Audio-Technica AT-LP120 vs Pioneer PLX 1000

Audio-Technica AT-LP120 vs Pioneer PLX 1000: which one is better?

Audio-Technica AT-LP120 vs Pioneer PLX 1000

Looking for a professional turntable people often came across the two flagmen in this sphere which makes customers compare which one is actually better: Pioneer PLX 1000 vs Audio-Technica AT-LP120. I tested the stylus tracking with the Shure "audio obstacle course -era III" LP. This LP puts the tonearm and cartridge through very stringent tests, and this passed every tracking test flawlessly. Upgrading to a better cartridge is not necessary having passed these tests, unlike the situation we have with PLX 1000. As for me, this is a massive plus towards Audio-Technica. But still, take a look at other characteristics I underlined in Audio-Technica AT-LP120 vs Pioneer PLX 1000 comparison.

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Features & Performance

Both turntables have Preamp "PHONO": 2.5 mV nominal at 1 kHz. What about cartridge type, Audio-Technica AT-LP120 has dual magnet versus its opponent which owns moving magnet (MM). Playback speeds are also of the same figures. Both ones have 33.3, 45 RPM. So here your own preferences have to tell you which one is better for you according to the type of cartridge you'd like the most.

Design & build quality

The weight of both units is impressive. LP120 rests very solid with no vibration and resists movement. The controls are beveled aluminum and LED lit buttons. Very impressive to look at as well to use. The performance of the tonearm is excellent, and the design and construction are equally beautiful. The thickness of the dust cover was also impressive. Overall the craftsmanship of this turntable is better than I expected in the Pioneer model. The only plus here is the fact that all buttons and tonearm controls are accessible easily.

Audio-Technica AT-LP120 pros & cons

Pros

  • I love the option to either use the built-in pre-amp or bypass it as I do since my receiver has dedicated phono inputs.
  • Balancing the tonearm was pretty simple.

Cons

  • Cartridge alignment: Beware, these cartridges are not mounted correctly requiring the need for an alignment protractor. The center location pre-mounted is not the correct alignment. Moving it to the back is the location that aligns best with the protractor indicating perfect tracking.
  • Connectivity: The RCA audio cables are internally connected. I have a concern with this if it should ever need to be replaced. Output jacks are the only option I find acceptable.

Pioneer PLX 1000 pros & cons

Pros

  • This turntable is designed for DJs who enjoy the look, feel, and performance of vinyl for music playback.
  • Great care is taken to trim each Decksaver to achieve the best fit and still leave cables in place.

Cons

  • Jacks for the power cord and USB cable are the only two offered.

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Common

Product

Audio-Technica AT-LP120
Pioneer PLX 1000

Model

AT-LP120
PLX 1000

Brand

Audio-Technica
Pioneer

Rating

4.4 of 5
0

Reviews

2790
0

Cartridge

Type

dual magnet
moving magnet (MM)

Appropriate needle pressure, g

1,5
0

Supplied headshell weight, g

2,5
4

Stylus

Replaceable

Type

diamond
diamond

Model

ATN95E
PN-X10

Motor

Drive method

direct
direct

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
70

Gain

36
54-60

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
manual

Pitch control

Pitch variation, %

+/-10 or +/-20
+/-8, +/-16, +/-50

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
9

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size, cm/inches

15.2 x 45.2 x 35.3/ 6 x 17.8 x 13.9
15.9 x 45.3 x 35.3/6.6 x 17.8 x 13.9

Weight, kg/pounds

10.6/23.5
16.6/41.4

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