Perfectly refined, the Technics SL1210MK7 continues to set the standard for others to follow.
Legend of the seventh generation
From the disco era to today’s super-clubs, the Technics SL1210 (and similar sl1200) has been and remains the heart of the most professional DJ gigs. Known worldwide for its robust build quality, reliability and precise and stable sound, the SL1210 is a living legend. Now in the form of MK7, it is capable as always and of great value to the engineering involved.
High torque and direct drive
Using Technics’ famous and expensive direct drive system, the Technics SL1210MK7 offers a couple of class-leading torques for a super stable ride and fast start/stop action. When you need to precisely control the mix, this is still the standard setter.
The logical solution would seem to be a straightforward Ortofon MM pickup with a replaceable pin, but as sound quality is more important to us than the drop mat’s ability to resist scratches, we also tried a costly motorbike pickup. The Technics arm’s light pickup housing was fitted with a 7.6 gram lightweight Audio Technica AT-OC9XSH, and the combined mass was precisely within what one can afford before the resonant frequency ended up where it shouldn’t have.
Improved engine without core
Based on the technology of the G and GR reference models, the MK7 uses a new coreless engine design. This involves removing coggings that can affect other direct transmission covers. Cogging is an instability in the speed of travel, which gives an inconsistent tone. With the SL1201MK7, you get the same stability as the solid pitch that has always been a hallmark of these Technics covers.
The SL1210 turntables have always been built robustly and the Technics MK7 is no different. Although not as solid as the more expensive GR model, it still outperforms its rivals at the same price. The rigid mold-to-be-era aluminium frame features hybrid legs, anti-resonace coating and insulation. These not only help to keep the lid firmly in place, but also absorb vibrations, avoiding pen omission and distortion of sound.
Lift the plate and there are a range of user settings. From a microswitch desk you can select 78 rpm, reverse play and even adjust the initial torque and braking speed – get this cover to work exactly as you want.
More tone control
A new ‘x2’ button doubles the range of the tone control from s/- 8% to s/-16%. This additional range makes it even more flexible as a mixing tool and even more practical in the studio than ever before.
The tone arm of the MK7 is a classic S-shaped design that tracks accurately and is easy to handle. It also offers a wide range of settings, including VTA (Vertical Tracking Angle), weight and distortion, making it ideal for a wide range of different cartridges and even different slipmat thicknesses. The detachable head makes the exchange of cartridges a quick and easy process.
Connecting your cables
Instead of using static cables like the SL-1210 of the past, the SL-1210 MK7 has PHONo RCA terminals. These allow you to choose the length and quality of the cable that is worthy of a coverage of this standard.
Matte black style and new strobe lighting
Finished in matte black throughout, the MK7 has stealth style. The strobe color is adjustable between red and blue. There is also a bright LED pop-up light to make an accurate tail in dark lighting. Photo:Technics
A living legend who remains a class leader, the Technics SL1210MK7 is the cover to go to the vinyl mix. When looking to purchase a better turntable, a Technics SL1210MK7 might not be the first option that comes to mind. After all, it was constructed there with consideration for contexts other than the teak sideboard in the living room. as a DJ player only. If you want the best sound in this class, a Rega, Pro-Ject, or even the excellent SL-1500C is a better option. But because the Technics SL1210MK7is so expertly made, it can be a great substitute for anyone who is worried about sound quality, including amateur DJs and others. Nevertheless, with a superior pickup to a cheap Ortofon or Audio Technica.