Technics SL-1200GR Direct Drive Turntable - Silver Finish

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Technics SL-1200GR Direct Drive Turntable - Silver Finish

Technics SL-1200GR Direct Drive Turntable - Silver Finish


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210-805-9927

Technics SL-1200GR Direct Drive Turntable - Silver Finish


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210-805-9927


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    MY TAKE: The SL-1200GR brings Technics performance to a popular price point and employs much of technology and many of the performance features found in the much more expensive SL-1200G. Incredible value! - Galen Carol


    Technics at Abbey Road Studios

     

    Fusing Technics' traditional analogue and leading-edge digital technologies -

    Launched in 2016, the SL-1200G combined Technics‘ traditional analogue technology and advanced digital technology, while redesigning parts throughout. Its outstanding performance literally rocked the hi-fi market and redefined the reference for direct-drive turntables. Parts that were inherited from the SL-1200G were newly developed for the SL-1200GR, beginning with the coreless direct-drive motor and precise motor control technology that eliminated the cogging that originated from rotation irregularity, and including a low-vibration, high-rigidity platter and high-sensitivity tonearm. By these measures, the level of performance clearly outperforms the usual standards of its class. The SL-1200GR invites more audio enthusiasts to enjoy music with the rich, robust sound of analogue records.
     

    Coreless Direct-Drive Motor Achieving Stable Rotation -

    In 1970, 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.

    And in 2016, Technics developed the twin-rotor, surface-facing, coreless direct-drive motor with 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 of a single-rotor, surface-facing, coreless direct-drive motor, resulting in the elimination of cogging.
     


    High-precision Motor Control for Ideal Rotation Conditions -
     

    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, and this achieves smoother and more stable rotation compared with using the simple sine wave generation with an external coil as in the conventional SL-1200MK5. In addition, the electrical circuitry has had tuning performed so that the newly developed motor of the SL-1200GR achieves maximum performance. The starting torque achieves 2.2 kg x cm with only a single rotor. The same startup time of 0.7 s (at 33 1/3 rpm) as the SL-1200G has been achieved.
     


    Pursuing Rigidity and Vibration Damping Characteristics -
     

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

    To increase the inertial mass and reduce vibration, the shape of the aluminium die-cast portion was optimized by simulation. At 2.5 kg (including the rubber mat), the SL-1200GR platter is 0.8 kg heavier than that of the previous SL-1200MK5. Also, the back surface of the platter has strengthening ribs added to improve rigidity. Increasing the surface area of contact with the deadening rubber achieves damping characteristics that are more than twice those of the SL-1200MK5.
     


    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 and adjustment by skilled Japanese artisans. This enables the grooves etched into the records to be accurately traced.

    In addition, one type of auxiliary weight comes included, and the cartridge can be swapped with a variety of other cartridges to match the music genre or feeling. (Applicable cartridge weight when using the supplied auxiliary weight: 10 - 16.4 g (not including the supplied head shell)
     


     

    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 and the aluminium 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 and long-term reliability. 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 had tuning performed specifically for the SL-1200GR.

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

     

    REVIEWS:

    AV Forums: "There is a bit more to the SL-1200GR as well. I am not sentimental towards the old model in a way that many people are… but… despite already owning more turntables than is strictly necessary, I covet the SL-1200GR in a way that I didn’t expect to. There’s something about its whole ethos that speaks to a world of fit and forget hardware that will handle a vast and disparate collection of music without breaking sweat. This is a rare throwback to a time when vast multinationals made turntables with the same steely determination to be the model to beat that goes into modern televisions. It might be a weird thing to be sentimental about – something which is not in any way artisanal – but the Technics is the functional opposite of almost every other record player on sale today. This is a device that performs superbly and makes you grin like an idiot at the same time. For that it comes Highly Recommended." - Ed Selley

     

    SPECIFICATIONS:

    Turntable section-

    Type: Direct Drive Manual Turntable

    Turntable Speeds: 33-1/3, 45 and 78 r/min

    Adjust Range: ±8 %, ±16 %

    Starting Torque: 2.2 kg-cm

    Build-up Characteristics: 0.7 s. from Standstill to 33-1/3 r/min

    Wow And Flutter: 0.025 % W.R.M.S.

