Lovely NAD 5120 Belt Drive Turntable for Sale

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.

NAD 5120

NAD 5120
Cool-looking deck with its smoked perspex lid

NAD 5120

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.

NAD 5120
Brand new German rubber drive belt
NAD 5120
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

NAD 5120

NAD 5120

NAD 5120
Arm has been removed, cleaned adjusted and re-installed.

NAD 5120

NAD 5120

NAD 5120
I removed and cleaned the pulley, then reinstalled and set the correct height. This is critical if the deck is to run properly.

Liquid Mike

As a kid, I cherished my Tandy 200-in-1 electronics project lab and Dick Smith Funway electronics kits. I had my own little hi-fi at 16. Later, I started Liquid Audio, a specialist hi-fi equipment repair business. Keeping classic hi-fi gear alive and well is what we do. Our mission: to deliver TLC for classic Japanese, American and European hi-fi stereo equipment. In my spare time, I cook, ride, listen to music and research interesting topics.

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Tom Langley

    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.

    1. Hi Tom, thanks for writing, I assume you are somewhere near Perth? If so, best to give me a call to discuss, details on my Contact page. Regards, Mike

  2. Mal

    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.

    1. Mike

      Fantastic feedback Mal, thank you for sharing and happy New Year!

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