Technics SL-1200G Turntable – Reinventing Beauty

The Technics SL-1200G Turntable comes from Panasonic and they have brought back, or rather reinvented the beauty that is their Technics range. Since going back into the market in 2014, there has already been a gap for vinyl enthusiasts and digital ones. Still, Panasonic aims to try and reach out to those who still want to own their very own vinyl records as they attempt to overcome all the issues found in older analogue turntables. The SL-1200G is then geared to remove all vibrations for better sound quality.

Technics SL-1200G Turntable - Reinventing Beauty

The Technics SL-1200G Turntable Promises to Get Rid of All Vibrations

What the Technics SL-1200G Turntable aims to do is to boost the sound quality as traditional analogue turntables was impacted by speed fluctuations and tiny vibrations from the motor. Hence there will be a “cogging” effect, to which the SL-1200G aims to eliminate. As per Panasonic, it has been eliminated with their new unit. They have used a brand new developed, cordless direct-drive system that shuns an iron core, which is the element that is often blamed for speed inconsistencies.

These vibrations are further dampened as the SL-1200G Turntable uses high-precision rotary positioning sensors which are guided by a microprocessor. This is already a known feature but one that is unique to the Technics line. There is an encoder found at the device’s bottom, more specifically underneath the motor, to detect the precise rotating angle to allow for smoother rotation.

The turntable uses a twin-rotator architecture which reduces the bearing load without the hassle of reducing torque. This also assists in limiting minute vibrations. Panasonic states, “it makes it possible to reproduce the warm sound and subtle nuances of musical expression engraved in the analogue record grooves and craved by vinyl lovers.” The company says that the SL-1200G is able to beat even broadcast industry turntables all thanks to its three-layered construction.

For its build, it consists of heavy brass and aluminum diecast platter which has deadening rubber encasing its entire rear surface. This also assists in removing any unnecessary resonance thus providing vibration damping and high rigidity.

There’s more vibration dampening for the SL-1200G in the form of the tonearm. It uses aluminum, and there is a special SL-1200GAE variant that uses magnesium.

Shown recently at CES 2016, the Technics SL-1200G Turntable still has no news about how much will the device cost, but it is expected to hit thousands in terms of US dollars. The model is expected to hit the market in summer 2016.


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