Panasonic's revival of the Technics brand continues its momentum with the appearance at CES of two turntables extending the company's SP10 heritage and both using the marque's preferred Direct Drive Transmission System. The original SP-10 heralded direct drive back in 1970.

The two models at CES 2018 are the Technics SL-1000R and SL-10R.

We told you about the SL-10R back at IFA in September (read it here) - the SL-1000R now adds the tonearm and base to deliver a complete system, with an S-type universal tonearm with a lightweight, high damping magnesium tonearm pipe, and integrated tonearm base. The gimbal suspension construction tonearm uses high-precision bearings, with oxygen-free copper used for internal wiring.

For those lucky enough to own one of the previous SP-10 Series turntables, that's the role of the SL-10R, which has been developed to be completely interchangeable with previous  models, such as the SP-10MK2 and SP-10MK3. Users can continue using the turntable base of these previous systems, the shape and screw positions have been designed to allow for complete backward compatibility. The control unit is also the same shape and size as the SP-10MK2 power unit for trouble-free replacement.

No pricing has yet been released for either, but the complete SL-1000R system is expected to hit five figures. For more details and pricing, contact Panasonic Australia