    Rumble: 78 dB (IEC 98A weighted)

    Turntable Platter: Aluminium diecast, 332 mm Diameter, Approx. 2.5 kg (Including rubber sheet)
     

    Tonearm Section -

    Type: Universal Static Balance

    Effective Length: 230 mm

    Overhang: 15 mm

    Tracking Error Angle: Within 2° 32' (at the outer groove of 30 cm record), Within 0° 32' (at the inner groove of 30 cm record)

    Offset Angle: 22°

    Arm-height Adjustment Range: 0 - 6 mm

    Stylus Pressure Adjustment Range: 0 - 4 g (Direct Reading)

    Head Shell Weight: Approx. 7.6 g

    Applicable Cartridge Weight Range: (without auxiliary weight) 5.6 - 12.0 g, 14.3 - 20.7 g (including head shell), (with auxiliary weight) 10.0 - 16.4 g, 18.7 - 25.1 g (including head shell)

    Cartridge Mounting Dimension: JIS 12.7 mm (1/2") interval

    Head Shell Terminal Lug: 1.2 mmφ 4-pin terminal lug
     

    Terminals -

    Audio Output: PHONO (Pin Jack) x 1, EARTH TERMINAL x 1
     

    General -

    Power Supply: AC 110 - 240 V, 50 / 60 Hz

    Power Consumption: 11 W Approx., 0.2 W (Standby)

    Dimensions (W x H x D): 453 x 173 x 372 mm

    Weight: Approx. 11.5 kg

    Accessories: Turntable, Turntable sheet, Dust cover, EP record adaptor, Balance weight, Auxiliary weight, Head shell, Overhang gauge, Screw set for cartridge, PHONO cable, PHONO earth lead, AC power supply cord, Owner's Manual

    Learn more in this video

     

    Video: Michael Graves, Archival Mastering Engineer talks about the Technics SP-10R/SL-1000R Turntables

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Technics SL-1200GR Direct Drive Turntable - Silver Finish


Not available online, please call to order.
210-805-9927


Description

 

MY TAKE: The SL-1200GR brings Technics performance to a popular price point and employs much of technology and many of the performance features found in the much more expensive SL-1200G. Incredible value! - Galen Carol


Technics at Abbey Road Studios

 

Fusing Technics' traditional analogue and leading-edge digital technologies -

Launched in 2016, the SL-1200G combined Technics‘ traditional analogue technology and advanced digital technology, while redesigning parts throughout. Its outstanding performance literally rocked the hi-fi market and redefined the reference for direct-drive turntables. Parts that were inherited from the SL-1200G were newly developed for the SL-1200GR, beginning with the coreless direct-drive motor and precise motor control technology that eliminated the cogging that originated from rotation irregularity, and including a low-vibration, high-rigidity platter and high-sensitivity tonearm. By these measures, the level of performance clearly outperforms the usual standards of its class. The SL-1200GR invites more audio enthusiasts to enjoy music with the rich, robust sound of analogue records.
 

Coreless Direct-Drive Motor Achieving Stable Rotation -

In 1970, 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.

And in 2016, Technics developed the twin-rotor, surface-facing, coreless direct-drive motor with 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 of a single-rotor, surface-facing, coreless direct-drive motor, resulting in the elimination of cogging.
 


High-precision Motor Control for Ideal Rotation Conditions -
 

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, and this achieves smoother and more stable rotation compared with using the simple sine wave generation with an external coil as in the conventional SL-1200MK5. In addition, the electrical circuitry has had tuning performed so that the newly developed motor of the SL-1200GR achieves maximum performance. The starting torque achieves 2.2 kg x cm with only a single rotor. The same startup time of 0.7 s (at 33 1/3 rpm) as the SL-1200G has been achieved.
 


