Technics recently unveiled the new Grand Class SL-1210GR (black) Direct-Drive Turntable System, joining the SL1200GR (silver) edition that was announced earlier this year. It is hoped that both will be on show at Bristol’s Sound & Vision hi-fi show
Parts from the SL-1200G were newly developed to create the SL-1200GR and the SL-1210GR, such as the coreless direct-drive motor and motor control technology, platter and tonearm.
The SL-1200GR/SL-1210GR’s rotation control, which verifies and corrects the precision of the motor, is the same as the SL-1200G.
The aluminium platter sits on a BMC base and uses a two-layer construction with deadening rubber applied to the entire rear surface of the aluminium die-cast.
The SL-1200GR/SL-1210GR platter is 0.8kg heavier than that of the previous SL-1200MK5. Also, the back surface of the platter features strengthening ribs to improve rigidity.
With its gimbal suspension construction, the tonearm bearing section of the SL-1200GR/SL-1210GR uses a cut-processed housing that employs high-precision bearings, as in the SL-1200G.
Gold-plated phono terminals and ground terminals for detachable cables are provided below the tonearm.
For the insulators supporting the body, as with the SL-1200G, the SL-1200GR/SL-1210GR uses special silicon rubber. Vibration in the horizontal direction is absorbed by reinforcement with cylindrical tubes using microcell polymers. While inheriting the technology of the SL-1200G, the insulators have been modified for the SL-1200GR/SL-1210GR.
Available in the UK from April, both turntables will be priced at £1,299.
Bristol’s Sound & Vision show will be open on Friday 24th to Sunday 26th February, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm every day
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