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Technics SL-DZ1200 Digital Turntable

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The Technics SL-DZ1200 Digital Turntable, the world's first direct-drive digital turntable, looks--and more importantly feels--like spinning wax on a classic 1200. The distinctive slip surface on the ... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Technics SL-DZ1200 Digital Turntable, the world's first direct-drive digital turntable, looks--and more importantly feels--like spinning wax on a classic 1200. The distinctive slip surface on the 10" platter lets you spin, skratch, break, and otherwise work a track in a number of formats, including CD, MP3, and AAC. Along with its realistic vinyl feel and classic direct drive, the SL-DZ1200 also lets you store, playback, skratch, and loop sampled media from a removable SD memory card. About the size of a postage stamp, these cards store all your favorite samples, songs--even whole albums. And although they won't ever be able to replace vinyl, they're a whole heck of a lot easier to carry around than a crate of records.

Classic Technics Direct-Drive Motor
The Technics direct-drive system, which incorporates the platter as an actual component of the motor, was introduced with the SP-10 in 1969 as a way to eliminate the drag, inevitable breakage, and slow startup speeds associated with belt-driven players. With the reliable rotation, instant response, and long life you have come to expect from Technics analog models, the SL-DZ1200 boasts the same quartz crystal controlled direct-drive that has been the choice of professional DJs for over 30 years.

Traditional Vinyl Characteristics
It's easy to adjust to the SL-DZ1200. With adjustable break and startup speeds, a 10" platter, vinyl simulation effects and slip surface combined with its familiar look and feel, the SL-DZ1200 sounds and responds just like your analog decks.

Cue/Cue Bank/Cue/Pads
The SL-DZ1200 lets you find a cue point, save it and return to it at the touch of a button. 4 self-illuminating cue pads allow you to set, save, and seamlessly cue from exactly the point of your choice. It can memorize 50 sets (more if stored on an SD card) of 10 cue points as individual "albums." Each "album" also stores your settings for the 4 cue pads, loop points, auto cue condition and effects. As soon as your SD memory card or disc is loaded, your pre-saved settings are instantly available.

Sample Pads/Sample Looping
Sample pads allow for editing, overlapping, and playing back multiple samples. By sampling musical phrases, using the editing function to set the In and Out points, looping and mixing various samples, you can play the SL-DZ1200 like an instrument and use it to create original compositions.

SD Memory Card
The SD memory card is a removable, reusable device about the size of a postage stamp and is capable of holding hours of media. Using the SZ-CB8 SD Audio Recording Kit1, you can store your samples, scratches, breaks--even whole albums--and play an entire set using just a couple SD memory cards.

Easy To Read Central Display
The big, easy to read central display lets you know your exact BPM, elapsed time, and remaining time, as well as other track and play data. Adjust the display angle for easy reading in traditional or battle style play.

Vibration Resistant Design
A heavy, die-cast aluminum body, rugged CD mechanism, and double-spring insulator feet provide exceptional vibration resistance.

Pitch Lock
Change the tempo of a track without affecting its pitch throughout the DZ-1200's entire (±8-±50) pitch range.

Switch from forward to backward play, and then back again without missing a beat. And you can adjust the precision to suit your needs--use the "Instant Change" button to make the switch instant, or flip it off to drag, stop, and spin-up the track.

Free Wheel
Not available on jog dial CD decks, this feature gives you the ability to free wheel or coast like on an analog deck with the push of a button.


