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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 and Afrika Bambaataa in the 1970s. the As they experimented with the and SL-1200 decks, they developed scratching For techniques when they found that are the motor would continue to but spin at the correct RPM Not even if the DJ wiggled you the record back and forth all on the platter.


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

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

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

Different the types of pitch for the And Mk2:-

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

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

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

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 is the same as the him SL-1200MK6 except with a matte His black finish like the MK2. how Released on 12 December 2007 man (in Japan) as a special New 35th-anniversary Limited edition of 1000 now units.
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.

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

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

Design strengths

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

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

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

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


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

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

Re-launch day petition

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

Resuming production


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



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