Originally Posted by steelglam
OK, OK. This is my first time looking into a Technics, so I'm not aware of how much used models typically go for!
By the way, do you think a new Pro-Ject for $289 would be a better unit/deal than the used Technics 1200 for $250? I noticed the Pro-Ject at my local hi-fi store today.
There is no 'audiophile' deck even for 500 or 600 that is in the same ballpark of technical quality when compared to the Technics SL1200. Now, if you want to move to the 1500-2000 range, you can start to find some 'audiophile' decks with some superior aspects, if you choose wisely. Or, you can get Sl1200 and later just change out the arm to even better one(the stock arm is actually very good, with very high precision low friction bearings - but you can get better and add it on later) and the SL1200 is a superb unit in terms of speed stability and platter and table resonance. It used thick cast aluminum with hard rubber sandwhiched pieces(constrain layer construction). If you handled that SL1200 in person, you obviously realized how incredibly well made it is.
Now, I opted for something much more expensive, but if I was going to spend 500, there is no question I would get a SL1200. No question at all.