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Technics SL-1200GR / SL-1210GR Disc Survey

The long-lasting Technics fan might hardly include my pressure when the dad or mum firm Panasonic launched the model and with it the legendary SL-1200 collection at the January 2016 CES present. Nevertheless, these have been only a simple restoration of the original design with a few recent features. Technics engineers redesigned the SL-1200 from the bottom and produced the SL-1200G, a cover that resembled greater than SP10 as its predecessor. A number of fashions have been followed since SL-1200 and SL-1210GR, SL-1000R and SP-10R (SP-10 Alternative) have been extra reasonably priced, and extra lately DJ-oriented SL-1200 MK7 and consumer-oriented SL-1500C , both have been revealed in CES 2019. I tried to get my hand on a brand new collection for many years, but I attempt to keep in touch with the Panasonic PR: Unfortunately, hen proved to be useless, and I have not been capable of convey the brand. Lastly, nevertheless, I’ve the chance to examine the SL-1200GR and hope that I’ll attempt the remainder of the areas on time.

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on the SL-1200GR on

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Whereas comparing the features of the SL-1200GR (hereinafter & # 39; GR & # 39;) to the older SL-1200 (in this case MK2), it ought to first be noted that in addition to these, the new covers are similar to their predecessors and the SL-1200GR and SL-1210GR are technically and functionally similar in addition to shade, traditionally 1200 is silver and 1210 is black. The world is a grounded redesign that solely distributes the mud cover to the unique, and although the aesthetic identification is instantly recognizable, underneath the acquainted silver or black plate there’s plenty of completely renewed know-how.


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SL-1200GR related to entrance view

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Although GR packaging is almost 4 many years previous, GR doesn’t rob any of the options that we’ve all recognized and beloved. and after that, i.e., there isn’t any "click" in the midst of MK2, although Voice trade is usually smacked by audiophiles, it may be absolutely utilized when enjoying 78s, a few of which have been recorded in all places from 60-100 rpm. 78RPM, although it can be locked accurately to any of its three speeds at the contact of a button, regardless of the fader's position.

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left aspect of SL-1200GR

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The legs are additionally new. The previous gums and comes have been replaced with polymer and tubing of spike and microplate to ensure excessive vibration damping and long-term reliability. Older technical ft are likely to bend after years of use, which shouldn’t be an issue right here. The legs are absolutely adjustable as earlier than, with a flat degree on the duvet floor. Their use is just too low, because the legs are absolutely tensioned, they have a tendency to wind fairly than spring, they usually flip again when the turntable is lifted. When aligning the GR, it is best to start out all four ft loosely tightened and lift the turntable to realize a flat board surface. At greatest, this might see that the turntable goes away from the extent over time or when it’s knocked, or at worst prevents the efficiency of the insulators

The Platter

The pan is a revamped design with similarity to the original. The curing rubber layer, which feels more porous than the unique, utterly covers the underside of the 332 mm die-cast aluminum sheet. The form of the casting is optimized by simulation to increase weight and to realize a larger inertial mass. The load of the plate is raised to 2.5 KG (including the rubber mat), zero.8KG, which is heavier than the SL-1200 MK5. The reinforcing ribs under provide as a lot contact as potential between the plate and the rubber sealing layer, whereby the damping properties are more than twice the dimensions of the MK5.

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SL-1200GR Disk Ring Know-how Waveform

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Examine beneath the entrance plate is a brand new singl e-rotor, a surface pushed direct-drive motor. The overlapping flat coil coils are situated beneath the magnet, versus the association of the separate coils arranged around the magnet. This can be a evaluation of a 9-pole, double rotor engine discovered in the 1200G, which Technics claims to take away "teeth"; The rotor rotation is driven by a stator that may typically really feel like small pits when the engine is slowly rotating by hand.

