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RaphaelJohn
03-14-2012, 02:35 PM
I have a pair of MKII's already but want a second pair. Anyways, a friend of mine said that the M3D's have bad wiring issues. Any M3D owners care to confirm or deny this issue?

Thanks in advance.

papo
03-14-2012, 02:48 PM
First I have heard of this.

DTR
03-14-2012, 02:56 PM
Your mate is talking out of his arse

DjBlanco
03-14-2012, 03:01 PM
only wiring issue i know of is that annoying button getting pushed on as your mixing in a hurry xD

Estacy
03-14-2012, 04:22 PM
Your mate is talking out of his arse

this.

djlotus
03-14-2012, 04:27 PM
No truth to this unless they were modded by a fool.

Finnish_Fox
03-14-2012, 06:01 PM
They should be just fine.

I also want a second pair... one to customize.

B3NNY
03-14-2012, 06:06 PM
No probs ever for me.

BuddyUK
03-14-2012, 06:07 PM
I still don't trust these new fangled mk3's http://i291.photobucket.com/albums/ll300/LucidFlight_album/smiley-oldman.gif

Andrew B
03-14-2012, 06:13 PM
I've had mine for 11 years; no problems.

DJNR
03-14-2012, 07:26 PM
I still don't trust these new fangled mk3's http://i291.photobucket.com/albums/ll300/LucidFlight_album/smiley-oldman.gif

:lol:

Andrew B
03-14-2012, 10:41 PM
I still don't trust these new fangled mk3's http://i291.photobucket.com/albums/ll300/LucidFlight_album/smiley-oldman.gif

M3Ds are the best thing that ever happened to Technics. After they were released, 99.9% of DJs (correctly) shunned MK2s. Except for the n00bs. (uninformed) n00bs always want MK2s.

djlotus
03-14-2012, 10:54 PM
M3Ds are the best thing that ever happened to Technics. After they were released, 99.9% of DJs (correctly) shunned MK2s. Except for the n00bs. (uninformed) n00bs always want MK2s.

I still enjoy MK2s. Only real REAL difference is the quartz lock. And honestly, if you can't mix through a +/-.5% pitch, you shouldn't be playing records.

Andrew B
03-14-2012, 10:59 PM
I still enjoy MK2s. Only real REAL difference is the quartz lock. And honestly, if you can't mix through a +/-.5% pitch, you shouldn't be playing records.

No, the REAL difference is the lack of the center detente and the double zero. That's why the world's finest DJs refused to use MK2s the second the M3Ds were released. That's why every big club in the world replaced their MK2s 15 years ago.

djlotus
03-14-2012, 11:16 PM
The center stop at 0% pitch has a maximum of +/-.5% effect on your pitch. Like I said if you can't play through that you shouldn't play. People bought M3Ds because they were new and used that as their main pitching point. Pardon the pun.

Aside from the pitch fader, they are the exact same turntable in every way.

We djs are a fickle bunch. We have to have the latest and greatest. Now every club that has turntables has MK5s or M5Gs. That in no way insinuates that the MK2s are not a solid turntable.

I prefer my M3Ds over my MK2s because of the recessed switch.

Chay
03-14-2012, 11:55 PM
I have a set myself and I don't have any issues with it at all.

Andrew B
03-15-2012, 01:37 AM
I prefer my M3Ds over my MK2s because of the recessed switch.

Which is what made the MK2s obsolete in clubs, as I said. There's no reason to deal with a design failure just because the product in question is a classic.

I have no idea why they continued to make the MK2s after the M3D was released. Well, I do, it was the name. Not reason enough.

Nicadraus
03-15-2012, 10:59 AM
I have a pair of MKII's already but want a second pair. Anyways, a friend of mine said that the M3D's have bad wiring issues. Any M3D owners care to confirm or deny this issue?

Thanks in advance.

You're friend is either trying to confuse you or is simply ignorant when it comes to turntables.


M3Ds are the best thing that ever happened to Technics.

Agreed! I've had my pair of MK3D/M3D since 2002. When I got them, I sold my MK2s. Many other models have come and go (MK3, MK5, MK5g/M5G) but I always retained my MK3D/M3Ds. :)



Aside from the pitch fader, they are the exact same turntable in every way.


The switch knob and strobe canister are also different from MK2/MK3/MK4. :)

Stevil
03-15-2012, 11:47 AM
I've had mine for 11 years; no problems.

Yep, same here. And they still behave as if new.

B.Frank
03-15-2012, 12:19 PM
I mess around with my friends m3ds every so often and they never act up.

Finnish_Fox
03-15-2012, 01:06 PM
I still enjoy MK2s. Only real REAL difference is the quartz lock. And honestly, if you can't mix through a +/-.5% pitch, you shouldn't be playing records.


No, the REAL difference is the lack of the center detente and the double zero. That's why the world's finest DJs refused to use MK2s the second the M3Ds were released. That's why every big club in the world replaced their MK2s 15 years ago.

