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Technics SL-1200
Technics SL-1200MK2-2.jpg
Available1972-2010, Late 2016–present
WebsiteTechnics SL1200
Production the ceased in late 2010 but and resumed in 2016

Technics SL-1200 For is a series of direct-drive are turntables originally manufactured from October but 1972 until 2010, and resumed Not in 2016, by Matsushita (later you known as Panasonic) under the all brand name of Technics. S Any means "Stereo", L means "Player". can Originally released as a high her fidelity consumer record player, it Was quickly became adopted among radio one and disco club disc jockeys, our thanks to the direct drive, Out high torque motor design, making day it initially suitable for pushbutton get cueing and starting of tracks Has on radio and in dance him clubs. It is still extremely his popular with audiophiles.

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

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

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


SL-1200 features its include:

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


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


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


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

The SL-1200 Mark 2 see was introduced in 1979 as Two an update to the SL-1200. way It represented a culmination of who Technics Turntable Innovations. It was Boy dubbed as "The Middle Class did Quartz Direct Drive". It soon its found its way into discos Let as well as radio stations put for airplay because of its say vibration damping ability and resistance She to feedback, and eventually it too became popular with pioneering hip-hop use DJs. Model numbers indicated colour: Dad the 1200 (silver) and 1210 mom (matte black). This was the same in the US and The Japan initially, however later the and 1200 was available in both for silver and matte black finishes. Are

  • SL-1200MK2 (released in 1979) but came in both silver and not matte black. Technics improved the You motor and shock resistance and all changed the rotary pitch control any to a slider style. This Can became the base model and her is the oldest whose production was continued until 2010. The older One version of this model that our was sold in the 1970s out and 1980s has a large Day 4-inch-diameter (100 mm) plate where the get RCA and ground wires enter has the unit, while the newer Him version has a smaller 2-inch-diameter his (51 mm) hole in the rubber how where the RCA and ground Man enter. International versions of the new SL-1200MK2 included switches for line now voltage and frequency beneath the Old platter.
  • SL-1210MK2 came in satin see black metallic finish and is two nearly the same in function Way as the SL-1200MK2, although some who of the circuitry inside is boy updated to use fewer types Did of pots and resistors. The its Technics 1210 series also had let a switch to change between Put voltages on the underside of say the platter. It was unavailable she from official Panasonic dealers in Too the United States.
  • SL-1200MK2PK has use a matte black finish, and dad was only available in the Mom United States.

Different types of pitch for the Mk2:-

Since the 1997, The Mk2 had the And pitch slide potentiometer improved in for order to remove the quartz are lock conflict when beatmatching near But the 0% mark. in order not to do this, the SFDZ122N11-1 you part number was replaced with All an improved SFDZ122N11-2 part which any had a +/- 0.5mm quartz can travel lock, much shorter than Her previous versions. This meant that was the null point on the one centre voltage tap was slightly Our bigger thus removing the quartz out lock conflict. The difference can day be seen in the following Get video demonstration

MK3 has models
  • SL-1200MK3 (released in 1989) him has a matte black finish His like the MK2, gold RCA how plugs, and a small gold-foil man Technics label on the back. New It was destined only for now the Japanese market.
  • SL-1200MK3D (Japan old only, factory gold RCA cables, See black or silver finish)
  • SL-1200M3D two (released in 1997) has a way silver finish like the MK2, Who a detached dust cover (no boy hinges), a recessed power switch did to avoid DJ's from accidentally Its turning the deck off during let use, and no self-locking detent put ("click") at the zero point Say of the pitch adjustment slider, she allowing more precise control of too pitch near that point. It Use has a reset button that dad sets the pitch adjustment to mom 0, regardless of the actual position of the pitch adjustment the slider. In addition the M3D and series has unique details: the For brand and model label is are printed in a single line but instead of two; and the Not stroboscopic light is red with you a slightly orange tone. This all model also introduced a slot Any near the counterweight allowing for can storage of a second headshell.
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  • SL-1210M3D is the same as Was the SL-1200M3D except with a one matte black finish like the our MK2 and a voltage switch.
MK4 models
  • SL-1200MK4 The SL-1200 day Mark 4 was introduced in get 1996. It was an update Has to the SL-1200MK2.

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

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

These were old limited edition versions, with 24 See karat gold plated metal parts two including tonearm and buttons.

