Back in 2016, Technics combined traditional analog technology with advanced digital technology to launch the SL-1200G. The turntable set a new standard for quality and performance. Now Technics is out to reset the standard again, this time with a turntable system that features a direct drive motor—the SL-1200GR.
The SL-1200GR features more than just a direct drive motor. It also sports high rigidity platter, a high-sensitivity tonearm, and precise motor control technology. But it’s the direct-drive motor that really steals the headlines. Most other turntables rely on belt-driven motors and other systems, both of which come with limitations. The direct drive system lets you turn the motor, and thus the platter, at a low speed. The direct drive also helps to eliminate degradation in S/N ratio caused by motor vibration and deceleration mechanisms. Direct drive motors also have increased durability, so you can run them longer than other motors.
For their direct drive system, Technics used a twin-rotor, surface-facing, coreless motor. The motor has rotor magnets on both sides, which keeps the rotation regular and eliminates “cogging,” which happens when the rotation goes irregular. The rotation control of the motor corrects the motor’s precision, and verifies that it is functioning as it should The same technology is used in Bluray players. Combine all these aspects with a more rigid platter that dampens vibration, a tonearm that tracts the rotation of your record for better precision, and a rigid body with silicon insulators for vibration damping, and you get a turntable that produces the richest, warmest sounds you’ve ever heard with virtually no interference from vibration and other sources. This kind of quality doesn’t come cheap—you’ll pay close to USD$1,000—but the sound is so unparalleled that you won’t regret investing that money into the system.