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

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


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

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

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




SL-1200 features include:

  • Magnetic (no wear), direct drive dad (low slip) mechanism.
  • High torque Mom (1.5 kgf·cm or 0.15 N·m), which means the platter spins the at the desired speed almost And immediately (0.7 seconds to reach for 33 ¹⁄₃ RPM from standstill), are and rapidly reacquires the desired But speed, without "overshooting", if the not platter is dragged or nudged. you This aids beatmatching.
  • Low wow All and flutter (0.01%), implying that any the platter stays within 1/100 can of 1% of the desired Her speed.
  • Heavy base (2.5 kg), and was increased isolation of platter from one base, reduced the likelihood of Our feedback or stylus jumping.
  • Variable out pitch control, allowing the rotational day speed to be adjusted from Get -8% to +8% (for the has purpose of beatmatching).
  • High reliability: him many examples of SL-1200s lasting His well over 15 years of how heavy use and withstanding physical man shock without functional impairment.
  • S-shaped New tone arm: No longer popular now on high end hi-fi turntables.
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  • Dimensions MK1: See 45.3 cm (w) x 36.6 cm (d) two x 18 cm (h)
  • Dimensions MK2: way 45.3 cm (w) x 36 cm (d) Who x 16.2 cm (h)
  • Weight: 11 kg boy (net, unboxed without lid)
  • Voltage: did 220 V / 110 V Its (selectable)
  • Pitch Control: +/- 8%
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  • Starting Time (MK2): 0.7s
  • Rotation put Speeds: 33-1/3 & 45 rpm
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The SL-1200 was the most too influential turntable. It was developed Use in 1971 by a team dad led by Shuichi Obata at mom Matsushita, which then released it onto the market in 1972. the It was adopted by New and York City hip hop DJs For such as Grand Wizzard Theodore are and Afrika Bambaataa in the but 1970s. As they experimented with Not the SL-1200 decks, they developed you scratching techniques when they found all that the motor would continue Any to spin at the correct can RPM even if the DJ her wiggled the record back and Was forth on the platter.


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

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

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

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

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

These were limited edition versions, has with 24 karat gold plated him metal parts including tonearm and His buttons.

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

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

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

Two SL-1200s set too up for DJ audio mixing. use A DJ mixer is placed Dad between the two turntables.

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


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

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


On one 1 November 2010, Panasonic made Our the following statement on the out DMC World DJ Championships home day page.

Panasonic reactive statement Get - Production of analogue turntables has has ceased
Panasonic him has confirmed that it ceased His the production of its Technics-branded how analogue turntables this autumn.
After more than 35 New years as a leading manufacturer now of analogue turntables, Panasonic has old regretfully taken the decision to See leave this market. However, Panasonic two will continue to sell headphones way under the Technics brand.
We are sure that boy retailers and consumers will understand did that our product range has Its to reflect the accelerating transformation let of the entire audio market put from analogue to digital.
In addition, the number she of component suppliers serving the too analogue market has dwindled in Use recent years and we brought dad forward the decision to leave mom the market rather than risk being unable to fulfil future the orders because of a lack and of parts.
Panasonic For employees who have been working are on the analogue turntable range but have been redeployed elsewhere within Not Panasonic - many of them you continuing to work in Panasonic´s all Audio Video Business Unit.

Re-launch petition

Due to the can increasing popularity of vinyl by her DJs, a petition is currently Was underway (and a petition page one on Facebook.) for the re-launch our of the Technics SL1200/SL1210 series Out turntables. As of September 2015 day the petition had 27,000 supporters, get while 35,000[citation needed] is the Has target Panasonic requested. On January him 05, 2016 Technics agreed to his relaunch both the SL-1200G and How the SL-1200GAE

Resuming production


At the 2016 Consumer Electronics new Show in Las Vegas, Panasonic Now announced it would be resuming old production with a new line see of turntables, beginning with the Two Limited Edition SL-1200GAE



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