The original SL-1200 collection used a 12-pin engine that was extremely clean and lots of checks have shown exceptionally quick accuracy. In these turntables, the hook was a lot stunned by many, particularly the concept of direct use or the Tech itself. The hook is a well-understood phenomenon, though objective evidence of its results on turntables that can’t be related to other elements of the design or elements of the chain are remarkably thin. I am pleased to see Technics closed down a decade previous this requirement and is wanting forward to it, will see those who walked it for therefore lengthy, to dream a new argument to have a direct visit to the Achilles. Perhaps Technics has lastly shouted pushing the hi-fi product into the plenty and we will finally agree that direct driving shouldn’t be solely viable however a better choice than flexible straps and low torque motors which might be so

Coreless motors, nevertheless, present vital improvements in acceleration and acceleration. in deceleration, low torque, low electrical inductance, lower noise, smoother rotation and minimal electromagnetic interference. Coreless motors can even react much quicker than a standard engine and function extra efficiently electronically. The new engines do not utterly remove the crawl, however as earlier than, it isn’t at such a low degree that it isn’t an issue (not that it has ever been), especially contemplating that the new plates of 1200G and GR are a lot larger inertia.

Motor control is just like 1200G and uses a know-how that has dropped from the company's Blu-Ray gamers, although using a standard suggestions generator for velocity recognition as an alternative of GR's larger brother optical encoder. Sine waves are stored in ROM (learn only reminiscence), and these waveforms are used to regulate the motor, in contrast to using a easy sine wave generator having an exterior coil as in previous generations. The circuit is tuned to maximise the start-up torque of two.2KG / CM, which provides the identical 0.7 second start-up time to 33.three RPM as 1200G.


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Prime view of the SL-1200GR arm

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Tonearm is analogous in appearance to the previous model, resulting in claims that it is truly equivalent, particularly for many who market both GR and 1200G updates, just like the previous model, however additionally it is redesign with better bearings, higher wiring (at the very least for M5G weapons) and higher materials all over the place. within the bearing and exhibits that the stems are positioned as precisely as the Know-how claims before leaving the manufacturing unit. GR's stem tube is a lightweight, statically balanced s-shaped aluminum tube. the efficient size can also be 230 mm when utilizing a normal Technics alignment software. The efficient mass is about 9G, which signifies that the shaft is nicely fitted to cartridges with average or high compliance.

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SL -1200GR Shaft Attachment Close Up

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A superb helicoidal VTA control has been preserved, which was undoubtedly top-of-the-line options of the original arm. The stem ends with a pair of gold-plated phono plugs and grounding beneath the frame, which can be used with any of your decisions – including a boxed quality cable. Smoothness for VTA, anti-skate and counterweight dials is slightly smaller and has a checked structure, even with a weight of 98 grams – just 2 grams less than the original, and as much as 4 grams of monitoring energy can be used.

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SL -1200GR arm aspect view

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The Cue lever has been barely lowered, although the mechanism itself appears to be principally comparable, but enhancements have been made in all other areas of the arm. The spring flange, which holds the auxiliary strain, continues to be a problem, though I exploit myself with the arm with auxiliary strain or a KAB resonance deck, where potential, because I feel it provides an improvement to efficiency, and the excess weight brings the counterweight closer to the arm pivot point. armbands are appropriate to fit with 1200GR and 1200G, I might not be stunned if this new arm could possibly be fitted to an older m if you want to increase the rubber holes. There isn’t a want for surgical procedure to do this in case you determine to switch the stem as before, however don't be too quick to guage as a result of the stockpile is a more certified performer than some would really like you to consider.

Aligning Toner Cartridges

The included headband weighs 7.6 grams and is nearly equivalent in look to the unique, though with a harder construction. I set up the shank using the Technics Override Software which, when used, installs the tip of the pen 52 mm from the rear rubber housing and place it straight on the straight. This results in a 15 mm protrusion with a 22 diploma shift constructed on the arm, in step with Technics inner and exterior zero factors at 58.8 and 113.5MM. This provides a maximum tracking error of 2.13 degrees, a peak distortion of 0.761% and a mean RMS distortion of zero.5%.

Many choose the Lofgren A normal with the IEC 1958 / RIAA 1963 zero point 66 and 120.9MM. This extends the protrusion to 17.eight mm and requires a small thread finish of the cartridge. The figures are only barely higher; 1.86 degrees maximum monitoring error, 0.64% peak distortion, and zero.417% RMS distortion. Though these figures are smaller, the distinction is small. In my experience, utilizing a Technics arm with Lofgren A can forestall the arm's capacity to track warps as well as potential, and often will increase the floor noise. Each problems override all the small positive factors that would have been brought on by the small variations in the distortion figures, and I feel it’s best to stick to the alignment method. I additionally advocate an over-the-box software as it is more than ok for use with care, and you may all the time examine your work with a correct ruler or digital thick precision.

