In October, Technics lastly launched the SL-1200G turntable the corporate unveiled finally yr’s CES convention. Nonetheless, with a value level of $4,000, the audiophile-grade turntable was prohibitive for all however discerning vinyl fans. This yr at CES, the storied model has scaled down its masterpiece to half the worth, whereas nonetheless preserving all a very powerful hallmarks that make the 1200G a traditional. Introducing the brand new Grand Class SL-1200GR.
Technics has made it very clear that — because the mannequin numbers point out — the SL-1200GR is similar to the lately launched SL-1200G. The adjustments made have helped the model reduce prices, whereas additionally preserving its metallic monster of a direct-drive participant working at a excessive degree.
First off, the SL-1200GR’s coreless direct-drive motor, has moved from a twin rotor to a single rotor, chopping prices considerably, whereas nonetheless permitting for low distortion to spin your wax, in line with the reps we spoke with. When completed appropriately, direct-drive turntables can have benefits over belt-driven fashions — specifically the improved sign to noise ratio, which means you’ll hear extra music and fewer hum — and the SL-1200GR’s strong building is palpable in particular person. As well as, Technics changed the SL-1200G’s expensive magnesium tone arm with one fabricated from tubular aluminum.
The turntable nonetheless makes use of a die-cast aluminum platter full with ribs to enhance the rigidity, although the most recent one shaves off the brass plate of the SL-1200’s triple-layer design for a dual-layer. The brand new platter can be heavier than that used on many earlier fashions, which helps to cut back vibration. Reducing down on vibration is vital for a turntable, nevertheless it isn’t the one essential attribute. The SL-1200GR additionally makes use of metallic shielding contained in the case, serving to to chop down on exterior noise.
Whereas many lower-end and even midrange turntables use a brief cable constructed into the unit, Technics has taken a wiser method with the SL-1200GR, together with phono terminals that can help you use your personal cables. These terminals are gold plated for optimum sound high quality, and a floor terminal is included as effectively. The desk additionally provides a detachable energy provide, permitting you to improve your IEC cable should you so select.
The ultimate change to the SL-1200GR is a dual-layered plinth fairly than the four-layered model of the SL-1200G. All that being stated, the 2 fashions look just about equivalent in particular person, and whereas we now have little doubt the SL-1200G is the superior mannequin, you’re not giving up a lot with its sibling, and also you’re additionally preserving a complete lot of additional inexperienced in your pocket.
For extra data on Technics’ sterling new SL-1200GR, and different merchandise, see the corporate’s web site.
Up to date 1/7/2017 by Ryan Waniata: This submit has been up to date from the CES 2017 convention with newly disclosed data, a primary look, and a video.
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