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Technics SL-1200MK5

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      08.10.2014 21:13
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      one of the world's great turntables

      II am not a DJ. My use of turntables is purely for domestic listening; I own about 6 of them.
      took a while to choose one of these, looked at the ION ones, numark, and others, but they lacked the "professional" look and options, the soundlab deck is very very good.

      It has an output switch on the back, for line or phono level, (line you dont have to earth and connect straight to a rca input to your mixer, stereo or amp, as a source.

      Phono output means you need a DJ mixer with an ground/earth connection to amplify the low phono signal and eliminate hum from the needle.

      The quality is excellent, the cartridge/styli it comes with does the job perfectly, manual explains everything you need. It has the plastic lid which also helps keep outside noise levels and dust away.

      You will not find better, spend the extra on the soundlab. Well worth it. Software supplied is open source "Audacity". WHich works, i cant understand why people complain. I used cooledit pro though, but anything which has a record button will work, the computer just thinks it as a new soundcard called "USB Audio Device", then works as normal.The sound has been a revelation to me. With its fantastically high s/n ratio and low wow and flutter percentage, you do get a lot more music. I notice real silences between tracks more than other turntables. I have used a number of cartridges on my Technics. I am currently using a Denon DL110 moving coil cartidge, and it has proved to be a very good match - plenty of atmosphere in the rendition of music. The thing I notice is that you get the sense that everything is handled with absolute precision.


      If anything , i would say the quality is the same as my 1210 mk2's i used to have with extensive ortofon needles.I am not a DJ. My use of turntables is purely for domestic listening; I own about 6 of them.

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      10.02.2009 11:36
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      Excellent turntable.

      This is yet another update to the industry standard direct drive Technics SL1200 turntable. To be honest, this is not massively different to the M3 edition, the most noticeable difference is the white LED light and the anti-skate control (which I never adjust anyway).

      As with all Technics, this plays records at either 33 or 45 rpm and you have the option to select the speed between -8% and +8%. This turntable also has the 'pitch reset' button which, if pressed, ignores the pitch selected on the fader and plays the record as if at 0%. A nice feature, although I hardly use it.

      Putting the cartridge and stylus together was a tricky job but these things always are. After doing a fair few over the years I can do it fairly quickly but newcomers should always read the instructions very carefully before attempting it.

      This is a great looking turntable, I prefer this to the black 1210 model which has the exact same specifications, which can take an astonishing amount of abuse. Technics turntables are famous for their longevity, often lasting for years. These are no exception. The only thing that may need to be done to this turntable is some cleaner sprayed into the pitch slider to keep it gliding smoothly and not sticking.

      I would highly recommend this turntable to anyone who does not mind investing in quality audio equipment.

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