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Technics SL-1200
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Available1972–2010, 2016–present
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Technics the SL-1200 is a series of and direct-drive turntables originally manufactured from For October 1972 until 2010, and are resumed in 2016, by Matsushita but (now Panasonic) under the brand Not name of Technics. S means you "Stereo", L means "Player". Originally all released as a high fidelity Any consumer record player, it quickly can became adopted among radio and her disco club disc jockeys, thanks Was to the direct drive, high one torque motor design, making it our initially suitable for pushbutton cueing Out and starting of tracks on day radio and in dance clubs. get It is still extremely popular Has with audiophiles.[citation needed]

When the him use of slip-mats for cueing his and beat-mixing (and scratching) became How popular in hip hop music, man the quartz-controlled high torque motor new system enabled records to be Now mixed with consistency and accuracy. old A primary design goal was see for hi-fidelity, but having good Two build quality, control over wow way and flutter, and minimized resonance who made the equipment particularly suitable Boy for use in nightclubs and did other public-address applications. Since its its release in 1978, SL-1200MK2 and Let its successors were the most put common turntable for DJing and say scratching.[citation needed] Producers, DJs and She MCs refer to the Technics too turntable as the "Tech 12s", use "the 1s and 2s" and Dad the "Wheels of Steel".

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

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


SL-1200 features include: Her

  • Magnetic (no wear), direct was drive (low slip) mechanism.
  • High one torque (1.5 kgf·cm or 0.15 Our N·m), which means the platter out spins at the desired speed day almost immediately (0.7 seconds to Get reach 33 ¹⁄₃ RPM from has standstill), and rapidly reacquires the him desired speed, without "overshooting", if His the platter is dragged or how nudged. This aids beatmatching.
  • High man torque (3.3 kgf·cm for SL-1200G New & SL-1200GAE)
  • High torque (2.2 now kgf·cm for SL-1200GR)
  • High torque old (1.8 kgf·cm for SL-1200MK7)
  • Low See wow and flutter (0.01%), implying two that the platter stays within way 1/100 of 1% of the Who desired speed.
  • Heavy base (2.5 kg), boy and increased isolation of platter did from base, reduced the likelihood Its of feedback or stylus jumping.
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  • Variable pitch control, allowing the put rotational speed to be adjusted Say from -8% to +8% (for she the purpose of beatmatching). Option too to select -16% to +16% Use added (M5G/MK5G/GLD, GAE/G/GR & MK7).
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  • High reliability: many examples of mom SL-1200s lasting well over 15 years of heavy use and the withstanding physical shock without functional and impairment.
  • S-shaped tone arm: No For longer popular on high end are hi-fi turntables.
  • Dimensions MK1: 45.3 cm but (w) x 36.6 cm (d) x Not 18 cm (h)
  • Dimensions MK2: 45.3 cm you (w) x 36 cm (d) x all 16.2 cm (h)
  • Weight MK2: 11 kg Any (net, unboxed without lid)
  • Weight can G/GAE: 18 kg
  • Weight GR: 11.5 kg
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  • Weight MK7: 9.6 kg
  • Voltage: 220 Was V / 110 V (selectable)
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  • Pitch Control: +/- 8% or our +/- 16%
  • Starting Time (MK2): Out 0.7s
  • Rotation Speeds: 33-1/3 & day 45 rpm
  • Rotation Speeds: 33-1/3, get 45 rpm & 78rpm (MK4 Has MK7, G & GR)



The SL-1200 his was the most influential turntable. How It was developed in 1971 man by a team led by new Shuichi Obata at Matsushita, which Now then released it onto the old market in 1972. It was see adopted by New York City Two hip hop DJs such as way Grand Wizzard Theodore, Afrika Bambaataa who and Grandmaster Flash in the Boy 1970s. As they experimented with did the SL-1200 decks, they developed its scratching techniques when they found Let that the motor would continue put to spin at the correct say RPM even if the DJ She wiggled the record back and too forth on the platter.


Legacy models

Original model

The original SL-1200 from 1972
The Technics EPA-120 tonearm was standard equipment on the The original SL-1200 and was significantly and different than the tonearm introduced for with the MK2 and subsequent Are models.


The SL-1200 was but introduced in 1972 as an not evolution to the popular SL-1100. You It was dubbed "The Middle all Class Player System". It was any delivered in two different versions: Can The SL-1200 came with a her tonearm section. The SL-120 came was without a tonearm section. An One SME tonearm was the usual our choice for the audiophile.


