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Audio-Technica announce AT-LP1240USB flagship turntable for DJs and vinyl junkies

There’s good news for Vinyl DJs still mourning the death of the legendary Technics SL 1200 turntable, as Audio Technica announce their new flagship turntable, the AT-LP1240USB, aimed at ‘hi-fi connoisseurs and mobile and club DJs.’

Packing a direct-drive 16-pole, three-phase motor, the turntable should offer solid speed stability and swift back-cueing, forward and reverse play, and there’s a traditional S-shaped tone arm with adjustable tracking force, anti-skate adjustment and a removable universal cartridge mount.

Offering 33-1/3, 45 and even 78 RPM speeds, the turntable features a USB output for hooking up to a laptop, or recording device.

Other features include a damped cast aluminium platter with stroboscopic markings and slip mat, illuminated speed indicator and adjustable pitch control, start/stop button, a removable stylus target light, dedicated tone arm grounding lug, a hydraulically damped lift lever and locking tone arm rest.

The AT-LP1240USB should be hitting the shelves sometime in September 2012 with a recommended retail price of £500 (inc VAT)/€500 (ex VAT).

More info: www.audiotechnicashop.com

Here’s the full press release:

Audio-Technica’s New Flagship Turntable Delivers For

Ardent Audio Fans And Discerning DJs Alike

Leeds, UK, 01/08/2012: Audio-Technica has unveiled its new flagship turntable, the AT-LP1240USB, which offers a host of features that cater to the demands of both hi-fi connoisseurs and mobile and club DJs.

A direct-drive 16-pole, three phase motor ensures speed stability with easy back-cueing, forward and reverse play and quiet operation at 33-1/3, 45 or 78 RPM. The turntable features an S-shaped tone arm with adjustable tracking force and anti-skate adjustment and a removable universal cartridge mount. The tone arm has locking height adjustment to dial in the vertical tracking angle, crucial for achieving the most accurate record playback.

With a sleek gloss black and silver design, the AT-LP1240USB is ideal for any music or home entertainment system. A built-in switchable phono preamp allows use with a wide variety of receivers, powered speakers and other A/V components, while its USB output makes for easy connection to a computer without the need for any special drivers. The turntable is therefore perfect for transferring records to digital music files that can be played back on portable MP3 players including Apple’s iPod, iPhone, iPad, in the car or at home.

In addition, the AT-LP1240USB boasts myriad DJ-friendly features including a damped cast aluminium platter with stroboscopic markings and slip mat, illuminated speed indicator and adjustable pitch control, start/stop button, a removable stylus target light, dedicated tone arm grounding lug, a hydraulically damped lift lever and locking tone arm rest.

The AT-LP1240USB comes bundled with PC and Mac compatible software, a USB cable, audio adaptor cables, removable dust cover, 45RPM adaptor, adjustable levelling feet and accessories. The supplied Audacity software offers simple digitisation of vinyl records and audio editing features including equalisation and click/noise removal.

The AT-LP1240USB carries a recommended retail price of £500 (inc VAT)/€500 (ex VAT) and will be available from hi-fi retailers and www.audiotechnicashop.com
from September 2012.