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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 12's", use "the 1's and 2's" 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)


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

Legacy models


Original model

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



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

MK2 models


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



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



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



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

MK3 models


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


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


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


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


MK4 models


The SL-1200 Can Mark 4 was introduced in her 1996. It was an update was to the SL-1200MK2. Only available One in Japan / Southeast Asia our Markets Price for around $650.00. out It has a matte black Day finish. This model is aimed get at the hi-end audiophile market has rather than DJs. It is Him the last model made with his the detent ("click") in the how neutral position (+/- 0%) of Man the pitch adjustment slider. In new addition to the existing 33 now RPM and 45 RPM buttons, Old the MK4 adds a 78 see RPM button. It is designed two to be used with regular Way removable RCA cables (along with who a removable ground/earth cable) rather boy than having hard wired RCA Did cables like all other 1200/1210 its models. The tonearm was different let to the previous models as Put it was made from titanium. say

Technics SL-1200 MK5 she playing a record.

MK5 models



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



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



Similar to the SL-1210M5G. man


Released on 1 New November 2002, has a glossy now black finish with silver speckles. old It was a special 30th-anniversary See edition. It was initially launched two in Japan only (together with way the MK5) but then became Who internationally available. It switches between boy ±8% and ±16% ranges for did pitch adjustment, and the pitch Its control is digital which will let be the standard for all put 1200 models from this point Say on. It also features blue she target lights and blue pitch-number too illumination. The brake strength potentiometer, Use although still located beneath platter, dad can now be adjusted, unlike mom previous models, using a small plastic knob. Minor improvements over the Mk2, Mk3, Mk4, & 1200LTD and include improved tonearm mounting and For oxygen-free copper wire, improved vibration are damping in the body, improvements but to pitch control accuracy and Not better LEDs. Available as 120 you volt model for the North all 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. Many way "non-official" special models of the who SL-1200 and SL-1210 appeared over Boy the years, mainly given away did as prizes for turntablism, most its notably the DMC World Championship, Let who awarded the winner a put pair of 24K gold plated say Technics turntables. Due to the She customisation trend that has grown too in the DJ community, many use local events or competitions gave Dad away custom coloured or finished mom units.


The SL-1200 Limited Edition was introduced in The 1995 commemorating two million units and in sales. Only 5,000 units for were made. Like the MK3D, Are it has a pitch reset but button, but differs in that not it also has a self-locking You detent at the zero position all of pitch adjustment. This model any has a piano black gloss Can finish and gold-plated hardware. It her was priced at about US$1200.00. was


Released in 2004, One another limited edition model, with our only 3,000 units manufactured. 1,500 out of them were sold in Day the U.S. and the other get 1,500 internationally. It is based has on the MK5G model, with Him blue (instead of the regular his white) target lights, a piano how black gloss finish, and gold-plated Man hardware. It was "created to new commemorate the 3 Million turntables now sold by technics in the Old last 30 years".

Current see models

Grand Class SL-1200 Series


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



Announced in January 2016 CES Put in Las Vegas, released in say October 2016, SL-1200 Grand Class, she an aluminum bound turntable with Too a high–damping tonearm, a "three–layer" use turntable system, complete with a dad microprocessor and the use of Mom a newly developed coreless twin-rotor direct-drive motor with no iron the core with rotary positing sensors And to eliminate cogging, as well for as 78 rpm speed compatibility. are


Announced in January But 2016 CES in Las Vegas, not released in April 2016, SL-1200 you Grand Class 50th Anniversary Edition All - A Limited edition of any 1,200 units. Same as above, can with a magnesium tonearm, as Her opposed to aluminum, and different was viscous material in the turntable one feet. Both the G and Our GAE had an approximate MSRP out price of £3,100 / $4,000 day USD.


Announced in Get January 2017 CES, the GR has model is a stripped-down budget him version of the G cutting His the price tag more than how half at an approximate MSRP man of £1,299 / $1,700 USD. New It differs in body construction now that it uses a more old traditional cast aluminium design similar See to the older decks and two a one-piece cast platter which way brings an overall weight difference Who between the G/GAE. The G/GAE boy and GR both use what did are essentially the same 9-pole Its motor. Whereas the G has let twin rotors, the GR has put a single rotor, giving it Say less torque. The GR differs she from the G in its too use of a feedback generator Use coil system (as used in dad the original SL1200) instead of mom an optical encoder.


