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whether you're a mix DJ or a scratch DJ the technics turntables will be good enough for you to play with. They are an iconic product, most clubs around the world will have these decks, and they are the deck of choice for DMC world scratching competition- if you can't play well on these decks then you're the problem, they've been industry standard for the last 30 years, and for good reason. They're a bullet proof product, i've seen them get covered in beer, dropped down stairs, and abused week in week out and still perform flawlessly.
For mixing they're perfect, but if you're a scratch DJ then your choice is between these or the vestax pdx.
These only have a pitch bend of +/- 8% which is fine for mix DJ's (as you don't want your track to sound like it was sung by the chipmunks anyway), but scratch DJ's might want the +/- 50% offered by the vestax pdx.
These have plenty of torque, but the vestax has more. If you're a heavy handed scratch DJ you might like the vestax more- but remember that no matter what you have at home, when you're in the club they will have the technics- so don't get to rely on a feature that you might miss if you have to play on Technics. For this reason most people will own technics so there won't be any surprises when you start playing in clubs.
They are incredible solid pieces of gear, nothing wobbles, everything just works- fantastic products, totally metal construction, and very easy to fix too as there's so much information on the internet so anyone with a soldering iron and a PDF schematic can fix it.
I've always been interested in music and have played guitar since I started high school. However, even before this I've been interested in mixing music and Dj-ing.
Although there are lots of alternatives to the classic vinyl set-up for dj's these days, such as CD players to replicate the vinyl feel and USB controllers for software. Although these are great, the classic feel of vinyl is unmatched, and nothing comes close to the quality of a pair of Technics SL-1210's.
These are the industry standard turntables for DJ's across the world, although there are more upgraded versions of this, the 1210Mk2, such as the MK5 etc. but essentially they are the same deck with a few tweeks. The fact that they are used in most of the biggest clubs and venues across the world you can see that they must be a quality and trusted deck to use.
These decks are direct drive, opposed to belt drive, which is better as there is less to go wrong (i.e the belt breaking) which means the 1210's are really reliable. This also allows the plate to start and stop quickly which is ideal for fast paced mixing.
The pitch control on these decks is great. Set at 0, a LED lights up so you can easily see that the deck is playing normally. The fader is really good and you can make such subtle but important changes to the deck that allows you to beat match perfectly.
The phono and earth cables, that are attached to the back, are of high quality. Not like some decks I have seen where they look really cheap. Good quality cables ensure that the audio signal is kept at a high quality all the way through a system so that the best quality sound can be achieved.
The colour of the 1210 deck is black, which is pretty standard. However I have seen limited edition ones in white and other colours and I think they look fantastic! I think technics should offer a variety of colours on their standard decks as it gives people a bit of choice and individuality.
Buying these decks new will set you back a bit of cash! Although I do think that technics have stopped producing these quality decks. I have no idea why!
Second hand a pair of these can cost from £400 upwards. Quite a lot of money for second hand turntables but you can trust the quality of the brand and since these decks are so durable they will probably works just as well as when they were new!
This is definitely a 5 star product!
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.
There is no other, Technics broke the mould with the 1210s, no one has produce a turntable since that can compare, the sound is superb, the reliablity is excellent.As a DJ tool they are the best, i have used vestax which are said by some to be comparable but i still prefer the simplicity of the Technics.I first got a pair in 1991 at the height of the Rave scene they were as iconic then as they are now, so if you are an up and coming DJ and a Vinyl junkie dont waste your money on cheap decks, save up and get the best Technics SL1210s, Nuff said.
Having not used my trusty SL-1210Mk2 for over 10 years now, I dug it out of storage to give some of my Vaughan-Williams symphonies on LP an outing and I have to say that the sound through my Quad ESL 2905 electrostatic speakers was sublime. The same passages on CD simply sound raw by comparison. With its now retro-classic look, it has resumed pride of place in my study.
With more and more new technology available on the market, and getting cheaper in many cases, lots of people are now opting to DJ using CD decks or software packages such as Ableton. While I believe these have their place (particularly software), I don't believe you can beat the responsiveness and feel of DJ'ing with vinyl.
Anyone who is familiar with turntables and DJ'ing will need no introduction to this classic product. I used this turntable during my time at college and recently saved up the money to purchase two of my own for home and semi professional use.
The turntable is direct drive, rather than being belt driven. This means that the plate itself is directly connected to the motor, rather than being driven by a belt, resulting in a more reliable and consistent motion.
This product also features a pitch bend system, making it possible for you to beatmatch tracks between two of these turntables. The pitch bend system is well contructed and the slider feels reassuringly heavy, unlike some cheaper models which feature cheap, light sliders.
