A DJ Turntable is a dj equipment device that Disc Jockeys use to play music from a phonographic or vinyl record to their audience, along with a DJ mixer they can blend one track into another making the transition from one track to another seamless.
DJ Turntable History
It all seemed to start with the Technics SL-1200 turntable. The Technics SL1200 turntable started out life as a high quality hifi turntable. However, unlike other turntables, the SL1200 had a very rare feature... Pitch control. The pitch control feature allowed the user to change the speed of their music to suit their ears. However, some people had a better idea. Since most songs are a different speed, seamlessly blending them would require the speed of the BPM to be changed. The Technics SL1200 allowed the user to do this. Subsequently, Technics released their Technics SL1200 MK2 in the early 1970s which was designed with the DJ in mind.
Popular DJ Turntables
Whilst there have been many competitors in the DJ turntable market, namely the Citronic PD-1 DJ Turntable & the Numark TTX DJ Turntable, nothing has ever really been able to knock Technics SL1200 off the top-spot. Soon after the release of the Technics SL-1200 MK2, Technics released their Technics SL-1210 MK2 which was identical in every way, except for it's colour - it had a black finish.
Modern DJ Turntables
We cover this issue more thoroughly in our DJ CD Players page, however it would be relevant to point out that the major DJ equipment manufacturers have recently started to discontinue many turntable models in favour of their DJ CD Player counterparts. Although the Technics SL-1200 series turntables are still in production, Technics now promote their Technics SL-DZ1200 tabletop DJ CD Turntable.
Amendment: There are rumours that the Technics SL-1200 and Technics SL-1210 turntables have been discontinued.