Technics SL-1200GR2 Turntable

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Technics SL-1200GR2 Turntable

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Key info

  • Modern edition of Technics’ ultra-premium, iconic SL-1200G reference series turntable.
  • Solid direct drive quality and legendary build quality.
  • Features the new Delta Sigma Drive technology for the highest reproduction quality.
  • Audiophile stability meets time-tested durability.
  • Ultra-precise S-shaped tonearm.
  • Works equally well as an audiophile unit or professional DJ turntable.

All specifications

Physical characteristics
Weight 11.5 kg
Dimensions (HxWxD) 173 x 453 x 372 mm
Technical specifications
Tonearm Static Balance
Motor Brushless DC motor
Platter Aluminum diecast. Diameter:332 mm. Weight:Approx. 2.5kg (Including a rubber sheet)
Wow and flutter 0.025% W.R.M.S.
Drive type Direct Drive
Power supply AC220-240 V, 50/60 Hz
Inputs/Outputs
Analog outputs PHONO (Pin Jack) x 1. EARTH TERMINAL x 1
Included accessories
What's in the box Turntable, Turntable sheet, Dust cover, EP record adaptor, Balance weight, Auxiliary weight, Cartridge spacer Head shell, Overhang gauge, Screw set for cartridge, PHONO cable, PHONO earth lead, AC power supply cord, Owner's Manual

Introducing the Innovative ΔΣ-Drive Motor System for Enhanced Sound Quality

We’re ushering in a new era of audio excellence with the Technics’ groundbreaking motor-drive circuit, featuring the cutting-edge ΔΣ-Drive (Delta Sigma Drive) system. This revolutionary technology effectively quashes even the tiniest motor-generated vibrations, marking the dawn of Technics’ next-generation direct drive turntables committed to elevating sound quality to new heights.

ΔΣ-Drive (Delta Sigma Drive) – A Leap in Motor-Drive Innovation

The ΔΣ-Drive system represents a paradigm shift, harnessing Technics’ expertise in PWM signal processing. Beyond its capacity to reduce high harmonics, this remarkable drive system masterfully curtails motor-induced vibrations, resulting in flawlessly smooth and precise rotation, and thus delivering a truly immersive auditory experience.

The Pinnacle of Direct Drive Turntables’ Evolution

Ever since pioneering the world’s first direct drive turntable, Technics has tirelessly strived to enhance sound quality. Enter the ΔΣ-Drive, designed to quell even the minutest motor vibrations and enhance the cartridge’s electromagnetic conversion precision. Our SL-1200GR2 is the flagship model embodying this breakthrough technology, setting the stage for a new era in direct drive turntables.

Achieving Impeccable Stability with the Coreless Direct Drive Motor

In 1970, Technics introduced the world to the first direct drive turntable, a game-changer in the industry. Direct drive systems, in contrast to belt drive counterparts, exhibit a host of advantages, including minimal S/N ratio degradation due to motor vibration and deceleration mechanisms, as well as long-term reliability without the need for part replacements. In 2016, Technics unveiled the twin-rotor, surface-facing, coreless direct drive motor, effectively eliminating the “cogging” issue plaguing direct drive systems. The SL-1200GR2 carries this legacy forward, featuring a single-rotor, surface-facing, coreless direct drive motor, banishing cogging for good.

Silencing Noise with Low-Noise Switching Circuitry

Technics’ high-speed switching power supply guarantees a stable power source with minimal ripple and noise. Employing this technology eliminates the need for bulky transformers and mitigates mechanical vibrations. With a switching frequency exceeding 100 kHz, noise interference during music playback becomes a thing of the past.

Unparalleled Noise Cancellation with Current Injection Technology

Technics’ current injection active noise cancelling system combines noise detection with error amplification. It detects residual power supply noise and applies an inverse phase current to effectively eliminate noise components, surpassing the capabilities of traditional regulators for an ideal power supply.

Rigidity and Vibration Damping Redefined

Crafted with precision, our platter features a two-layer design with deadening rubber on the rear surface, eradicating unnecessary resonance that can affect audio quality. The aluminum die-cast shape has been optimized to increase inertial mass and reduce vibration, and the addition of strengthening ribs on the platter’s back surface enhances rigidity, achieving damping characteristics twice as effective as its predecessor, the SL-1200MK5.

Precision Tonearm for Enhanced Playback

Technics’ tonearm effortlessly tracks record rotations with precision, boasting an aluminum pipe for exceptional lightweight rigidity. Utilizing a gimbal suspension construction with high-precision bearings, this tonearm achieves astonishing initial-motion sensitivity of 5 mg or less. It allows for precise tracking of record grooves and supports easy cartridge swaps to match musical genres or moods.

Robust Two-Layered Cabinet Construction

The SL-1200GR2 boasts a dual-layered body construction, unifying the BMC and aluminum die-cast chassis for unmatched rigidity and durability.

High-Damping Silicon Insulators

Technics’ specially designed silicon rubber insulators offer superior vibration damping characteristics and long-term reliability, ensuring exceptional performance. Premium Terminals for Uncompromised Sound Featuring gold-plated phono terminals for detachable cables and an internally shielded case to minimize external noise interference, the SL-1200GR2 sets a new standard in audio connectivity.

Experience the future of sound with Technics’ SL-1200GR2 direct drive turntable, where innovation meets audio perfection.

User reviews

1 review
  1. 5/5

    Mark

    Previous turntable was a Rega P6; however, having owned a Technics SL1200G about 3 years ago, I wanted to return to a direct drive turntable.

    I can no longer afford a SL1200G, so went this recently updated version of the SL1200GR and traded in my Rega P6 to afford it. Premium Sound offered me a good trade in price and the whole experience was very positive.

    This turntable is very well made and feels solidly built. Despite having owned it’s big brother previously, when I first took it out the box and set it up it has real wow factor. My wife thinks it looks really good too. I like the adjustable vibration absorbing feet, unlike the Rega where you have to level it with disc or coins under the feet, etc. and the Rega was susceptible to footfall and heavier traffic passing on the busy road outside my house.

    The only real obvious differences I notice between this and the SL1200G, is the SL1200G has a brass top plate on the platter, a machined aluminium plynth and a magnesium tonearm. Oh, and the massive weight of the SL1200G – its backbreaking and you need a sturdy support to sit it on. This SL1200GR2 is more managable.

    Sound: Using an Audio Technica VM95SH cartidge (that I had used on my Rega) I find the sound to be more open with a bigger soundstage than the Rega. There is greater dynamics and the music feels like it is driving along with greater propulsion. Bass is more textured, has greater impact and goes a touch lower.

    I remember the Technics SL1200G I had having a slightly more rounded, duller sound, where this seems a bit more detailed and airy. This was one of the reasons I sold the SL1200G, as I didn’t feel it was very high resolution despite the high price tag – this was also with a previous VM95SH I had at the time.

    If I could critisise this SL1200GR2, the azimuth was off; however, there is a small screw on the underside of the headshell that you can loosen to correct the adjustment. You will need a small jewellers screwdriver to do this.

    Very pleased with this turntable and for me, I prefer it to the bigger brother.

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