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A DJ's Guide to the Technics 1210 MK5 Turntable

Part of the Technics SL-1200 turntable range, the SL-1210 MK5 came out in the early 2000s, some three decades after the first generation of the popular DJ product. Its sister model, the SL-1200 MK5, was first launched in 2002 with a white LED lamp. With nearly all of the same main features as the entire MK5 generation, the 1210 MK5 differs to the extent of having a voltage switch which allows it to be used at 120 volts.

Is an SL-1210 M5G the same as a 1210 MK5?

In nearly all regards, an eBay seller with an SL-1210 M5G for sale is offering you the chance to purchase a Technics SL-1210 MK5. Both products were launched around the same time and have almost identical technical specifications. Whereas the 1210 MK5 has a matte black finish, the M5G version has some silvery speckles mixed in. Other key differentiators are:

  • Pitch Control: The M5G features digital pitch control rather than analogue.
  • Illumination: The M5G has blue pitch illumination.
  • Vibration Dampening: The M5G includes additional vibration dampening.
Can you buy a new Technics MK5 turntable?

Technics ceased production of the 1210 MK5 turntable after they launched the MK6 series in 2007. Since then, only a few new and unused 1210 MK5s have surfaced on the market. It is possible to find ones that have had very little use or have been cared for so well, they appear like new. The Technics 1210 MK5 turntable has a reputation for reliability.

What changes did Technics make with the MK5 turntable series?

When Technics launched the MK5, they chose to beef up their turntables' anti-skate settings. Other alterations include a removable lid that attaches with magnets rather than hinges, which is a feature that many scratch DJs like. In addition, MK5s were given LED lights in favour of incandescent lamps.

What design features make the Technics SL-1210 series stand out?

All turntables in the SL-1200 and SL-1210 ranges have a high torque when driving the platter. This means that the desired speed can be achieved with a great deal of accuracy. The speed may then be altered by up to 8%, which is something that allows DJs to beat match if they are using a pair of decks. Many users also like the S-shape of the stylus arm, which is rarely seen on professional DJ turntables.

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