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Technics has released its new next-level direct drive Grand Class turntable

Technics has launched its next generation direct drive turntable which offers smooth and accurate rotation stability and a new power supply for lower noise.

The SL-1200GR2 and SL-1210GR2 turntables are the latest models in the popular GR Grand Class turntables.

“This is the first offering in the fourth generation of the Technics turntable lineup. A key objective with this new model is to further enhance sound quality by eliminating micro vibrations from the motor, using the new Delta-Sigma-Drive system.” Says Aaron Waters, Product Marketing Manager, Technics.

“Customers will also enjoy the classic Technics design in both silver and black versions, with a robust and stable chassis, the benefit of expanded cartridge compatibility, and EPS-free smart cardboard packaging.”

The SL-1200GR2 and SL-1210GR2 turntables have improved performance over their predecessors with improvements in signal precision in its digital audio components.

It has also taken direct drive technology to the next level with a significant reduction in motor vibration and an improvement in tracking precision.

The result is impressive signal precision that offers an accurate sound stage and a very low noise floor.

The SL-1200GR2 and SL-1210GR2 turntables also have Multi-Stage Silent Power Supply working at more than 100kHz alongside a noise-cancelling circuit which comes from the reference class SL-1000R turntable.

The Technics SL-1200GR2BS Grand Class Turntable (Silver) and Technics SL-1210GR2BK Grand Class Turntable (Black) are both priced at $3,299.

SL-1200GR2 / SL-1210GR2 Key Capabilities

– The new Delta-Sigma-Drive combines the highly reliable Technics coreless direct-drive motor with a new motor drive system. It ensures high accuracy and stable rotation, improving electromagnetic conversion accuracy.

– The system makes use of a low-noise, low-voltage variation power circuit through the combination of a switching power supply – using expertise developed from Technics Grand Class amps and players – and a proprietary noise cancelling circuit.

– The turntable boasts design inspired by high-end models, and excellent usability with a traditional Technics layout.

– 3mm die-cast aluminium cartridge spacers ensure an improved cartridge height compatibility of 14-23mm.

– It incorporates a rock-solid 2-layered bottom chassis made of aluminium and BMC (Bulk Moulding Compound), the combination of which enables high resistance against vibrations; a 2-layered platter made of aluminium and dampened by heavy-weight rubber; a high-sensitivity S-shaped aluminium tonearm and extremely effective insulator feet.

– To reduce its environmental impact, while ensuring that the turntable is fully protected, the new packaging for SL-1200GR2 / SL-1210GR2 is free of Expanded Polystyrene (EPS). Instead, it is made of smart-shaped cardboard, also including a cardboard box for the accessories for ease of removal and storage. Technics is currently working to expand new packaging to other line-ups and to integrate more recyclable content in the future.