Technics Announces Two New Additions to its Reference Class Hi-Fi Lineup


  • Ultimate precision: legendary direct drive motor redesigned with coreless double stator and twin rotor
  • Stable rotation: heavyweight turntable platter utilizes inertial mass to improve rotational stability
  • Retrofit design: turntable and control unit are completely interchangeable with the previous SP-10MK2 and SP-10MK3 (For SP-10R)

Renowned for its direct drive technology and superior performance, the Technics range has extended to the Reference Class line-up of Hi-Fi components with its newest direct drive turntable and turntable system, the SP-10R and SL-1000R.

Designed and engineered for ultimate analogue vinyl performance, the legendary SP-10 Series of Direct Drive Turntables and their accompanying Direct Drive Turntable Systems have become synonymous with direct drive technology, and are a fitting symbols of the Technics brand name that continues to inspire the admiration and loyalty of audiophiles worldwide.

Building upon their impressive heritage, the SP-10R and SL-1000R continue to provide a new reference point for modern high-fidelity turntable technology and lead the market for a new age.

Reaching new levels in near-flawless sound

The SP-10R includes a double coil twin rotor-type coreless direct-drive motor with coils on both sides for 12-pole, 18-coil drive, and high enough torque to drive the heavyweight platter with ultimate accuracy. The result is stable rotation with a wow & flutter of only 0.015% or less, which is considered to be the measurement limit.

The turntable also features an impressive platter with a 10-mm-thick brass weight, enhanced with the addition of tungsten weights on the outer periphery. The brass weight is directly bonded onto the aluminum die-cast platter, giving it a total weight of approximately 7.9 kg and an inertial mass of approximately 1 ton/cm. In addition a deadening layer of rubber, is used to eliminate unwanted vibration. This is attached to the rear surface forming a three-layer construction, which achieving an even higher level of rigidity and provides excellent vibration-damping characteristics.

To achieve further noise reduction, the control unit is separated from the main unit and its switched power supply is equipped with unique technology that provides a voltage supply with minimal noise via a newly-developed ‘noise reduction circuit’. In addition, the connection between the main unit and the control unit are engineered to resist the effects of external noise whilst increasing reliability. These noise-reduction measures enable the SP-10R to achieve the World’s highest level S/N.

Achieving optimal performance with an exceptional tonearm and base

The Technics SL-1000R system features an S-type universal tonearm with a lightweight, high damping magnesium tonearm tube. The gimbal suspension construction tonearm uses high-precision bearings. Highly-skilled Japanese craftsmen handle all assembly and adjustments to achieve the lowest friction possible, to precisely trace the grooves cut into the records. To further ensure the highest possible sound playback quality, OFC is used for the internal wiring, so that the music signal relayed from the cartridge loses none of the musical energy cut into the record.

The tonearm base, to which the tonearm is mounted, is rigidly attached. This keeps the relationship between the arm bearings, Motor bearings and the stylus constant. Providing a structure in which any vibration has minimal effect.

Augmenting, not replacing a rich heritage of outstanding direct drive turntables and systems

The SP-10R has been developed to be completely interchangeable with previous SP-10 Series models, such as the SP-10MK2 and SP-10MK3. In order for users to continue using the turntable base and tone arm of their previous systems, the shape and fixing positions have been designed to allow for complete backward compatibility. The control unit is also the same shape and size as the SP-10MK2 power unit for trouble-free replacement.

Technics: The legacy continues

The great appeal of direct drive technology is its ability to eliminate degradation in sound quality caused by rotation fluctuation and minute vibrations between the motor and transmission mechanism. The SP-10R and the SL-1000R are part of a long and successful line of reference class turntable technologies. Technics released the SP-10 as the World’s first Direct Drive Turntable in 1970 and its superb performance and reliability quickly made the SP series both the go-to turntable for broadcast stations and the holy grail of audiophiles worldwide.

Committed to creating an emotionally-engaging experience and delivering the power of music to all, Technics has been at the heart of music performance for decades. From the emergence to success of hip hop, enabling the fast rise of celebrity DJs, and allowing audiophiles to hear music exactly as the creators wished, it has been and shall remain the brand that leaders in their field turn to for exceptional performance and reliability.