Mar 27, 2019
The Japanese company Audio-Technica has more than 50 years of experience in the development of the audio devices and has established itself as a leading manufacturer of the widest range of equipment....Read More
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.
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.
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.
The Audio-Technica AT-LP120 is better turntable in this comparison. Check Audio-Technica AT-LP120 price