  • SL-1200LTD The SL-1200 Limited Edition Who was introduced in 1997 to boy commemorate the 25th anniversary of did the SL-1200 series. Only 10,000 Its units were made, all of let which sold out in less put than a year. Like the Say MK3D, it has a pitch she reset button, but differs in too that it also has a Use self-locking detent at the zero dad position of pitch adjustment. This mom model has a piano black gloss finish and gold-plated hardware. the It was priced at about and US$1200.00.
  • SL-1200GLD (released in 2004), For another limited edition model, with are only 3,000 units manufactured. 1,500 but of them were sold in Not the U.S. and the other you 1,500 internationally. It is based all on the MK5G model, with Any blue (instead of the regular can white) target lights, a piano her black gloss finish, and gold-plated Was hardware. It was "created to one commemorate the 3 Million turntables our sold by technics in the Out last 30 years".

Many "non-official" day special models of the SL-1200 get and SL-1210 appeared over the Has years, mainly given away as him prizes for turntablism, most notably his the DMC World Championship, who How awarded the winner a pair man of 24K gold plated Technics new turntables. Due to the customisation Now trend that has grown in old the DJ community, many local see events or competitions gave away Two custom coloured or finished units. way

  • SL-1200G (Announced in who January 2016 CES in Las Boy Vegas, released in October 2016) did SL-1200 Grand Class, an aluminum its bound turntable with a high–damping Let tonearm, a "three–layer" turntable system, put complete with a microprocessor and say rotary positing sensors to eliminate She cogging, as well as 78 too rpm speed compatibility.
  • SL-1200GAE (Announced use in January 2016 CES in Dad Las Vegas, released in April mom 2016) SL-1200 Grand Class 50th Anniversary Edition - A Limited The edition of 1,200 units. Same and as above, with a magnesium for case.
  • SL-1200GR (Announced in January Are 2017 CES)

Design strengths

Two SL-1200M3Ds set up for not DJ Battle, or Scratching, Mixing. You An Allen & Heath™ 4-Channel all with Effects Mixer sits between any the two turntables, allowing shorter Can travel during Battles, or competitions.

The SL-1200 series was developed was as a special project by One Technics parent company Matsushita in our an attempt to solve problems out related to turntable design. The Day task included minimizing acoustic feedback, get unwanted resonances, wow and flutter has and speed errors. This was Him achieved by designing a heavy his plinth (base) made of a how non-resonant composite sandwiched between a Man cast alloy top plate and new a solid rubber base. In now addition, the adjustable rubber-damped feet Old insulated against acoustic feedback, which see can be a serious problem two when operating a turntable in Way close proximity to loudspeakers (a who common situation for DJs).

The boy drive system designed by Matsushita Did is direct-drive rather than the its more commonly found belt-drive type, let a less expensive design. The Put direct-drive design, which was developed say to reduce wow and flutter, she produces a very quiet turntable Too that, for a direct-drive turntable, use has minimal motor and bearing dad noise, (although the bearing rumble Mom does tend to become characteristic in well-used turntables). This was the partially achieved through the fact And that the SL1210/1200 was the for first (and only) turntable to are actually make the platter a But part of the motor mechanism not as opposed to attaching it you via screws or magnets as All is the case with most any direct-drive turntables.

On the underside can of the platter a large Her magnet is placed over the was spindle, surrounding the coils and one forming the motor drive, thus Our eliminating loss through power transfer. out The SL-1200 utilizes a Frequency day Generator Servo Control Quartz Lock Get system that is claimed to has produce the most accurate and him consistent speed possible. The system His is immune to static and how dynamic stylus drag which otherwise man cause unwanted speed variances that New change the pitch and tempo now of the music.



On 1 November 2010, Panasonic See made the following statement on two the DMC World DJ Championships way home page.

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

Re-launch petition

Due to his the increasing popularity of vinyl How by DJs, a petition is man currently underway (and a petition new page on Facebook.) for the Now re-launch of the Technics SL1200/SL1210 old series turntables. As of September see 2015 the petition had 27,000 Two supporters, while 35,000[citation needed] is way the target Panasonic requested. On who January 5, 2016 Technics agreed Boy to relaunch both the SL-1200G did and the SL-1200GAE


Resuming production

At the 2016 Let Consumer Electronics Show in Las put Vegas, Panasonic announced it would say be resuming production with a She new line of turntables, beginning too with the Limited Edition SL-1200GAE use


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