The Classic Technics 1200 Turntable Is Finally Back

The New Technics 1200

After teasing hardcore vinyl fans with an extremely limited run, the classic Technics SL-1200 (or ‘Technics 1200’ for short) is being more widely released.

Last year, Panasonic shocked the vinyl community by announcing the return of their classic, Technics SL-1200 turntable.  Hip-hop and vinyl aficionados sometimes just refer to the ‘Technics 1200,’ a phrase etched into hip-hop and DJ culture back in the 70s, 80s, and 90s.

That comeback announcement was roughly one year ago, with a limited run of SL-1200GAEs quickly selling out in Japan.  Just 300 of the limited-edition units, priced at more than $3,000 each, sold out in roughly 30 minutes.

Now, Panasonic is readying a broader push, with ‘Grand Class’ SL-1200Gs hitting the British market this month, according to an announcement just made at IFA in Berlin.   IFA is the largest electronics show in Europe, rivaling CES in the United States as a venue for product unveilings and announcements.

The newest Technics 1200s will retail for £2,799, or roughly $3,720 in USD (and of course, post-Brexit, those currency conversations are rapidly changing).  The SL-1200G will be almost identical to the GAEs in Japan (pictured above), with just a few minor tweaks.


The New Technics 1200


Panasonic is leaving a bunch of details out, all part of a well-tuned, hype-raising marketing strategy.  Missing information includes exact release date, exact quantities, and broader global rollout plans, though lower-priced units could take some time to materialize.

Details about the turntable itself are readily available.  So here they are:

Grand Class SL1200G Specification

  • Twin-Rotor Surface-Facing Direct Drive motor
  • Direct Drive Motor Controller
  • High Sensitive Tonearm
  • Brass-Top Turntable Platter
  • Insulator
  • Technics Definitive Design
  • Inherited design from the SL-1200 series
  • Heavy Aluminum Top Plate

Turntable Section

  • Type: Direct Drive Manual Turntable
  • Turntable Speeds: 33 1/3 rpm, 45 rpm, 78 rpm
  • Variable Range Pitch: ±8%, ±16%
  • Wow and Flutter: 0.025% W.R.M.S. (JIS C5521)
  • Rumble: 78dB (IEC 98A Weighted)
  • Turntable Platter : Weight: Approx. 3.6kg (including rubber sheet)

Tonearm Section

  • Type: Universal, Static Balance
  • Overhang: 15mm
  • Arm Height Adjustment Range: 0-6mm
  • Applicable Cartridge Weight Range:
    • Without auxiliary weight 5.6 – 12.0g; 14.3 – 20.7g (including headshell)
    • With small auxiliary weight 10.0 – 16.4g; 18.7 – 25.1g (including headshell)
    • With large auxiliary weight 14.3 – 19.8g; 23.0 – 28.5g (including headshell)


  • Terminal: Phono Output x 1 / SIGNAL GND x 1
  • Power Supply: AC110-240 V, 50 Hz / 60 Hz
  • Power Consumption: 14 W / Approx. 0.2W (Standby)
  • Dimensions: W: 453 mm H: 173 mm D: 372 mm (Height including dust cover)
  • Weight: Approx. 18kg



More details ahead!

One Response

  1. Versus

    Very happy to see the 1200s back in production.
    However, why so much more expensive than the last incarnations?
    Those were around $1000, as I recall.
    Design differences do not seem to justify the massive price increase.


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