Originally Posted by Mr. X
oh...my.....god....the 1200 is GARBAGE to my ears. I can't believe how infinitely worse this table sounds compared to the Pro-Ject. I played one record (Neil Young's Greatest Hits 200g), and that was all I needed. So much sound was taken away! I REALLY wanted the Technics to be better. I really did. But it just isn't even close.
I feel so much better finally knowing how the 1200 compares to the Pro-Ject w/ the same cartridge, and my dealer was absolutely right. The 1200 is for DJ'ing/Scratching, and it most certainly shows. I apologize to anyone who may not agree, and I don't judge you if you enjoy your setup with a 1200. And no, I don't care to do any modding. I just want a table that's better out of the box. And I'm also not convinced that it's only because this cartridge wasn't the right match for the table.....don't buy it.
The decision has been made. I'm trading in the Technics 1200 and Pro-Ject 1.2 for the Pro-Ject Xperience, with the Blue Point No. 2 fitted....
Ok enjoy the Project and enjoy your music thats the most important thing but for your information the Technics is actually the better table. It's the tonearm that lets it down.
Once you go beyond entry level turntables (upto 1500 USD or so) which are nicely pre set up (hopefully) and designed to function as an integrated unit you will find that a record player is made up of
the motorboard - basically the motor and platter on which the record sits
the plinth - the support system on which the whole shebang is mounted
the tonearm - the pickup which tracks accross the record
the cartridge / stylus - the needle which actually plays the record.
On the most high-end decks these elements can be are tailored by the end user to meet specific needs or to provide a preferred type of sound
The tonearm basically allows the cartridge to track to it's fullest capabilities so even the cheapest of moving magnet carts like an entry level Audio Technica can sound completely different on different tonearms on the same table.
Ultimately the Plinth and Motorboard are the most important first link in the chain though as Linn proved in the 70's as siting a high quality tonearm on a poorly designed and executed plinth doesn't allow it to work as well as on a well designed and engineering one.
Which brings us to the achilles heal of all budget turntables. Corners have to cut because high quality engineering doens't come cheap and the easiest place to do this is the plinth and motorboard.
The SL1200 motorboard is undoubtedly one of the finest ever conceived and it's built to impecable standards, it's cheap because its been mass produced with little real change on a huge scale for 30+ years. But it's let down by the antiquated tonearm design and to a lesser degree the resonant moulded plinth.
Placing a high rigidity tonearm in the Rega tradition, like the one fitted to your Project (assuming its fairly recent) would level the playing field so to speak and let you listen to what the Technics is capable of.
So I would advise that you put the Technics in a box and next time you are itching to improve your front end, before you blow 1500 on a Scout or whatever is flavour of the month in a Hi-Fi magazine, try the Origin live modifcation. http://www.tonearm.co.uk/dj-technics-arm.htm
For a few hundred dollars you can upgrade your Technics to take on the likes of the Scout. It will stomp all over your Project and pretty much any modern deck you can throw a few 1000USD at.