Technics to Ship 55th-Anniversary Turntable
High-fidelity audio brand Technics has announced that it will ship in July the SL-1210GAE Limited Edition direct drive turntable ($3,999.99) – one of the products it is deploying to commemorate its 55th anniversary.
The product will be issued in a limited-edition batch of 1,000 units globally targeted at the brand’s many enthusiasts. This special model is based on the company’s Grand Class SL-1200G hi-fi turntable, the company states.
Exclusive specifications of the SL-1210GAE 55th-anniversary model include:
- An all-black color scheme – The SL-1210GAE’s 10mm-thick aluminum top panel sports an anodized black brushed hairline finish. In addition, the operation buttons and tonearm also employ a high-quality black finish for a premium appearance.
- A special badge inscribed with a unique serial number on the escutcheon plate to signify it is a 55th anniversary model. The SL-1210GAE is wholly made in Japan by artisans, with many hand-made processes.
- Insulator – A specially developed zinc insulator features a soft, gel-like material with shock absorbing properties which is also used on the company’s flagship SL-1000R reference turntable. The high-density zinc die-cast housing offers vibration damping characteristics and long-term reliability, and effectively isolates the turntable from external vibrations.
- Strobe light ON-OFF switch – Turning off the strobe light allows the listener to concentrate more effectively on the music, especially in dimmed environments.
Other features include:
Coreless Direct Drive Motor – Conventional analog turntables have problems with degradation in sound quality caused by factors such as minute speed vibration during rotation and rotation irregularity, called "cogging." In the SL-1210GAE, the use of a coreless direct-drive motor (with no iron core) eliminates cogging. Also, the twin-rotor construction reduces the bearing load while maintaining high torque, and also reduces minute vibration during rotation. These factors enable reproduction of the warm, high-level detailed sound available from analog vinyl records.
High-Precision Motor Control Technology – The application of motor control technology developed for Blu-ray devices, and switching the drive mode depending on the operational status of the motor, achieves a high starting torque and high-speed stability for optimum playback.
Three-layered Turntable Platter – The turntable features a three-layered construction with a rigidly combined brass top-plate, an aluminum die cast core platter and a solid rubber coating covering its entire rear surface to eliminate unwanted resonance, thereby achieving overall rigidity and vibration damping. This delivers smooth rotational stability and high inertial mass surpassing the SP-10MK2 (the direct-drive turntable standard used by broadcast stations worldwide), as well as having more than twice the inertial mass of the SL-1200MK5.
High-level Balance Adjustment – When the weight distribution of the turntable is uneven, excess vibration or noise occurs during rotation, which causes degradation in sound quality. To counteract this, the balance of the turntable is adjusted at the factory by using specialized, high-precision balance adjustment equipment for every item after the turntable is assembled.
High-Sensitivity Tonearm – The tonearm employs lightweight magnesium, which has a high damping effect, with cold drawing improving the characteristics of the material and achieving the high precision required. In addition, high initial-motion sensitivity is attained by employing the traditional Technics gimbal suspension construction with the horizontal rotation axis and the vertical rotation axis intersecting at a single central point, as well as high-precision bearings using a cut-processed housing.
High-Quality Terminals – The use of brass-milled and gold-plated phono terminals and ground terminals prevents degradation in sound quality while enabling the easy attaching and detaching of cables. Also the use of metal shielding construction inside the case reduces the effects of external noise.
Four-layered Cabinet Construction – A hairline-processed, 10mm-thick black top panel of aluminum is added to a three-layered construction of aluminum die-cast, BMC (Bulk Molding Compound), and heavyweight-class rubber. This four-layered construction combines high rigidity necessary for vibration damping with a solid build and a luxurious finish and feel, says Technics.