Audio Technica AT-LP140 XP

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ClausH
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Audio Technica AT-LP140 XP

Post by ClausH » 31 Oct 2019 20:13

Has anyone had any experience with this new turntable?

Is it an upgrade compared to the LP120 and is it worth the extra money?

blekenbleu
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Re: Audio Technica AT-LP140 XP

Post by blekenbleu » 04 Dec 2019 13:52

Has anyone had any experience with this new turntable?
Not yet, but I ordered one based on specs, experience with belt drive tables
and review by Paul Rigby (The Audiophile Man)
Is it an upgrade compared to the LP120

It has a heavier damped platter and standard power and RCA connectors
while omitting built-in preamp and USB, which many consider problematic in the LP120.
The included stylus is DJ fodder, but can be replaced with better (e.g. MicroLine) V-mount styli.
I suspect/hope that the range of vertical tracking angle is better in the LP140 than LP120.
and is it worth the extra money?
A new belt drive turntable may sound better initially, but belts deteriorate relatively quickly.
If you may consider eventually upgrading to a more highly rated turntable,
then a belt drive for less now might last until then.
I hope that this LP140 will be my last turntable.

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Re: Audio Technica AT-LP140 XP

Post by Direct driver » 04 Dec 2019 14:42

blekenbleu wrote:
04 Dec 2019 13:52
I hope that this LP140 will be my last turntable.
If my 120 ever starts going south, this is probably the table I'd get to replace it. My name gives away one reason. But also I think that this one seems to address what little was wrong with the 120 (assuming one got a good one), and I have several cartridges already in headshells that I could throw on it.

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Re: Audio Technica AT-LP140 XP

Post by blekenbleu » 06 Dec 2019 22:03

this one seems to address what little was wrong with the 120
One concern is that its higher torque motor may also be noisier,
based on this (from blog.audio-technica.com):
"The latest generation of the turntable, the AT-LP120XUSB,
uses a slightly lower torque motor (1.0 kgf.cm) that does not have a reversible direction,
but, in part, this motor enables the turntable to have higher overall fidelity due to its lower-noise design.
In fact, the noise floor of the LP120XUSB turntable is so low even low-output Moving Coil
(MC) type phono cartridges requiring additional amplification may be used with it."

Pessimistic souls may suspect that comment implies that AT-LP120-USB and AT-LP140XP
(also described in this blog article) MAY NOT support MC cartridges,
although specified signal-to-noise is the same for both AT-LP120XUSB and AT-LP140XP (>50dB).
Since the LP120XUSB lacks vertical tracking angle adjustment
(peculiar for a table arguably more audiophile-oriented), I rejected it.

Audio-Technica skimps on information for phono products;
neither rumble nor effective tonearm mass values are found on their website,
despite repeated statements about its importance for cartridge selection.

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