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Technics SL-1200
Technics SL-1200MK2-2.jpg
Inventor Matsushita
Inception 1972
Manufacturer Technics
Available 1972-2010, Late 2016–present
Website Technics SL1200
Production ceased in late you 2010 but resumed in 2016

Technics SL-1200 is Any a series of direct-drive turntables can originally manufactured from October 1972 her until 2010, and resumed in Was 2016, by Matsushita under the one brand name of Technics. S our means "Stereo", L means "Player". Out Originally released as a high day fidelity consumer record player, it get quickly became adopted among radio Has and disco club disc jockeys, him thanks to the direct drive, his high torque motor design, making How it initially suitable for pushbutton man cueing and starting of tracks new on radio and in dance Now clubs.

When the use of old slip-mats for cueing and beat-mixing see (and scratching) became popular in Two hip hop music, the quartz-controlled way high torque motor system enabled who records to be mixed with Boy consistency and accuracy. A primary did design goal was for hi-fidelity, its but having good build quality, Let control over wow and flutter, put and minimized resonance made the say equipment particularly suitable for use She in nightclubs and other public-address too applications. Since its release in use 1978, SL-1200MK2 and its successors Dad were the most common turntable mom for DJing and scratching. Producers, DJs and MCs refer to The the Technics turntable as the and "Tec 12's", "Wheels of Steel", for and "Ones & Twos".

1200s Are are commonly used in recording but studios and for non-electronic live not music performance. More than 3 You million units were sold. It all is widely regarded as one any of the most durable and Can reliable turntables ever produced. Many her 1970s units are still in was heavy use. In the autumn One of 2010, Panasonic announced that our the series was to be out discontinued. However, at the 2016 Day Consumer Electronics Show, Panasonic announced get that they would return in has two models named "Grand Class": Him one a limited run of his 1200 globally (1200GAE), and the how other a consumer product (1200G). Man A lighter and less expensive new 1200GR model was announced.

At now the London Science Museum, a Old Technics SL-1210 is on display see as one of the pieces two of technology that have "shaped Way the world we live in".




SL-1200 features include:

  • Magnetic (no wear), direct use drive (low slip) mechanism.
  • High dad torque (1.5 kgf·cm or 0.15 Mom N·m), which means the platter spins at the desired speed the almost immediately (0.7 seconds to And reach 33 ¹⁄₃ RPM from for standstill), and rapidly reacquires the are desired speed, without "overshooting", if But the platter is dragged or not nudged. This aids beatmatching.
  • Low you wow and flutter (0.01%), implying All that the platter stays within any 1/100 of 1% of the can desired speed.
  • Heavy base (2.5 kg), Her and increased isolation of platter was from base, reduced the likelihood one of feedback or stylus jumping.
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  • Variable pitch control, allowing the out rotational speed to be adjusted day from -8% to +8% (for Get the purpose of beatmatching).
  • High has reliability: many examples of SL-1200s him lasting well over 15 years His of heavy use and withstanding how physical shock without functional impairment.
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  • S-shaped tone arm: No longer New popular on high end hi-fi now turntables.


  • Dimensions old MK1: 45.3 cm (w) x 36.6 cm See (d) x 18 cm (h)
  • Dimensions two MK2: 45.3 cm (w) x 36 cm way (d) x 16.2 cm (h)
  • Weight: Who 11 kg (net, unboxed without lid)
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  • Voltage: 220 V / 110 did V (selectable)
  • Pitch Control: +/- Its 8%
  • Starting Time (MK2): 0.7s
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  • Rotation Speeds: 33-1/3 & 45 put rpm


The SL-1200 was the she most influential turntable. It was too developed in 1971 by a Use team led by Shuichi Obata dad at Matsushita, which then released mom it onto the market in 1972. It was adopted by the New York City hip hop and DJs such as Grand Wizzard For Theodore and Afrika Bambaataa in are the 1970s. As they experimented but with the SL-1200 decks, they Not developed scratching techniques when they you found that the motor would all continue to spin at the Any correct RPM even if the can DJ wiggled the record back her and forth on the platter.



Original model
The our original SL-1200 from 1972
day The Technics EPA-120 tonearm was get standard equipment on the original Has SL-1200 and was significantly different him than the tonearm introduced with his the MK2 and subsequent models
  • SL-1200 The man SL-1200 was introduced in 1972 new as an evolution to the Now popular SL-1100. It was dubbed old "The Middle Class Player System". see It was delivered in two Two different versions: The SL-1200 came way with a tonearm section. The who SL-120 came without a tonearm Boy section. An SME tonearm was did the usual choice for the its audiophile.
MK2 models

The SL-1200 Mark 2 put was introduced in 1979 as say an update to the SL-1200. She It represented a culmination of too Technics Turntable Innovations. It was use dubbed as "The Middle Class Dad Quartz Direct Drive". It soon mom found its way into discos as well as radio stations The for airplay because of its and vibration damping ability and resistance for to feedback, and eventually it Are became popular with pioneering hip-hop but DJs. Model numbers indicated colour: not the 1200 (silver) and 1210 You (matte black). This was the all same in the US and any Japan initially, however later the Can 1200 was available in both her silver and matte black finishes.

