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Technics, the renowned Japanese brand, is making waves in the vinyl playback world with its latest offerings, the SL-1200GR2 and the SL-1210GR2 turntables. This release marks a significant upgrade to the SL-1200 range, promising superior performance and enhanced features. Ideal for audiophiles and DJs alike.

New SL-1200 series: smoother and quieter

The standout feature of the SL-1200GR2 is its remarkably quieter power supply, boasting noise-canceling capabilities that elevate your listening experience. Additionally, Technics has introduced a smoother drive control mechanism designed to eliminate vibrations on the platter, ensuring precise and stable rotation.

Innovative motor control

At the heart of the SL-1200GR2 lies an iron-coreless direct-drive motor controlled by a pulse-width modulation (PWM) signal. This signal is crafted using Technics’ cutting-edge Delta Sigma technology, which produces a perfect sine wave, effectively minimizing vibrations within the motor. The result is improved tracking, enhanced rotational stability, and a significantly lower noise floor – all crucial elements for high-quality vinyl playback.

Elegant aesthetics and sustainability focus

Technics has not only elevated the performance but also refreshed the aesthetics of these turntables. The SL-1210GR2 showcases a sleek black tonearm and buttons, while the SL-1200GR2 features striking silver elements. In a nod to environmental responsibility, Technics has also revamped its packaging, replacing polystyrene with sustainable cardboard, aligning with modern sustainability ideals.

A major milestone in turntable evolution

This release represents the first significant update to the SL range since the introduction of the 1200 Mk7 in 2019. The G series, stands as the premium line of Technics’ direct-drive turntables, with the GR model making its debut in 2017.

Revolutionizing vinyl playback with digital precision

Technics’ commitment to optimizing vinyl playback with digital technology is evident in the SL-1200GR2 and SL-1210GR2 turntables. These second-generation models introduce a new motor system that employs a digital amplifier to convert a digital PWM signal to analog. This process generates the sine wave responsible for the platter’s smooth and precise rotation.

Exceptional power supply

To complement these innovations, the SL-1200GR2 and SL-1210GR2 incorporate a multi-stage switching supply operating at over 100kHz. This advanced power supply is designed to eliminate unwanted noise, drawing inspiration from the reference SL-1000R turntable. The noise-cancellation process, akin to active noise-cancelling headphones, further enhances rotational stability.

In conclusion, Technics has once again demonstrated its commitment to pushing the boundaries of turntable technology with the SL-1200GR2 and SL-1210GR2. These turntables offer unmatched precision, superior performance, and a sleek aesthetic, all while reducing their environmental footprint. Vinyl enthusiasts and DJs can look forward to an exceptional audio experience with these second-generation models.

Price and availability

The Technics SL-1200GR2 and SL-12010GR2 are set to launch in Europe in October with a price tag of €1,999, followed by their release in the US in December, priced at $2,199.

Links of interest

Technics official website

Author Isaac Elejalde

Born in Maracaibo and based in Berlin, Isaac Elejalde established himself as one of the most prolific producers on the Venezuelan scene today.

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