Panasonic today announced the return of the Technics SL-1200 turntable – long the standard for DJs.
With the new turntables, their goal is to “is to redefine the direct-drive turntable reference.”
The SL-1200G Grand Class Direct Drive Turntable System is an updated version of the classic, and will be made available in two versions:
- The aluminum-cased SL-1200; and
- The magnesium Anniversary Edition SL-1200GAE, which is is limited to a run of 1,200.
Here’s what they have to say about the new Technics turntables:
Direct-drive is generally considered to be for DJ use, and belt drive is for Hi-Fi use.
In the 1970s, when Technics invented direct-drive turntables, their performance and reliability were first recognized by broadcast stations. High acclaim was then received by audiophiles. The high-precision rotation and absence of S/N ratio degradation were particularly attractive to these users. The high torque and reliability of direct-drive were recognized by DJs, and direct-drive turntables became the standard in the club scene.
When developing a direct-drive motor, considerable capital investment is required for large-scale production equipment. In contrast, belt drives can be made with a little cost. Also, compared with direct-drive, belt drive was designed with the latest technology. The view remains that direct-drive is for DJ use and belt drive is for Hi-Fi use. Originally, direct-drive offered superior sound quality. If we redesign the direct-drive motor and control circuitry, we will be able to create a turntable that is superior to other systems.
Technics was also a leader in incorporating innovations, such as vibration-damping materials, cabinet construction, and insulators. Having inherited the DNA of Technics, we do not wish to merely make a replica of the SL-1200.
In other words, our intent in this development is to redefine the direct-drive turntable reference.
- Twin-Rotor Surface-Facing Direct Drive Motor
- Direct Drive Motor Controller
- High Sensitive Tonearm
- Brass-Top Turntable Platter
- Heavy Aluminium Top Plate
- Turntable Speeds: 33 1/3 rpm, 45 rpm, 78 rpm
- Variable Range Pitch: ±8%, ±16%
- Terminal: Phono Output x 1 / SIGNAL GND x 1
Availability is expected to be Summer 2016. Official pricing is to come.