yeah...They all have platters on top that have vinyl emulation....On the Denon I got, it feels an SOUNDS just like a turntable when I scratch on it....The Technics deck however sounds like some digital videogame type shit when u scratch....
I've never heard anyone use the new Technics, but they've got plenty of hype around em. $1200 is a lot, you should just wait a while and the price will go down.
I remember when the Pioneers came out they were runnin for like 1200 too.
As far as tried and proven CD Tables i'd recomend the Pioneers. They're a lot cheaper now than they used to be and i've heard them in action and they sound real good.
Lots of DJ's that have the time and money are using the CD Tables for long distance traveling to do shows because they weigh less(doesn't cost so much for the extra luggage on the plane) and they don't have to worry about their vinyl getting stolen.
If i had the money i'd get some Pioneers just because i have so many damn CD's already.