Summary: Feels nice under your hand. However, as previously mentioned, the lag on load time is horrendous. 30 seconds is a *very* long time to a dj. Concerning the FX, one of which is to emulate the actual sound of vinyl on a 1200 being pitched up and down just sounds harsh and digital -like a poor timestretch algorithm. I like and use Technics 1200s but this product is a failure.
Summary: When I first bought the Technics SL-DZ1200, I bought it more for the looks then anything. Actually I would rarely get on it for the first few months, maybe once every 2-3 weeks. When I actually started to learn its features, and mix it with my crossfader mixer's FX, then I think I fell in love.
Summary: If you plan on using your unit for real gigs, BEWARE. It takes at least 30 seconds from the moment the deck accepts your cd to the moment you can actually start cueing it up. NOT GOOD. I have 2 of these but they've been relegated to weddings because they look amazing and attract a lot of attention. But that's it. If you run into problems, good luck on getting technical support.
Panasonic Technics SL-DZ1200 Direct-Drive Digital Turntable
F. Alfonso "Lite Up Productions, Inc.", Amazon
30 January 2006
Summary: Finally, Technics has out done themselves. For those who have been acustomed to turntables and have been hesitant to journey into the world of CD turntables, your time has arrived. This unit is loaded with features that are user friendly. My only knock is the price, but if you can afford it GET IT!
Summary: Okay, before I start my review of this product, let's be clear on a few things: You're about to read a review written by someone that considers himself one VERY stubborn skeptic. I consider myself a hip hop purist. I've been a DJ since 1994 and I hold vinyl in the highest of regards. I don't think anything will EVER be able to fully replace it. When I first heard about CD turntables being released to the public, I thought it was nothing short of blasphemous.
Summary: At first glance, i was a bit skeptical of all the hype surrounding this DJ's wet dream; but after a hands on encounter, my doubts quickly faded. To the touch, you can't tell the difference between it and real vinyl. I'm talkin about no holds barred scratchin' and track manipulation. You can even freewheel. And when I say you can scratch, I mean you can SCRATCH!
Summary: the long awaited cd deck from technics is saddly not what it has been hyped up to be. you could be fooled into thinking that a company like technics would be at the forefront when choosing a cd deck and if what you want is deck that looks great and can perform the simple tasks of playing and adjusting pitch then maybe just maybe this deck would be worth a look however look a little closer and play with it a little and it wont be long untill you are dissapointed with its...
Excerpt: The legendary SL1200 turntable has been the industry standard for vinyl DJs for a long time but having let the patent slip a few years ago there are anumber of comparibly excellent vinyl decks on the market. Now Technics have turned their talents to the rapidly growing digital DJ market with this very solid and highly useable SL-DZ1200.