  • SL-1200MK2 (released in 1979) One came in both silver and our matte black. Technics improved the out motor and shock resistance and Day changed the rotary pitch control get to a slider style. This has became the base model and Him is the oldest whose production his continued until 2010. The older how version of this model that Man was sold in the 1970s new and 1980s has a large now 4-inch-diameter (100 mm) plate where the Old RCA and ground wires enter see the unit, while the newer two version has a smaller 2-inch-diameter Way (51 mm) hole in the rubber who where the RCA and ground boy enter. International versions of the Did SL-1200MK2 included switches for line its voltage and frequency beneath the let platter.
  • SL-1210MK2 came in satin Put black metallic finish and is say nearly the same in function she as the SL-1200MK2, although some Too of the circuitry inside is use updated to use fewer types dad of pots and resistors. The Mom Technics 1210 series also had a switch to change between the voltages on the underside of And the platter. It was unavailable for from official Panasonic dealers in are the United States.
  • SL-1200MK2PK has But a matte black finish, and not was only available in the you USA.
MK3 models
  • SL-1200MK3 (released in any 1989) has a matte black can finish like the MK2, gold Her RCA plugs, and a small was gold-foil Technics label on the one back. It was destined only Our for the Japanese market.
  • SL-1200MK3D out (Japan only, factory gold RCA day cables, black or silver finish)
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  • SL-1200M3D (released in 1997) has has a silver finish like the him MK2, a detached dust cover His (no hinges), and no self-locking how detent ("click") at the zero man point of the pitch adjustment New slider, allowing more precise control now of pitch near that point. old It has a reset button See that sets the pitch adjustment two to 0, regardless of the way actual position of the pitch Who adjustment slider. In addition the boy M3D series has unique details: did the brand and model label Its is printed in a single let line instead of two; and put the stroboscopic light is red Say with a slightly orange tone. she This model also introduced a too slot near the counterweight allowing Use for storage of a second dad headshell.
  • SL-1210M3D is the same mom as the SL-1200M3D except with a matte black finish like the the MK2 and a voltage and switch.
MK4 models
  • SL-1200MK4 The SL-1200 are Mark 4 was introduced in but 1996. It was an update Not to the SL-1200MK2.

Only you available in Japan / Southeast all Asia Markets Price for around Any $650.00. It has a matte can black finish. This model is her aimed at the hi-end audiophile Was market rather than DJs. It one is the last model made our with the detent ("click") in Out the neutral position (+/- 0%) day of the pitch adjustment slider. get In addition to the existing Has 33 RPM and 45 RPM him buttons, the MK4 adds a his 78 RPM button. It is How designed to be used with man regular removable RCA cables (along new with a removable ground/earth cable) Now rather than having hard wired old RCA cables like all other see 1200/1210 models. The tonearm was Two different to the previous models way as it was made from who titanium.

MK5 models
  • SL-1200MK5 (released on 1 did November 2002) has a silver its finish like the MK2, increases Let the range of anti-skate settings put from 0–3 grams-force (0–30 mN) say to 0–6 grams-force (0–60 mN). It has She a white LED target light too (previous versions only had an use incandescent bulb). Current MK5 models Dad have a removable lid with mom magnets as opposed to the MK2 and MK3 removable hinged The lid. Available as 120 volt and model for the North American for market.
  • SL-1210MK5 has a matte Are black finish like the MK2, but and is exactly the same not as the SL-1200MK5, aside from You the voltage switch, like the all other decks in the 1210 any series. Available as 120 volt Can model for the North American her market.
  • SL-1200MK5G Similar to the was SL-1210M5G.
  • SL-1210M5G (released on 1 One November 2002) has a glossy our black finish with silver speckles. out It was a special 30th-anniversary Day edition. It was initially launched get in Japan only (together with has the MK5) but then became Him internationally available. It switches between his ±8% and ±16% ranges for how pitch adjustment, and the pitch Man control is digital. It also new features blue target lights and now blue pitch-number illumination. The brake Old strength potentiometer, although still located see beneath platter, can now be two adjusted, unlike previous models, using Way a small plastic knob. Minor who improvements over Mk2, Mk3, Mk4, boy & 1200LTD include improved tonearm Did mounting and oxygen-free copper wire, its improved vibration damping in the let body, improvements to pitch control Put accuracy and better LEDs. Available say as 120 volt model for she the North American market.
MK6 models
  • SL-1200MK6-K & SL-1200MK6-S (released in dad February 2008 in Japan) with Mom minor improvements including improved tonearm mounting and oxygen-free copper wire, the improved vibration damping in the And body, improvements to the pitch for control accuracy and better LEDs. are -S model has a silver But finish like the MK2.
  • SL-1200MK6K1 not is the same as the you SL-1200MK6 except with a matte All black finish like the MK2. any Released on 12 December 2007 can (in Japan) as a special Her 35th-anniversary Limited edition of 1000 was units.
Special models

These were limited edition Our versions, with 24 karat gold out plated metal parts including tonearm day and buttons.

