Technics SL-1200GR Turntable


SL-1200GR $1699, also comes in black, model # SL-1210GR – Delivered Nationwide

SL-1200G, SL-1210G, SL-1200GR, SL1210GR are in stock for immediate delivery!

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Fusing Technics’ traditional analog and leading-edge digital technologies

The SL-1200G combined Technics‘ traditional analogue technology & advanced digital technology while redesigning parts throughout. Its outstanding performance literally rocked the hi-fi market & redefined the reference for direct-drive turntables

Parts that were inherited from the SL-1200G are used in the SL-1200GR, beginning with the coreless direct-drive motor & precise motor control technology that eliminated the cogging that originated from rotation irregularity & including a low-vibration, high-rigidity platter & high-sensitivity tonearm. The level of performance clearly outperforms the usual standards of its class. The SL-1200GR invites more audio enthusiasts to enjoy music w/rich robust sound of analog records.

Coreless Direct-Drive Motor Achieving Stable Rotation

Concept of Coreless Direct Drive Motor

Technics commercialized the world‘s first direct-drive turntable, and the system took the world by storm. Unlike belt-drive and other systems, direct-drive systems rotate the motor at low speed and directly drive the platter, thus providing numerous advantages, such as the almost complete absence of degradation in S/N ratio due to motor vibration and deceleration mechanisms, as well as high reliability over a long period time because of not requiring parts replacement.

Technics developed the twin-rotor surface-facing coreless direct-drive motor w/rotor magnets placed on both sides, thereby eliminating the rotation irregularity of the motor, referred to as “cogging,” which was a unique issue for direct-drive systems. This motor was adopted for the SL-1200G, which once again drew a significant response in the hi-fi market. The SL-1200GR inherits the same design philosophy with the new development single-rotor surface-facing coreless direct-drive motor, resulting in the elimination of cogging.

High-precision Motor Control for Ideal Rotation Conditions

Concept of High-precision Motor Control

The rotation control, which verifies and corrects the precision of the motor, uses the latest motor control technology cultivated in the development of Blu-ray disc devices, just as that used by the SL-1200G. Sine waves stored in ROM are used for the control waveforms at constant speed &  achieves smoother & more stable rotation compared with using the simple sine wave generation with an external coil as in the conventional SL-1200MK5.

The electrical circuitry has tuning performed so that the newly developed motor of the SL-1200GR achieves maximum performance. The starting torque achieves 2.2 kg x cm w/a single rotor. The same startup time of .7 s @ 33 1/3rpm as the SL-1200G has been achieved.

Pursuing Rigidity and Vibration Damping Characteristics

Concept of Pursuing Rigidity and Vibration Damping Characteristics

The platter achieves high rigidity & vibration damping characteristics by using a 2-layer construction w/deadening rubber applied to the entire rear surface of the aluminum die-cast to eliminate the unnecessary resonance that is otherwise relayed to the record, thereby producing clear sound.

To increase the inertial mass & reduce vibration, the shape of the aluminum die-cast portion was optimized by simulation. At 2.5 kg including the rubber mat, the SL-1200GR platter is .8 kg heavier than that of the previous SL-1200MK5. The back surface of the platter has strengthening ribs added to improve rigidity. Increasing the surface area of contact w/the deadening rubber achieves damping characteristics that are more than twice those of the SL-1200MK5.

Tonearm Achieving High Initial-Motion Sensitivity

Graphic of Tonearm Achieving High Initial-Motion Sensitivity

The tonearm tracks the rotation of the record and enables reading with high precision, and the tonearm inherited by Technics is the traditionally used static-balance universal S-shaped tonearm, employing an aluminium pipe with excellent light weight and rigidity for the material of the tonearm pipe.

With its gimbal suspension construction, the tonearm bearing section uses a cut-processed housing that employs high-precision bearings, as in the SL-1200G. The high initial-motion sensitivity of 5 mg or less is achieved through manual assembly & adjustment by skilled Japanese artisans. This enables the grooves etched into the record to be accurately traced

High-quality Terminals for Both Sound and Appearance

Graphic of High-quality Terminals for Both Sound and Appearance

The turntable uses gold-plated phono terminals for detachable cables, and so a wide variety of cables can be selected. Also, the use of metal shielding construction inside the case reduces the effects of external noise.

High-rigidity Body & High-damping Silicon Insulators for Smooth Sound & Isolation from Vibrations

Illustration for High-rigidity Body and High-damping Silicon Insulators for Smooth Sound and Isolation from Various Vibrations

The SL-1200GR ensures high rigidity by using a body with a two-layered construction solidly unifying the BMC & aluminum die-cast chassis. For the insulators supporting the body, as with the SL-1200G, the SL-1200GR uses special silicon rubber that ensures both high vibration damping characteristics & long-term reliability. Vibration in the horizontal direction is absorbed by reinforcement w/cylindrical tubes using microcell polymers. While inheriting the technology of the SL-1200G, the insulators have had tuning performed specifically for the SL-1200GR.

The installation section of the insulators is equipped w/vertical adjustment mechanism. This eliminates the rattle that occurs when the turntable is installed in a rack & prevents unwanted vibration. In addition, exact horizontal adjustment of the platter & record surface reduces rotation irregularity due to slanting, thereby enabling more stable record playing.