modern design. The DP-300F looks slim and it has two small buttons on the front panel and small knobs on the top panel. The AT-LP120 looks modern with its knobs, buttons and a slider.

The Audio-Technica AT-LP120 vs Denon DP-300F design comparison shows that both models are perfect for people who like modern design. The DP-300F looks slim and it has two small buttons on the front panel and small knobs on the top panel. The AT-LP120 looks modern with its knobs, buttons and a slider.

The dimensions are 15x17.1x4.8 in for the Denon DP-300F versus 13.9x6x17.8 in for the Audio-Technica AT-LP120. The weight is 12.1 and 23.5 pounds respectively.

Denon DP-300F

Pros:

  • This model is fully automatic – it has an “auto start/stop” feature.
  • It is built well, it has four feet that make the turntable stand still and the construction is completely resonance-free. It has a rubber anti-slip material. It has a good motor installed, and it does not produce much noise.
  • It is easy to use (even if it is your first turntable) and the ports do not produce any noise.

Cons:

  • Some customers claim that this model has issues with the playback speed. The turntable may start slowing eventually.
  • It does not have an arm clip.

Audio-Technica AT-LP120

Pros:

  • It has a high-quality USB port.
  • The tracking feature works pretty well – it is precise (however, some customers prefer to replace the cartridge). It is easy to adjust the tonearm.
  • This turntable has many features and so it is a great option for people who expect more from a turntable.

Cons:

  • This model has RCA audio cables connected internally, which makes it difficult to replace them.
  • The tonearm assembly may be not precise in terms of cueing.
  • Some customers claim that the motor is quite noisy and you can hear it when the volume is low.

Audio-Technica AT-LP120

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Common

Product

Audio-Technica AT-LP120
Denon DP-300F

Model

AT-LP120
DP-300F

Brand

Audio-Technica
Denon

Rating

4.4 of 5
3.8 of 5

Reviews

2790
192

Cartridge

Type

dual magnet
moving magnet (MM)

Appropriate needle pressure, g

1,5
5

Supplied headshell weight, g

2,5
10

Stylus

Replaceable

Type

diamond

Model

ATN95E
DSN-85

Motor

Drive method

direct
belt

Platter type

aluminum diecast
aluminum diecast

Speed, RPM

33.3, 45, 78
33.3, 45

Torque

>1.6 kgf-cm
>4.5 kgf-cm

Wow & flutter (WRMS), %

0.2
0.1

Sound

Frequency response, Hz

20 - 20000
20 – 20000

Signal to noise ratio, dB

50
60

Gain

36
39-45

Output level

Pre-amp "PHONO": 2.5 mV nominal at 1 kHz, 5 cm/sec. Pre-amp "LINE": 150 mV nominal at 1 kHz, 5 cm/sec
Pre-amp "PHONO": 2.5 mV nominal at 1 kHz. Pre-amp "LINE": 150 mV nominal at 1 kHz

Controls

Operation type

full manual
full manual

Pitch control

Pitch variation, %

+/-10 or +/-20

Braking system

electronic
electronic

Connections

USB

1
0

RCA

1
1

Other

has not
has not

Features

Dust cover

45 RPM adapter

Other

has not
has not

Power

Motor type

DC
DC

Power consumption, W

11
2

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size, cm/inches

15.2 x 45.2 x 35.3/ 6 x 17.8 x 13.9
12.4 x 43.4 x 38/4.8 x 17.1 x 15

Weight, kg/pounds

10.6/23.5
5.5/12.1

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  • 13.8
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  • 13.8Audio-Technica AT-LP120
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