The tonearm is also nice and weighty, and this coupled with the anti skating mechanism means that scratching on this turntable is an absolute joy.
Overall, the entire product oozes quality, in terms of the look and build. I would certainly recommend this turntable to anyone who is serious about wanting to DJ using vinyl.
After testing the water with a pair of Citronic PD1 direct drive decks, I chanced upon a pair of Technics 1210's for a very reasonable price through eBay.
They were second hand and perhaps 8 years old. I have now owned them for 2 and half years and they are as good now as they were back then.
Everything they say about 1210's is true. They are solid, pretty much unbreakable and they hold their pitch impecibily. There really is no excuse to not be able to beatmatch with them. The only annoyance is that as with pretty much every other record player, there is a "click" around the 0 pitch mark. A very short distance up and down from here results in the pitch going the opposite way to what you would think. Thankfully, you can ignore this by avoiding having records playing at this speed. Perhaps pitch up the tune already playing if the one you want to mix in demands to be played near 0. If you really hate this then you can either get it serviced by someone who can remove the 0 pitch click or you can get a pair of Mk3's for a similar price. The pitch on these moves smoothly from -8 to +8.
I am planning on selling these at some point and buying a brand new pair. I am a technophobe and will not be "upgrading" to any of this digital malarky. Technics all the way.
I have marked down the "features" as I would have preferred the 0 pitch click removed, as in the Mk3's. I really don't care though.
I have to say that I completley agree with everything that the previous reviewers has written about these decks. They are industry standard and there is a reason why you will find them in every club in the world. They are one of the best investments that you will ever make.
I bought my pair a year ago as my first decks after deciding to make the next step in my love of music. The were 2-3 years old then and I have not had one single problem since I bought. The budget I gave myself was £600 max to start out including mixer, headphones and a couple of basslines to start my collection. I had two options, being get some Stantons or Numarks..etc new or get some 1210s.. After seeking advise from my various mates who had decks and reading up about them I opted for the Technics.
I got mine second hand from an internet auction site and I would advise anyone starting out with a budget does this. The reason for this is that unlike other decks 1210s generally wont loose value or quality if you buy them secondhand. I have mates that have had them for 10 years and they work as good as they do they day that they bought them. They are very durable and very well designed. They are so well made it is very rare for them to go wrong.
If you have a load of money and you can afford it buy a beautiful new pair do this, I certainly will do one day, this will be for the same reason a rich Mercedes owner from the City buys a new car from the showroom each year. If you are starting out with a budget though why buy new if you if can save £250 on something that will work just as well? I would advise though that you don't just go out and buy the first ones you see advertised. Find a good buyer, find out why they are selling, try and find someone nearby so you can see them working - most sellers certainly wont mind this, if you have done your homework lack of a years warranty will not matter with this product. Depending on how much of a bargain you find you should be looking to pay £350 - 450 for the pair. I paid £420 for mine.
One reason why it is good that they don't loose thier value compared to other decks is that if for some crazy reason you decide that this djing lark isnt for you, you will be able to recoup most of the large investment that you have just made.
One thing that I will say that you might want to consider when deciding to buy 1210s is the sort of music that you are going be playing. I play drum and bass/ dubstep/ breakbeat. It is in these genres that vinyl is still strongest and personally I think it works best. I always remember a quote I read from Andy C the number one dnb DJ in the world recently:
- Whats your vice?
- I spend a lot of money on dubplates. I'm an old-skool DJ I don't use CDs
If you are thinking about playing Techno/ House/ Trance...etc you might want to consider CD decks. In the age of electronic music we are now in DJs that play these types of music certainly favour these. If you are looking to buy decks you have probably considered eventually playing out and playing the music that you love to other people, so make sure you have a good think about why you are buying decks.
You will certainly realise that you have made the right decision when you first have a go on a different model after owning yours for a while. There a few decks with the same tourque as these badboys have that could rip your fingers off. The motor is so powerful and well made, it could power a fighter jet and is probably made by Germans. You feel sorry for any of your mates that have anything other then them. The layout of them is simple, iconic and has been unsucessfully replicated many a time. I truly think that they are one of the true icons of the 20th century.
If you don't have the budget I had, save up for them.... if you are serious about starting this most rewarding hobby you will eventually buy a pair anyway. I suppose some people might buy decks just to mess around on, so be thinking get some well cheap ones second hand. But I warn you mixing is infectious! Heard the term vinyl junkie? I warn you this is an addiction that does not do wonders for you wallet! This said for me though the rewards way outweigh the price!
Im off to double drop Signal/ Ra cos ive certainly inspired myself to have a mix writing this. I wish all the most of luck, dont worry if beatmatching takes a while to come eventually it will, and remember practise makes perfect.
