It's common knowledge that vinyl DJs everywhere prefer to use the Technics SL-1200 turntable. This is due to the powerful direct-drive motor that allows for optimal performance when mixing or scratching. It's been nearly 7 years since the Technics SL-1200's were discontinued and since then you can find prices on online marketplaces that are through the roof. That's all seemingly about to change as Panasonic has announced the return of the iconic turntable with the Grand Class Technics SL-1200G and limited edition Grand Class SL-1200GAE.
Announced today at CES, Panasonic has revealed the new version of the SL-1200 series. From what we can tell from the "new" design is that they didn't really mess with it at all and have kept the classic look and feel of the original. What Panasonic has done to the turntable is update the direct drive motor to eliminate vibrations that may occur.
"In the SL-1200GAE, the use of a newly developed coreless direct-drive motor with no iron core eliminates cogging. Also, the twin-rotor construction reduces the bearing load while maintaining high torque, and also reduces minute vibration during rotation."
The 50th anniversary limited edition Grand Class SL-1200GAE is due to be released in the summer of 2016. Only 1,200 unites will be sold of that particular model, but the SL-1200G will be available later in 2016. To find out more, view the specifications below or visit Technics.
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