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Panasonic's Technics revival has a new direct-drive SL-1200

Vinyl is back like it never left.
Richard Lawler, @Rjcc
01.05.16 in AV

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During its CES 2016 press conference, Panasonic took some time out to talk about its new line of Technics turntables. This year it's releasing two versions of a direct-drive model: the limited edition 50th Anniversary Grand Class SL-1200GAE (limited to 1,200 units of course) and a non-limited Grand Class SL-1200G. In these editions, the reborn Technics says it even cured "cogging" with a newly developed coreless motor. There's no word on price, but the turntables should arrive in late 2016.

Gallery: Technics SL-1200GAE | 5 Photos

Grand Class SL-1200G/SL1200GAE Specifications

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
  • Insulator

Technics Definitive Design

  • Inherited design from the SL-1200 series
  • Heavy Aluminum Top Plate

Turntable Speeds

  • 33 1/3 rpm, 45 rpm, 78 rpm

Variable Range Pitch

  • ±8%, ±16%

Dimension & Weight

  • W: 453 mm H: 170 mm D: 372 mm . / 18kg *tentative
  • *Height: including dust cover


  • Phono output x1 / SIGNAL GND x1

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