Fresh on the heels of last year’s SL-1200G Turntable, Panasonic’s Technics returns with a pared down, less expensive version that’s still really damn optimal and pretty damn expensive. The new SL-1200GR debuted at CES 2017 and swiftly seduced every eardrum in the room with its clean, consistent sound. However, while early reviewers are heralding the player’s performance, at least a few are still scoffing at the hefty price tag of 2K.
Of course those dollars still go a long way and the SL-1200GR duly delivers lush, pure, detailed sonics. That’s thanks to decades of expertise and a signature single-motor direct-drive system, which keeps the platter’s rotation going at a low, steady speed and essentially never breaks down or degrades. The result is consistent fidelity, the elimination of cogging and a lack of audio deterioration as the needle creeps toward the deadwax.
Other features of note include a premium high sensitive tonearm, a high rigidity body and a brilliant two-layer construction that incorporates rubber at the rear surface of the aluminium die-cast. The rubber and body take on a buffering effect, damping the vibration and eradicating undesirable resonance. What that equates to is pristine, durable sound that doesn’t waver or fall victim to fatigue no matter how long or how loud the music plays. If you have good ears and 2K to drop on a turntable, you could certainly do much worse.