Technics new SL-1200 turntable available this summer!
After many many requests it’s a fact:
the new Technics SL-1200G Anniversary Edition turntable will be available this summer and the non-limited edition will go on sale by the end of 2016.
In a previous blog article we already talked a little bit about the redesigned direct drive technology. Technics started to develop their direct drive turntables in the 70’s. Because of the high torque & high precision, the SL-1200 turntable became the first choice of DJ’s & clubs all over the world.
Technics is releasing two versions:
Technics SL-1200GAE: a magnesium limited Technics 50th Anniversary edition, which will come first, this summer (1200 units, no joke!), a collectors item provided with a special serial number plate.
Technics SL-1200G: a non-limited aluminum edition by the end of this year.
The new models all have:
- a new high-dampening tonearm
- a three-layered platter, one more layer than the before, to prevent vibration and resonance
- gold-plated terminals: to allow attachment of any cable (Phono Output)
- and a new microprocessor controlled direct-drive system.
That’s how the new SL-1200 wants to overcome analogue issues of the past such as sound quality degradation and rotational speed fluctuations. We also learned that the new 1200 is 6 kg heavier (=18 kg) than the SL-1200 MK2.
Price of the new Technics SL-1200G
Keep in mind that Panasonic has not released prices yet but according to WhatHiFi magazine in the UK and The Verge in the US the new Technics will cost approximately $4000 (+/- 3.700 euros). This probably will be the price of the SL-1200G Anniversary Edition. I just hope that the non-limited edition will be priced under 1000 euros…
All New Design for Redefining the Direct Drive Turntable
Twin-Rotor Surface-Facing Direct Drive Motor
Direct Drive Motor Controller
High Sensitive Tonearm
Brass-Top Turntable Platter
Technics Definitive Design
Inherited SL-1200 Series
Heavy Aluminium Top Plate
33 1/3 rpm, 45 rpm, 78 rpm
Variable Range Pitch
Dimensions & Weight
W: 453 mm (17-27/32 inch) H: 170 mm (6-11/16 inch) D: 372 mm (14-21/32 inch)
Approx. 18 kg (39.7 lbs ) *Tentative *Height including dust cover
Phono Output x 1 / SIGNAL GND x 1
source pictures: http://gizmodo.com/the-technics-1200-turntable-is-back-1751157898