Technics puts a new spin on the SL-1200 turntable

With the vinyl revival in full swing, Technics has revealed details of its new, much-anticipated turntable.

The Panasonic-owned brand, which was revived in 2014, used this year’s CES Show in Las Vegas to unveil two new versions of its classic Technics SL-1200.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Technics, a limited edition model (only 1200 units) the Grand Class SL-1200GAE will be available from this summer, while the standard version – the Grand Class SL-1200G – will be out in the winter.

Based on a newly-designed direct-drive motor, Technics said the new turntables have been introduced due to an ever-increasing consumer interest in vinyl records.

At last year’s IFA show in Berlin, Germany, Technics announced its plans to return to the turntable market, which it pulled out of in 2010.

The Technics brand was known for its turntables, including the iconic SL series, which was popular with DJs.

Speaking to ERT at IFA, Andrew Denham, Panasonic UK and Ireland’s managing director, said: “The new turntable will be quite a big catalyst for a lot of our fans from the past to reconsider the Technics brand.”

At CES this year, Sony also announced a new premium turntable – the PS-HX500, which allows the user to convert their vinyl collection into High Resolution Audio quality digital files. It will be available from April.