The Technics Grand Class SL-1200G turntable is finally available in Australia, almost four years after its launch. [Pictured above and below, click images to enlarge]

Launched globally in 2016, the SL-1200G combines a coreless direct-drive motor, precise motor control technology, a high-rigidity platter and a 230mm magnesium tonearm with a gimbal pivot. Technics’ unique coreless motor eliminates the tiny variations in rotational speed, known as ‘cogging’, that affect most direct drive turntables. ‘The SL-1200G provides the smoothest possible rotation by the use of an optical encoder at the bottom of the platter which detects the precise rotating speed,’ said Aaron Waters, Product Marketing Manager (Audio and Video) at Panasonic Australia, which distributes Technics. ‘Furthermore, a twin rotator motor construction reduces the bearing load while maintaining high torque and also limits minute vibrations during rotation. This makes it possible to reproduce the warm sound and subtle nuances of musical expression engraved in analogue record grooves and craved by vinyl lovers.’

The Technics SL-1200G has three speeds—33.33, 45, and 78 rpm—and you can adjust pitch by up to 16 per cent. Wow and flutter is rated at 0.025% (JIS C5521) and signal-to-noise as 78dB (IEC 98A weighted). Its brass and aluminium composite die-cast platter weighs 3.6kg. The tonearm employs a lightweight magnesium material which has been cold drawn to improve the characteristics of the material and increase the damping effect while tracing is enhanced through the use of a gimbal pivot with high-precision bearings which has the horizontal and vertical rotational axes intersecting at a single central point. ‘Technics’ numerous listening trials have shown that magnesium is sonically superior compared to aluminium,’ said Waters. ‘The passion and detail that goes into creating revered Technics products encompasses both superior technology and a timeless design, with precise construction and craftsmanship to create the centrepiece of any music lover's listening environment.’

Available now from selected audio specialist retailers, the Technics SL-1200G sells for $6,999 (RRP).

For more information, contact Panasonic Australia