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Technics back in black for new flagship SL-1210G vinyl turntable

A top down view of the Technics SL-1200G turntable

Technics has unveiled a new flagship vinyl turntable, the SL-1210G. The Direct Drive record deck shares the same spec and iconic design as the current SL-1200G, but represents them in a minimalist black finish.

The move follows the success of the similarly attired SL-1210GAE, a limited edition model launched June 2020, that quickly sold out.

As with its forebear, the tonearm is made from cold-drawn magnesium, said to offer superior damping; high-precision tonearm bearings use a cut-processed housing for high initial motion sensitivity, all the better to read the signal etched in the record’s groove.

Features include an iron-coreless direct drive motor for stable rotation, and a hybrid encoder for rotational speed detection. A three-layer platter promises high vibration-damping performance. Each platter is individually adjusted for balance.

The turntable also boasts a four-layer cabinet, with heavy aluminium top plate and high-damping silicone-rubber insulators. 

The launch follows the success of the similarly attired SL-1210GAE, a limited edition model that quickly sold out…

An angled view of the Technics SL-1210G turntable
The SL-1210G brings back an all-black finish to the Technics range

The SL-1210G is the latest iteration in a long line of 1200 series models. The first SL-1200 direct drive turntable was launched in 1972. A best seller, it sold over 3,500,000 units. Known for its easy operation and robust build. It became a hit with both music lovers and DJs. 

In 2016, after the revival of the Technics brand in 2014, Technics released the limited SL-1200GAE turntable, re-defining vinyl playback standards with a newly developed iron-coreless direct drive motor, designed to eliminate ‘cogging.’ 

Additional improvements in tonearm, platter and chassis construction, saw the new 1200 Series attract a new generation of audiophile buyers. 

The SL-1210G will be available from October, priced at £3,499.

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