Audio-Technica AT-LP120 vs Pro-Ject Essential III

A great turntable for your setup – Pro-Ject Essential III vs Audio-Technica AT-LP120

Pro-Ject Essential III vs Audio-Technica AT-LP120

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Features & Performance

The Pro-Ject Essential III vs Audio-Technica AT-LP120 performance comparison shows that the AT-LP120 is a ready-to-use solution, due to the built-in pre-amp 2.5 mV nominal at 1 kHz. Both manufacturers use various types of cartridges – compare the moving magnet type used in the Pro-Ject Essential III and the dual magnet type used in the Audio-Technica AT-LP120. The Pro-Ject Essential III features a 5.5 g headshell, while the Audio-Technica AT-LP120 has a lighter, 2.5 g headshell.

The AT-LP120 supports three-speed options – 33.3, 45 and 78 RPM, while the Pro-Ject Essential III 33.3 and 45.

Design & build quality

The Audio-Technica AT-LP120 vs Pro-Ject Essential III design comparison shows the modern approach used in the Pro-Ject Essential III and the “professional” style in the AT-LP120. Both models have transparent dust covers.

The Pro-Ject Essential III has a lightweight straight tonearm. This model is built well so it stands on four feet.

The Audio-Technica AT-LP120 looks like a professional-grade turntable with its knobs, sliders, and buttons. This model has a lightweight S-curved tonearm.

The dimensions are 13x16.9x4.4 in for the Pro-Ject Essential III versus 13.9x17.8x6 in for the Audio-Technica AT-LP120. The weight is 11.02 and 23.5 pounds respectively.

Pro-Ject Essential III

Pros:

  • This model outputs high-quality sound with the deep bass sound. Plus it is extremely easy to set up even if you have not had a turntable before (easy to adjust the tonearm).
  • Bluetooth output.
  • The built quality is very high – it is heavy enough.

Cons:

  • The soundstage is quite narrow. It is not automatic.
  • The belt is fiddly. It may slip off so you need to be careful moving it.
  • The wires are hard-wired (so it may be challenging to replace them) and the wires are quite short.

Audio-Technica AT-LP120

Pros:

  • This model is easy to assemble and configure since it comes with a detailed manual.
  • The building quality is very high – the turntable is heavy enough and it features many high-grade ports, so you will not get any noise (it also has a USB port). The output sound is natural and clear.
  • This model has many features, which makes it a perfect option for experienced turntable users.

Cons:

  • You may have issues with anti-skating –adjustments do not help.
  • The motor may start produce noise and it becomes louder after a certain period of exploitation.
  • The turntable can start skipping.

Audio-Technica AT-LP120
Audio-Technica AT-LP120 review

Mar 27, 2019

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Pro-Ject Essential III
Pro-Ject Essential III review

Apr 02, 2019

Pro-Ject Essential III from the Austrian company offers high-quality desk with new cables and the Ortofon OM10 cartridge with the elliptical stylus. It is remarkable for its easy setup that is not so...

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Common

Product

Audio-Technica AT-LP120
Pro-Ject Essential III

Model

AT-LP120
Essential III

Brand

Audio-Technica
Pro-Ject

Rating

4.4 of 5
0

Reviews

2762
0

Cartridge

Type

dual magnet
moving magnet (MM)

Appropriate needle pressure, g

1,5
3

Supplied headshell weight, g

2,5
5,5

Stylus

Replaceable

Type

diamond
diamond

Model

ATN95E
Ortofon OM10

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
0.2

Sound

Frequency response, Hz

20 - 20000
20 - 20000

Signal to noise ratio, dB

50
65

Gain

36

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
4 mV nominal at 1 kHz, 5 cm/sec

Controls

Operation type

full manual
full manual

Pitch control

Pitch variation, %

+/-10 or +/-20
+/-0,7

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
4,5

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size, cm/inches

15.2 x 45.2 x 35.3/ 6 x 17.8 x 13.9
9.5 x 41.5 x 33/4.4 x 16.9 x 13

Weigth, kg/pounds

10.6/23.5
5.1/11.1

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  • worse
  • 13.8
  • 1.3
  • 13.8Audio-Technica AT-LP120
  • 1.3Pro-Ject Essential III

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