I'n not a flash DJ but just a normal guy who likes to mix up records and enjoys to be in the mix.
I have used a few cheaper decks in the past, DLP's, KAMs and Gemini. I thought that going cheap would not make a lot of difference, oh how wrong i was. I finally took the plunge and went for a pair of 1210's. It was like stepping in to a whole new world. Decks that hold there speed like a rock. A platter that you can jump up and down on and the stylus does not budge.
The pitch control has no play which means that it is easy to control and beat match. Fine adjustment can be made with no drift at all.
The sound quality is very good. Using different carts for different purposes does not alter the high quality. The bass depth and tone levels are perfect.
The target light is sufficiant for the task but would be better if it were a bit brighter (Hence the many upgrades that are available).
The strobe light again is very good and unlike the cheaper decks the %age alteration scale is helpful. The fact that it does not use the dual spot system means that it is very easy to read.
The start/stop button again is very easy to use its position means that it can be triggered in a flash without having to think. The fact that it is near the platter means that you can manipulate the disk and at the same time use the start/stop button.
The power switch again is easily accessible and can be used for effects easily. In the later models it is dropped in to the tower which I can see the reason for but catching the power switch has never caused me a problem.
The speed selection buttons are placed very well near the power switch and make use easy.....no problems..
The starting torque for the platter is more than sufficiant. When dropping in a beat no flick is required to get it up to speed. just drop and in it falls at speed. Some of the power decks have a higher torque but i feel that this may be an over do. The torque is perfect for scratching and phrase work.
Setting up the arm weight is very straight forward and although the mass can be very high even a weight of 3-4 makes the mass sufficiant for most day to day turntable work.
The bottom line is that these decks are the bee's knees. I have used others as stated earlier but these by far win in my book. If you are new to the turntable game then do not even consider cheaper decks. It is a false economy, go for these at the start and you will learn quicker. Have decks which can be trusted and be able to rely on htese for years. Unlike the rest these are with you for life......
I've been dj ing for about a year now, in my bedroom, (not good enough to take on the world yet) but i'm already on my third set of decks, same origional mixer, im a poor student ya see. I managed to pick a set of these up second hand off a mate, merely as a stop gap cause mine were damaged (beer incident, never good) and i'm so very impressed. I've heard all the rumours floating around that the technics had had their time and it was now the turn of the more high tech up to date star fangled units to take over, and to tell you the truth i believed them. I thought yeah, the technics havent got a reverse switch and they've only got 10% pitch adjustment and they've got no gizmo's to make djing easier, i wont look at them, there's so much more out there. I went through my set of no name "pinched-of-a-mate" decks and found i was very limitted by them so i thought i'd go for a set of budget direct drives, namely citronic pd-1's. I was so in love with them, yeah they've got cheesey graphics and they arent the best out there, but they were such an improvemnt over my first time ones. The pitch control worked better, the startup was so quick they felt damn good to use, i thought i'd never buy another setup again. Then it happened, a mate spilled beer all over one of the pitch controls, and killed my beloved pd-1, i had a tear in my eye and tried in vain to get it working again, no such luck. This fateful event led me to blag a set of tired looking sl-1210's of my sisters boyfriend for a £150 (bargain) yeah they're dented and scraped but they'd do while i looked for something else i thought. On first impressions they're nothing special, no gizmo's, no gadgets, no nothing really, i was unimpressed until i rigged them up, then oh my.... They're so great, pitch control that is actually spot on (ive checked with a bpm counter), the startup which is perfect, th
e fastest i think ive seen, so much torque, i loved them. Everything was working how it should be if not better, and all this from a very well loved, yet badly looked after, pair of decks. They're tatty and battered but they work perfectly, saying something about reliabilitly i think, they'er sturdy yet simple, no gizmo's to get in the way, marvellous. It may sound silly but they just feel 100%, they make me smile to use them, the mixes come out so crisp and satisfying, so much better than my old citronics, i love them so. I'm saving for a new mixer now, cause ive found my dream decks. If you have a heart, buy some, sell a kidney, but you've got to have them, ok?
Bedroom DJ's across the world with a grand in their sky rocket buy these decks. Period. The Technics SL-1210 turntables have become the industry standard in the DJ arena and it is easy to see why. They are solid, hard-wearing, easy on the eye and they simply do not go wrong. Mated to the right cartridge they give the average Joe on the street a head start when it comes to all aspects of mixing and scratching, making dreams of rocking your local club a regular occurence. The only things you could possibly complain about are the weight and the cost but as you will never need to replace them they pale into insignificance. These things BELONG in a bachelor pad, just waiting for the next house party when you can pretend to be Carl Cox or Dave Seaman. At least for the night anyway!
