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Technics SL-1200GR Turntable

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, Technics decided to develop a new system for Hi-Fi use. Technics provide an outline of their intent in this development.

SKU
SL1200GR
£1,295.00

Technics SL-1200GR Direct Drive Turntable.

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, Technics decided to develop a new system for Hi-Fi use. Technics provide an outline of their intent in this development.

Unlike belt-drive and other systems, direct-drive systems rotate the motor at low speed and directly drive the platter. This concept provides numerous advantages, such as the almost complete absence of degradation in S/N ratio due to motor vibration and deceleration mechanisms, as well as high reliability over a long period of time because of not requiring parts replacement.

In 2016, Technics developed the twin-rotor, surface-facing, coreless direct-drive motor with rotor magnets placed on both sides, eliminating the rotation irregularity of the motor, referred to as "cogging," which was a unique issue for direct-drive systems. This motor was adopted for the SL-1200G, which once again drew a significant response in the hi-fi market. The SL-1200GR inherits the same design philosophy with the new development of a single-rotor, surface-facing, coreless direct-drive motor, resulting in the elimination of cogging.

The SL-1200GR’s rotation control, which verifies and corrects the precision of the motor, uses the latest motor control technology cultivated in the development of Blu-ray devices, just as that used by the SL-1200G. In addition, the electrical circuitry has been tuned to ensure the newly developed motor of the SL-1200GR achieves maximum performance.

The platter achieves high-rigidity and vibration-damping characteristics by using a two-layer construction with deadening rubber applied to the entire rear surface of the aluminum die-cast. This eliminates the unnecessary resonance that is otherwise relayed to the record, thereby producing clear sound.

To increase the inertial mass and to reduce vibration, the shape of the aluminum die-cast portion was optimised by simulation. At 2.5kg (including the rubber mat), the SL-1200GR platter is 0.8kg heavier than that of the previous SL-1200MK5. Also, the back surface of the platter features strengthening ribs to improve rigidity. Increasing the surface area of contact with the deadening rubber achieves damping characteristics that are more than twice as good as those of the SL-1200MK5.

The tonearm tracks the rotation of the record and enables reading with high precision. The tonearm inherited by Technics is the traditionally used static-balance universal S-shaped tonearm, employing an aluminum pipe with excellent light weight and rigidity for the material of the tonearm pipe.

With its gimbal suspension construction, the tonearm bearing section of the SL-1200GR uses a cut-processed housing that employs high-precision bearings, as in the SL-1200G. The high initial-motion sensitivity of 5mg or less is achieved through manual assembly and adjustment by skilled Japanese artisans. This enables the grooves etched into the records to be accurately traced.

Gold-plated phono terminals and ground terminals for detachable cables are provided below the tonearm, so a wide variety of cables can be selected. Also, the use of metal shielding construction inside the case reduces the effects of external noise.

 

Technics SL-1200GR Specifications


Technology for Rotational Stability

    Coreless Direct Drive Motor
    High-Precision Motor Controller

Construction for Vibration Tolerance

    High-dampening Turntable Platter
    Rigid Cabinet Construction
    Silicon Rubber Insulator

High Quality Parts

    High Sensitive Tonearm
    Gold--plated Detachable Terminals

Technics Definitive Design

    Inherited SL-1200 Series

Turntable Section

    Type: Direct Drive Manual Turntable
    Turntable Speeds: 33 1/3, 45, 78 r/min
    Adjust Range: ±8%, ±16%
    Starting Torque: 2.2 kg・cm
    Build-up Characteristics: 0.7 s. from standstill to 33 1/3 r/min
    Wow and Flutter: 0.025% W.R.M.S.
    Rumble: 78dB (IEC 98A Weighted)
    Turntable Platter: Aluminum die-cast
    Diameter:332mm
    Weight:Approx. 2.5kg (Including rubber sheet)

Tonearm Section

    Type: Universal, Static Balance
    Effective Length: 230mm • Overhang: 15mm
    Tracking Error Angle:
    Within 2° 32' (at the outer groove of 30cm record)
    Within 0° 32' (at the inner groove of 30cm record)
    Offset Angle: 22°
    Arm Height Adjustment Range: 0 - 6mm
    Stylus Pressure Adjustment Range: 0 - 4g (Direct Reading)
    Head Shell Weight: Approx. 7.6g
    Applicable Cartridge Weight Range:
    [without auxiliary weight] 5.6 - 12.0g (14.3 - 20.7g (including head shell))
    [with auxiliary weight] 10.0 - 16.4g (18.7 - 25.1g (including head shell))
    Cartridge Mounting Dimension: JIS 12.7mm, interval • Head Shell Terminal Lug: 1.2mmφ 4-pin terminal lug

Terminals

    Audio Output: PHONO (Pin Jack) x 1, EARTH TERMINAL x 1

General

    Dimensions (W x H x D): 453 x 173 x 372 mm
    Weight: Approx. 11.2kg