Panasonic Announces New Technics 1200 Turntable
Technics SL-1200G turntable. (Source: Technics)
Panasonic has revealed an all-new model of the Technics SL-1200 turntable series: the SL-1200G. The announcement was made on Tuesday at the CES conference in Las Vegas and comes six years after the company discontinued the SL-1200 series.
According to Gizmodo, the “G” model is based on the classic SL-1200 design and contains a key improvement:
“Panasonic and Technics developed a new coreless direct-drive motor that’s lacking the iron core that’s often the cause of those speed fluctuations in the platter. And any remaining vibrations from the turntable’s electric motor are further suppressed and corrected using new processor-controlled rotational positioning sensors inside the SL-1200G’s housing.”
Panasonic also revealed the Grand Class SL-1200GAE, a 50th anniversary limited edition model that will be available in Summer 2016 in a run of 1,200 units. According to Gizmodo, the only advantage of the “GAE” model appears to be “a serial number plate on the base, a magnesium, not aluminum, housing, and early availability.”
Check out the photos below and get more info at Technics’ website.
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Panasonic Revives Technics Brand: Could the 1200 Return?
Panasonic announced on Wednesday that it’s reviving its brand of Technics audio products.
Reuters reports that the Japanese company “showed off new speaker systems and amplifiers, controllers and even CD players at the IFA consumer electronics fair in Berlin, marking the first products to be released under the Technics brand besides headphones since 2010.”
Before 1200 fans get too excited, it must be noted that Panasonic’s plans do not include their highly-coveted SL-1200 turntable, which was discontinued four years ago.
We can’t help but wonder if there’s still a chance of it happening, though. Resurrecting the brand is a step in the right direction and Panasonic hasn’t ruled out the possibility (their European chief executive Laurent Abadie declined to comment when asked).
According Abadie, the company’s decision to bring back its Technics brand is a response to a new generation of digital audio files coming soon which he says “are almost the same as analog in terms of quality.”
Demand for the discontinued 1200 turntable, which was an industry standard for decades, has soared in recent years. Earlier this year, both Reloop and Pioneer unveiled their own turntables that are designed to compete with the 1200.
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