In 2015 we reported that Technics turntables are making a come back. Panasonic presented the new prototype at their annual IFA press conference in Berlin but seemed to be aimed towards audiophiles. The news left DJs wondering if we would ever see the return of the iconic Technics 1210/1200, after being discontinued in 2010. Panasonic has now revealed the revival of it’s classic DJ turntable with the Technics SL-1200G.
The Technics SL-1200G features a new direct drive motor, which is said to avoid ‘cogging’ – caused by the tiny vibrations of the motor and rotational speed fluctuations – thanks to rotary positioning sensors and a microprocessor control system for the best possible sound quality.
“The new platter, which is brass-topped, is said to be better than broadcast industry standard, built of heavyweight brass and aluminum die cast, with a deadening rubber covering to eliminate resonance. That until-now absent tonearm is built from aluminium to ensure top quality, but you’ll need to get your needle research to buy a decent cartridge to complement.”
2016 marks the 50th anniversary of Technics. To celebrate there will be a limited edition Technics SL-1200GAE run in the summer and will be restricted to 1200 units worldwide, we expect these to be sold out in minutes, most likely doubling the retail value. All is not lost, the standard model goes on sale later in the year.
The limited edition model, pictured, will come complete with magnesium tonearm and limited edition serial number plate.
We can only imagine what the price will be for either turntable but we reckon you better start saving now!