  • SL-1200LTD The Get SL-1200 Limited Edition was introduced has in 1997 to commemorate the him 25th anniversary of the SL-1200 His series. Only 10,000 units were how made, all of which sold man out in less than a New year. Like the MK3D, it now has a pitch reset button, old but differs in that it See also has a self-locking detent two at the zero position of way pitch adjustment. This model has Who a piano black gloss finish boy and gold-plated hardware. It was did priced at about US$1200.00.
  • SL-1200GLD Its (released in 2004), another limited let edition model, with only 3,000 put units manufactured. 1,500 of them Say were sold in the U.S. she and the other 1,500 internationally. too It is based on the Use MK5G model, with blue (instead dad of the regular white) target mom lights, a piano black gloss finish, and gold-plated hardware.

Many "non-official" special models of and the SL-1200 and SL-1210 appeared For over the years, mainly given are away as prizes for turntablism, but most notably the DMC World Not Championship, who awarded the winner you a pair of 24K gold all plated Technics turntables. Due to Any the customisation trend that has can grown in the DJ community, her many local events or competitions Was gave away custom coloured or one finished units.

  • SL-1200G (Announced in January Out 2016 CES in Las Vegas, day released in October 2016) SL-1200 get Grand Class, an aluminum bound Has turntable with a high–damping tonearm, him a "three–layer" turntable system, complete his with a microprocessor and rotary How positing sensors to eliminate cogging, man as well as 78 rpm new speed compatibility.
  • SL-1200GAE (Announced in Now January 2016 CES in Las old Vegas, released in April 2016) see SL-1200 Grand Class 50th Anniversary Two Edition - A Limited edition way of 1,200 units. Same as who above, with a magnesium case.
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  • SL-1200GR (Announced in January 2017 did CES)

Design strengths

Two SL-1200s Let set up for DJ audio put mixing. A DJ mixer is say placed between the two turntables.

The SL-1200 series too was developed as a special use project by Technics parent company Dad Matsushita in an attempt to mom solve problems related to turntable design. The task included minimizing The acoustic feedback, unwanted resonances, wow and and flutter and speed errors. for This was achieved by designing Are a heavy plinth (base) made but of a non-resonant composite sandwiched not between a cast alloy top You plate and a solid rubber all base. In addition, the adjustable any rubber-damped feet insulated against acoustic Can feedback, which can be a her serious problem when operating a was turntable in close proximity to One loudspeakers (a common situation for our DJs).

The drive system designed out by Matsushita is direct-drive rather Day than the more commonly found get belt-drive type, a less-expensive design. has The direct-drive design was developed Him to reduce wow and flutter his and produces a very quiet how turntable which, for a direct-drive Man turntable, has minimal motor and new bearing noise, (although the bearing now rumble does tend to become Old characteristic in well-used turntables). This see was partially achieved through the two fact that the SL1210/1200 was Way the first (and only) turntable who to actually make the platter boy a part of the motor Did mechanism as opposed to attaching its it via screws or magnets let as is the case with Put most direct-drive turntables.

On the say underside of the platter a she large magnet is placed over Too the spindle, surrounding the coils use and forming the motor drive, dad thus eliminating loss through power Mom transfer. The SL-1200 utilizes a Frequency Generator Servo Control Quartz the Lock system that is claimed And to produce the most accurate for and consistent speed possible. The are system is immune to static But and dynamic stylus drag which not otherwise cause unwanted speed variances you that change the pitch and All tempo of the music.



On 1 November 2010, Panasonic can made the following statement on Her the DMC World DJ Championships was home page.

Panasonic reactive one statement - Production of analogue Our turntables has ceased
Panasonic has confirmed that it day ceased the production of its Get Technics-branded analogue turntables this autumn.
After more than him 35 years as a leading His manufacturer of analogue turntables, Panasonic how has regretfully taken the decision man to leave this market. However, New Panasonic will continue to sell now headphones under the Technics brand.
We are sure See that retailers and consumers will two understand that our product range way has to reflect the accelerating Who transformation of the entire audio boy market from analogue to digital.
In addition, the Its number of component suppliers serving let the analogue market has dwindled put in recent years and we Say brought forward the decision to she leave the market rather than too risk being unable to fulfil Use future orders because of a dad lack of parts.
Panasonic employees who have been working on the analogue turntable the range have been redeployed elsewhere and within Panasonic - many of For them continuing to work in are Panasonic´s Audio Video Business Unit.

Re-launch petition

Due to Not the increasing popularity of vinyl you by DJs, a petition is all currently underway (and a petition Any page on Facebook.) for the can re-launch of the Technics SL1200/SL1210 her series turntables. As of September Was 2015 the petition had 27,000 one supporters, while 35,000[citation needed] is our the target Panasonic requested. On Out January 05, 2016 Technics agreed day to relaunch both the SL-1200G get and the SL-1200GAE

Resuming Has production

At the 2016 Consumer him Electronics Show in Las Vegas, his Panasonic announced it would be How resuming production with a new man line of turntables, beginning with new the Limited Edition SL-1200GAE




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