Two Speed Direct Drive Turntable
The Technics SL-1210 turntable is virtually identical to the SL-1200, but features voltage selection and is usually finished in black instead of silver.
Features include a Quartz Locked motor control system, exceptional pitch accuracy, illuminated strobe, soft-touch start and stop buttons, integral rotor/platter construction and an aluminium diecast cabinet with acoustically inert rubber base for vibration isolation.
Type: manual turntable
Drive method: direct drive
Motor: brushless DC motor
Control method: servo (mk1), quartz (mk2)
Platter: 330mm 1.75kg (mk1), 332mm 2kg (mk2)
Speeds: 33.33 and 45rpm
Wow and flutter: 0.03% WRMS (mk1), 0.025% WRMS (mk2)
Rumble: -70dB (mk1), -78dB (mk2)
Effective length: 220mm (mk1), 230mm (mk2)
Overhang: 14mm (mk1), 15mm (mk2)
Effective mass: 12g (mk2)
Stylus pressure range: 0 to 4g (mk1), 0 to 2.5g (mk2)
Dimensions: 453 x 366 x 180mm (mk1), 453 x 360 x 162mm (mk2)
Weight: 10kg (mk1), 12.5kg (mk2)
The SL-1210 has to be the most professional and most reliable turntable on the planet.
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Submitted by BlackMatrixXx
Submitted by Jae2000
Just got one secondhand and complete for £200. Put on my old headshell and ortofon vms 20e cartridge, used on all other turntables since 1980, set everything up properly and listened. Best sound I had for years, beats other turntables including, Dual 505, Ariston RD 11, due to combination of sound quality, lack of rumble etc, and ease of use. Should have done this years ago.
Submitted by zeoNRider
Submitted by Hogar
It's a classic. And finally, since yesterday, I own one! Bought it in a very good condition, second-hand, for a fifth of a price for a new unit.
I'm not a DJ, but I used to work at a radio station in my 20's and used to pine for them - at that time, this kind of turntable was completely and utterly out of my financial reach.
I will yet discover how good it can be musically. But this turntable is more then a Hi-Fi tool:
- it's a sculpture
- it's a technological statement
- it's a sentimental artifact
- it works!
Submitted by Ned32
Awesome, awesome, awesome. This iconic deck boasts timing and edge-of-seat three dimensionality that few belt drives can even hint at. If your musical preferences are pop and rock this deck HAS to be your first choice. There are plenty of companies that specialize in upgrading this deck and I would heartily recommend that you do this if you're looking to buy one for home listening and not a gigging DJ. The improvements in sounds are staggering just by replacing the standard tonearm with, say, an entry model Rega or even something more exotic. I'm listening to mine as I write this review!
Submitted by charlesharrowell
Just get an origin live pimped up SL1210 with the Onyx arm. Mine is with with Ortofon 2M Blue and it just sounds fantastic. I can't be bothered with the hifi words like 'musical' or 'open' or whatever but it is a truly sublime just music not 'listening to your hifi' experience. Ridiculously good value and best of all you just turn it on play records and again and again it sounds fantastic.
Submitted by tomez2
I have had mine (MKII) since he early 90's. Paid $169.00 at the base PX. just because it was on clearance. I had no idea at the time of purchase of the reputation. Just needed a table to replace a crappy JVC P-Mount that quit working (ignorance is bliss). Hell, I was even disappointed it was a manual. I mounted a $19.00 Grado zt+ and discovered sonic bliss! This table turned me into an audiophile!!!!! I currently have the same table (like new, and not one hint of trouble) fitted with a Denon DL-301mkII...... a match made in heaven!!!!!! I have NEVER felt the need to upgrade. The only mod performed is the addition of a Jelco Headshell for 301, but I still have the Grado (new stylus of course) in the original headshell. I like the arm for it's easy adjustment, and the ease of cart rolling).
Submitted by bedfordprojectuser
Moved into a new house and found two mint condition SL1200 MkII in a cupboard under the stairs. Both fitted with Ortofon Concorde DJ carts and both sound amazing. No longer use my Project Debut at all as the sound is so much better. Clarity, accuracy, amazing control. I seldom listen to CDs any more and have rediscovered records I had almost forgotten about and hear things I never heard previously.
Submitted by merlin1959
Purchased mine listed as used in home only, lid had few marks but sourced a new one. Got new mat, cart jig, headshell weight, and it now has all its items when it was originally sold new. Best turntable i have ever had, wanted one when they were first released as a high end home turntable but just never got round to it. My grandson says my records sound better than cd`s ( not difficult ) Had several tradesmen pass remarks about the soundstage and want to get one....but they cant have mine. Might have cost me £350 but it was money well spent. Had a Dual 5052, Ariston Qdeck and various others but none compare to the build and sound quality of the 1210. Fitted with a AT120e, though have experimented with other carts and even have a pro s for some old scratched 45`s ( on advice from an experienced source ). Read reviews on other carts but its a learning circle, everyones hearing is different so experiment with various ones until you are happy. Have even toyed with the idea of getting an Origin Live tonearm fitted but need to be convinced through listening before shelling out the readies.
Submitted by Fatmangolf
Great value second hand at 200 GBP. Check the arm and headshell first. Arm fine and rewireable internally and externally.
Big improvement is Achromat 1200 and weight.
Submitted by senso
i 'am owner from 1999, buy new, it' s hard workin' machine to listen goods records at home !
bold ,punchy and robust sound, good bass with shure
m 97xe cartridge
very nice for rock,blues, jazz and even classical music
build for longly life !