The SL-1200 MK2 to MK6 Technics turntables were manufactured by Matsushita Company in 1972. The trademark Technics became synonymous with excellence in audio electronics. The SL-1200 turntable series was first released as a consumer hi-fi record player.
However, the excellent quality of the product propelled it into the preferred equipment by DJs as well as many keyboard players. The continued patronage of bona fide audiophiles and DJs on turntables prompted Technics, now under the Panasonic Group of Companies, to continue this line of decks for Technics. In 1978, the SL-1200MK2 came out of the production line and a long line of MKs ensued thereafter.
There are more than 3 million Technics decks sold since it debuted in the early 70s. A Technics model is so durable that 1970s designs are still heavily used up to today. There is no worry as to where to source for Technics turntable parts as there are plenty of online sites selling such components.
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Technics music instruments are built to last. The SL-1200 series started DJ gigging as prior to the series; there was just no turntable durable and high-tech enough to be used in vinyl scratching and DJ mixing. A turntable by Technics has a vibration resistant construction.
Its heavy rubber base and die-cast aluminum body readily absorbs excess vibration that could interfere with the sound extraction. Its motor works at a high torque of 1.5kg/cm but at low speed that allows for quick starts and stops. The quartz-locked pitch is adjustable at +/- 8. It can play at 2 speeds -33 1/3 and 45 rpm.
The SL-1200 series is equipped with Technics's trademark direct-drive system which incorporates the platter into the motor instead of just “spinning” it. This system ensures fewer parts malfunction for accurate and consistent speed. Wow and Flutter is almost non-existent at 0.01% WRMS and rumble at -78dB. The tonearm's weight is adjustable too.
Technics prides itself for the ingenuity of the SL-1200 series. Pegged at $ 550 to $995 and with a consumer rating of 5/5, this unit is best value for the money.
These two Technics turntables are improved versions of the early Technics 1200 series. The tonearm construction was improved to eliminate skips. Break adjustment is easier to do simply by removing the vinyl record and slipmat. The platter's breaking time can now be adjusted with a screwdriver. The power switch is slightly depressed to avoid accidental turning off the unit.
The new model includes a button for overriding pitch control to zero. The aesthetics is vastly improved with the 1200MK5 available in silver and the 1210MK5 in black. The sound quality? There's no need to answer that since these two models have a 5/5 consumer and expert ratings. The price for these units is from $600 to $1,095.
The SL-1210M5G is dubbed the “grand master” and is the top model in Technics' turntables. It has all the features of the 1200 and more. The pitch control is digital thereby ensuring perfect pitch ranges. The user also has the option to choose either the standard +/- 8 range or the wider +/- 16 range. The aesthetics has been greatly improved as the M5G features a blue pop-up light for the stylus and pitch range. The body has a black metallic finishing and brushed steel fittings and buttons.
The M5G is a limited gold edition in the 1200 series. It has retained all the strong features of previous models and has added tweaks and improvements that make the M5G a superior choice not only for DJ-ing but for listening to quality high fidelity sound.
The motor's high torque, accurate pitch/speed control, excellent tonearm quality for a skip-free play and top-quality sound of the 1200 have become the standards by which other brands of turntables are judged.
Most consumer turntables are made of hard plastic. The body and essential components of Technics turntables are made of steel. The bottom is made of compact rubber to better absorb excess vibration, feedback and sound distortion. The extra body weight adds to the unit's stability.
The M5G is among Technics's flagship models. The resale value of any Technics turntable is high. The price ranges from $700 to $1,200.
The Panasonic website offers the best price for turntables made by Technics . For DJs, the fact that Technics models do not have a hinged dust cover is a great consideration. However, for those avid audiophiles, a hinged dust cover is on the other hand much appreciated.
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