Unique Impressions

GR comes with an honest quality phono interface, a separate floor wire, and an IEC power twine. You'll additionally get a head, overflow device, cassette screws, auxiliary and essential counterweights, and a superbly worked 45 adapters for jukebox-singles. Documentation, a sheet mat and a mud cover with pre-installed hinges, spherical off the bins in addition to the lid and its plate. The deck is neatly featured in its packaging and it actually boasts of possession.

The demolition, assembly, and use of GR is like a greeting from an previous good friend, despite the fact that it has improved with age. Every little thing seems extra secure than earlier than and the original SL-1200 was not inbuilt any method. These lots of of hundreds, if not tens of millions of them still on the transfer, are indicative of the toughness of these turntables, and even when the brand new vary is at first, I might not be stunned in the event that they have been displaying tradition. The controllers have a passable stability and sense, and the best way the goal mild gently slides upwards when launched is particularly nice.

The monitoring features anticipate them to be the only vital difference in that the simultaneous press of two velocity buttons strikes to 78 rpm. Every thing else is immediately accustomed to the loads of blue LED illumination used to indicate the status of varied features, to examine the pop-up mild and strobe value for velocity accuracy, not that you simply want the latter.

GR gives 5 adjustable brake settings shortly (default) and sluggish and three start-up torque settings – low, medium, and excessive, at excessive default. Startup and shutdown are close to momentary when the start button is taped, and itself has extra reward really feel than earlier than, and a mild "click" and no tendency to "bottom out". The torque settings don’t have an effect on the operating torque that Technics has not defined, and subsequently are simply operator choice and do not have an effect on sound or velocity stability. They’re more likely to be pointless for the typical consumer until that you must retailer databases or for some purpose you need to watch your participant slowly if you change pages.


Specs are distinctive for any turntable at this worth. The truth is, they’re near the restrict values ​​for accurate but still moderately primary testing units, and I anticipate to be approaching check limits as a result of they are all marginal velocity errors. The measured velocity is 0.04% accuracy when wow and flutter also measure the height at 0.04%. Karan by means of Rumble -73dB WTD (WIN-B). The profession curler is a fraction, but still an extra -70.7dB.

Energy Provide

Probably the most widespread claims surrounding the oldest fashions was that the facility supply was noisy and that putting in an influence transformer in an external case or changing power supply utterly would scale back background noise levels. It needs to be stated that as a result of this is not often, if ever there’s a drawback in dwelling environments where giant subwoofers function at high sound strain levels, it is unlikely that it will cause a big drawback within the home surroundings. In older 1200s, the transformer noise might be heard by putting the pen on a hard and fast report and raising the amplifier's volume to extreme levels; rather more than what most would truly take heed to, and in a aircraft where everyone's idle tone, but the quietest phono phases, are likely to mask the transformer dangerous.

Right here is an instance of the noise of the SL-1210 MK2 transformer using a VM95SH shifting magnetic cartridge for a phono part with a 89 dB signal-noise specification which could be very quiet. Recording was taken to the line-level interface and normalized to let you take heed to the noise of the transformer. As you possibly can hear, noise is marginal in comparison with the reference chain of the phono stage and even the consumer interface itself, knowledgeable studio unit with a very quiet circuit.

GR straightens the linear energy provide, but turns on the facility provide (SMPS) mode. SMPS shouldn’t be only mechanically quiet, but there isn’t any danger of electromagnetic interference under the facility supply, which impacts the performance of the cartridge. Performing a hard and fast recording check with GR doesn’t produce any power noise. Because the above-mentioned Velocity ​​Measurements, which are in all probability due at the least partially to the facility supply being more than capable of meet the requirements of the motor and its control circuits, there isn’t a want to vary the facility provide at 1200GR or 1200G. Even if linear aftermarket power supplies are already available on the market. I’m in fact open to various perspectives, but as part of any objection, I want to see a definitive and repeatable scientific measurements that present an exterior energy supply the usefulness and why Technics design is insufficient, as some of

Maybe the one draw back SMPS for is the fact that they will ship some disturbances that * can affect different elements of the system (principally people who have been initially poorly designed), although Technics is best in this respect and all screened network cables, but solves this drawback. I can't be stunned if this causes a difference claiming to listen to when the provided power cable is modified to an audiophile that is accepted, often as a lot as the duvet worth. The stock current cable is in good condition, and in the event of interference with the switching mode supply, a correct network cable with a grounded plug is relatively cheap. Opportunities embrace a telephone charger, a television or any of your kitchen machines dumping far more junk in your network voltage than the SL-1200GR.