Here's my short history : 1995 : Buy my first pair of 'decks', some direct-drive Soundlab's, which were imitation Technics. Learn how to mix, and do so successfully. 1997 : Come into a bit of money, no real need to change, but decide to go for the Technics SL-1210's... Well obviously I was over the moon about finally getting my hands on the legendary Technics, which featured in every magazine and pictured with every DJ - who wouldn't. In fact, they turned out to be as solid as they looked in print. They weighed a ton compared to my 'feather-weight' Soundlab's, the build was quality great - the pitch control stiff as a board, and they oozed class. I was amazed at the control you could get on the pitch, compared with the rather loose Soundlab, but despite this, I think my mixing suffered a little. There was much compensation needed to adjust from the constant pitch checking needed on the Soundlabs, to the more lazy approach I had with the Technics. Anyway, my point to this is - although I'm used to the Technics now, I think they could be difficult to use for some people starting out. If you've got a deck which you need to check a lot of the time, to see if the mix is spot on, you can learn a lot more about beat matching. I recently went to a party where I DJ'ed with 3 other friends for nearly 12 hours on one of my old Soundlab decks. Mixing was great, one of the blokes was scratching perfectly on them, which really amazed me. So for the price, personally, I would recommend these decks to people who've had a little experience first. There are some good priced DJ start-up kits available. Also, these Technics, great as they are, are being overtaken by other manufacturers, who are introducing new features. Even the newer MK-III SL-1210 (I've got Mk-2's) doesn't seem to warrant purchasing over some of the other new decks. Having said this, if you can afford them (and get hold of them!), they are quality quality machines and you'll always love them because they are legendary.
I have been using the famous technics for a fair old while now. Working as a DJ, if somewhere doesn't have them, they aren't taken seriously. They start when you press the button, they stop when you press the button, and they go faster or slower as you twiddle the lever, and thats it. I have no real complaints with the technics and they have been around for donkey's years, but there isn't anything flashy about them. If I was to be on the lookout for a new set of decks now, my first port of call would be the new breed of vestax, with more bells and whistles. A cheep pair of second hand technics are as reliable as a you could want, but for the same money, vestax have more torque, more functions and have they cool look. The technics have lasted though and their reliability can't be questioned- something that can't be compared with the new breed of decks.
What can i say that hasn't already been said about these turntables, i wouldn't use anything else to mix with! The SL-1210's are without a doubt the most reliable and robust decks i have ever encountered in my little short career as a Dj. I've used other decks before but in the music i mix (Rn'B and Hip hop) nothing touches the stability these decks can provide for scratching and jerking the record around the table, The SL-1210mk2 is made of aluminum and has really thick rubber pads underneath it to stop all the vibrations from distorting your tunes. Dimension wise they are 45cm x 36cm and they stand roughly 16 cm of the ground so mixers quite happily sit between them no problem, but they are really hefty and heavy, but then they haven't really changed them in over 15 years and they are still the standard turntable in most clubs today. Plus the weight helps to keep the base stable so it rarely jumps (but this is also due to the type of needle you use.) At home i have a set of SL-1210Mk2 which is the newer version (there is a better version apparently the Mk3...but i have yet to mix on it) and i'm still paying on my credit card for them now but they are well worth it and have one of the best start up times ever. just by cueing you can hold the record still and as soon as you let go it instantly starts! (othewr turntables have that slow start up which warbles for half a second.) They are really robust and can take a load of damage(i wouldn't recomend beating them though!) I've dropped them knocked them scratched them etc. and they still work perfectly. I would recommend cleaning them because it does prolong the life of it! The only problem i have with the 1210's is the pitch control, it is what is commonly known as the dead area, because of the inability to obtain anywhere between 0% and + or - 0.5% because of the lill' green light that comes on when the pitch is at
zero it is really annoying when you want to mix a tune that is so similar to the tune that is playing but just a little bit out as it is near impossible to obtain a low pitch increase/decrease, Anyone who mixes with 1210's will know what i'm on about. Overall technic SL1210's are the best!
People say the Technics 1210's are the best of the best. Maybe, and yes they do have 20 years of bein the industry standard to back them up. But is it really necessary to spend 800 quid for a bedroom deck? There are so many other decks like Gemini's XL-500 and 2100, Numarks TT-2's and even Citronic PD-2's that would be suitable for most bedroom DJ's. If your gonna scratch the deck to death and use it 24/7 then the Technics wins hands down but if scratching is not somethin you live by then my advice is get one of the above decks and save ur money for the rediculasly overpriced vinyl!