WOW, i just picked up a pair of HTD 4.5 turntables (for $450CDN each), and what a fantastic product! I spun on them for a couple hours and am seriously loving it.
The extra features are cool, but the most important thing is that this turntable gets the basics right: power, stability, pitch, all good! All very responsive! I'd buy these over Tech 1200's any day, seriously way better value for the money... they'd still be a great value if they cost the same as 1200's, but they cost half as much, so you do the math!
The tonearm assembly is solid, the motor is 3 times as strong as the 1200, the pitch control is responsive, the base is heavy and solid, the on/off switch has a guard on it so you can't accidentally switch the power off while cueing up, what else do you need in a turntable?!