Technics has today announced the return of its direct-drive turntable based on a newly designed direct-drive motor. The Technics 50th anniversary limited edition Grand Class SL-1200GAE and non-limited Grand Class SL-1200G have been developed for audiophiles looking to rediscover and experience the uniquely warm sound quality of analogue vinyl discs.
The Vinyl Revival
Due to the widespread use of CDs, turntable systems have been absent as major competitors in the audio market, however an ever increasing consumer interest in vinyl records has prompted the launch of a new system for HiFi use.
Overcoming Analogue Issues of the Past
In conventional Direct Drive 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 with a newly developed coreless direct-drive motor without an iron core, this ‘cogging’ can be eliminated. Any potential minute motor vibrations are suppressed even further by the use of a high-precision rotary positioning sensors and microprocessor control system; a feature unique to the new Technics turntable.
The Technics turntable aims to provide the smoothest possible rotary control by using an encoder attached to the direct drive motor which passes precise rotational speed information to the control system.
Furthermore, a twin rotator construction reduces the bearing load while maintaining high torque and also limits minute vibration during rotation making 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 turntable Platter 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.
Highly Damped Tonearm
The tonearm uses a lightweight material (aluminum for the SL-1200G and magnesium for the SL-1200GAE) which has been cold drawn to improve the characteristics of the material and increase the damping effect.
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.
Four-layered Cabinet Construction
A hairline finished, 10-mm-thick top panel of high grade aluminum has been added to the previous three-layered construction of aluminum die cast, Bulk Moulding Compound (BMC) and heavyweight grade rubber of the SL-1200MK5. This four-layered construction combines high rigidity with a premium finish and feel.
Released Later This Year
To celebrate the launch of this new Technics SL-1200 development, the Technics 50th anniversary limited edition Grand Class SL-1200GAE will be available from summer with a limited serial number plate and restricted global quantity of 1,200 units while the Grand Class SL-1200G will be available later in 2016.
Grand Class SL-1200G/SL1200GAE
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 design from the SL-1200 series
- Heavy Aluminum Top Plate
- 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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