Check Setting

On the SL-1200GR, I lived on a rack with the identical SL-1210 MK2, which is a mix of Corian's strong floor material and sorbot. The lid was smoothed and my AT33PTG / II cellular reel tank put in, following precisely 2.04 grams. The anti-skate proved to be accurately calibrated from the manufacturing unit and set to correspond to the monitoring energy. The VTA was set so that the stem was parallel to the report. The included phono- and earthing cables have been used and the facility was directed by means of a Tacima AC adapter, a quite simple non-frills system that not solely helps to scale back the consequences of radio frequency interference.


AT33 proved to be an excellent match for GR tonearm. I was anticipating to listen to an enchancment over the previous model, although I actually didn’t anticipate the difference between night time and day. I actually didn’t anticipate the autumn of background noise to be so apparent. The effect is sort of startling, it is magnified by the truth that the AT33 itself is particularly quiet in the career. Vinyl storms or surface noise simply disappeared in the background, and the punches, clicks and cracks coming from the defects and impurities of vinyl are significantly minimized, resulting in a surprisingly clean background that doesn’t harm the music in any means. The distinction isn’t delicate, though MK2 shouldn’t be slouch relating to Rumble patterns, and particularly the MK2 has a low hour bearing that’s in good order and works just as nicely or higher than ever at the manufacturing unit. [19659002] Pitch stability is considered one of Technics' largest strengths, more right here than ever before. Lengthy notes are stone and dots like LP permits. I see that in Technics solely the shortcomings in a centrally centralized report are really apparent, although Technics additionally maintains wonderful power and timing. Basso on varma ja nopea, se pysähtyy ja alkaa rytmisen tason avulla, joka tekee melkein mitä tahansa vyöstä hitaasti ja tylsäksi verrattuna. Mids on loistavasti sileä ja hieman eteenpäin, mikä kuvaa analogista lämpöä, johon vinyyli on niin kunnioitettu. Ja huipput ovat puhtaat, raikkaat ja selkeät, ja niissä on runsaasti yläpäätä ja avoimuus äänelle, joka antaa jokaiselle musiikin elementille oman tilan hengittää ja kukoistaa.

Lopullinen ajatus

Kun Technics markkinoi 70-luvulla suorakäyttöisen levysoittimen, heistä tuli tunnetuimpia tuotteita parhaiden joukossa. saatavilla hinnalla. Mielestäni ei ole epäilystäkään siitä, että Technicsin uudet tuotteet seurasivat ja tulevat legendaarisiksi seuraavien neljän vuosikymmenen aikana ja sen jälkeen. Although it is my hope that this time we will overcome the snobbery of years passed by and as an alternative embrace the actual effort and advancements that the corporate has made to supply its best merchandise yet, and have fun the efforts of a company who do really care about not simply sustaining a line of vinyl replay gear, but advancing it further than ever before to maximise the capabilities of the vinyl format. These new Technics turntable set new technical standards which can pave the best way for future evolution of vinyl and the gear we use to play it.

At this worth, the Technics SL-1200GR is an impressive piece of engineering with efficiency that wouldn’t be embarrassed by options at many occasions it average value. In typical Japanese type it’s built to a normal higher than most, and feels each bit the piece of high quality engineering that it’s. It gives exemplary technical efficiency, has musicality in spades and presents simply excellent value for money. If this have been a boutique British-manufactured deck, it will sell for a lot of occasions its asking worth and by default be revered by the plenty. As it is it is among the few real bargains in hi-fi audio. My only hope is that it doesn’t slip beneath the radar, as it’s a piece that deserves to be heard. And now, as I conclude this writing, I am off to do exactly that.