Summary: If you want a turntable to last for years, just go for it. Technics is the brand. It is very well designed and constructed. The sound quality is excellent. I run my turntable for more than 1 year and I don't have any negative point to raise. You get what you pay for. There is no miracle when choosing cheaper units, you might be disapointed.
Summary: As the title says, the Technics SL-1210MK5 does all the things it should, and does them well. The tone arm shows no evidence of play and yet is free enough to move lightly yet precisely throughout it's entire range of movements. The rear of the tone arm has a threaded hole for addition of an included auxiliary weight, a feature worth knowing about if it is ever needed. An auxiliary head shell weight is also included.
BEWARE - This model does not have a hinged dust cover!
9 August 2009
Summary: I purchased this unit from J&R music, and I love the turntable, but the product description does not mention the unit does not have hinges on the dust cover. The discription says "detachable" dust cover. It is not attached at all, you must take it off and set it down somewhere. This is stupid...if a DJ wants to take off the cover, another model of the same turntable still allows the cover to be removed, hinges and all.
Summary: This turntable is undoubtedly the best I've ever owned. If precision is what you want, then you've found it. I've owned a Technics before but, this one is a piece of art in comparison. I've coupled it with an Ortofon Gold DJ Kit stylus system for incredible sound quality. All in all, I would rate this turntable an 11 on a 0-10 scale. The only improvement that i could think of is an auto-return feature at the end of play.
Summary: a DJ turntable for hi-fi? yes! powerful, stable, weighty, easy to set up and use. i always wondered why my belt-drive turntables wouldn't spin with the cleaning brush applied to a record...the price to pay for better isloated/quieter system? cleaning a record on this table is not going to stop the platter and i was pleasantly surprised that the sound quality exceeded my thorens td-160 (which sounded better than my B&O, luxman, AR and entry-level rega).
Summary: Absolutely blow away. Precise tracking, skate, balance controls. Unwavering drive speed, extremely low rumble and is also a very well isolated unit. Fantastic for audiophile enthusiasts or archiving to digital. Highly recommended unit. Also beautiul to look at, a bonus. Oh, apparently you can DJ with this thing too... Mated with a low noise pre-amp, and audiophile quality needle/cartridge (not included) delivers amazing sound.
Summary: I am a DJ/Beatmaker from Brooklyn N.Y. and have grown up with hip-hop. The 1200's are the de facto standard for DJ's and studio work. There is a reason why they are found in every club and studio on the planet! They have solid build, very stable and realiable....will last a lifetime! I had an older pair that went "missing" during a move and so I had to replace them with these. I brought two and highly recommend them to all turntablist and beatmakers..........