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Lovely NAD 5120 Belt Drive Turntable for Sale

Just in, and just out of a full service, I have this lovely NAD 5120 belt drive turntable for sale. This unit has a brand new stylus and German drive belt and is priced at $375. UPDATE – SOLD!

Own a cool piece of audio history! The NAD 5120 is a classic belt drive deck from the 80’s. The 5120 is a sprung sub-chassis design complete with a very cool folded smoked perspex lid. It’s uniquely quirky in the way typical of NAD.

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Cool-looking deck with its smoked perspex lid

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Fully Serviced

I’ve just completed a full service on this deck including: synthetic bearing oil, lubricated motor, cartridge alignment,tonearm setup (tracking force, anti-skate, resonant frequency and Q  adjustments), cleaned and adjusted drive pulley, new premium German drive belt and new Ortofon OM 5E stylus. This deck runs like a dream.

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Brand new German rubber drive belt
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Brand new Ortofon OM 5E stylus


On the plug-in arm you can set balance, VTF and DVA (dynamic vibration absorber) frequency and damping. 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.

Specifications, courtesy of the Vinyl Engine:

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: 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

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Arm has been removed, cleaned adjusted and re-installed.

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I removed and cleaned the pulley, then reinstalled and set the correct height. This is critical if the deck is to run properly.

4 thoughts on “Lovely NAD 5120 Belt Drive Turntable for Sale”

  1. I hooked this up (my daughter in law bought it as her first foray into vinyl) to my own vinyl system based around an Accuphase C220 which Mike has just serviced for me. Probably a little overkill for this particular deck, but the 5120 sounded wonderful, the little OM5E performs exceptionally well for its price point, particually in the upper-mid to top end of the spectrum. We spent a great New Years eve listening to this.

  2. I have one of these that I got from my Fathers Estate years ago- Been laying in a closet- Dusty but in good condition- Spring cleaning and Wife wants it all gone-If interested ‘ make me an offer.

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