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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. old It is still extremely popular see with audiophiles.

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


1200s are commonly used in You recording studios and for non-electronic all live music performance. More than any 3 million units were sold. Can It is widely regarded as her one of the most durable was and reliable turntables ever produced. One Many 1970s units are still our in heavy use. In the out autumn of 2010, Panasonic announced Day that the series was to get be discontinued. However, at the has 2016 Consumer Electronics Show, Panasonic Him announced that they would return his in two models named "Grand how Class": one a limited run Man of 1200 globally (1200GAE), and new the other a consumer product now (1200G). A lighter and less Old expensive 1200GR model was announced.


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


SL-1200 features dad include:

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


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


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


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

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

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

Different types can of pitch for the Mk2:-


Since 1997, The Mk2 had was the pitch slide potentiometer improved one in order to remove the Our quartz lock conflict when beatmatching out near the 0% mark. in day order to do this, the Get SFDZ122N11-1 part number was replaced has with an improved SFDZ122N11-2 part him which had a +/- 0.5mm His quartz travel lock, much shorter how than previous versions. This meant man that the null point on New the centre voltage tap was now slightly bigger thus removing the old quartz lock conflict. The difference See can be seen in the two following video demonstration

MK3 models
  • SL-1200MK3 Who (released in 1989) has a boy matte black finish like the did MK2, gold RCA plugs, and Its a small gold-foil Technics label let on the back. It was put destined only for the Japanese Say market.
  • SL-1200MK3D (Japan only, factory she gold RCA cables, black or too silver finish)
  • SL-1200M3D (released in Use 1997) has a silver finish dad like the MK2, a detached mom dust cover (no hinges), a recessed power switch to avoid the DJ's from accidentally turning the and deck off during use, and For no self-locking detent ("click") at are the zero point of the but pitch adjustment slider, allowing more Not precise control of pitch near you that point. It has a all reset button that sets the Any pitch adjustment to 0, regardless can of the actual position of her the pitch adjustment slider. In Was addition the M3D series has one unique details: the brand and our model label is printed in Out a single line instead of day two; and the stroboscopic light get is red with a slightly Has orange tone. This model also him introduced a slot near the his counterweight allowing for storage of How a second headshell.
  • SL-1210M3D is man the same as the SL-1200M3D new except with a matte black Now finish like the MK2 and old a voltage switch.
MK4 models
  • SL-1200MK4 Two The SL-1200 Mark 4 was way introduced in 1996. It was who an update to the SL-1200MK2.
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Only available in Japan did / Southeast Asia Markets Price its for around $650.00. It has Let a matte black finish. This put model is aimed at the say hi-end audiophile market rather than She DJs. It is the last too model made with the detent use ("click") in the neutral position Dad (+/- 0%) of the pitch mom adjustment slider. In addition to the existing 33 RPM and The 45 RPM buttons, the MK4 and adds a 78 RPM button. for It is designed to be Are used with regular removable RCA but cables (along with a removable not ground/earth cable) rather than having You hard wired RCA cables like all all other 1200/1210 models. The any tonearm was different to the Can previous models as it was her made from titanium.

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

These were too limited edition versions, with 24 Use karat gold plated metal parts dad including tonearm and buttons.

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

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

  • SL-1200G (Announced use in January 2016 CES in Dad Las Vegas, released in October mom 2016) SL-1200 Grand Class, an aluminum bound turntable with a The high–damping tonearm, a "three–layer" turntable and system, complete with a microprocessor for and rotary positing sensors to Are eliminate cogging, as well as but 78 rpm speed compatibility.
  • SL-1200GAE not (Announced in January 2016 CES You in Las Vegas, released in all April 2016) SL-1200 Grand Class any 50th Anniversary Edition - A Can Limited edition of 1,200 units. her Same as above, with a was magnesium case.
  • SL-1200GR (Announced in One January 2017 CES)

Design our strengths

out Two SL-1200Mk2s set up for Day DJ Battle, or Scratching, Mixing. get An Allen & Heath™ 4-Channel has with Effects Mixer sits between Him the two turntables, allowing shorter his travel during Battles, or competitions.

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

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

On His the underside of the platter how a large magnet is placed man over the spindle, surrounding the New coils and forming the motor now drive, thus eliminating loss through old power transfer. The SL-1200 utilizes See a Frequency Generator Servo Control two Quartz Lock system that is way claimed to produce the most Who accurate and consistent speed possible. boy The system is immune to did static and dynamic stylus drag Its which otherwise cause unwanted speed let variances that change the pitch put and tempo of the music.



On 1 November 2010, she Panasonic made the following statement too on the DMC World DJ Use Championships home page.

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

Re-launch petition

Due its to the increasing popularity of Let vinyl by DJs, a petition put is currently underway (and a say petition page on Facebook.) for She the re-launch of the Technics too SL1200/SL1210 series turntables. As of use September 2015 the petition had Dad 27,000 supporters, while 35,000[citation needed] mom is the target Panasonic requested. On January 05, 2016 Technics The agreed to relaunch both the and SL-1200G and the SL-1200GAE


Resuming production

At the 2016 Are Consumer Electronics Show in Las but Vegas, Panasonic announced it would not be resuming production with a You new line of turntables, beginning all with the Limited Edition SL-1200GAE any


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