Published On: September 8, 2023

Precision in Sound: The Technics SL-1200GR2 Turntable Emerges

Published On: September 8, 2023
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Precision in Sound: The Technics SL-1200GR2 Turntable Emerges

Technics' iconic SL-1200 series evolves with the SL-1200GR2, a next-generation marvel in direct-drive precision.

Precision in Sound: The Technics SL-1200GR2 Turntable Emerges

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In the world of audio enthusiasts and professional DJs, the name Technics has long been synonymous with quality and innovation. Building upon the legacy of its iconic SL-1200 series, Technics is introducing a new and innovative direct drive system that promises smooth and accurate rotational stability. This next-generation turntable also boasts an upgraded power supply, resulting in an exceptionally low noise floor.

Technics' direct-drive turntables have played a pivotal role in the global music scene, especially in the DJing community. The SL-1200 series, which was initially introduced in 1972, quickly became an industry standard, known for its high-torque motor and exceptional build quality. Over the years, Technics has continued to refine and enhance this iconic product line.

The SL-1200GR2 and its counterpart, the SL-1210GR2, are the latest iterations of this legendary series. While they are set to hit the market in December 2023, their predecessors have already set a high standard in the world of turntables.

One of the key innovations in the SL-1200GR2 is its approach to direct-drive motor design. Technics has always strived to improve rotational stability, reduce vibrations, and enhance signal-to-noise ratios. To achieve these goals, the company turned to its extensive experience in digital technology.

The SL-1200GR2 features an iron-coreless direct-drive motor that eliminates "cogging," a phenomenon that can lead to sound degradation. To further enhance motor control precision, Technics implemented delta-sigma (ΔΣ) modulation, a 1-bit D/A conversion method. This technology, which has previously been employed in Technics' fully digital amplifiers, significantly reduces motor vibrations, resulting in more precise tracking and improved rotational accuracy.

Technics SL-1210GR2 turntable in black.

While using digital technology to enhance analog vinyl sound might seem paradoxical, Technics' expertise in this area has proven successful in creating a turntable that offers exceptional audio performance.

The SL-1200GR2 also boasts a multi-stage "silent" power supply, complemented by a noise-canceling circuit borrowed from Technics' high-end SL-1000R record player. This power supply design focuses on reducing the noise floor, thereby improving the signal-to-noise ratio. 

According to Technics, this advancement has led to a "vast improvement" in sound quality, allowing for greater detail and clarity in the audio.

It's important to note that while Technics has a storied history in DJ turntables, the SL-1200GR2/1210GR2 is positioned as a high-fidelity (hi-fi) turntable rather than a DJ-centric model.

The SL-1200GR2/1210GR2 maintains the high-quality build that Technics is renowned for. Featuring a two-layered platter made from die-cast aluminum and heavy rubber for damping, as well as a two-layered chassis composed of die-cast aluminum and BMC (bulk molding compound), the turntable is engineered to reduce vibration and enhance damping. 

The classic S-shaped tonearm is also retained in this model. Cosmetic refinements have been made to create a more unified and seamless appearance, with color coordination and matching components throughout.

The SL-1200GR2 (silver) and SL-1210GR2 (black) will be available at authorized Technics retailers in December 2023, with a price tag of $2,199.99.

    2023-08-28 20:33:01

    Well most people already knows TECHNICS DJ TURNTABLES are the GREAT GRANDPARENTS of all the ones that came out years after by other brands. But I hope the they did one important thing to these models. I hope they put RCA OUTPUTS JACKS in the back of them! So anyone can plug in their own RCA CORDS of their choice. Because that's one thing I never liked with their earlier models. To have RCA CORDS soldered in the unit after a while becomes a problem. When the RCA CORDS fails and starts dropping out the left or right channels, that's no good! I personally experienced that with my SL-1200's in 2000 which I bought in1990! I know they're many DJ Turntables by other brands that have eliminated that for sure! Which is AWESOME! The price tags for these are really expensive! So I hope TECHNICS took care of that issue! Or maybe they done it already and I just don't know!

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