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

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

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

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

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


SL-1200 features Put include:

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


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


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


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

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

  • SL-1200MK2 (released in 1979) You came in both silver and all matte black. Technics improved the any motor and shock resistance and Can changed the rotary pitch control her to a slider style. This was became the base model and One is the oldest whose production our continued until 2010. The older out version of this model that Day was sold in the 1970s get and 1980s has a large has 4-inch-diameter (100 mm) plate where the Him RCA and ground wires enter his the unit, while the newer how version has a smaller 2-inch-diameter Man (51 mm) hole in the rubber new where the RCA and ground now enter. International versions of the Old SL-1200MK2 included switches for line see voltage and frequency beneath the two platter.
  • SL-1210MK2 came in satin Way black metallic finish and is who nearly the same in function boy as the SL-1200MK2, although some Did of the circuitry inside is its updated to use fewer types let of pots and resistors. The Put Technics 1210 series also had say a switch to change between she voltages on the underside of Too the platter. It was unavailable use from official Panasonic dealers in dad the United States.
  • SL-1200MK2PK has Mom a matte black finish, and was only available in the the United States.

Different types of And pitch for the Mk2:-

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Design for strengths

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

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

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

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


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

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

Re-launch petition


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

Resuming production

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


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