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Technics SL-1200 turntable returns in two new audiophile models

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The legendary Technics SL-1200 turntable has been a mainstay of the DJ scene for decades now, but the tanklike direct-drive turntable has also long had a quiet reputation for sound quality as well. And for the 50th anniversary of the SL-1200, Technics is releasing two new "Grand Class" models aimed at audiophiles: the aluminum-cased SL-1200G and the magnesium limited anniversary edition SL-1200GAE, of which only 1,200 will be produced. (Get it?)

 

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Apart from the case, the new models all have new "high-dampening tonearm" and a "three-layered turntable," which are words that audiophiles who buy a limited edition magnesium record player are sure to be excited about. There's also a new microprocessor controlled direct-drive system which eliminates something called "cogging," a scrouge so terrible that Technics devotes a full paragraph to it in the press release. Here is that paragraph. Behold its majesty:

 

Direct drive turntable systems have been beloved by HiFi enthusiasts since their birth in 1972. However, one problem that direct-drive systems have always faced was sound quality degradation caused by 'cogging’, or tiny vibrations of the motor and rotational speed fluctuations. However, by combining the knowledge and expertise gained as the originator of direct-drive turntable systems with a newly developed coreless direct-drive motor without iron core, this ‘cogging’ can be eliminated. Any potential minute motor vibrations are suppressed even further by high-precision rotary positioning sensors guided by a microprocessor controlled system; a feature unique to the new Technics turntable.

 

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Vinyl record sales have been booming lately, so it's not at all surprising that Technics is capitalizing on the SL-1200's mystique here — we're actually expecting to see a few high-end turntables at CES 2016. No word on pricing, but expect these to be crazy expensive when the 1200GAE arrives in summer and the 1200G hits late in the year. (Also, 50 years' worth of SL-1200s are also available on eBay and Craigslist in virtually every city in the world, if you're that impatient.)

 

 

 

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will be almost impossible to get a pair of the limited edition ones. 

 

No inidications of numbers for the standard ones yet.

 

 

I really want a pair though as my 1210's are old and battered. 

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Don't think I'd care too much about the limited edition ones, they're just for rich cunts and I'd want to buy them first-hand or nothing.

 

I've always wanted 1200s so I might get a pair when they come out.

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yeah word. I'll be focussing on getting a production/radio studio setup

 

And I still have my stantons to last me until they release

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I am really looking forward to seeing these in action, although i won't be upgrading from my 1200 mk5's any time soon, am still very keen to see how these handle 

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10 hours ago, OxyKon said:

I am really looking forward to seeing these in action, although i won't be upgrading from my 1200 mk5's any time soon, am still very keen to see how these handle 

If I had a set of mk5's I probably wouldn't bother but my mkII's are ancient. I've had them for 12 years  8O and they weren't new when I got them either.

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14 minutes ago, russell said:

If I had a set of mk5's I probably wouldn't bother but my mkII's are ancient. I've had them for 12 years  8O and they weren't new when I got them either.

Neither were my mk5's, although I was very lucky to get them in imaculate condition, and I've since now done some mods to them with the help of Duz 

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Dj Jazzy Jeff posted this on his Facebook, I don't think he's expecting them to be affordable

 

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Everyone is posting the return of the 1200. I have a different feeling about this. Trust me these have been the cornerstone of every DJ for the past 30 years and I don't know how life would have been without them...BUT they were never intended for us to DJ on...they never really gave support to theDJ community. They have been discontinued and relaunched 100 times even if it has been urban legend. I bought my 1st pair for $245.00 from Sound of Market in Philly and saw them get to over $1000.00 because of the fear they would go away forever. Vestex,Stanton ect have tried to replace them but never quite could. Then the patent runs out and we get the Pioneer Turntable which with my eyes closed I can't tell the difference...costing less than half the price with all the little upgrades and from a company that kinda gives a shit about DJs! So before I get super hyped about the return of the 1200...lemme make sure there gonna care about who's using them and there not $2000.00!!! Time will tell!!! Just MY thoughts!

 

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6 hours ago, LabRat said:

mixmag.com says $4,000 (probably usd)

What a joke lol

ooft. At first I hoped that would be the limted edition ones but according to whathifi that mixmag quoted that is the standard table. 

 

fuck that... I'd rather get some work done t my 1210's to improve them or get the pioneers like jazzy jeff says ;)

 

Spend the change on records 8)

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^

 

i think the other problem is that Technic saw all those years ago that there was a growing market for DJ's that wanted to use their TT's, and that's when they started to jack up the price, now because they've gone away for so long and people are talking about the return so much, they know they can keep the price up there and even jack it up further and people will still buy them.

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People will pay for a brand, regardless of price/quality.


Look at something like Beats by Dre, not necessarily the best quality, but their brand presence means they can sell headphones for a massive margin.

 

I know that Technics are amazing quality, however given their reputation and market presence they can sell for whatever they want and people will still buy them.

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the main thing was only technics produced that TTs 50 years ago. now it's Hanpin-Pioneer on the other side. i wouldn't ever spend $4000 on TTs. 

we can only pray our God they will make some affordable version later cost $1000.

but still 1210 RIP...

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4 hours ago, Scottie said:

i mean the brand technics m8

yeah and my point was that neither the brand or the product have a 50th anniversary this year. :thumright:

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damn, im so out of touch on this forum i posted this shiz somewhere else.

 

What happened to the website?????

 

Oh by the way these new 1200's are going to retail for over $4000 each Aus

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9 hours ago, andyman said:

I know that Technics are amazing quality, however given their reputation and market presence they can sell for whatever they want and people will still buy them.

Roland could have done the same with the release of their TR-8 drum machine. 

 

808's and 909's are highly sought after so they could easily have jacked the price right up for a machine that essentially contains both of them (albeit not true analogue like the 808 and most of the 909). 

 

They didn't however as they knew the market that would want to buy them couldn't afford extortionate pricing.

 

It's a shame Technics have decided to just cash in 

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