Product Comparison: Technics SL 1210 II vs Technics SL1200 MK5

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General Specifications
SL 1210 II
SL1200 MK5
About the Product
The precision Diecast Aluminium Cabinet and rubber base ensure total stability and vibration damping and the Quartz Direct Drive Motor means precision and reliability in mixing, proven and sworn by Djs the world over.
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"
Technics SL 1210 II Turntable
  • It is an all time great turntable, and it looks great in black. Sounds fantastic through my system real build quality.
  • The turntable works perfect not one problem i would highly recommend this product.
  • The SL-1210 ii turntable represents an amazing value for audiophiles that want to get back into the fun and charm of spinning vinyl.
  • The 1210 ii is impossibly smooth; turn it on and watch as the platter gets up to speed in a single rotation, the platter speed is incredibly accurate, again, this sets the standard.
  • Can't say enough good about the quality, durability and value of this product.
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
6.38 in.
6.77 in.
17.83 in.
17.83 in.
14.17 in.
13.98 in.
27.6 lbs.
26.4 lbs.
What customers say about "Size & Weight"
Technics SL 1210 II Turntable
  • Heavy and built like a tank. Every dial and widget is high quality and seem to be made to last.
  • The solid cast aluminum body makes the table feel heavy and professional. Good size and weight.
  • The weight keeps the table from vibrating, and the feet are adjustable to accommodate not-so-even surfaces.
  • Compact and motionless turntable due to its weight. Great clear sound.
  • The turntable is heavy so it is designed for a permanent location, it will be difficult to move.
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
33 ⅓, 45
Moving Magnet (MM)
Moving Magnet (MM)
Integrated Preamp
What customers say about "Audio"
Technics SL 1210 II Turntable
  • Sounds great and everything's working fine. There was no auiliary weight for the tonearm.
  • Stunning sound from a beautiful record deck. Great product, well packed.
  • The decks work beautifully with a high compliance cartridge.
  • It's great sound quality as well as its perfectly accurate speed and pitch control.
  • The only problem was that the arm holding the cartridge was not properly secured and the needle got damaged during the transportation.
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.
Pitch slider, Speed button, Start/Stop, On/Off 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
Detachable headshell, Detachable dust cover, Brushless DC motor
Heavy rubber base, Brushless DC motor, Arm-height control, Arm lock
What customers say about "Features"
Technics SL 1210 II Turntable
  • The pitch fader is smooth is a baby's bottom and very stiff - fantastic for precise mixes.
  • Love this turntable. Great sound, accurate as all get-out. All the old records in my collection are enjoying new life!
  • The speed is dead on accurate and the sliding speed adjuster is easy to use. Tracking weight is light enough for audiophile vinyl.
  • I play a lot of hip hop records and the bass is there with force along with the highs and mids.
  • The cover was cracked and the needle was broken. It is very Disappointing.
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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