No torque, or better worded. Enough to rotate the record for normal play. If you lightly touch it. It about stops.. In any case. About = No good for Professional DJ use. For the start up Learning DJ. Buy this if you want to just play music. It's is not for the learner. It is not professional quality for pro's. If you purchased it to learn and haven't already snapped! Or given up spinning.... Then you managed to learn the only few lessons practical for such table. 1 You learned major first lesson in spinning. That this devise is not dependable for professional work. Only a veteran expert Maybe, but no way would they want to use something like this. Industry pro's consider this and pretty much all other middle level electronics garbage. Knowing when new people only buy this stuff trying to save some money. We know what they don't. They are the only market for such shovel ware. Marketed as a start up, low end professional level equipment. Truth is, that it's really not much better then the low budget, non professional toy equipment that's meant only for music play, but includes functions only so to get familiar with DJ controls. Mainly something helping you decide if this is what you want to do.
Truth is.. It's much better buying used SL 1200MK2 on the second market. Then buying this new high priced garbage. High end equipment function correctly, and last almost forever. That said. They will always be a market for real professional stuff, so if u decide it's not for you. chances are you will be able to sell the stuff just about around what you paid. Buy this not only will you have a non functional few hundred dollar new turn table that once you figured it out. Your 3rd lesson & final is that when u put up for sale it will take forever to find someone interested. When you do, it will go for almost nothing. As only people like you who buy, you will have to find another like yourself. Then try not to feel bad selling it to them. Knowing what you do now. Don't get me wrong. I'm able to mix on pretty much any table, but I've been spinning records since 1995. Since the torque is useless. You would have to use your finger once u que and release your track. During the mix. Instead of messing with other effects or take your time figuring out what track the crowd may want. You will have to maintain the speed of the new track by. Insuring the pitch are both correct. You will have to have a finger on the record and maintain even balance n speed of the music. Since you can't touch the rim slightly to slow the track ( as with this player it will practically stop. Even slightly off, if you were in your mixing. You would be a wreak.
With this table u must use your skill and push the record by a finger on the record (that u can't let go of, or u will upset the platter rotation. Must apply little more pressure to slow, or release pressure to speed up. That pressure finger must stay touching, cause the torque is so bad even that upsets rotation.) So manually correcting during the mix. No way would I put up with that. Cause I would want to perform live. Without worry. At home I re-mix, play new tracks, & create demos, and practice new ideas. For me and for you new be. This is good if you spent the money and figured out these mid level gear just about impossible to get rid of. Having spent a hundred, two hundred, or three hundred. You don't want to trash it, even tho u feel like it. As this product will avg around 200. So, until you find a sucker. It will become your normal for playing music, like a normal record player. Now, quality wise it's better then a 25-100 dollar belt drive.. However just as impossible for learning. Only to call it high-torque is a lie. You can buy toy belt drive turntables for $50 that do about the same (nothing). The only good part about it is that it's made out of such cheap material. It's not heavy! So, shipping it back or to a friend. It won't cost much.
Beware.. buy only if planned to be used as a normal home turn table. CANNOT and WILL NOT work for you (if learning to spin , mix records). Professionals.. If your considering to but this. Having to read about it. Then your not Professional. They make fun of you for wasting money. Don't make the mistake look elsewhere. Spend about the same buying hi level real gear used, or spend alot less buying belt drive, and other budget gear. They work just the same, as for this item is so bad. Even under 50 dollar toy wear is better.
I wish the title was a joke. This turntable is cheap. It has no torque, to call it high-torque is a lie. I'm quite frankly surprised that it manages to spin when the needle is on a record. You can buy toy belt drive turntables for $50 that have better torque than this. The only good part about it is that it's made out of such cheap material that it shouldn't be too expensive to ship back to where you bought it.
DJs beware, this CANNOT and WILL NOT work for you. Don't make the mistake I did, this is a bad turntable, look elsewhere.
While the platter may be aluminum it is extremely thin and light, the rest of the machine is plastic. The motor while advertised as high torque it can be stopped with a feather. Very low quality cartridge with no instructions on what vertical force it requires. "Manual" goes as far as balancing the tonearm and stops there. So if you follow the instructions your stylus will never touch a record. Also no mention of what to set the anti-skating adjustment ring. Called the manufacturer and was told to set vertical force between 3 and 4 grams. It only goes to 3! Got my money back and bought a real turn table.