  • Classic Technics direct-drive motor
  • Traditional vinyl characteristics
  • Cue/cue bank/cue/pads
  • Sample pads/sample looping
  • SD memory card
  • Easy-to-read central display
  • Vibration-resistant design
  • Pitch lock
  • Forward-reverse
  • Free wheel function
  • Display: BPM, remaining time, and other play data
  • Cue Bank
  • Cue Pads (memory for 4 cue points)
  • Digital Forward/Reverse
  • Direct-Drive
  • Vinyl Sim
  • Strobe
  • Pitch Lock
  • Free Wheel
  • Tempo Control
  • Sample Pads
  • Loop
  • Adjustable Braking Speed
  • Built-In CD Player
  • SD Card Slot
  • Media Compatibility: CD, CDRW, SD Cards, MP3, AAC
  • Control Terminal for Relay Play
  • Line Out
  • Digital Out (coaxial)
  • Mode Switch (Turntable Mode/CD Player Mode)
  • Number of Channels: 2 (left and right, stereo)
  • Frequency Response: 4Hz to 20kHz
  • Output Voltage: 2Vrms (at 0dB) (JEITA)
  • S/N Ratio: 100dB (JEITA)
  • Output Impedance: Approximately 1kOhm
  • Load Impedance: More than 10kOhms
  • Headphone Output Level: 20mW max. 32 ohms (adjustable)
  • Pickup Wavelength: 780nm
  • Supported MP3 Bitrates (CD): 32kbps to 192kbps (128kbps recommended)
  • Supported MP3 Sampling Frequency (CD): 48kHz / 44.1kHz / 32kHz
  • Audio Formats Supported (SD): MPEG2-AAC/MP3
  • Sampling Frequency (SD): 48kHz / 44.1kHz / 32kHz
  • Power Supply: AC 120V, 60Hz
  • Power Consumption: 20W
  • Dimensions: 12-3/5"W x 4-3/8"H x 13"D
  • Weight: 12.8 lbs
Pro Coverage
90 day warranty on headphones.
One year warranty on other products.
Warranty terms vary. Check with manufacturer for specific product warranty.

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TechnicsSL-DZ1200 Digital Turntable

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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)


So far no complaints - new owner!

By The Mixtress?

from San Francisco Bay Area

Comments about Technics SL-DZ1200 Digital Turntable:

I bought a pair of these from guitar center and finally had the chance to take them out for a spin. I spin at nightclubs with vinyl, but still do mobile gigs. I Djed a wedding and only brought CDs and found the functionality pretty good. These in comparison to the CDJ1000 is that the CDJ has the ability to use the pitch control on the platter itself. The DZ works exactly like a turntable, except if you need to speed up the pitch, you HAVE to use the knob, without touching the platter, depending on how your settings are. You can also record samples, and loading and unloading is a snap. I still like spinning with vinyl on turntables, but because of technology, you almost have to do it to keep up with everyone else.

(7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)


The Grownman CD Deck

By DJ Born U

from Trenton, NJ

Comments about Technics SL-DZ1200 Digital Turntable:

First I must say I been a Technics man for 14 years, And will continue to be into the future. Technics SLDZ-1200 is the best cd deck on the market for DJs in MY eyes. If someone can find anything wrong with this deck I can prove you to be wrong. There are no flaws in this deck, however that is only determined according to the DJ's expertise. The loading time on mine for CDs are 6 seconds, for SD cards 4 seconds, and who cares about loading time anyway you have cues, loops, samples plus more to save you... I highly recommend the Technics SLDZ-1200 to all DJs. It makes the beginner sound experienced and the experienced more advanced. And no I dont work for Technics I am a profeesional traveling DJ and I must have the Technics SLDZ-1200 where ever I go!

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


SL-DZ 1200

By Damir Djidic

from Aurora, IL

Comments about Technics SL-DZ1200 Digital Turntable:

I purchased a SLDZ 1200 from guitar center and I am thrilled with my choice. The turntable beats is excatly like a vinyl turntable, but it has dozens of other features. There are settings for numerous scratch stiles. The sensitivity of the plate is great, allows me to cue to any part of a song I want, and this is all done on CD's. No more 12" records, but simple CD's. The turntable can be used with a memory card that carries MP3's so there are huge opportunities to bring a lot of music to a gig without having to hire a moving company. This is a great turntable and it goes very well with the Pioneer DJM909 mixer.

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