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Old 04-04-2016, 04:23 PM
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Are you suggesting that the VPI would be a better investment or are you saying that either choice would do well?
Which VPI table are you talking about ??
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Are you suggesting that the VPI would be a better investment or are you saying that either choice would do well?
Ray.......The Technics SL-1200 turntable's primary claim to fame is its direct drive platter. It has a high torque motor that comes up to speed in less than 1/5th a rotation, perfect for DJ's and back cueing LP's. It stands up to abuse from DJ's who beat the hell out of the turntable by letting LP's slip, back dragging and rocking LP's on the platter, etc. It has been a well received turntable among many beginners because of its original low price and DJ notoriety. That's all well and good. I'm not saying it is a bad turntable, just nothing special beyond the high torque direct drive motor.

The new Technics turntables are three time the original SL-1200 price. That in and of itself would not be a big deal if the new turntable was three times better than its predecessor but that doesn't seem to be the case when you look at what the new tables offer. With the SL-1200GAE you get a magnesium tonearm instead of the standard aluminum tonearm, a numbered platter, a different color plinth and a few changes to the feet. The standard Technics SL-1200G gets an aluminum tonearm, same as the original. I am reminded of the old Wendy's commercial, "Where's the BEEF?" It is still essentially the same SL-1200 of yesterday with only minor changes and a huge price increase. I just don't see the value when comparing it to many other turntables at $4k and less that offer a more refined playback system. I can only speak for myself so don't let my opinion sway anyone. I am sure there are plenty of people who think the new Technics SL-1200G and SL-1200GAE are the cat's meow. No doubt Technics will sell a boat load on them.
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Ray.......The Technics SL-1200 turntable's primary claim to fame is its direct drive platter. It has a high torque motor that comes up to speed in less than 1/5th a rotation, perfect for DJ's and back cueing LP's. It stands up to abuse from DJ's who beat the hell out of the turntable by letting LP's slip, back dragging and rocking LP's on the platter, etc. It has been a well received turntable among many beginners because of its original low price and DJ notoriety. That's all well and good. I'm not saying it is a bad turntable, just nothing special beyond the high torque direct drive motor. The new Technics turntables are three time the original SL-1200 price. That in and of itself would not be a big deal if the new turntable was three times better than its predecessor but that doesn't seem to be the case when you look at what the new tables offer. With the SL-1200GAE you get a magnesium tonearm instead of the standard aluminum tonearm, a numbered platter, a different color plinth and a few changes to the feet. The standard Technics SL-1200G gets an aluminum tonearm, same as the original. I am reminded of the old Wendy's commercial, "Where's the BEEF?" It is still essentially the same SL-1200 of yesterday with only minor changes and a huge price increase. I just don't see the value when comparing it to many other turntables at $4k and less that offer a more refined playback system. I can only speak for myself so don't let my opinion sway anyone. I am sure there are plenty of people who think the new Technics SL-1200G and SL-1200GAE are the cat's meow. No doubt Technics will sell a boat load on them.
Excellent post. Thanks for the education.
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gone ............ in under 30 minutes !

First run of new Technics SL-1200 sells out in under 30 minutes
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I thought so...
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Try to get listening time on a higher end analog set-up to gain a sense of what is possible with the medium.

Vinyl means a turntable, tonearm, cartridge, phono-stage, interconnects and of course records.

Take a look at the VPI Nomad with built-in phono stage. It's not a long term table but will get you off the ground. Comes set-up and ready to go. Make sure you get a record brush and some means for record cleaning.

A step-up would be the Clearaudio Concept Turntable w/ Verify Tonearm. You'll need a phono-stage

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I had a technics sl1200 and replaced it with the same tt Dan has and SME 309 TA. The sl1200 had a lot of noise during quiet passages, did not off much bass atleast the way mine was set up. I thought about modifying it but in the end I am happy that I did not try to put lipstick on a pig. You have better choices at 4k.
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Just heard one of these yesterday and don't be fooled - it's a HUGE step up from the DJ SL-1200s. The soundstage wasn't quite there for me, but that may have been the inexpensive Ortofon Black they had mounted. But "PRAT" was right on. In terms of new features, the motor is all new and eliminates clogging. Definitely worth checking out at the price.

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You have better choices at 4k.
wasn't it just the early release 'SE' that was @ 4k ? I thought regular production was closer to 2k ?
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wasn't it just the early release 'SE' that was @ 4k ? I thought regular production was closer to 2k ?
No; the limited edition table and the full production SL-1200G are the exact same price, $4K.

Right now it looks like there might be a few slight differences other than the lack of the numbered plate on the G, but I've been told they may stick with the magnesium tonearm after all.

The feet are a bit cost reduced on the G as well.
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