Petition launched to reintroduce Technics turntables (Update: The SL-1200 is Back!)*

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by englishbob, May 27, 2014.

  1. quadjoe

    quadjoe Forum Resident

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  2. dmckean

    dmckean Well-Known Member

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    Hopefully it will end up cost competitive with a Michell Orbe or a VPI Scoutmaster.
     
  3. SamS

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    Is it weird to want this new table over my exist Rega P9?
     
  4. CARPEYOLO

    CARPEYOLO Well-Known Member

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    the plastic pieces are now metal...looks great! i'd imagine it's going to be a solid table, though i'm very interested in finding out how much it's going to cost.

    any guesses on that front? i'm thinking $1999 for the first model.
     
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  5. rischa

    rischa Forum Resident

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    And here are the specs if people don't want to click on the link (though you should, the pictures are stunning!):

    Specification
    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

    Terminal
    Phono Output x 1 / SIGNAL GND x 1
     
  6. MondoFanM

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    This is going to be way more expensive than the masses commenting over on Facebook are expecting.
     
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  7. gss

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    Very exciting news! Made my Tuesday!
     
  8. 2xUeL

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  9. PhilBiker

    PhilBiker sh.tv member number 666

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    I'll bet higher.

    Looks like this is a completely new machine based on the aesthetics of the old 1200. Good move for Matsushita they'll sell well and audiophiles will continue to decry them. All is well in the world again.
     
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  10. Ghostworld

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    Yeah, really! Thanks to Richa for breaking the news this morning!
     
  11. PhilBiker

    PhilBiker sh.tv member number 666

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    It's a completely new machine. The only thing the same is the aesthetic.
     
  12. whiskeyvengeance

    whiskeyvengeance Forum Resident

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    Note the keywords "limited edition" in the copy. Don't think they're doing a full-scale relaunch.

    Edit: Some helpful folks below have pointed out there will be a general release model in addition to the limited model.
     
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  13. PearlJamNoCode

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    I bet that Limited Edition that comes out first starts at $3k, with the regular one coming later in 2016 will be $1999
     
  14. Gabe Walters

    Gabe Walters Forum Resident

    Folks, click on the little dots on these pictures to get more construction details, including cross-section graphics. This is built like a tank. It's not an AT-LP120.
     
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  15. PearlJamNoCode

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    From the linked article:

    "The 50th anniversary limited edition Grand Class SL-1200GAE will be available this summer in a run of just 1,200 units. But from what we can tell the only advantages to opting for the premium version is a serial number plate on the base, and early availability. Because the SL-1200G won’t be available until several months later in late 2016."
     
  16. dmckean

    dmckean Well-Known Member

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    The SL-1200GAE will be limited edition and the SL-1200G will be the normal model.
     
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  17. Ghostworld

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    "brass-top turntable platter" Mmmmmmmmm. Sounds YUMMY!
     
  18. Neilson77

    Neilson77 Well-Known Member

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    No mention of the tonearm wiring quality? Wonder if it has the standard tinned copper or the improved OFC of the M5G??
     
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  19. toddrhodes

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    I should hope so, it weighs almost 40 lbs. That's a tank!
     
  20. Ghostworld

    Ghostworld Forum Resident

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    I'm kinda color blind. Is aluminum anodized with a color. It's impossible to match that classic Technics silver when you scratch it. I'd love it to be plain aluminum of some sort. Wow, and ENGRAVED Technics logo! I wonder if that's only the special edition. Making 1500 of those was not enough. They are going to fly out the door. Oh, that's okay.
     
  21. Erik Tracy

    Erik Tracy Forum Resident

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    And there was much rejoicing :D
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  22. PearlJamNoCode

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    This is great news and all but I haven't seen a major issue addressed yet...

    IS THERE A DUST COVER?!?! CAT OWNERS NEED TO KNOW!!!
     
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  23. Gabe Walters

    Gabe Walters Forum Resident

    The height spec says w/dust cover, so I assume there is one included.
     
  24. PearlJamNoCode

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  25. SamS

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    If this was coming from a boutique manufacturer, you can bet it would have an MSRP of $10K+. But because of economies of scale, you'll get quality construction and materials for a fraction of that. Which is why it's appealing to me! I like all that solid metal combined with the latest modern enhancements benefiting from computer-aided-design.
     
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