Technics Set To Release A Black SL-1210GR Turntable

At CES, we first caught wind of the Technics SL-1200GR, a lower-cost version of the new generation of turntables. At £1,300 / $1,600, it’s still not a cheap DJ turntable. That said, a surprise over-the-weekend press release came in, announcing not only a new all-black SL-1210GR model, but also reaffirming Technics’ commitment to DJs. Keep reading for details.

Technics SL-1210GR: All Black Everything

The new SL-1210GR harkens back to one of the slickest models of original Technics. It makes a lot of sense to release a black variation – after all, much of the DJ gear out there is black. But aside from the color choices on this new model, all the specs are almost completely identical to the SL-1200GR that was announced at CES. It’s just a cosmetic difference.

The new SL-1200GR and black SL-1210GR are set to be available for sale in April of this year – and Technics has confirmed that the price will be roughly $1,600 in the US. It’s absolutely an expensive gear purchase – but one that’s a bit more wallet-friendly than the $4,000 reference-quality model SL-1200G/GAE.

Technics Clarifies Their Position On DJs

Many people in the DJ community bristled last month when a New York Times article came out in which Technics creative director Hiro Morishita snubbed DJs as a viable market. It was an odd choice for a brand that has had so much great natural marketing come out of the DJ community. But in this new press release for the SL-1210GR, we noticed a heavy backpedal that DJs will welcome:

“The SL-1200GR and SL-1210GR combine the best of both worlds,” says Michiko Ogawa, Director Technics at Panasonic. “We are sure both models will fulfill the expectations of Technics fans around the globe. Our objective was to extend our top range for audio enthusiasts as well as professional DJs.”

Full Specs On SL-1210GR

Here’s the full specs for the SL-12010GR from this same press release – if you want more details, check out the official Technics site.

Technology for Rotational Stability

  • Coreless Direct Drive Motor
  • High-Precision Motor Controller

Construction for Vibration Tolerance

  • High-dampening Turntable Platter
  • Rigid Cabinet Construction
  • Silicon Rubber Insulator

High Quality Parts

  • High Sensitive Tonearm
  • Gold–plated Detachable Terminals

Technics Definitive Design

Inherited SL-1200 Series

Turntable Section

  • Type: Direct Drive Manual Turntable
  • Turntable Speeds: 33 1/3, 45, 78 r/min
  • Adjust Range: ±8%, ±16%
  • Starting Torque: 2.2 kg?cm (1.91 lb-in)
  • Build-up Characteristics: 0.7 s. from standstill to 33 1/3 r/min
  • Wow and Flutter: 0.025%W.R.M.S.
  • Rumble: 78dB(IEC 98A Weighted)
  • Turntable Platter: Aluminum die-cast
  • Diameter?332mm (13-5/64?)
  • Weight?Approx. 2.5kg (5.5 lb) (Including rubber sheet)

Tonearm Section

  • Type: Universal, Static Balance
  • Effective Length: 230mm (9-1/16?)
  • Overhang: 15mm (19/32?)
  • Tracking Error Angle:
    Within 2° 32?(at the outer groove of 30cm (12?) record)
  • Within 0° 32?(at the inner groove of 30cm (12?) record)
  • Offset Angle: 22°
  • Arm Height Adjustment Range: 0 – 6mm
  • Stylus Pressure Adjustment Range: 0 – 4g (Direct Reading)
  • Head Shell Weight: Approx. 7.6g
  • Applicable Cartridge Weight Range: [without auxiliary weight] 5.6 – 12.0g (14.3 – 20.7g (including head shell))
    [with auxiliary weight] 10.0 – 16.4g (18.7 – 25.1g (including head shell))
  • Cartridge Mounting Dimension: JIS 12.7mm, interval
  • Head Shell Terminal Lug: 1.2mm? 4-pin terminal lug


  • Audio Output: PHONO (Pin Jack) x 1, EARTH TERMINAL x 1


  • Power Supply: AC120 V, 60 Hz
  • Power Consumption: 11 W (Approx. 0.2W (Standby))
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 453 x 173 x 372 mm (17-27/32 × 6-13/16 × 14-21/32 inch)
  • Weight: Approx. 11.2kg (Approx. 24.7lbs)
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