Technics SL1210MK5

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Technics SL1210MK5

SL-1210Mk5G - The ultimate Technics turntable! To celebrate their 30th anniversary, Technics have released the special edition Mk5G.

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Review of "Technics SL1210MK5"

published 04/01/2005 | edlloyd01
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"The Legend continues?"

It's the same review as the Technics SL-1200 MK5 because the only difference between the SL-1200 MK5 and SL-1210 MK5 is the colour. The SL-1200 is silver and the SL1210 is black. Not many people realise it. The amount of people I've met who say "yeah...the 1210's are better aren't they!?" and "the 1210's are more powerful". When I was trying to sell 1200's MK2, I had difficulty selling them to 2nd hand stores because the shops were only after 1210's because of this illusion that the 1210 is a better deck


With my experience of this turntable I would say it is a very good turntable for the use of Dj'ing. The only thing I dont agree with about this turntable is the price. As other Dj turntables produces began to make turntables of the same quality and standard for lower prices the technics deck is starting to become outdated. Though it's becoming outdated it still holds the same price. With the MK 5, it has nothing really new to offer, only accessories which hardly justify the new pricing of the turntable.

New features of the MK5 are a dipless pitch control, a hingeless lid, so it's easier to take off and recessed power button to stop you accidently turning it off. Aitch reset button, which is basically quartz lock and a longer lasting cue lamp. These new features, to me, hardly justifying the general adding of 70-100 pounds to the price tag. This would take the price tag to around 430 pounds. This was the price tag when these turntables 1st came out. But if you shop around you can get them for around 370 pounds. But then you can pick up the MK2 for around 320 pounds.

For the amount you would spend on this turntable, you can get a turntable with just the same quality with more useful features available, for example higher torque, more pitch range, reverse play, anti-skip tone arms etc...

If you are insistent on buying a technics then I would recommend you buy the MK2 because the MK 5 offers little more for the more expensive price tag you have to pay.

For what it's worth this turntable is a great to DJ on but the competition offers better for the same price or even less. I recommend that it's time to move on the technics legend.

Technical Specs...

Torque of around 1.5kgs I think, which is quite low compared to it's new rivals, with it's Direct drive motor.

S shaped tone arm, better than a straight one in terms of audio quality.

Dust cover, handy in prolong the life of your turntable

Longer lasting cue lamp, but still hard to replace once it's gone.

Tone arm pick up lever

Height adjustable tone arm, allows you to set you needles correctly.

Anti-skate control, useful for scratching

Pop up target light, always handy in dark nightclubs

Quartz lock, useful if you want to record one LP to use it to mix on a cd, for example.

Technics slipmat included, which is quite tasty!
Internally fitted phono leads. To me this can be annoying, as you can't upgrade to better quality audio cables
Internally fitted power leads

120/240 volts switchable. Can be useful if you move to another country.

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Comments on this review

  • sandemp published 02/06/2005
    I've given you a helpful for the sole reason that the fact you've told us that both decks are the same, otherwise this really should have been a SH or lower due to the fact you shouldn't double post.
  • hackersupr published 05/03/2005
    Great Op !! Keep it up !
  • edlloyd01 published 05/01/2005
    Well...I can. They are the same turntable but not many people realise it. I say not many people I'm sure they do. But the amount of people I've met they are like "yeah...the 1210's are better aren't they!?" and "the 1210's are more powerful". When I was trying to sell 1200's MK2, I had difficulty selling them to 2nd hand stores because the shops were only after 1210's because of this illision that the 1210 is a better deck. So now you know...
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Product Information : Technics SL1210MK5

Manufacturer's product description

SL-1210Mk5G - The ultimate Technics turntable! To celebrate their 30th anniversary, Technics have released the special edition Mk5G.

Product Details

EAN: 5025232280575, 5025232280551, 5025232280537

Manufacturer: Technics

Arm Action: Manual

Drive: Direct

Mechanism Type: Quartz Speed Control

Size in mm: 453

Long Name: SL1210Mk5G Turntable, SL1210Mk5 Turntable

Type: DJ Turntable

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