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Technics SL-1200GAE 50th Anniversary Limited Edition Direct Drive Turntable

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Technics SL-1200GAE 50th Anniversary Limited Edition Direct Drive Turntable

Technics Direct Drive Turntable System Grand Class SL-1200GAE

 50th Anniversary Limited Edition


Due to the widespread use of CDs, turntable systems disappeared briefly from the market, but their warm sound quality is bringing them back. The direct-drive turntable invented by Technics is still highly acclaimed by audiophiles and DJs in the form of the SL-1200 Series, and there have been many requests to revive the turntable system. As such, we decided to develop a new system for Hi-Fi use. Here we provide an outline of our intent in this development.

Direct-drive is generally considered to be for DJ use, and belt drive is for Hi-Fi use. In the 1970s, when Technics invented direct-drive turntables, their performance and reliability were first recognised by broadcast stations. High acclaim was then received by audiophiles. The high-precision rotation and absence of S/N ratio degradation were particularly attractive to these users. The high torque and reliability of direct-drive were recognised by DJs, and direct-drive turntables became the standard in the club scene.

When developing a direct-drive motor, considerable capital investment is required for large-scale production equipment. In contrast, belt drives can be made with a little cost. Also, compared with direct-drive, belt drive was designed with the latest technology. The view remains that direct-drive is for DJ use and belt drive is for Hi-Fi use. Originally, direct-drive offered superior sound quality. If we redesign the direct-drive motor and control circuitry, we will be able to create a turntable that is superior to other systems. 

Technics was also a leader in incorporating innovations, such as vibration-damping materials, cabinet construction, and insulators. Having inherited the DNA of Technics, we do not wish to merely make a replica of the SL-1200.

In other words, our intent in this development is to redefine the direct-drive turntable reference.

 

 SL-1200GAE Specifications



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

Insulator

 

Technics Definitive Design

Inherited SL-1200 Series

Heavy Aluminium Top Plate


Turntable Speeds

33 1/3 rpm, 45 rpm, 78 rpm

Variable Range Pitch±8%, ±16%


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


Terminals

Phono Output x 1 / SIGNAL GND x 1

Approximate Weight 20.0kg

* This product does not qualify for free shipping.

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