This is a review of the Technics Sl 1210 wow what can i say if you can afford this direct drive turntable your gonna be in for a treat, Its the best Dj turntable in my eyes, if your looking to start Djing professionally then start with Technics Is for you. This Technics comes with a Mechanism Type: Quartz Speed Control which is very good for changing the tempo during mixing process,
The Reason why i like this Turntable because not only is big time Dj's in Ibiza are using this but also alot of bedroom Dj's are using this sort of turntable, their are so many great factors that make a good turntable for example easy to set up, Great sound quality and very high specification which is everything you need which importantly feels so robust. You could spend a few hundred pounds on turntable but it wouldn't be the same as this one its like owning a mini cooper compared to a Ferrari there all new and modern but when you check out the performance theirs a great different in quality and Speed that's the same in Choosing the right Dj equipment.
Not only has it got great like factor but the robustness of this machine is fantastic that this would last for years even when using it everyday even though you would have to replace the Stanton 505 V3 Cartridge but least you had a smile on your face while mixing because i know i would, while beat-matching the other track, And just listening to the great sound so i would really recommend this turntable for new and old, for beginners and pros thanks for reading my review hope you liked please comment on this review if you would like thanks
Hi this is a review of the Technics sl 1210 mk two direct drive decks for anyone who does not know and for those who do Technics is the most famous and most used professional decks when it comes to mixing or dj ing Technics are second to none
I brought my Technics mk 2 direct drive decks about 4 years ago now and I havnt regretted it at all I use them at least 2 hours a day and in my personal opinion the mk 2s are the best of all the Technics pro direct drive decks
The good thing about Technics if looked after well the price should not depreciate that much when you come to sell them I think mine are actually better now than the day i purchased them as they are now worn in
If I had the choice to buying decks again I would probbibly go for a later model or maybe I would consider going to cd decks
The Technics 1210 series..
I had just turned 17 when I got my first set of Technics 1210s, after being involved in music from a young age and had performed for many private party's through my teens I gradually become more and more intrigued to learn more in depth about how music was mixed and how the real "Big Boys" did it..
Before I purchased my own set of Technics I had already had quite a bit of practice with the 1210, my Dad had owned a pair as I was growing up and even when I was just tall enough to look over the decks I couldn't wait to get involved and learn to beat-match from very young.
As I went though my teens I went round friends house's slightly older than myself who were already lucky enough to have a set of these legendary decks in their mini studios, after been constantly jealous of not having my own set I decided to save a painful £580 which then allowed me to get my own "as-new" pair of eBay. The cost of the model hasn't really changed much since when I bought mine back over 6 years ago as they are still selling re-conditioned and similar quality units for around £500 a pair, however some in poorer quality can be found at CashConverters etc for just over £300!
The Technics 1210 MK2 design is one which is known and respected globally.. Weighing in at around 15KG each they are not the DJs best friend for being transported, however its speaks for itself that the unit is without a doubt very durable and even with knocks, bumps etc doesn't seem to damage very easily. The unit has a professional black and grey "sleek" type of finish which really stands out in any bedroom, DJ box or recording studio.
Simplicity is one word that springs to mind when I look at the ease of use and professional sound quality which is constantly delivered from this series, although there is no fancy features which you may find on newer turntables there is exactly everything you need to play and mix music professionally.
Featuring a turn-knob as the power connector, brightly lit target light, direct driven platter and a singular
0-8% pitch range.. There really isn't much else that a DJ would need minus the mixer and headphones of course!!
The platter itself is chrome with stylish all round which create a great looking effect when used in a low lit area, replaceable LED's can be purchased and replaced quite cheaply and there is also a range of different colours which can be used to customise the decks to the individuals requirements.
Sound & Performance
Well the main reason that I purchased my Technics and im sure many would agree is down to the consistent quality that is received ALL of the time, In my history of Technics in terms of everyone I know who has owned, used, hired, sold etc there are never any mid-use problems which aren't something really trivial like a loose cable, broken stylus etc so reliability is a huge plus for this particular model, even in comparison to the newer MK5 release there have been less problems over a longer period reported with the MK2, which when you relate to the unit being industry standard for over 30 years that's a long duration of very happy users!
Overall sound quality is probably the best that I've experienced coming from Records, as with all music quality improves through technology and time so we can't always expect crystal clear high definition but when using a good set of Carts & Stylus's with a pair of MK2's you really won't find a much better sound delivered.
There are also two ground cables attached to the units which are used to counter-act static and interference which can be a big nuisance with some other decks!
