No disrespect to Gemini, Numark or any other manufacturer, but the turntable of choice for any serious DJ has always been the Technics 1200. After going out of production for years, today (Jan. 4) at CES, the Technics SL-1200G and limited edition Grand Class SL-1200GAE turntable was revealed.
It doesn’t look like Panasonic has messed with the form factor of the classic SL-1200 for the new ‘G’, but there are some key improvements inside. Direct-drive turntables like the Technics SL-1200 have sufficient torque to get its platter spinning at the appropriate speed almost instantly. But vibrations in the motor which cause subtle speed fluctuations do take away from the vinyl listening experience.
With the new SL-1200G, 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.
Sounds like the new 1200 has the bones of the OG, with improvements for those hi-fi sound freaks—no shots.
Check out photos of the Technics SL-1200G below and on the following pages.
We’ll take a pair.