Pursuing Rigidity and Vibration Damping Characteristics -
 

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

To increase the inertial mass and reduce vibration, the shape of the aluminium die-cast portion was optimized by simulation. At 2.5 kg (including the rubber mat), the SL-1200GR platter is 0.8 kg heavier than that of the previous SL-1200MK5. Also, the back surface of the platter has strengthening ribs added to improve rigidity. Increasing the surface area of contact with the deadening rubber achieves damping characteristics that are more than twice those of the SL-1200MK5.
 


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 and adjustment by skilled Japanese artisans. This enables the grooves etched into the records to be accurately traced.

In addition, one type of auxiliary weight comes included, and the cartridge can be swapped with a variety of other cartridges to match the music genre or feeling. (Applicable cartridge weight when using the supplied auxiliary weight: 10 - 16.4 g (not including the supplied head shell)
 


 

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 and the aluminium 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 and long-term reliability. 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 had tuning performed specifically for the SL-1200GR.

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

 

REVIEWS:

AV Forums: "There is a bit more to the SL-1200GR as well. I am not sentimental towards the old model in a way that many people are… but… despite already owning more turntables than is strictly necessary, I covet the SL-1200GR in a way that I didn’t expect to. There’s something about its whole ethos that speaks to a world of fit and forget hardware that will handle a vast and disparate collection of music without breaking sweat. This is a rare throwback to a time when vast multinationals made turntables with the same steely determination to be the model to beat that goes into modern televisions. It might be a weird thing to be sentimental about – something which is not in any way artisanal – but the Technics is the functional opposite of almost every other record player on sale today. This is a device that performs superbly and makes you grin like an idiot at the same time. For that it comes Highly Recommended." - Ed Selley

 

SPECIFICATIONS:

Turntable section-

Type: Direct Drive Manual Turntable

Turntable Speeds: 33-1/3, 45 and 78 r/min

Adjust Range: ±8 %, ±16 %

Starting Torque: 2.2 kg-cm

Build-up Characteristics: 0.7 s. from Standstill to 33-1/3 r/min

Wow And Flutter: 0.025 % W.R.M.S.

Rumble: 78 dB (IEC 98A weighted)

Turntable Platter: Aluminium diecast, 332 mm Diameter, Approx. 2.5 kg (Including rubber sheet)
 

Tonearm Section -

Type: Universal Static Balance

Effective Length: 230 mm

Overhang: 15 mm

Tracking Error Angle: Within 2° 32' (at the outer groove of 30 cm record), Within 0° 32' (at the inner groove of 30 cm record)

Offset Angle: 22°

Arm-height Adjustment Range: 0 - 6 mm

Stylus Pressure Adjustment Range: 0 - 4 g (Direct Reading)

Head Shell Weight: Approx. 7.6 g

Applicable Cartridge Weight Range: (without auxiliary weight) 5.6 - 12.0 g, 14.3 - 20.7 g (including head shell), (with auxiliary weight) 10.0 - 16.4 g, 18.7 - 25.1 g (including head shell)

Cartridge Mounting Dimension: JIS 12.7 mm (1/2") interval

Head Shell Terminal Lug: 1.2 mmφ 4-pin terminal lug
 

Terminals -

Audio Output: PHONO (Pin Jack) x 1, EARTH TERMINAL x 1
 

General -

Power Supply: AC 110 - 240 V, 50 / 60 Hz

Power Consumption: 11 W Approx., 0.2 W (Standby)

Dimensions (W x H x D): 453 x 173 x 372 mm

Weight: Approx. 11.5 kg

Accessories: Turntable, Turntable sheet, Dust cover, EP record adaptor, Balance weight, Auxiliary weight, Head shell, Overhang gauge, Screw set for cartridge, PHONO cable, PHONO earth lead, AC power supply cord, Owner's Manual

Learn more in this video

 

Video: Michael Graves, Archival Mastering Engineer talks about the Technics SP-10R/SL-1000R Turntables