Technics announces SL-1200 MK7 turntable

Lloyd Doyle
January 8, 2019

Technics or its parent company Panasonic have yet to share when this new turntable will be available for purchase and what the price tag will look like. The new model is being hailed as "the first new standard DJ turntable in approximately nine years". It launches alongside a new SL-1500C hi-fi turntable.

At CES 2016, Panasonic revived the Technics 1200 turntable line which had last been updated with the MK6 back in 2008. They were followed by the SL-1200GR in 2017.

What all of this means to the average DJ will depend hugely on the price point Technics assign to the SL-1200mk7. There is the addition of Reverse Play, which appeared on rival DJ decks but never made it across to Technics until now, but otherwise it's all about the internal upgrades.


The improved direct drive motor reportedly has increased "rotation accuracy, powerful torque [and] high reliability. eliminating the need for parts replacement and maintenance", according to Panasonic's press release. (They often only work in one direction.) And using technologies the company developed for Panasonic's Blu-ray players, the 1200 MK7 incorporates new motor control electronics that promise to further improve its use for scratching vinyl. A two-layer platter with deadening rubber and aluminium promises a resonance-free base for your records, while the chassis comprises aluminium and ABS mixed with glass fibre for a solid, vibration-free cabinet.

Other handy features include detachable power/phono cables - the terminals are gold-plated to minimise sound quality degradation - and adjustable starting torque and brake speed. Visually, the LED light can be switched from red to blue and there's a new all-black matte design.

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