Product Type: Technics turntables
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Member Name: jaydan
Advantages: The whole thing
Disadvantages: The price
Okay i already wrote a review on the technics 1210,nut that was my first review and consisted of about 3 words of useful information,so lets give it another bash.
What is it.
It is a turntable used for playing records on (remember those).It is primarily used in dj set-ups as part of a pair of turntables with a mixer.It is pretty much the best turntable ever made, it even has a place in the national science museum.So what makes it so great , to start off with it is what is called a direct drive turntable,this means that the platter upon which the record sits is drove by a motor,this gives excellent reliability and hold of the track.Basically once you set it to a speed it is going to stay at that speed, this is great for djing as the last thing you want is a shoddy motor deciding to play the record at whatever speed it fancies.
For that reason alone they are now the industry slandered in any nightclub.The motor holds the platter perfectly where as with other manufacturers the motor is not quite as tight, i no that means nothing to Joe public but it is a must, it is what essentially makes the mix.
Another great thing is that it is unaffected by vibrations,due to having a die-cast aluminium body and rubber base the turntable simple adsorbs the vibrations which is also great,when a heavy bass-line kicks in and shakes the needle and sends it skipping across the record in-front of 1500 people (yes speaking from experience) you will be thankful for this robust build.
The overall feel is very sturdy and no corners are cut in the production,the platter is completely sturdy,the pitch control is smooth and easy to use and lock,The arm is also very sturdy and does not feel like it is about to fall off,as is the case with cheaper alternatives.
I have had a pair of these for longer than i can remember and aside from the light bulb blowing have never had any trouble, and this includes me taking them out and about in clubs etc,they have been on for about 7hrs in 1 night and there was no lag or anything they were perfect the whole night.
Colors available SL-1200MK2: Silver
Type Quartz direct-drive (manual turntables)
Drive Method Direct-Drive
Motor Brushless DC motor
Turntable Platter Aluminum diecast
Diameter 13 5/64" (33.2cm)
Mass 3.74 lbs (1.7 kg)
Turntable Speeds 33-1/3 rpm, 45 rpm
Variable Range Pitch ±8%, ±16%
So what about the price well they range from £300 for a pair of second hand ones or £450 for a single brand new one.Or if you are feeling really flush get the gold ones they come in at about £700 for one last time i checked.But you really get what you pay for with them.They are quite easy to find on any musician website.There are lots on e bay and my mate picked up a reconditioned pair for £300, he has had em 3yrs with no problems so far.They will take a bit of getting used to if you have used other turntables before these well it did for me.The main reason i decided to purchase them was because everywhere i played out they had them, so i decided to purchase them to get used to them, now every-time i play out it is like mixing at home.
I have seen lots of accessories as-well , you can change the obvious things like slip-matt, cartridge etc..It looks great as well and has been the favourite choice of turntables among the worlds top DJs for the last 25 years so you can not really go wrong.
Negatives i guess the price is a tad hefty but it is most defiantly justified.Ermmmm that is about all i can say really for the negatives, there literally is nothing wrong with this product.
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