TECHNICS BRAND NEW SL-1210GR TURNTABLE: FIRST LOOK

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Technics revealed the first new 1210 turntable in almost 15 years with the SL-1210GR.
DJ Mag got up close with the new 1210 at Abbey Road Studios where Technics unveiled the turntable before they go on show at Bristol’s Sound & Vision convention later this month. 

Last year’s SL-1200G combined Technics’ traditional analogue technology and advanced digital technology, and parts from it were newly developed to create the SL-1200GR and the SL-1210GR, such as the coreless direct-drive motor and precise motor control technology, high-rigidity platter and high-sensitivity tonearm.

Coreless direct-drive
Last year, Technics developed a twin-rotor, surface-facing, coreless direct-drive motor with rotor magnets placed on both sides for their SL-1200 GAE turntable. The result was a system that eliminated the rotation irregularity of the motor, referred to as cogging.
The SL-1200GR/SL-1210GR inherits a similar design philosophy with a single-rotor, surface-facing, coreless direct-drive motor, which Pioneer says results in a similar elimination of cogging.

Turntable platter
The platter has a two-layer construction with deadening rubber applied to the rear surface of the aluminium die-cast in order to achieve high-rigidity and vibration-damping characteristics. This eliminates any unnecessary resonance being relayed to the record. The SL-1210GR’s platter is 0.8kg heavier than that of the previous SL-1200MK5, but lighter than last year’s SL-1200 GAE. The torque delivered to the aluminium platter is slightly lower too, but the reduced weight means the SL-1200GR achieves the same start up speed as it’s £4,000 predecessor.

S-shaped tonearm
The tonearm is the static-balance universal S-shaped tonearm traditionally used by Technics, and employs an aluminium pipe instead of the SL-1200 GAE’s magnesium one, again making it lighter.

Detachable cables
The GR models feature gold-plated phono terminals and ground terminals for use with detachable cables. This means a variety of cables can be used with the new 1200/1210, as well as making the terminals much easier to fix than its predecessor, which were built into the turntable’s shell.

General Tech Specs:
•Power Supply: AC120 V, 60 Hz
•Power Consumption: 11 W (Approx. 0.2W (Standby))
•Dimensions (W x H x D): 453 x 173 x 372 mm (17-27/32 × 6-13/16 × 14-21/32 inch)
•Weight: Approx. 11.2kg (Approx. 24.7lbs)

Check out images of the SL-1200GR below, and see the full tech spec below.
Article Source: DJ Mag 

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