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Old 08-09-2008, 06:56 PM
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Technics SL-1200 series as an audiophile turntable?

I know there are high dollar audiophile turntables out there that my Technics will never compare to.

However, I have (2) technics SL-1200 M3D (right aftre the MK II) that I used for DJing. I've been getting more into audiophile listening and I've got some decent solid state equipment and speakers.

I am wondering if anyone uses the technics SL-1200 series turntables for detailed listening rather than DJing. It's super strong DD motor is very attractive to DJs (who use vynil). I removed the DJ cartridge and put in a shure M97x and it sounds pretty good.

I also have a vintage Yamaha YP-D6 which sounds very good.

Does anyone else use a Technics SL-1200 series turntable in an audiophile type system? Should I stick with my D6?
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Old 08-09-2008, 07:01 PM
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Does anyone else use a Technics SL-1200 series turntable in an audiophile type system? Should I stick with my D6?
I listen to an SL 1200, though I don't know if anyone would call me an audiophile. Listening to Steely Dan - MFSL Katy Lied through a Dynaco PAT-4 pre amp, Denon POA 2400 amp and a pair of B&W DM 602s. I don't know if it's audiophile or not, but it sure sounds good to me!

I think everyone would agree that the SL 1200 is at worst a "decent" table. At best, some have said it's the best turntable ever made.

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Old 08-09-2008, 07:03 PM
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Does anyone else use a Technics SL-1200 series turntable in an audiophile type system? Should I stick with my D6?
I almost bought a Technics SL-1210M5G, that I would consider to be of audiophile quality. Instead I bought vintage (The AR Turntable), but I would still consider that particular model to be of outstanding quality and superior engineering. Definitely, when combined with a good cartridge, the Technics would be a super-star.

I don't consider the Technics to be exotic though, and that may be the difference.
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Old 08-09-2008, 07:05 PM
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I know there are high dollar audiophile turntables out there that my Technics will never compare to.

However, I have (2) technics SL-1200 M3D (right aftre the MK II) that I used for DJing. I've been getting more into audiophile listening and I've got some decent solid state equipment and speakers.

I am wondering if anyone uses the technics SL-1200 series turntables for detailed listening rather than DJing. It's super strong DD motor is very attractive to DJs (who use vynil). I removed the DJ cartridge and put in a shure M97x and it sounds pretty good.

I also have a vintage Yamaha YP-D6 which sounds very good.

Does anyone else use a Technics SL-1200 series turntable in an audiophile type system? Should I stick with my D6?
Quite a lot of people use their Technics SL-1200 for serious listening. It's a very good turntable and with a few tweaks it can stand it's own with anything out there. Lots of threads on this forum about members tweaking and modifying this turntable.
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Old 08-09-2008, 07:08 PM
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Old 08-09-2008, 07:27 PM
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My primary turntable for spinning stereo LPs and 45s is a KAB Technics SL-1200MK5 with:

Cardas tonearm rewire
Tonearm Dampener
78 rpm mod
Outboard power supply
Ortofon ProS40 integrated headshell/cartridge

Audiophile quality??? Yeah, you better believe it!
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Old 08-09-2008, 07:36 PM
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I use a yamaha p-450 w/ pickering p15 stylus. Sounds awsome through my Rotel amp and pre
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Old 08-09-2008, 07:40 PM
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There are mods available from Kevin at KABUSA, as well as a lot of Technics stuff. I have a lower rated Technics DD and still think it's great.
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Old 08-09-2008, 07:43 PM
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I use a 1200 MK2 in my main set-up.
It feeds both a Denon/Klipsch 7 channel system, and a Jolida/Khorn 2 channel rig.
Works well with both mediums. IMO.

For me, it was primarily about stability and versatility.

No worrying about vibration issues when I decide to crank it up a bit.
It's never skipped or rumbled, regardless of what cartridge is on or what album is spinning.
I like that aspect of it.
Being engineered for a high vibration environment explains the "rock solidness".

The other plus in my book is the versatility when it comes to cartridge rolling.
Easy to set up and quite adaptable to a variety of cart styles.
Everything needed for adjustment is right there, readily available.
Pretty cool, I think.

Quick starting, speed accurate, multi-adjustable, deck that just happens to look good and match most of my more modern components.

Can you tell I like it?

I've spent time with each of my 30+ decks in that spot and everytime the 1200MK2 ends up back there.
That really says it for me.


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Old 08-09-2008, 09:06 PM
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I hope I'm not off topic too much...if I am I apologize.

The KAB modded Technics SL-1200 series table is a very popular topic that is discussed in several forums. I have never heard one, but I am very curious how one would compare to my Linn Axis/Basik+ with Grado Master cart setup.

Would the Linn Axis table have a warmer sound and the Technics have a more brighter sound? Is a KAB modded Technics arm "better" than a Basik+ arm?

Again, if I'm off topic with my question, I apologize. I'm getting ready to upgrade my turntable and I'm very curious if the KAB Technics should be an option.
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Old 08-09-2008, 09:08 PM
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My primary turntable for spinning stereo LPs and 45s is a KAB Technics SL-1200MK5 with:

Cardas tonearm rewire
Tonearm Dampener
78 rpm mod
Outboard power supply
Ortofon ProS40 integrated headshell/cartridge

Audiophile quality??? Yeah, you better believe it!
I would very much like to hear that. I have no doubt that is Audiophile quality and then some.
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Old 08-09-2008, 09:13 PM
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Thanks!

Thanks guys,

I'll check out some of the forums on the mods. It is definitely a very solid table. I worked the motor hard when I DJ'd and it is SOLID.

It weighs as much as an amp so you know it's built heavy.

I will keep in the rig for now. I appreciate the input.
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Old 08-09-2008, 09:18 PM
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From where I sit, the biggest weakness in the 1200 is the arm. However, there is a good conversion kit available to allow a bolt on swap to a Rega. I am sure a 1200 with a good Rega arm would be a killer sounding table.
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Old 08-09-2008, 09:22 PM
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Lots of option. Reason they are so popular with both the DJ crowd and the audio crowd. Biggest difference in the approach to cartridges . Audio folks go for light tracking weights and superior tracking. I have about 12 cartridges mounted all the time and swap as I work through the "new" used vinyl I pick up here and there. A table like yours is built for headshell swapping. It's also pretty quiet with good specs. It can be improved. Parts are readily available. Even in stock form it will easily support up to a $500 cartridge. What's not to like?
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Old 08-09-2008, 09:42 PM
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My girlfriend has two of them. I love those tables...they just feel so SOLID compared to my bouncy-bouncy systemdek that needs it's own shelf to keep it singing (but man does it sing with a wall-shelf under it). I've fooled around with them a bit, and think you'd have to really invest some cash to better them, and even then I'd just put the money instead into a great cartridge and phono-preamp and keep the 1200s.

I get jealous everytime I use them, as I have to lift the freakin' glass platter on my TT to change speeds by manually moving the belt, with is a PITA when she can just flip a switch. If I were you, I'd keep them and wisely invest what you would have spent on bettering it elsewhere in your system. If you're just starting out on this adventure, you'll have plenty of time to hear other turntables and decide if you want another. But I'd keep the technics regardless, because I think you'd miss there rock-solid nature once they were gone. Just my 2cents.
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