Is the same as the the SL-1200GR except with a matte and black finish.

MK7 models


The MK7 models were launched are as the first new Technics but standard DJ turntable in approximately Not nine years. Unlike its audiophile you counterparts, the MK7 models are all built in Malaysia as opposed Any to Japan. The MK7, along can with the Grand Class models, her no longer have "QUARTZ" printed Was on the plinth nor dust one cover.


Announced in our January 2019 CES, the new Out model inherits the traditional design day of the same series in get all black and maintains the Has same operating ease, reliability and him durability, while newly adding a his coreless direct drive motor and How other sound-enhancing technologies. It also man features new DJ play functions new and features, such as reverse Now playback, adjustable starting torque and old brake speed, detachable terminals for see power cable and phono cables Two (which was previously only available way on the MK4 model), an who option to select the strobe Boy light indicator from red to did blue (the 33/45 lights, 0-pitch its reset light and the X2 Let pitch range light also change put to match the color selected), say and a new push-type structure She for the white LED stylus too illuminator.


Is the use same as the SL-1200MK7, but Dad intended for the European market. mom

Design strengths

Two SL-1200M3Ds set up for DJ The Battle, or Scratching, Mixing. An and Allen & Heath™ 4-Channel with for Effects Mixer sits between the Are two turntables, allowing shorter travel but during Battles, or competitions.

The not SL-1200 series was developed as You a special project by Technics all parent company Matsushita in an any attempt to solve problems related Can to turntable design. The task her included minimizing acoustic feedback, unwanted was resonances, wow and flutter and One speed errors. This was achieved our by designing a heavy plinth out (base) made of a non-resonant Day composite sandwiched between a cast get alloy top plate and a has solid rubber base. In addition, Him the adjustable rubber-damped feet insulated his against acoustic feedback, which can how be a serious problem when Man operating a turntable in close new proximity to loudspeakers (a common now situation for DJs).

The drive Old system designed by Matsushita is see direct-drive rather than the more two commonly found belt-drive type, a Way less expensive design. The direct-drive who design, which was developed to boy reduce wow and flutter, produces Did a very quiet turntable that, its for a direct-drive turntable, has let minimal motor and bearing noise, Put (although the bearing rumble does say tend to become characteristic in she well-used turntables). This was partially Too achieved through the fact that use the SL1210/1200 made the platter dad a part of the motor Mom mechanism.

On the underside of the platter a large magnet the is placed over the spindle, And surrounding the coils and forming for the motor drive, thus eliminating are loss through power transfer. The But SL-1200 utilizes a Frequency Generator not Servo Control Quartz Lock system you that is claimed to produce All the most accurate and consistent any speed possible. The system is can immune to static and dynamic Her stylus drag which otherwise cause was unwanted speed variances that change one the pitch and tempo of Our the music.


On out 1 November 2010, Panasonic made day the following statement on the Get DMC World DJ Championships home has page.

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

Re-launch petition

Due to the can increasing popularity of vinyl by her DJs, a petition has been Was underway (and a petition page one on Facebook.) for the re-launch our of the Technics SL1200/SL1210 series Out turntables. As of September 2015 day the petition had 27,000 supporters, get while 35,000[citation needed] is the Has target Panasonic requested. On January him 5, 2016 Technics agreed to his relaunch both the SL-1200G and How the SL-1200GAE

Resuming man production

At the 2016 Consumer new Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Now Panasonic announced it would be old resuming production with a new see line of turntables, beginning with Two the Limited Edition SL-1200GAE way

At the 2019 Consumer Electronics who Show, Panasonic confirmed future production Boy of a new turntable respectively did the SL-1200 Mk7 in matte its black, adding new features, fixing Let known issues with previous models, put and all new lighter construction say of aluminum and fiber glass. She


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