Technics SL-1200GEG: Looks like 80s, plays like heavenDale Davies ▼ | October 21, 2016
The new turntable by Technics, one of the most iconic audio brands of all time, looks like it came from 80s, no doubt about that. But, this is truly a Hi-Fi device, capable of playing your favorite vinyls the way they deserve to be played.
Turntable In the 1970s, Technics invented direct-drive
The high-precision rotation and absence of S/N ratio degradation were particularly attractive to these users. The high torque and reliability of direct-drive were recognised by DJs, and direct-drive turntables became the standard in the club scene. When developing a direct-drive motor, considerable capital investment is required for large-scale production equipment. In contrast, belt drives can be made with a little cost. Also, compared with direct-drive, belt drive was designed with the latest technology.
The view remains that direct-drive is for DJ use and belt drive is for Hi-Fi use. Originally, direct-drive offered superior sound quality. If Technics redesign the direct-drive motor and control circuitry, they will be able to create a turntable that is superior to other systems. Technics was also a leader in incorporating innovations, such as vibration-damping materials, cabinet construction, and insulators. Having inherited the DNA of Technics, they do not wish to merely make a replica of the SL-1200.
Conventional analogue 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-1200GEG, the use of a newly developed 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, exquisitely detailed sound etched on analogue records. ■