Hooking up a set of Technics SL-1200 turntables opens up a whole new range of possibilities for mixing and performing music in the home or for paying work. Here is a simple guide for hooking up a pair of Technics SL-1200 Mk5 or similar turntables to a DJ mixer for home audio or DJ performance.
Set up your DJ coffin, if you have one, as is indicated in the manual. A coffin allows you to take your Technics turntable stereo system on the go, as well as protects your turntables from falls or other damage. If you don't have a DJ coffin, a sturdy picnic table or dining table will suffice for temporary in-home Technics stereo turntable system use.
Place your Technics SL-1200 turntables in the two secured locations in the coffin, or about 18 inches apart if you are using a table.
Set up your DJ mixer in the central space of the coffin, or between your Technics turntables on the table. If you don't have a good DJ mixer, check out the Musician's Friend website for a selection of DJ mixers sure to fit your needs and budget. Be careful of shoddy, cheap DJ mixers. It just isn't worth it.
Run an RCA cable from each of your Technics SL-1200 turntables to the stereo DJ mixer. RCA cables of the single-channel shielded variety are less common than component cables. Using poor quality cables with such an expensive Technics stereo set-up is shooting yourself in the foot. Try Radio Shack or pro audio stores for good quality single-channel shielded RCA cables.
Run a component left/right shielded RCA cable from the mixer's split-channel stereo output to your powered monitors or powered PA speakers. Unless you are going to be performing live as a DJ with your Technics stereo system, some 20 to 80 watt powered monitors should suit your purpose nicely. Good home use powered monitors can be had for as little as £64.
Check the status of the needle and cartridges on your Technics SL-1200 turntables to make sure that they are in good working order.
Hook up a power strip and plug your Technics turntables, stereo DJ mixer and monitors or PA system in. All the wiring can be neatly threaded through the wire cavity in the rear central portion of your coffin. If you don't have a DJ coffin yet, try clamping the wires together with a zip tie to avoid tangles, especially if you won't be moving your Technics stereo system often.
Fire up the power, making sure that you are pushing sound through your ready to go Technics SL-1200 DJ stereo system. Put on your favourite records and start spinning.
Avoid cheap RCA cables like the plague. Try gold-tipped and shielded cables for a good sound, and treat your cables well. They are much more fragile than you think.