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Postby Technicslover70 » 12 Oct 2017 15:01

Does anyone know which other technics decks are as good or better than the 1200mk2....ive read somewhere that the likes of the 14/15/16/17/1800 mk2s were better sounding. Any others ? Obviously the sp series was a huge step up but are now very expensive.
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Re: Other great technics turntables

Postby BMRR » 12 Oct 2017 15:56

They're all great. :D

"Better" is difficult to define because different people have different needs or different requirements. For example, if you need a fully automatic turntable, the SL-1600 Mk2 would be better than the SL-1200 Mk2. And I seriously doubt that anyone could hear any audible difference between them. If you don't need or don't want an automatic turntable, the SL-1200 Mk2 would be better. The buyer's decision should be based on which features they want or need. ALL of the turntables in that series are capable of outstanding sound quality.
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Re: Other great technics turntables

Postby VinylDan1 » 12 Oct 2017 18:28

They really are the same table, just with different features. They all have the same drive system, and pretty much the same tonearm. Some of them have suspension. Something interesting, most of the Technics quartz direct drive tables have the same ratings and specifications, from the p-mounts to the SL-1XXX series.
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Re: Other great technics turntables

Postby analogaudio » 12 Oct 2017 19:08

For a quick reference guide to the model differences see the "sticky" at the top of the page

For a list of the models with specs and prices see www.vintagetechnics.co.uk
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Re: Other great technics turntables

Postby johnnywalker » 12 Oct 2017 20:37

When comparing the SL-1200 to the SL-1X00 Mk II series, something to keep in mind is that the SL-1X00 Mk II series tables are not as well isolated from ambient vibration as the SL-1200. I know, because I have an SL-1200 M3D and an SL-1800 Mk II. With the SL-1800 Mk II I try to be very careful not to touch the surface on which it sits, in order not to create artifacts in the sound. Otherwise, I think they present identical sound and performance.
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