Technics are a company re-born, having come back from the brink of death only two years ago with the high-flying SL-1200 remake. Many DJs were disappointed that the iconic model number was re-appearing on a turntable that was out of the price range of most of their DJ user base.
The new Technics turntable is finally available for purchase by the general public. Dubbed the SL-1200GR, the limited edition deck was originally set to arrive back in April.
The new model can be purchased for £1,299, slightly less than anticipated when the turntables were first revealed in January.
According to the iF Design Awards, the SL-1200 is “redefining the benchmark” for direct drive players.
Timestep, the Devon based company that custom fits Technics decks and other hi-fi gear, have modified Technics’ SL 1210GR turntable.
The updated deck comes with a Michell TecnoArm, which features a low-resonance drilled armtube and unique under-slung counterweight to give the Technics SL 1210GR true Audiophile performance. Timestep offer the mod with Denon’s DL–110 Cartridge, but any cart can be added to the set up.
The modified deck, referenced to as the Evo GR, also now comes with its own power supply to further improve performance of the deck.
Technics’ SL-1200 turntable, which they revealed last January, has been honoured with an iF Design Award.
The first in their 1200 series since the MK6 in 2008, the turntable costs twice as much as the previous 1210s, a price tag that Technics’ CTO, Tetsuya Itani, explained shortly after it was announced.
Canadian-based company Tri-Art Audio has just shown off its new turntable made completely out of bamboo.
The new bamboo Sprout TA–0.5 turntable is comprised of a bamboo platter, plinth and tonearm, and can be purchased with Audio-Technica’s AT95E cartridge for around $725 (£585).
One of the unique features of the turntable is the counterweight system that Tri-Art have used on their tonearm — two small compartments at the back of the arm that can be loaded with small ball bearings, allowing for adjustment by simply adding or taking away some of the bronze balls.
Technics SP10MK3 Ferrari Corsa Red Micro Suede is officially on the market via Audiogon for a whopping $38,895, with shipping in the USA for $695.
The pricey turntable was originally created by Technics Matsushita Japan in the early ‘80s, but this model has been hand-crafted and finished by Artisan Fidelity.
Technics caused controversy last month when they suggested that their reissued line of SL-1200 turntables are not marketed at the DJ community.
In an interview with The New York Times, Hiro Morishita, a creative director at Technics, commented, “Our concept is analog records for hi-fi listening. DJs are fine, too, but as a marketing target it’s problematic. We don’t want to sell the 1200 as the best tool for DJing. The 1200 is the 1200.”
Technics has revealed the new SL-1210GR turntable, which joins the SL-1200GR silver edition that was revealed earlier this year.
The latest edition is Technics’ first 1210 model in almost fifteen years, after the SL-1210M5G was launched in 2002. You can see more of the new turntable below.
Both the black SL-1210GR and silver SL-1200GR inherit the technology of last year’s SL-1200G, and will be available from April 2017. Both GR units will retail for £1,299.
Technics revealed the first new 1210 turntable in almost 15 years yesterday (Saturday 4th February) with the SL-1210GR.
DJ Mag got up close with the new 1210 at Abbey Road Studios where Technics unveiled the turntable before they go on show at Bristol’s Sound & Vision convention later this month.
Technics has revealed details of the “standard” version its new SL-1200GR turntable, at the CES show in Las Vegas, which follows the SL-1200G that was released last year.
No release date has currently been set, but Technics describe the new SL-1200GR as “inheriting the technology of the SL-1200G, which was developed as a reference direct-drive turntable for the next generation.”