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NAMM 2019 | Technics Re-Launches the SL-1200 DJ Turntable
It's been over 10 years, but the Technics SL-1200 DJ turntable is back, and it's better than ever!
Technics hasn't released a new DJ turntable since 2007, but the time has finally come, and - much to the rejoice of many - the SL-1200 is back!
With a subtly-altered design from its predecessors, the Technics SL-1200 Mk7 isn't here to radically change the series. Announced at a 2019 CES press conference, Technics said, “we wouldn’t dream of drastically changing one of the most renowned products in music history.”
Though it may share the same DNA as its historic SL-1200 family, the new MK7 features carefully-refined developments for 2019. "Packed with accumulated technologies and knowhow, it aims to contribute to the further development of the club DJ culture."
Direct Drive System - The Original Pioneering Technology
The new SL-1200 Mk7 features the original direct drive motor which formed the core of the SL-1200 series. With time-proven reliability and durability, this system offers unparalleled accuracy to replicate every hand movement with pin point precision.
The SL-1200 Mk7 features a further development of Direct Drive technology, achieving even higher sound quality as the new Coreless Direct Drive Motor. This motor achieves stable rotation and powerful toque, whilst removing the only irregularity of the previous direct drive system ('cogging') .
A Stable Platform
The s-shaped tonearm is back. With controlled balance and a unique tracking arc, this traditional s-shaped tonearm reproduces your records with the highest fidelity, and without any skipping.
The SL-1200's stability is enhanced with an internal spring and rubber on each foot, as well as external cushioning material. Height-adjustable feet mean you can set up on uneven surfaces and still be guaranteed a wobble-free performance.
The original SL-1200 could be set at a precise rotation speed to set the musical pitch. This feature led to smoother transitions and was a hugely popular feature of the original deck. The Mk7 features a newly-incorporated vertical fader with full digital control for incredible accuracy of pitch.
Illuminated On Stage
The SL-1200 Mk7 features a white LED stylus light for maximum clarity when on stage. An additional red/blue LED strobe light provides clear visual feedback for rotation speed (even if this feature may be redundant with the post-Mk2 models all featuring accurate & stable quartz control).
Back in the Game
With its new, incredibly-stable design and classy black finish, the SL-1200 Mk7 is here to remind DJs why the SL-1200 model reigned supreme. As Technics says, with its new features for 2019, "the MK7 aims to set a new standard for DJ turntables.".
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