Technics has announced the Grand Class SL-1210GR Direct-Drive turntable, a black edition companion for the silver SL1200GR, shown at CES 2017. Both models feature a newly designed coreless direct-drive motor, high-rigidity platter and high-sensitivity tonearm. The pair will ship in April, with a list price of £1,299.
“We anticipate that the 1200G will generate interest in the DJ community. The time is approaching when they’ll want to replace the Technics decks they’ve been using for the past 20 years, so we want to be able to meet that market demand,” UK Marketing Director David Preece told Inside CI.
Unlike belt-drive and other systems, direct-drive systems rotate the motor at low speed and directly drive the platter. This concept provides a number of playback advantages, and better reliability.
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. The SL-1200GR/SL-1210GR feature a newly developed single-rotor, surface-facing, coreless direct-drive motor.
The SL-1200GR/SL-1210GR’s rotation control, which verifies and corrects the precision of the motor, uses motor control technology developed for Blu-ray players.
The decks also feature a new platter. At 2.5kg (including the rubber mat), the SL-1200GR/SL-1210GR platter is 0.8kg heavier than that of the previous SL-1200MK5. The back surface of the platter features strengthening ribs to improve rigidity. The SL-1200GR/SL-1210GR employ a two-layered construction, and feature a static-balance S-shaped tonearm, cast from aluminum pipe.
“The SL-1200GR and SL-1210GR combine the best of both worlds,” says Michiko Ogawa, Director Technics at Panasonic. “We are sure both models will fulfill the expectations of Technics fans around the globe. Our objective was to extend our top range for audio enthusiasts as well as professional DJs.”