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Technics SL-1200
Technics SL-1200MK2-2.jpg
Available1972-2010, Late 2016–present
WebsiteTechnics SL1200
Production the ceased in late 2010 but and resumed in 2016

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

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

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

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



SL-1200 features include:

  • Magnetic (no wear), direct drive Our (low slip) mechanism.
  • High torque out (1.5 kgf·cm or 0.15 N·m), day which means the platter spins Get at the desired speed almost has immediately (0.7 seconds to reach him 33 ¹⁄₃ RPM from standstill), His and rapidly reacquires the desired how speed, without "overshooting", if the man platter is dragged or nudged. New This aids beatmatching.
  • High torque now (3.3 kgf·cm for SL-1200G & old SL-1200GAE)
  • High torque (2.2 kgf·cm See for SL-1200GR)
  • High torque (1.8 two kgf·cm for SL-1200MK7)
  • Low wow way and flutter (0.01%), implying that Who the platter stays within 1/100 boy of 1% of the desired did speed.
  • Heavy base (2.5 kg), and Its increased isolation of platter from let base, reduced the likelihood of put feedback or stylus jumping.
  • Variable Say pitch control, allowing the rotational she speed to be adjusted from too -8% to +8% (for the Use purpose of beatmatching). Option to dad select -16% to +16% added mom (M5G/MK5G/GLD, GAE/G/GR & MK7).
  • High reliability: many examples of SL-1200s the lasting well over 15 years and of heavy use and withstanding For physical shock without functional impairment.
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  • S-shaped tone arm: No longer but popular on high end hi-fi Not turntables.


  • Dimensions MK1: 45.3 cm you (w) x 36.6 cm (d) x all 18 cm (h)
  • Dimensions MK2: 45.3 cm Any (w) x 36 cm (d) x can 16.2 cm (h)
  • Weight MK2: 11 kg her (net, unboxed without lid)
  • Weight Was G/GAE: 18 kg
  • Weight GR: 11.5 kg
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  • Weight MK7: 7.6 kg
  • Voltage: 220 our V / 110 V (selectable)
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  • Pitch Control: +/- 8% or day +/- 16%
  • Starting Time (MK2): get 0.7s
  • Rotation Speeds: 33-1/3 & Has 45 rpm
  • Rotation Speeds: 33-1/3, him 45 rpm & 78rpm (MK4 his & MK7)


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

Legacy models


Original model

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



The SL-1200 was introduced in You 1972 as an evolution to all the popular SL-1100. It was any dubbed "The Middle Class Player Can System". It was delivered in her two different versions: The SL-1200 was came with a tonearm section. One The SL-120 came without a our tonearm section. An SME tonearm out was the usual choice for Day the audiophile.

MK2 models


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



Released in 1979, this model Our came in both silver and out matte black. Technics improved the day motor and shock resistance and Get changed the rotary pitch control has to a slider style. This him became the base model and His is the oldest whose production how continued until 2010. The older man version of this model that New was sold in the 1970s now and 1980s has a large old 4-inch-diameter (100 mm) plate where the See RCA and ground wires enter two the unit, while the newer way version has a smaller 2-inch-diameter Who (51 mm) hole in the rubber boy where the RCA and ground did enter. International versions of the Its SL-1200MK2 included switches for line let voltage and frequency beneath the put platter.


This model Say came in satin black metallic she finish and is nearly the too same in function as the Use SL-1200MK2, although some of the dad circuitry inside is updated to mom use fewer types of pots and resistors. The Technics 1210 the series also had a switch and to change between voltages on For the underside of the platter. are It was unavailable from official but Panasonic dealers in the United Not States.


This model you has a matte black finish, all and was only available in Any the United States.

MK3 can models


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



Japan only, factory gold RCA Has cables, black or silver finish) him


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


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

MK4 models


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

Technics SL-1200 say MK5 playing a record.

MK5 she models


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



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


Similar to the how SL-1210M5G.


Released on man 1 November 2002, has a New glossy black finish with silver now speckles. It was a special old 30th-anniversary edition. It was initially See launched in Japan only (together two with the MK5) but then way became internationally available. It switches Who between ±8% and ±16% ranges boy for pitch adjustment, and the did pitch control is digital which Its will be the standard for let all 1200 models from this put point on. It also features Say blue target lights and blue she pitch-number illumination. The brake strength too potentiometer, although still located beneath Use platter, can now be adjusted, dad unlike previous models, using a mom small plastic knob. Minor improvements over Mk2, Mk3, Mk4, & the 1200LTD include improved tonearm mounting and and oxygen-free copper wire, improved For vibration damping in the body, are improvements to pitch control accuracy but and better LEDs. Available as Not 120 volt model for the you North American market.

MK6 all models

  • SL-1200MK6-K & SL-1200MK6-S (released Any in February 2008 in Japan) can with minor improvements including improved her tonearm mounting and oxygen-free copper Was wire, improved vibration damping in one the body, improvements to the our pitch control accuracy and better Out LEDs. -S model has a day silver finish like the MK2.
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  • SL-1200MK6K1 Released on 12 December Has 2007 (in Japan) as a him special 35th-anniversary Limited edition of his 1000 units. It consisted of How a standard black MK6 packaged man up with a booklet and new gold record.

Special models

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


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


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


Current models

Grand Class SL-1200 see Series

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



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


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


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



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

MK7 and models

The MK7 models were For launched as the first new are Technics standard DJ turntable in but approximately nine years.



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



Is the same as the did SL-1200MK7, but intended for the its European market.

Design strengths

Two SL-1200M3Ds set up put for DJ Battle, or Scratching, say Mixing. An Allen & Heath™ She 4-Channel with Effects Mixer sits too between the two turntables, allowing use shorter travel during Battles, or Dad competitions.

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

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

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



On 1 November 2010, All Panasonic made the following statement any on the DMC World DJ can Championships home page.

Panasonic Her reactive statement - Production of was analogue turntables has ceased
Panasonic one has confirmed that it ceased Our the production of its Technics-branded out analogue turntables this autumn.
After day more than 35 years as Get a leading manufacturer of analogue has turntables, Panasonic has regretfully taken him the decision to leave this His market. However, Panasonic will continue how to sell headphones under the man Technics brand.
We are New sure that retailers and consumers now will understand that our product old range has to reflect the See accelerating transformation of the entire two audio market from analogue to way digital.
In addition, the number Who of component suppliers serving the boy analogue market has dwindled in did recent years and we brought Its forward the decision to leave let the market rather than risk put being unable to fulfil future Say orders because of a lack she of parts.
Panasonic employees who too have been working on the Use analogue turntable range have been dad redeployed elsewhere within Panasonic - mom many of them continuing to work in Panasonic´s Audio Video the Business Unit.

Re-launch petition

Due and to the increasing popularity of For vinyl by DJs, a petition are has been underway (and a but petition page on Facebook.) for Not the re-launch of the Technics you SL1200/SL1210 series turntables. As of all September 2015 the petition had Any 27,000 supporters, while 35,000[citation needed] can is the target Panasonic requested. her On January 5, 2016 Technics Was agreed to relaunch both the one SL-1200G and the SL-1200GAE our

Resuming production

At the Out 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in day Las Vegas, Panasonic announced it get would be resuming production with Has a new line of turntables, him beginning with the Limited Edition his SL-1200GAE

At the 2019 How Consumer Electronics Show, Panasonic confirmed man future production of a new new turntable respectively the SL-1200 Mk7 Now in matte black, adding new old features, fixing known issues with see previous models, and all new Two lighter construction of aluminum and way fiber glass.


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