Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Technics brand, the now Panasonic owned household name amongst DJ’s older than Arch Jr, released the brand new limited edition SL-1200GAE range in Las Vegas this week.
Whilst the new look has kept all the familiar features, it is also undeniably slicker and features details like a lightweight magnesium tonearm, brass-milled and gold-plated terminals, an iron core-free direct-drive motor to eliminate cogging, twin-rotor construction, and a four-layer cabinet. Basically its freaken beautiful and purrs like a Kardashian kitten.
Apparently only 1200 units will be produced and not to kill your buzz but unfortunately the price tag is also Kardashian. Although Technics has not made an official statement yet, initial reports suggest that it might retail for a much as $4,000. I’ll let you do the maths.
It’s expected that the new model will be available in stores in the American summer, which is around end July. We’ll have to wait and see it we’ll be lucky enough to get a whiff of one of those 1200 units down here.
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
Technics Definitive Design
Inherited SL-1200 Series
Heavy Aluminium Top Plate
33 1/3 rpm, 45 rpm, 78 rpm
Variable Range Pitch
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
Phono Output x 1 / SIGNAL GND x 1