Known as the SL-1210MK7 in Europe, this is the latest generation of the legendary SL series, and the first DJ-specific turntable from Technics in the best part of nine years. With the new MK7, the company is only making minor improvements, including a new coreless direct drive motor that promises to completely eliminate an effect called "cogging" where electric motors occasionally feel like they're stuttering during slow rotations.
Panasonic hasn't revealed when the Technics SL-1200 MK7 will be available or how much it will cost, but we'll update with those details when we know more.
View photos of the new SL-1200 MK7 below.
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We're still waiting on a price and release date for the SL-1200MK7, but you can find out more on the Technics website.
What all of this means to the average DJ will depend hugely on the price point Technics assign to the SL-1200mk7. Technics has used motor control technology developed for Panasonic Blu-ray players to ensure that rotation is consistent and the decks respond to stop/start and scratching. The SL-1200 MK's finish is matte black and features an all-black tonearm. 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. The turntable also features improved tracking, a new stylus illuminator, and a reverse play function to help DJs expand the breadth of their various play styles.
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.