In an announcement made last summer, Technics declared that its Technics SL-1200 turntable has returned! Nearly 10 years after the last models were produced, the Japanese manufacturer is unveiling two new models offering enhanced performance as well as many extra features.
On the occasion of the “Son & Image” fair, we asked Technics’ Products Manager Christian Debrosse to introduce us to the new Technics SL-1200G turntable.
Technics SL-1200G, what’s new
This new version of the famous Technics SL-1200 turntable has been entirely revamped in order to ensure optimum performance. The new model features a sub-chassis composed of four layers (heavy-duty rubber, die-cast aluminum, BMC resin and a 10 mm-thick aluminum plate) for a total of 18 kg (3.6 kg more than the Technics SL-1200 mk5 turntable). This additional weight provides the turntable with an excellent foundation while improving its damping properties. The platter is set in motion by a rotational axis directly coupled with the motor (one of the Japanese manufacturer’s trademarks). Meanwhile, the motor’s dual rotor, brushless design serves to minimize vibrations. The classic S-shaped, 23 cm tonearm is newly presented in a magnesium version for a higher level of performance than previously offered by the aluminum tonearms of previous models. Production for this new model is entirely based in Japan.
The Technics SL-1200G Limited Edition model
In celebration of its 50th anniversary, Technics is proposing an SL-1200 limited edition series composed of 1,200 units. Baptized the Technics SL-1200GAEEG, this model features all of the same characteristics as the classic model. It has been decorated with a Technics 50th anniversary commemorative plaque and notably features Alphagel damping feet (the standard model’s feet are composed of silicone). This state-of-the-art material minimizes the transmission of parasitic vibrations.French