Product Comparison: Roland TT-99 vs Technics SL1200 MK5

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General Specifications
SL1200 MK5
About the Product
3-Speed 909 Special Edition turntable featuring a direct-drive system for stable torque, a built-in phono preamp and a 909 special edition slipmat.
The SL-1200MK5, which features an anti-resonant die-cast aluminum chassis, grants non-"click" pitch control for smooth-sliding, quartz-locked, continuously variable pitch adjustment. This is crucial for matching dance-music tempos and convenient for correcting the pitch on poorly mastered records.
Key Specs
Drive Type
Direct Drive
Direct Drive
Operation Type
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Roland TT-99 3-Speed 909 Special Edition Turntable
  • From a build-quality perspective it's definitely a step up from my old turntable.
  • The build quality is excellent and nothing really feels cheap or poorly executed with this turntable.
  • Really nice in fact. For the price the quality is outstanding.
  • I haven’t heard such quality since the days I had high end Yamaha equipment and a Technica SL1300 turntable.
  • This unit, is a very high quality product. And attractive and well made.
Technics SL1200 MK5 Turntable
  • Great product. This turntable is timeless and to find it brand new in the box was something.
  • This is one great piece of equipment. There isn't anything that i wish technics had done better. This is a perfect turntable.
  • The TT is solidly built, fit and finish are top notch, the quality overall is superb, the tonearm works perfectly.
  • It's a great turntable. Good sound quality and well made.
  • Technics makes one of the best turntables with a very quiet and smooth running motor.
Size & Weight
5.9 in.
6.77 in.
17.7 in.
17.83 in.
13.7 in.
13.98 in.
21.6 lbs.
26.4 lbs.
What customers say about "Size & Weight"
Roland TT-99 3-Speed 909 Special Edition Turntable
  • A rather heavyweight device, which indicates excellent quality, I did not regret it.
  • Great turntable, solid and not flimsey lightweight plastic. One of the few that have 78 speed.
  • I was very surprised at the quality and weight of this device - it was very easy to setup and initially it looked wonderful.
  • It’s not a lightweight by the way. Make sure you have solid shelving or a suitable table.
  • An unnecessarily heavy thing, despite its excellent quality, is up to you. That sounds cool.
Technics SL1200 MK5 Turntable
  • It's solidly built, and heavy, which just gives it this wonderful feeling of quality and reliability.
  • I was very happy with its weight and size. It was perfect for my purposes.
  • I was surprised that such a compact player can play records so well.
  • They are very heavy. It adds to the durability, but it limits portability.
  • Weight can cause problems when moving it at home because it is bulky and heavy.
Record Sizes
Playable Record Speeds
33 ⅓, 45, 78
33 ⅓, 45
Moving Magnet (MM)
Integrated Preamp
What customers say about "Audio"
Roland TT-99 3-Speed 909 Special Edition Turntable
  • I'm not a DJ, just a audiophile. This sounds amazing. I have played a few different decades of vinyl and I'm glad I went back to a manual player.
  • Great value for the money. I'll let the audiophiles elaborate the specifics. Scratches great. sounds great.
  • No complaints so far, and it sounds excellent. I have exceptionally good pitch, and I haven't detected a hint of wow and flutter.
  • I picked up the Roland TT-99 turntable as a replacement for a modern Victrola. The sound and quality of the Roland TT-99 is lightyears better.
  • This is a very nice, high quality turntable - vinyl sounds great with it!
Technics SL1200 MK5 Turntable
  • It is very well designed and constructed. The sound quality is excellent.
  • The sound quality is amazing too. I had forgotten how great analog equipment could sound.
  • Precise tracking, skate, balance controls. Unwavering drive speed, extremely low rumble and is also a very well isolated unit.
  • The needle broke a month later and had to buy a new one.
  • After a while, the opportunity to switch the speed to higher disappeared. The drive simply did not want to spin faster.
Power/Strobe knob, Start/Stop, Speed select button, Pitch slider, Anti-skating knob, Phono/Line switch
Speed button, Pitch slider, Pitch Reset, Start/Stop, On/Off switch
Vinyl player
Vinyl player
Platter Material
Aluminum die-cast
Aluminum die-cast
Dust Cover Included
Speaker(s) Included
Stereo RCA audio out
Stereo RCA audio out
Vintage look, Counterweighted S-shaped tone arm, Electronic brake
Heavy rubber base, Brushless DC motor, Arm-height control, Arm lock
What customers say about "Features"
Roland TT-99 3-Speed 909 Special Edition Turntable
  • The stylus light is a nice addition and Roland even thought to include the option via back side switch for Mag or line level output.
  • The turntable was packaged extremely well and was very easy to assemble.
  • I’ve had it for less than a week and really like it . Easy to setup. Adjusting the weight on the needle to a few min.
  • It’s a decent table for the price point and to be honest, I bought it solely for the graphics because it just looks so cool.
  • Which I’m LUCKY is a good combination since the Roland turntable only offers RCA connections. Which is somewhat limiting.
Technics SL1200 MK5 Turntable
  • For DJ use, get 1200Mk5 and you will love it! It has improved tonearm wiring and better pitch control.
  • The SL-1200MK5 is a grand addition to my home audio system, and anyone who enjoys vinyl will not be disappointed with this now-famous turntable. This turntable plays records perfectly.
  • The rubber feet are amazing at squelching vibrations from the floor.
  • This turntable is designed and built to last a lifetime with minimal maintenance.
  • It comes without a dust cover, that is frustrating me. Have to cover with a rag.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year(s)
1 year(s)
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