My first ever experience of the MK2 gave me an eye-opening insight in to just how precisely accurate the pitch adjustment really was, Its not the type of thing you can really describe in text however the common phrase that I will never forget was "When using Technics, Cue to 0% Pitch on both decks... Job Done" Now any DJ will know that you can't just do that with any genre of music but when using music of similar BPM's the Technics will hold the beats exact seamlessly which really does just make the job a breeze!
Pricing & Retail Comparison
In terms of Turntables, CD Decks and anything DJ really.. There is at least 10x more choice of products available on the market today which can of course effect individual sales for some company's. I feel that regardless of how many products come on the market it will really take a big jump in technology with something outstandingly amazing to even budge Technics in to second place.
As far as I am aware Technics no longer produce this particular model however due to the amount of sales of the model over the years their must be units floating around in every corner of the globe! If you check out eBay you will sure to find a pair somewhere close to you,, or check with local DJ outlets who may have backstock from before or leads to point you in the right direction.
People love Music, DJs love Technics, If you own a pair.. then say no more!
If you don't,, then invest in a pair whilst you can!
Thanks for reading.
This deck was the DJ's choice, from clubs to recording studios to bedrooms, this deck has been closely linked to the DJ, and has been the industry standard for 30 years. It is still widely used to this day, even though Technics (aka Panasonic) no longer produce this fantastic piece of equipment.
The deck is identical to the SL 1200 Mk II in every way except for the colour (the 1200's are silver).
The 1200's and the 1210's are the first decks to have used a Direct Drive motor, with quartz movement for total accuracy. As with most professional decks, this has adjustable tone arm weights, anti-skate control and a pop-up target light for when you are DJing in low light conditions. The deck also features a sliding pitch control, for mixing tracks of various BPM.
This deck was there at the beginning of the disco era and still being used today, this is a thing of beauty. People fall in love with these decks as they are so good to use.
They are reliable, and a motor with as much torque as you could possibly imagine. Once your beats are matched with this deck, they basically mix themselves.
If you are an aspiring DJ and are wanting something decent to spin your tracks on, these are the decks to buy. Yes there are cheaper alternatives, but none of them have the quality that these decks have. I am not saying the alternatives are bad, but there is no comparison between them and a 1210.
Technics SL 1210 II Turntable
About six months ago, we borrowed the Technics SL 1210 turntable from my mother-in-law as we were considering getting one, though prices were unbelievable for many models. This one in particular comes in at a height of nearly £800 on Amazon, though there are also much more reasonable prices for it at £255 which is still very steep though much better than the highest RRP. Suffice to say that my mother-in-law will want her turntable back eventually, so the question is, will we be going out and buying this particular model?
I would not say that this is the most attractive turntable I have seen, though it is certainly not bad looking. The weight of it is something else, though. It states that it weighs 24.25 lb and is certainly not the lightest of the bunch, though once positioned, we did not have the need to move it so this issue really did not matter in the end! The hinges for the plastic covering are well screwed on and the turntable itself runs smoothly and without any problems at all (at least none we came across) The four feet each have a safe surface on the bottom to avoid scratches on worktops and allow a good flow of air underneath so not to overheat the turntable. The arm also moves fluidly both when in use and when taking in and out of its holder and it also comes with a plastic cover to avoid damages to the end. There are two options for speed on this turntable deck which are 33 and 45rpm with a pitch speed which can be altered between plus and minus 10, though to be honest, I have not really used the pitch speed alternator so can not comment on how well it works.
The main thing which I look at when comparing turntable is of course the sound. There is no point having a high tech turntable if the sound is terrible! This turntable, though, has a fantastic sound. One thing I do miss, though, is the lesser scratching sound associated with old turntables. Whilst you do get a certain amount of noise, the silence is almost overwhelming between tracks. This is certainly not a bad point, though, just a personal preference!
* Arm Action: Manual
* Drive: Direct
* Mechanism Type: Quartz Speed Control
* Size (mm): 450
* Year of Introduction: 1990
Product Dimensions: 53 x 43 x 23 cm ; 9 g
I have to admit that I really fell in love with this turntable, though I am not sure whether I will eventually purchase my own of this make and this is mainly due to the extreme cost. Whilst the lower cost is much better, the upper cost is beyond ridiculous, even if this is a fantastic model. I do recommend this item, though not the cost!
When i first started out listening to dance music i instantly wanted to learn how to mix and attempt to scratch, but i had limited funds and ended up buying a cheap pair of Kam direct drives. Now anyone who has tried to DJ with cheap decks will know that it is very difficult to do so! Anyway, after a while of teaching myself different tricks and finally being able to put together a few shoddy mixes, i gained the confidence to go over to a friend of a friends house and have a go on his pair of Technics 1210's. These decks blew me away, and its no suprise why they remain the best turntables around. The pitch fader glides sweetly into your desired position making your beat matching much much easier. The torque is fantastic so the record allmost instantly resumes play after pressing the start button and/or taking your hand off the record, essential for mixing and scratching. The sound quality is amazing due to everything that makes the 1210's work is so well built. I have never heard of this product failing to impress and rarely hear of one malfuntioning.
