Product Type: Technics turntables
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Don't believe (all) the hype
Member Name: feucht
Date: 08/08/00, updated on 08/08/00 (761 review reads)
Advantages: Rock solid, classic.
Disadvantages: Still room for improvement
Don't get me wrong, the 1210s are a great bit of kit. Reliability is second to none, they are very well engineered, and have undoubtably become one of the icons of the rave generation. I've had a pair for many years, but if I went out and bought another pair, I would find in this age of technological advancement, that nothing has changed. This is probably true if you were to go back 15 years (bar the colour).
No point trying to improve on perfection, I hear you cry. But other companies have tried, and have come very close, and have ironed out some of the niggles along the way. Not many people know that the 1200s came in to existence not to initiate the careers of a million DJs, but rather to accompany the banshee wails of drunken Japanese businessmen banging out 'My Way'. The pitch adjustment allowed any voice to have a reasonable stab at keeping in tune with the backing track. This is why one of most annoying (and for most DJs entirely pointless) features is there, the dreaded green light at the centre of the pitch control. Of course, the light isn't the problem, it is the dead zone of 1/2 percent either way, that means you have to fiddle about with the other deck playing out to cajole the incoming tune into an area of the pitch control that actually does something. It doesn't happen that often, but you can guarantee that you will be struggling with a mix anyway when it does, and all in all it is a hassle that you can do without. The pitch control generally isn't as linear and seamless as it could be.
I know that these are minor points, and given my time again, I would probably buy another pair. My point here is: don't just buy the Technics without looking at and trying the competition (Vestax in particular). You may be pleasantly surprised, and frankly a bit more competition in the market might persuade Technics to revisit the 1200/1210s and make some improvements to improve their usefulness to DJs.
Now, anyone for 'I Will Survive'??