Technics 1200s are back in production

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  1. Oysters

    Oysters Audiosexual

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    Yes DJs! the legend is back!

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    SL-1200GAE
    50th Anniversary Limited Edition
    Available in Summer 2016

    Due to the widespread use of CDs, turntable systems disappeared briefly from the market, but their warm sound quality is bringing them back. The direct-drive turntable invented by Technics is still highly acclaimed by audiophiles and DJs in the form of the SL-1200 Series, and there have been many requests to revive the turntable system. As such, we decided to develop a new system for Hi-Fi use. Here we provide an outline of our intent in this development.

    Direct-drive is generally considered to be for DJ use, and belt drive is for Hi-Fi use. In the 1970s, when Technics invented direct-drive turntables, their performance and reliability were first recognised by broadcast stations. High acclaim was then received by audiophiles. The high-precision rotation and absence of S/N ratio degradation were particularly attractive to these users. The high torque and reliability of direct-drive were recognised by DJs, and direct-drive turntables became the standard in the club scene.

    When developing a direct-drive motor, considerable capital investment is required for large-scale production equipment. In contrast, belt drives can be made with a little cost. Also, compared with direct-drive, belt drive was designed with the latest technology. The view remains that direct-drive is for DJ use and belt drive is for Hi-Fi use. Originally, direct-drive offered superior sound quality. If we redesign the direct-drive motor and control circuitry, we will be able to create a turntable that is superior to other systems.

    Technics was also a leader in incorporating innovations, such as vibration-damping materials, cabinet construction, and insulators. Having inherited the DNA of Technics, we do not wish to merely make a replica of the SL-1200.

    In other words, our intent in this development is to redefine the direct-drive turntable reference.

    Specification
    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 SL-1200 Series
    Heavy Aluminium Top Plate
    Turntable Speeds
    33 1/3 rpm, 45 rpm, 78 rpm
    Variable Range Pitch
    ±8%, ±16%
    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
    Terminal
    Phono Output x 1 / SIGNAL GND x 1

    http://www.technics.com/global/introduction/hifi-direct-drive-turntable-system-sl-1200gae/
     
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  3. Pipotron3000

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    Even being a guitarist, i know those turntables ;)
     
  4. PumasNFatLaces

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    I've always had a crush on those sexy arms and platters. LOL. Legend is back!!!
     
  5. lyric8

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    I have had a pair for a long long time I haven't DJ ed in a long time but there's no way I would ever give mine up I still use one in the studio for sampling they were really expensive even today's standards they're expensive but back then they were like sell one of your kidneys expensive lol
     
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    I still have my Harman Kardon T45 with an Ortofon cartridge. More of an audiophile table than a DJ table. I bought it about the time the 1st CD players came out, so it doesn't have many hours on it. Good belt drives were quieter than direct drives. Had a Nakamichi cassette deck about the same time, too. I wore it out after a few years. Audiophile disease is a terrible affliction. [​IMG]
     
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  7. Labtek DnB

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    Have you seen the price its retarded
     
  8. Enoch007

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    Prices haven't been announced yet.
     
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    sgiggity Ultrasonic

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    already sold my MG5s for twice what I bought them for, since all they were used for is playing WAVs via timecoded vinyl, who needs em.
     
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    Yeeees!
     
  11. luki3

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    Mine are still going strong after 25 years.
     
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    so, technics couldn't stand that pioneer was trying to grab their niche with the px1000? pricetag will be interesting :D
     
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    Still got mine... the originals SL-1200Mk2
     
  16. Oysters

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    there is going to be a cheaper model- the SL-1200G. but it won't be ready until even later in the year.

    this was always going to be the expensive one
     
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  17. fraifikmushi

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    me no likey
     
  18. KingSchlongXVII

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    78 RPM :guru: just in case...... (unlike the original decks). Personally I'd love to finally see an LED readout of the pitch -/+
     
  19. Oysters

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    For me those pitch led displays make decks look a bit cheap- Like my very first geminis from way back. I like 1200/1210s looking simple and classy.
    Only thing I would like to see is more resistance to bass feedback. As much as I hate to say it, Stanton str8 150s were much better than technics in that department (probably because they were so damn heavy)
     
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    very nice news :like:
     
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