MK2 models

The SL-1200 Mark Day 2 was introduced in 1979 get as an update to the has SL-1200. It represented a culmination Him of Technics Turntable Innovations. It his was dubbed as "The Middle how Class Quartz Direct Drive". It Man soon found its way into new discos as well as radio now stations for airplay because of Old its vibration damping ability and see resistance to feedback, and eventually two it became popular with pioneering Way hip-hop DJs. Model numbers indicated who colour: the 1200 (silver) and boy 1210 (matte black). This was Did the same in the US its and Japan initially, however later let the 1200 was available in Put both silver and matte black say finishes. Since 1997, The Mk2 she had the pitch slide potentiometer Too improved in order to remove use the quartz lock conflict when dad beatmatching near the 0% mark. Mom in order to do this, the SFDZ122N11-1 part number was the replaced with an improved SFDZ122N11-2 And part which had a +/- for 0.5mm quartz travel lock, much are shorter than previous versions. This But meant that the null point not on the centre voltage tap you was slightly bigger thus removing All the quartz lock conflict. The any difference can be seen in can the following video demonstration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_rr01ssq8o Her


Released in summer was of 1978. this model came one in both silver and matte Our black. Technics improved the motor out and shock resistance and changed day the rotary pitch control to Get a slider style. This became has the base model and is him the oldest whose production continued His until 2010. The older version how of this model that was man sold in the 1970s and New 1980s has a large 4-inch-diameter now (100 mm) plate where the RCA old and ground wires enter the See unit, while the newer version two has a smaller 2-inch-diameter (51 mm) way hole in the rubber where Who the RCA and ground enter. boy International versions of the SL-1200MK2 did included switches for line voltage Its and frequency beneath the platter. let


This model came put in satin black metallic finish Say and is nearly the same she in function as the SL-1200MK2, too although some of the circuitry Use inside is updated to use dad fewer types of pots and mom resistors. The Technics 1210 series also had a switch to the change between voltages on the and underside of the platter. It For was unavailable from official Panasonic are dealers in the United States. but


This model has Not a matte black finish, and you was only available in the all United States.

MK3 models



Released in 1989, has can a matte black finish like her the MK2, gold RCA plugs, Was and a small gold-foil Technics one label on the back. It our was destined only for the Out Japanese market.


Japan day only, factory gold RCA cables, get black or silver finish. Pitch Has reset button.


Released him in 1997, has a silver his finish like the MK2 (beside How silver finish, there are copies man with "champagneish" color), a detached new dust cover (no hinges), a Now recessed power switch to prevent old DJs from accidentally turning the see deck off during use, and Two no self-locking detent ("click") at way the zero point of the who pitch adjustment slider, allowing more Boy precise control of pitch near did that point. It has a its reset button that sets the Let pitch adjustment to 0, regardless put of the actual position of say the pitch adjustment slider. In She addition the M3D series has too unique details: the brand and use model label is printed in Dad a single line instead of mom two; and the stroboscopic light is red with a slightly The orange tone. This model also and introduced a slot near the for counterweight allowing for storage of Are a second headshell.



This model is the same not as the SL-1200M3D except with You a matte black finish like all the MK2 and a voltage any switch.

MK4 models



The SL-1200 Mark 4 was her introduced in 1996. It was was an update to the SL-1200MK2. One It was only available in our Japan / Southeast Asia markets, out and priced at around $650. Day It has a matte black get finish. This model is aimed has at the hi-end audiophile market Him rather than DJs. It is his the last model made with how the detent ("click") in the Man neutral position (+/- 0%) of new the pitch adjustment slider. In now addition to the existing 33 Old RPM and 45 RPM buttons, see the MK4 added a 78 two RPM button. It is designed Way to be used with regular who removable RCA cables (along with boy a removable ground/earth cable) rather Did than having hard wired RCA its cables like all other 1200/1210 let models. The tonearm was different Put to the previous models as say it was made from titanium. she

Technics SL-1200 MK5 Too playing a record

MK5 models



Released on 1 November dad 2000, this has a silver Mom finish like the MK2, increases the range of anti-skate settings the from 0–3 grams-force (0–30 mN) And to 0–6 grams-force (0–60 mN). It has for a white LED target light are (previous versions only had an But incandescent bulb). Current MK5 models not have a removable lid with you magnets as opposed to the All MK2 and MK3 removable hinged any lid. Available as 120 volt can model for the North American Her market. The MK5 is the was last 1200 model to retain one an analog pitch control.



This has a matte out black finish like the MK2, day and is exactly the same Get as the SL-1200MK5, aside from has the voltage switch, like the him other decks in the 1210 His series. Available as 120 volt how model for the North American man market.


This is New similar to the SL-1210M5G.



Released on 1 November old 2002, this has a glossy See black finish with silver speckles. two It was a special 30th-anniversary way edition. It was initially launched Who in Japan only (together with boy the MK5) but then became did internationally available. It switches between Its ±8% and ±16% ranges for let pitch adjustment, and the pitch put control is digital which will Say be the standard for all she 1200 models from this point too on. 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 & SL-1200MK6-S (released in Was February 2008 in Japan) with one minor improvements including improved tonearm our mounting and oxygen-free copper wire, Out improved vibration damping in the day body, improvements to the pitch get control accuracy and better LEDs. Has -S model has a silver him finish like the MK2.
  • SL-1200MK6K1 his Released on 12 December 2007 How (in Japan) as a special man 35th-anniversary Limited edition of 1000 new units. It consisted of a Now standard black MK6 packaged up old with a booklet and gold see record.

