Product Comparison: Audio-Technica AT-LP1240-USB vs Technics SL1200 MK5

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General Specifications
SL1200 MK5
About the Product
This superbly made, professional quality DJ turntable is designed primarily for DJ use in nightclubs, touring and mobile applications. It can also be used by music lovers to play their record collections at home.
The SL-1200MK5, which features an anti-resonant die-cast aluminum chassis, grants non-"click" pitch control for smooth-sliding, quartz-locked, continuously variable pitch adjustment. This is crucial for matching dance-music tempos and convenient for correcting the pitch on poorly mastered records.
Key Specs
Drive Type
Direct Drive
Direct Drive
Operation Type
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Audio-Technica AT-LP1240-USB Direct-Drive Professional DJ Turntable (USB & Analog)
  • This is one solid turntable. You only need to look at it to see this is not a toy. The materials are solid and dependable.
  • It's built very well, sounds fantastic, and feels solid as a rock.
  • The quartz lock direct drive servo control makes its speed very accurate.
  • The whole thing is heavy which is good, I really like that the under side of platter has a rubber insulated material to cut down on unwanter vibrations.
  • Perfect turntable. This is so well made it blew me away for the price. incredibly clear and detailed sound.
Size & Weight
6.56 in.
6.77 in.
17.72 in.
17.83 in.
13.9 in.
13.98 in.
27.6 lbs.
26.4 lbs.
What customers say about "Size & Weight"
Audio-Technica AT-LP1240-USB Direct-Drive Professional DJ Turntable (USB & Analog)
  • Perfect for a small to medium size room. This turntable is awesome especially for the price.
  • Even though the chassis is plastic on the outside, the weight and feel of the switches/controls feels really good.
  • The weight of this unit is impressive. It rests very solid with no vibration and resists movement.
  • Lift it up. You might have to put some muscle into just getting it placed into position.
  • It is very heavy, relying on sheer mass for isolation.
Record Sizes
Playable Record Speeds
33 ⅓, 45, 78
33 ⅓, 45
Moving Magnet (MM)
Integrated Preamp
What customers say about "Audio"
Audio-Technica AT-LP1240-USB Direct-Drive Professional DJ Turntable (USB & Analog)
  • Sound from the turntable's preamp line output (going to an AUX input on my stereo) was better than using the phono input on my stereo.
  • Very easy to use and setup the height of the stylus and weight.
  • The player is plugged in to a pre amp made for correction of 78RPM records. It sounds sweet.
  • Clean mint/near mint vinyl's sound quality is more consistent, a least for me.
  • The sound from USB felt a little less open in the highs, probably due to quantization errors.
Start/Stop, Speed button, Start control knob, Brake control knob, Reverse control button, Quartz button, Pitch adjust slide control, Preamp Switch
Speed button, Pitch slider, Pitch Reset, Start/Stop, On/Off switch
Vinyl player
Vinyl player
Platter Material
Aluminum die-cast
Aluminum die-cast
Dust Cover Included
Speaker(s) Included
Stereo RCA audio out, USB out
Stereo RCA audio out
DJ-style slip mat, Professional anti-resonance, S-Shaped tone arm, Audacity software
Heavy rubber base, Brushless DC motor, Arm-height control, Arm lock
What customers say about "Features"
Audio-Technica AT-LP1240-USB Direct-Drive Professional DJ Turntable (USB & Analog)
  • USB output for high quality digital transfers. "Braking" system to adjust how fast the platter spins up and stops.
  • It's completely adjustable so you can set the tone arm height, weight, and anti-skate, plus the start and stop times for the platter.
  • The software manual is very good in my opinion and it had me recording and converting files in no time.
  • I love this turntable. It feels sturdy, has comfortable controls, is highly adjustable, and puts out great sound.
  • The felt mat in this model is quite ridged, unlike the mats Audio Technica ships with other models.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year(s)
1 year(s)
Other Information
449.00 $

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