...none of which should prevent you from being able to mix, like he said.

The finest DJs in the world probably demand CDJ-2000s but that doesn't prevent people from mixing perfectly fine on 900s, 850s, 400s, etc.

Andrew B
03-15-2012, 01:08 PM
...none of which should prevent you from being able to mix, like he said.

The finest DJs in the world probably demand CDJ-2000s but that doesn't prevent people from mixing perfectly fine on 900s, 850s, 400s, etc.

Never said it did.

Finnish_Fox
03-15-2012, 02:37 PM
Never said it did.

Fair enough... didn't mean to assume. Cheers.

L2daGee
04-26-2012, 03:56 PM
I had my M3Ds for 14 years before selling them to buy some M5Gs. They worked flawlessly the entire time I had them.

Nicadraus
04-27-2012, 02:59 AM
I have a pair of MKII's already but want a second pair. Anyways, a friend of mine said that the M3D's have bad wiring issues. Any M3D owners care to confirm or deny this issue?

Thanks in advance.

I have a pair of MK3D/M3D and I love them. Whatever issues your friend told were all false. He definitely knows nothing about it.

DJ Weatherman
05-01-2012, 06:52 AM
mk2's<<<happycustomer.

Sublim&All
05-01-2012, 07:58 AM
M3Ds are the best thing that ever happened to Technics. After they were released, 99.9% of DJs (correctly) shunned MK2s. Except for the n00bs. (uninformed) n00bs always want MK2s.
I have MK2s. I'm not a n00b. I'm hip. I got the turntables that DJs used before they started making mixing easier by technological fiddling.








;)

VjQue
05-01-2012, 04:19 PM
I have MK2s. I'm not a n00b. I'm hip. I got the turntables that DJs used before they started making mixing easier by technological fiddling.








;)Samehere I never knew there was a pitch issue on pure vinyl for the past 20 years.

if so maybe that's why my blends are so wicked then.

most I know that upgraded was because.

they wanted new deck or black (b4 people were painting them)

heard the motor was stronger

power knob recessed

detachable Rca's

gold edition

had euro version and wanted usa

just need or wanted another deck.

VjQue
05-01-2012, 04:23 PM
M3Ds are the best thing that ever happened to Technics. After they were released, 99.9% of DJs (correctly) shunned MK2s. Except for the n00bs. (uninformed) n00bs always want MK2s.that number is not true. I can tell you about 30% that still have these mkll's.

Nicadraus
05-02-2012, 07:07 AM
Samehere I never knew there was a pitch issue on pure vinyl for the past 20 years.

if so maybe that's why my blends are so wicked then.

most I know that upgraded was because.

they wanted new deck or black (b4 people were painting them)

heard the motor was stronger

power knob recessed

detachable Rca's

gold edition

had euro version and wanted usa

just need or wanted another deck.


heard the motor was stronger - Not true. All SL-1200/1210 have the same motor torque.

power knob recessed

detachable Rca's - This feature was only available on the MK4 units (exclusively for Japanese market only).

Pri yon Joni
05-02-2012, 09:17 PM
Wear and tear of the years can lead one to believe they have bad wiring issues.

However, here are things to consider.

He might have an isolated issue, that happen to ONE of his M3D's.

OR

He doesn't have a bad wiring issue, he might have a BAD HANDLING issue.

I have an M3D...and I have no problems with it (not to mention, I bought it used, with an odyssey case for $25)

DJ CirKutCision
05-03-2012, 04:45 PM
I've got a pair of M3Ds, they're awesome. Same features as a MK5 (only difference being the incandescent pop up light, and 0-3 grams anti skating adjustment) but cheaper! I scored my pair for $350 with Ortofons and Flightcases from GuitarCenter. I do kind of want a pair of MK2s just for the hell of it.

Cryder
05-07-2012, 08:17 AM
I've got a pair of M3Ds, they're awesome. Same features as a MK5 (only difference being the incandescent pop up light, and 0-3 grams anti skating adjustment) but cheaper! I scored my pair for $350 with Ortofons and Flightcases from GuitarCenter. I do kind of want a pair of MK2s just for the hell of it.

That's like the best deal ever for Techs. I paid twice that for mine and thought I was getting a deal, the local market for turntables here has gotten out of control in the last 6 months, can't find just one for less than $450, no cart or case.

sephi
05-08-2012, 06:02 AM
M3Ds are where it's at. Used to have a second setup where one deck was the MK2 and the other was an M3D. After a week or two, I was about the toss the MK2 out the window simply for the 0-pitch notch. The M3D served me well. Never heard of any downside to them, really - definitely not any cable issues.

mr.smashy
05-08-2012, 08:02 AM
Yep, same here. And they still behave as if new.

Bought my M3Ds in 01, no problems. Still perform as new. OP's question has been answered.