One of the biggest causes for excitement amongst DJs comes from Panasonic’s CES announcement that the Technics 1200 turntable is making a return.
Very much an industry standard for DJs, the Technics 1200 turntable was the must-have deck for anyone serious about scratching and mixing. The direct drive system offered precision that allowed for faster changes in tempo and greater control over beat matching. Production of the 1200 ceased in 2008 with the release in Japan of the MK6.
In 2014 Panasonic revived the brand which had originally been founded in 1965 fueling speculation that the iconic turntable would once again go into production. At this year’s CES in Las Vegas, the rumours were confirmed as Panasonic revealed two new versions of the Technics 1200 would be available in 2016. In celebration of its 50 year heritage the Limited Edition Grand Class SL-1200GAE will be released in the summer with a run of only 1200 being produced. A presumably cheaper model – the SL-1200G – will follow later in the year.
Not much appears to have changed aesthetically with the new models, but a focus has been placed on reducing vibrations from the turntables motors to improve playback. DJs and audiophiles rejoice!
Prices are yet to be revealed – keep up to date with product information at panasonic.com