These turntables only offer basic controls, such as start/stop, pitch fader and two RPM settings but what it lacks in features it more than makes up for in its performance. To sum this short but sweet review up Technics 1210's are indestructible, even if dropped. They are incredibly accurate, making them perfect for all aspects of Djing, and they are just.. Amazing.
Seeing as you can get these decks second hand at just £220 per turntable (second hand) i will be buying a pair as soon as possible. I think my friend has had enough of me bringing vinyl over to his house becuase i hate my decks :)
Definitely one of the prize models of decks that I have had the privilege of using in my time. Techincs is often viewed as the creme de la creme of the deejaying industry. They manufacture very high quality products and one often pays a lot more for this too. To invest in a pair of decks of this calibre, you you would be looking at about a grand if you bought two. Not much point in buying one, because then you wouldn't be able to mix, but you could use it as a standalone deck just to play vinyl off.
A sweet and stylish look to this beat, with a flip top lid protecting the deck from dust and grime. This allows you to prop the lid up and you can still mix with it on. You can remove the lid entirely if you want and the ones I worked with had the lids I think, which means you don't have any obstructions while working.
A torque system, direct drive enables the deck to power instantly with a superbly soft and quiet mechanism. This allows for a speedy start and slicker mixing. Direct drives are more precise than belt drives so mixing is usually tighter.
The stop start function button can be accessed at the left corner with ease and this is light weight and precise, with a gentle touch needed to trigger it. The pitch facility offers a generous fader, but only an eight percent variation. Ten percent or more offers more scope for creativity, but the fader is long enough to fine tune the pitch here, which helps with the mixing.
A strong and sturdy arm which can be rested in the bay and clipped in looks great and the stylus is ultra thin and sits with delicate precision on vinyl. A sturdy base, rigid central piece for the vinyl and a minimal finish make this the choice of many pros, but it would also suit any beginner. While I would perhaps ask for more pitch variation or tempo controls, this is not a bad model.
these decks are a delight in themsleves, and proof that some things in life DO stand the test of time!!The Sleek Black casings, the silver pop up light, the black and silver feet, oohh it oozes class and style!!
Not only are SL1210 MK2's the most technically accurate turntables, with the most amazing pitch control, they are very hardwearing, a friend of mines got tossed out of a 6th floor window in an emergency situation (!) and survived, well the covers never, but they still work a treat and thats the main thing.
If you dont abuse your decks, look after the covers, maintain your needles regularly and keep the boxes, they will hold their retail value exceptionally well if you ever decide to sell them (though why would is beyond me!!)
Technics are still the number one choice, but i do understand people who cannot afford them going for a copy brand, like Gemini or something.
In my opinion though, save up and hold out for the real thing, it's not like theyre gonna be outta fashion or outclassed by another set of turntables for a very long time, after all, people have been using the same old technics for years!!!!
A definite investment if you enjoy really good quality, decent machinery!
the best turntable on the market,so good it has a place at the national science muesuem.With production due to cease in feb 2010, i would reccommend buying a pair on site.i have had a pair for over 12 months now and have had no problems.They ar sturdy stylish and a must have for any bedroom dj or otherwise.Even if parts are damaged the spares are relativly easy to get hold of and are quite affordable.The price is expensive but you definatley get what you pay for with these,they are worth every penny.They also hold thier value extremley well, as you can see if you do a search on ebay.These are the club standered , no matter what nightclub you go in the dj will be using these,so that kind of sums up how good they are.they are the most expensive turntables, but like i said soon to go out of production so i can only see the value increasing in the next few years,so als an investment.
The 1210 is like the pele of football, the simon cowell of pop music, the phil taylor of darts, the bentley of cars. Its basically one of the best there has ever been!
The 1210 mk 2 is for me superb, its sexual, it makes my knees wobble when i see one, its the first thing i would grab if my house is on fire (apart from the other half of course!!). It keeps the beat you set it to superbly, which as a dj is all you can ask for, not many decks out there would keep a beat so well but you just cant fault the 1210 in this department.
Its easy to use, the pitch moves with ease, it has a nice feel to it and doesnt slip out of the position you set it at, at all!
