To celebrate the SL-1200 series’ 50th anniversary, Technics has released limited edition direct drive turntable system, the SL-1200M7L. The latest product is a special edition model based on the SL-1200MK7, which was released in 2019. The turntable comes in seven different colors including red, blue, green, black, beige, yellow and white. Each color features a gold tonearm along with a special badge inscribed with serial number.
The SL-1200M7L retails for $1,099.99 and is available for pre-order now.
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Classic Technics SL-1200 Mk2, M3D and Mk5 turntables have been discontinued over a decade ago. Since then, mint used examples have rocketed in price. In addition, the increasing scarcity of genuine spare parts has led to some unscrupulous sellers to combine bits of different models together into “frankendecks,” which are designed to fool potential buyers.
In the new episode of Beatsource Tech, Mojaxx speaks to Jay from Just Technics in the UK, who has a series of videos where he helps DJs spot the potential red flags when shopping for a used 1200 or 1210.
Watch the video above.
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After teasing it last week, Technics has unveiled a new direct drive turntable: the SL-1200MK7. It is the company’s first DJ turntable in about nine years.
According to the company’s press release, the new model “inherits the traditional design of the same series and maintains the same operating ease, reliability, and durability …”
The SL-1200MK7 also adds new DJ features, such as reverse playback, +-8%/+-16% pitch control, and replaceable phono and power cables for improved maintenance.
Technics did not reveal the price and release date.
The announcement was made at the CES event in Las Vegas, where DJs such as Skratch Bastid have taken the turntables for a test drive.
Additional details can be found on Technics’ website.
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In March, Technics assembled an orchestra of 30 DJs to perform a routine in celebration of Japan’s LP Record Day. The historic ensemble included world-class turntablists like DJ QBert, D-Styles, DJ Kentaro, Mr. Switch, and DJ Swamp.
After watching the video, fans asked DJcityTV host Mister Remix about the equipment that was used in the performance. All of the DJs were equipped with Technics SL-1200 turntables, but their mixers were less recognizable. One of them was the Technics SH-EX1200, a two-channel mixer that was popular in the battle scene from the ’80s to mid-’90s.
Watch Mister Remix examine the SH-EX1200 on this episode of Classic DJ Gear.
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Technics assembled an orchestra of DJs to perform a historic routine in celebration of Japan’s LP Record Day on Monday. The Philharmonic Turntable Orchestra, which was made up of 30 DJs, is the first to perform using only turntables, mixers, and original vinyl.
The ensemble included world-class turntablists like DJ QBert, DJ Swamp, DJ Kentaro, Mr. Switch, DJ IZOH, and 13-year-old DJ RENA. All of the 30 DJs were equipped with a Technics SL-1200 and mixer.
The Philharmonic Turntable Orchestra reworked the first 12-inch LP ever issued: 1948’s Mendelssohn: Concerto in E Minor.
Watch the performance below along with a behind-the-scenes video.
Back in January, Technics unveiled a new model in their famed SL-1200 turntable series, the SL-1200GR. The device is essentially a more affordable version of their SL-1200G, which was believed to be aimed at audiophiles instead of DJs. (Technics didn’t mention DJs in any of their product and marketing material for the G.)
However, the company clarified their commitment to DJs when they announced the GR.
“The SL-1200GR and SL-1210GR combine the best of both worlds,” Michiko Ogawa, director of Technics at Panasonic, said in a press release. “Our goal was to extend our top range for audio enthusiasts as well as professional DJs.”
Special thanks to Westend DJ.
On this week’s episode of Tips and Tricks, Mojaxx reviews the MK Stands isolation boots for the Technics 1200 and 1210 turntables. The products are designed to make your decks more stable and diminish vibration from bass and other sources. They’re also available for the Pioneer DJ PLX-1000 turntable.
A rare Technics turntable has hit the market, and it can be yours for only $38,895. The Sp10MK3 NGS surfaced online last week at the high-end audio marketplace, Audiogon.
The turntable, which sports a “Ferrari Corsa red” suede finish, was developed by Technics in the early ‘80s and later handcrafted by Artisan Fidelity.
According to Artisan Fidelity’s website, their design team was “able to further cultivate and subsequently engineer a state of the art turntable model using this legendary and highly sought after direct drive motor system solely as a blueprint.”
The turntable is available to buy now from a private seller for $38,895, but interested parties can make an offer up until April 2. Worldwide shipping costs $695.
Check out the listing on Audiogon for additional details.
Technics clarified its commitment to the DJ community over the weekend in a press release for its new SL-1210GR turntable.
“The SL-1200GR and SL-1210GR combine the best of both worlds,” Michiko Ogawa, director of Technics at Panasonic, said in the statement. “Our goal was to extend our top range for audio enthusiasts as well as professional DJs.”
Ogawa’s comments follow a New York Times article from January about how the company has shifted its focus from DJs to audiophiles. In the piece, Technics Creative Director Hiro Morishita said that marketing to DJs was “problematic” and that Panasonic doesn’t “want to sell the 1200 as the best tool for DJing.”
The statement led many to believe that the company had turned its back on DJs and that the SL-1200G and SL-1200GR models were not suitable for DJing.
The SL-1210GR is a black version of the SL-1200GR, which was announced in January.
The press release said that both models will be available in April. According to the DJ TechTools, the price will be roughly $1,600 in the US.
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