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NAD 5120

Semi-Automatic Belt-Drive Turntable System

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with AC synchronous motor and integrated tonearm (flat or tubular)

NAD 5120


If you wish to use more than one phono pickup cartridge in the NAD 5120 turntable, you can purchase extra plug-in tonearms.

On each arm you can set balance, VTF and DVA (dynamic vibration absorber) frequency and damping.

Then you may quickly swap cartridges by unplugging one arm and plugging in another, with no readjustment needed (except perhaps for anti-skating and cueing height).

On the 5120 the counterweight is not mounted rigidly to the tonearm but rather suspended on a spring, forming a compliant assembly that is free to vibrate.

When correctly tuned its vibration matches and cancels the fundamental arm/cartridge resonance.


Drive system: precision neoprene belt drive

Motor: synchronous motor

Speeds: 33 and 45rpm

Speed accuracy: +-0.5%

Wow and flutter: 0.04% WRMS

Rumble: -70dB

Suspension system: sprung subchassis

Tonearm: flat or tubular static balance arm with dynamic vibration absorber

Effective length: 208mm

Effective mass: 6g

Overhang: 19.1mm

Offset angle: 26 degrees

Dynamic vibration absorber: spring suspended counterweight with viscous damping

Cartridge weight: 2 to 8g

Tracking force: 0 to 3g

Dimensions: 420 x 105 x 354mm

Weight: 5kg


The NAD 5120 exhibited some lower midrange colouration although this was not too serious. Stereo images were stable, while the bass was satisfactory, possessing a fairly tuneful quality, better than usual for the price - £99 HiFi Choice 1984

A number of running improvements have given this player a range and tautness denied it's lazier sounding antecedents - £90 HiFi Choice 1992


alignment protractor  English - bill47

cartridge tuning data sheet  English

flyer  English - jalal1926

instruction/owners manual  English

quick setup  English

service manual  English

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I've had my turntable for a few years without any problems, that was until my 8 year old decided she wanted to impersonate fatboy slim and use my NAD5120 as her debut testbed.............lets say daddy was not pleased that the arm decided to do a torvil & dean all over my precious vinyl from that point on, and without any manuals or set-up info, I've been fretting ever since, until I found your fantastic website - thanks guys, you're a life saver.

PS - the deck is now on a very high shelf !!

Nad 5120 - Lenco L800 L802 - Tesla NC 470

The same model, produced by Tesla (Chez) for NAD and Lenco L-800 (802)
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setting up a nad 5120

Hi, my brother has just bought one of these turntables from e-bay but it came with no cartridge or documentation, what a godsend to find this superb site! I`ve got an ortofon om5e cartridge from my old project debut to put on it, any idea`s on what alignment guides/arc protractors i could use to set it up for him?

NAD 5120

I have just put my old nad player together again, - with new ortofon pickup. Nice player that knock out my sony x600, when i comes to the price. Nad 990,-nkr against sony 7000,-nkr.
I dig the retro design, fantastic.

NAD 5120

I've had the turntable since 1986 It receives many admiring glances being stationed in the living room. My brother has a Dual from the same time, he thinks the Nad is a lot better. The Nad is a classic. It's part of the furnature.

I think the motor needs either servicing or replacing. I'm trying to find a source for one. Any Ideas welcome. Cheers!