By Jack Rooster.
The Consumer Electronics Show (CES ) of 2016 just came to an end in Las Vegas and what a conference it turned out to be. As always, there was a host of new devices on offer, and this feature covers one of the most notable audio devices on display at this year’s CES. The Technics SL-1200G Turntables.
A whole bunch of people got mad when Panasonic announced that they would no longer be manufacturing their flagship Technics 1200 turntables back in 2010. Fast forward to the present and the iconic turntables are back, albeit with a slightly different configuration under the hood.
Panasonic has included a new motor in the updated turntable, which is designed to be quieter and less prone to vibrations than previous models resulting in better sound quality.
Working alongside a unique set of high-precision rotary positioning sensors and a microprocessor control system, the new record player will actively suppress vibrations, passing information about the rotation speed directly to an internal control system.
Other cool features are the dampened tonearm, the aluminium panel for the look and feel as well as the three-layered construction to dampen the player further while reducing resonance.
The 50th anniversary limited edition Grand Class SL-1200GAE will be available late this year in a run of just 1,200 units but if you’d rather wait you can settle for the presumably cheaper SL-1200G, which won’t be available until several months later in late 2016.