This is a direct drive, it comes with a weight on the back of the arm, a plastic cover and a rubber mat if you wish to use it or not depending on how you like your set up. The arm feels nice and sleek and moves in and out of its locking bit easily so it doesnt damage itself.
There is also a light which has a push up button so you can see along the vinyl in the dark and also the speed of the deck moving.
There are 2 speeds on this deck, 33 and 45rpm, both of which can be altered slightly with the pitch speed which goes up to +10 and down to -10 for all the budding djs out there.
I will now list the tech spec:
Technics SL-1210 Turntable Specification
Core FeaturesDrive type Direct.
Pitch control Pitch Control.
Pitch range +/- 10 %.
Extra FeaturesSpeed settings 33.3 RPM, 45 RPM.
DimensionsWidth 17.83 in..
Depth 14.17 in..
Height 6.38 in..
Weight 24.25 lb..
Other InfoPart no. sl1210
Overall this is far and away the best turntable for djs on the market, it looks great, it feels great, it plays great and it keepsa beat great. A must have!!!!!
After owning a terrible set of belt driven decks for a few years I decided it was time to invest in a set of Technics. At the time I was a student and had saved my hard earned cash to buy them. I had played on my cousins so I knew how good they were before I bought them.
The 1210's are basic but have everything a DJ needs with no fancy bells and whistles. Compared to my old belt drives these are a dream to mix on. Technics hold their pitch much better and you won't be constantly adjusting the speed during mixing. The motor is very strong and the platter will not stop underneath when you are cueing up a record. Also great for scratching on and will not jump provided you have a decent set of needles.
Some people say Technics are old and dated or makes like Vestax and Stanton now make better turntables. I have played on a lot of other brands and personally still rate Technics above them all. All the clubs I have been and played in have Technics so you are buying the industry standard with these decks.
I have had mine now for 8 years and since I bought them nothing has gone wrong apart from the pop up target light bulb not working. If you are thinking of buying Technics make sure you try other makes first then I guarantee you will see why these are so highly rated.
Technics1210's The AK47 of the record player world this is built primarily to last, its sturdy frame and hard wearing exterior is both functional and simple I would consider this a design classic that is still being imitated! But don't mistake it's rough exterior with a brash or heavy handed sound, it produces (with a good stylist preferable a Concord needle) a warm and loud sound and it's uncomplicated design means that this sits both comfortably in any club or bar or upstairs in an inspiring young DJ'S bedroom! The price of these is still at a relative premium but as with the AK47 it will last as long as you need it too.....I've never set fire to one (couldn't bring myself to do that not even for a review!) But I'm sure if you did this would pass that test with flying colours! I bought one of mine secondhand which still cost me around the £200 mark but I've never had a problem with it and it still sounds great. There have been many new additions to the record player market in the past few years that offer more input alternatives (USB to name one) and a variety of functions/production options (The cheaper and less sturdier Numark and the more outlandish Vestax with it's distinctive straight arm feature) but as a record player this is among the best, being reliable, tough, edgy and a real brute with it's powerful sound output, it certainly does pack a punch!
The Techics SL-1200mk2 is ubiquitous and arguably the most famous record player in the world. Originally a hi fidelity consumer turntable, it was adopted by club DJ's for it's reliability, ruggedness and sound quality. It is still used almost universally not just by dance music DJ's but hip hop and scratch DJ's also.
The original SL-1200 was released in 1972 as a hi-fi turntable, the SL-1200mk2 was released in 1978 originally with a shiny (very seventies style) silver finish. Later 1200mk2 models became available in a more subtle silver or matte black, Technics also improved the motor, shock resistance, added a ground wire, and changed the rotary pitch control to a slider. This version is now the base model and is the oldest still in production and is the model I have owned since 2001.
The turntable is a very heavy piece of kit at 12.5kg due to the milled steeled base which contains a very powerful motor and some big magnets. Personally I think it's worth paying extra money for something that can be user maintained on the off chance something goes wrong with it. One year at the DMC world DJ championships a scratch DJ stood on the unit and span around.
The 1200 is not an audiophile turntable despite, and as a result of, the high quality of the signal processing electronics that make it possible to hear a slight rumbling from the motor. As it is a direct drive design the motor is directly under the platter the record sits on, whereas audiophile turntables are belt driven with the motor offset away from the platter.
It's difficult to extol the virtues of a turntable when so few people listen to vinyl records, and of those that do the majority are audiophiles obsessed with squeezing every last khz out of their music. For me personally I was influenced by club culture when I bought mine but eight years later even though I've all but stopped buying records I wouldn't get rid of it.
Overall I love mine, I love to look at it, I love the positive action of the on off button but most of all I love to listen to records on it as most importantly the sound quality is superb.