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Technics launches Grand Class SL-1200G direct-drive turntable as unlimited edition

Aug 31, 2016

Berlin, 31 August 2016 – Technics has today announced the Grand Class SL-1200G direct-drive turntable. It incorporates many features of the previously launched and already sold out 50th anniversary limited edition Grand Class SL-1200GAE, but will be sold as an unlimited edition to audiophiles looking to discover and experience the uniquely warm sound quality of analogue vinyl discs.

“The numerous overwhelming reviews of the SL-1200GAE in the international specialist audio press have proven once more the outstanding sonic performance as well as the meticulous manufacturing quality of this exceptional product”, comments Frank Balzuweit, Panasonic’s European Product Manager for Technics. “Due to the extremely high demand for the limited SL-1200GAE, we feel obliged to help our customers who weren’t able to purchase one of the limited GAE models pursuing the ultimate sonic experience with the SL-1200G.”

Delivering against the central claim of the Technics products – the Technics Definitive Sound, which is synonymous for the highest dedication towards music – the new SL-1200G will provide the same premium sound quality like the SL1200GAE.

Overcoming Analogue Issues of the Past

In conventional analogue turntables sound quality was degraded by tiny vibrations of the motor and rotational speed fluctuations, known as ‘cogging’. However, by combining the knowledge and expertise gained as the originator of direct-drive turntable systems, the SL-1200G can eliminate this ‘cogging’ effect with a coreless direct-drive motor without iron core. Any potential minute motor vibrations are suppressed even further by high-precision rotary positioning sensors guided by a microprocessor controlled system.

The SL-1200G aims to provide the smoothest possible rotary control by the use of an encoder at the bottom of the motor which detects the precise rotating angle.

Furthermore, a twin rotator construction reduces the bearing load while maintaining high torque and also limits minute vibration during rotation. This makes it possible to reproduce the warm sound and subtle nuances of musical expression engraved in the analogue record grooves and craved for by vinyl lovers.

Broadcast Industry Beating Three-layered Turntable

The SL-1200G has a three-layered construction consisting of a rigidly combined heavyweight brass and aluminum die cast platter, and deadening rubber covering its entire rear surface. This eliminates unnecessary resonance, achieving high rigidity and vibration damping. The smooth rotational stability and inertial mass even surpasses the Technics SP-10MK2, the direct-drive turntable standard used in the past by broadcast stations worldwide.

High Dampening Tonearm

The tonearm employs a lightweight magnesium material which has been cold drawn to improve the characteristics of the material and increase the dampening effect. Our numerous listening trials have shown that magnesium is sonically clearly superior compared to aluminum.

In addition, high initial-motion sensitivity is attained by employing the traditional Technics gimbal suspension construction with the horizontal rotation axis and the vertical rotation axis intersecting at a single central point, as well as high-precision bearings using a cut-processed housing.

Supplied Auxiliary Weights Support a Wide Variety of Cartridges

One of the unique joys of analogue playback is being able to change the cartridge to match the music genre and feeling in order to enjoy different types of sound. The SL-1200G includes two different auxiliary weights to support a wide variety of cartridges. Combined with the standard balance weight which supports cartridge masses of 5.6-12g*1, the small auxiliary weight increases this number to 10-16.4g, while the large auxiliary weight supports cartridge masses of 14.3-19.8g.

*1 When the supplied shell is used

Four-layered Cabinet Construction

A hairline-processed, 10-mm-thick top panel of immaculate aluminum has been added to the previous three-layered construction of aluminum die cast, Bulk Moulding Compound (BMC) and insulator feet consisting of absorbing, complex silicon-rubber – similar to the SL-1200GAE. This four-layered construction combines high rigidity and a high absorption of vibrations, all with a premium finish and feel.


The turntable will be available at selected retailers from October 2016.

Grand Class SL-1200G

All new design for Redefining the Direct Drive Turntable
  • Coreless Direct Drive Motor
  • High Precision Motor Controller
  • High Sensitive Tonearm
  • Brass-Top Turntable Platter
  • Silicon Rubber 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: 173 mm*2 D: 372 mm / approx.18kg
  • TerminalPhono output x1 / SIGNAL GND x1

*2 Height including dust cover

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