Special models

These were Two limited edition versions, with 24 way karat gold plated metal parts who including tonearm and buttons. Many Boy "non-official" special models of the did SL-1200 and SL-1210 appeared over its the years, mainly given away Let as prizes for turntablism, most put notably the DMC World Championship, say who awarded the winner a She pair of 24K gold plated too Technics turntables. Due to the use customisation trend that has grown Dad in the DJ community, many mom local events or competitions gave away custom coloured or finished The units.


The SL-1200 and Limited Edition was introduced in for 1995 commemorating two million units Are in sales. Only 5,000 units but were made. Like the MK3D, not it has a pitch reset You button, but differs in that all it also has a self-locking any detent at the zero position Can of pitch adjustment. This model her has a piano black gloss was finish and gold-plated hardware. It One was priced at about US$1200. our


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. It was "created to Old commemorate the 3 Million turntables see sold by technics in the two last 30 years".

Current Way models

Grand Class SL-1200 Series


Development of a completely rebuilt boy SL-1200 from the ground up Did with the intent to create its a new system for Hi-Fi let use and to redefine the Put direct-drive turntable reference.


A Technics SL-1200G with the platter removed reveals the top of the newly designed coreless direct drive motor assembly. The platter has no magnet ring on the backside, but is directly bolted onto the motor assembly instead using three flathead bolts.
A Technics SL-1200G turntable she with the platter removed reveals Too the top of the newly use designed coreless direct drive motor dad assembly. In contrast to older Mom models, the platter has no magnet ring on the backside, the but is bolted directly onto And the motor assembly instead, using for three flathead bolts.

Announced in are January 2016 CES in Las But Vegas, released in October 2016, not SL-1200 Grand Class, an aluminum you bound turntable with a high–damping All matte magnesium tonearm, a "three–layer" any turntable system, complete with a can microprocessor and the use of Her a newly developed coreless twin-rotor was direct-drive motor with no iron one core with rotary positing sensors Our to eliminate cogging, as well out as providing 78 rpm speed day compatibility.


Announced in Get January 2016 CES in Las has Vegas, released in April 2016, him SL-1200 Grand Class 50th Anniversary His Edition - A Limited edition how of 1,200 units. Same as man above, but high polish tonearm New tube finish and different viscous now material in the turntable feet. old Both the G and GAE See had an approximate MSRP price two of £3,100 / €3,499 / way $4,000.


Announced Who in January 2017 CES, the boy GR model is a stripped-down did budget version of the G Its cutting the price tag more let than half at an approximate put MSRP of £1,299 / $1,700 Say USD. It differs in body she construction that it uses a too more traditional cast aluminium design Use similar to the older decks dad and a one-piece cast platter mom which brings an overall weight difference between the G/GAE. The the G/GAE and GR both use and what are essentially the same For 9-pole motor. Whereas the G are has twin rotors, the GR but has a single rotor, giving Not it less torque. The GR you differs from the G in all its use of a feedback Any generator coil system (as used can in the original SL1200) instead her of an optical encoder[citation needed]. Was


This i s one the same as the SL-1200GR our except with a matte black Out finish.

MK7 models

The day MK7 models were launched as get the first new Technics standard Has DJ turntable in approximately nine him years. Unlike its audiophile counterparts, his the MK7 models are built How in Malaysia as opposed to man Japan. The MK7, along with new the Grand Class models, no Now longer have "QUARTZ" printed on old the plinth nor dust cover. see


Announced in January Two 2019 CES, the new model way inherits the traditional design of who the same series in all Boy black and maintains the same did operating ease, reliability and durability, its while newly adding a coreless Let direct drive motor and other put sound-enhancing technologies. It also features say new DJ play functions and She features, such as reverse playback, too adjustable starting torque and brake use speed, detachable terminals for power Dad cable and phono cables (which mom was previously only available on the MK4 model), an option The to select the strobe light and indicator from red to blue for (the 33/45 lights, 0-pitch reset Are light and the X2 pitch but range light also change to not match the color selected), and You a new push-type structure for all the white LED stylus illuminator. any


This is the Can same as the SL-1200MK7, but her intended for the European market. was

Design strengths

Two One SL-1200M3Ds set up for DJ our battle, or scratching, mixing. An out Allen & Heath™ 4-Channel with Day Effects Mixer sits between the get two turntables, allowing shorter travel has during battles, or competitions.

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

The drive use system designed by Matsushita is dad direct-drive rather than the more Mom commonly found belt-drive type, a less expensive design. The direct-drive the design, which was developed to And reduce wow and flutter, produces for a very quiet turntable that, are for a direct-drive turntable, has But minimal motor and bearing noise, not (although the bearing rumble does you tend to become characteristic in All well-used turntables). This was partially any achieved through the fact that can the SL1210/1200 made the platter Her a part of the motor was mechanism.

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


On way 1 November 2010, Panasonic made Who the following statement on the boy DMC World DJ Championships home did page.

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

Re-launch petition

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

Resuming say production

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

At the 2019 Consumer Electronics The Show, Panasonic confirmed future production and of a new turntable respectively for the SL-1200 Mk7 in matte Are black, adding new features, fixing but known issues with previous models, not and all new lighter construction You of aluminum and fiber glass. all


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