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Technics marks 50 years of SL-1200 turntable with limited special edition

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Panasonic-owned Technics is marking the 50th birthday of the SL-1200 turntable with a limited special edition
Panasonic-owned Technics is marking the 50th birthday of the SL-1200 turntable with a limited special edition
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Panasonic-owned Technics is marking the 50th birthday of the SL-1200 turntable with a limited special edition
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Panasonic-owned Technics is marking the 50th birthday of the SL-1200 turntable with a limited special edition
The SL-1200M7L 50th Anniversary series turntable is based on 2019's DJ-specific SL-1200MK7 model
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The SL-1200M7L 50th Anniversary series turntable is based on 2019's DJ-specific SL-1200MK7 model
The 50th Anniversary Edition SL-1200M7L turntable comes with a gold-colored tonearm, special badging on the top panel and an anniversary slipmat
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The 50th Anniversary Edition SL-1200M7L turntable comes with a gold-colored tonearm, special badging on the top panel and an anniversary slipmat
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Panasonic followed the relaunch of the Technics brand in 2014 with a high-end reworking of a DJ favorite in 2016. Now to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the SL-1200 turntable, Technics has launched a limited special edition.

The direct-drive SL-1200 made its debut in 1972 and was quickly a dual-deck club DJ staple, while hip-hop artists began to scratch vinyl in a good way. Versions continued to be produced right up until 2010, when brand owner Panasonic cited a decline in global demand for its decision to cease manufacture.

However, despite being written off as a dying format, sales of music on vinyl started to pick up again. And after bringing back the Technics brand in luxury audiophile guise at the IFA 2014 expo, Panasonic revealed an brand-new Grand Class turntable a year and a bit later. More recently, the design returned to its DJ roots with the SL-1200MK7, and it's this model upon which the limited 50th Anniversary Edition is based.

The 50th Anniversary Edition SL-1200M7L turntable comes with a gold-colored tonearm, special badging on the top panel and an anniversary slipmat
The 50th Anniversary Edition SL-1200M7L turntable comes with a gold-colored tonearm, special badging on the top panel and an anniversary slipmat

Only 12,000 units will ship globally, with the occasion marked by the inclusion of a golden-tinted anodized tonearm, special badging up top and an celebratory slip mat.

The SL-1200M7L also boasts a high-rigidity cabinet and damping insulator to help shield the system from music-spoiling vibrations – "even during harsh operating conditions." Starting torque and brake speed can be adjusted for more control, as can pitch, and there's a reverse play function that will allow home users to potentially discover hidden messages in songs played backwards or just allow DJs more flexibility. And Technics has included a high-brightness LED stylus light for precision placement in dimly-lit venues.

The 50th Anniversary Edition turntable series is up for pre-order now available in seven funky colors that "reflect the street culture that continues to inspire generations of DJs." Only 12,000 units will be produced in total, and each carries a US$1,099.99 price tag. Shipping expected to start in July.

Source: Technics

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David V
Nice. Tempted too. When the original SL1200 came out I had a Pioneer PL12D. Another classic turntable at that time although not direct drive obviously and the SL1200 was out of my reach. I'm still buying vinyls now - the latest being Spoon's Hardest Cut which is fantastic. Turning on a cheap but beautiful looking Pro-Jet RPM turntable. Tempted though. This was my dream kit at the time. But so was the Johnny Seven gun my parents refused to buy me...
BlueOak
Golden era of audio. So many fond memories. And Panasonic, like SONY was a wonderful source of reliable, well-designed consumer electronics gear. Today’s volume gear is soulless.

At the time there was a fear of disappearing turntables, I researched and bought what I expected would be a reliable, but not craze $ solution - the Technics SL-QX200. No stretch-dry out prone belt, and a simple semi-auto return arm. Still have it and it works like a charm.