Technics SL-1200 DJ Turntables Are Back!

Panasonic has made an announcement at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that will rock the DJ world: the company is going to start producing new Technics SL-1200 turntables in 2016. Keep reading for the details on the relaunch of the industry-standard turntable, including images of the two new models, SL-1200G and SL-1200GAE.

Technics 1200s: The Original DJ Tech Tool

The direct-drive Technics SL-1200 was the single most important piece of gear to DJing in the formation of the artform, bringing a reliable, predictable vinyl player to the masses. It was intended as audiophile gear, but the attention to detail has made it appealing to DJs for decades.

The last model that Panasonic introduced, the Technics SL-1200 MK6, went out of production back in 2012 – meaning that a lot of the demand for Technics went to the used gear market. But now, citing increased demand in market for vinyl records, Panasonic is relaunching the turntable line with two new products.

Technics SL-1200G / SL-1200GAE

There are two models that Panasonic is putting out in the Technics SL line:

  • Technics SL-1200G
  • Technics SL-1200GAE: limited edition, 1,200 units sold

In addition to simply making new Technics available to purchase, Panasonic has also made a few adjustments to the units’ design that will improve performance for DJs:

  • Three-layered platter: the platter of a turntable prevents vibration and resonance – and on these new models, it’s a three-layered platter, made of “a rigidly combined heavyweight brass and aluminum die-cast platter, and deadening rubber”. Panasonic claims that this has more than twice the inertial mass of the SL-1200MK5, and even more than the SP-10MK2 (which is the broadcast standard for vinyl)
  • Four-layered cabinet: Panasonic has added a “hairline-processed” 10mm top panel of aluminum to the top of the turntable cabinet. Again, this is one more layer than the SL-1200MK5, giving it an even more polished look and feel.
  • Motor vibration suppression: To help control any small vibrations that the direct-drive motor might create, there’s an onboard microprocessor on these new SL-1200s that detects vibrations using rotary positioning sensors and make adjustments, as well as using an encoder at the bottom of the motor to “detect the precise rotating angle”. This is all in addition to other advances made by Panasonic in direct-drive motors, including eliminating the iron core to avoid “cogging” – tiny motor vibrations and speed fluctuations.
  • Dampening tonearm: On the SL-1200G, the tonearm is aluminum; on the SL-1200GAE it’s magnesium – and the material and deign on both have been improved to increase dampening.
  • Gold-plated terminals: Most DJs who have owned a Technics turntable know that one of the fastest things to wear are the RCA connections – on these new models, there are simple gold-plated terminals to allow quick attachment of any cable.

Both new Technics models are coming out later this year – with the SL-1200GAE 50th anniversary limited edition coming in Summer 2016, and the SL-1200G coming to stores late in 2016. Besides a few material differences and a serial plate on the special edition we’re not entirely sure what the difference between the models – but with only 1,200 being made of the special edition, we suspect they will mostly only be collectors items.

Prices have yet to be announced, but we imagine Panasonic isn’t catering to the low-end turntabilist with these models.

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  • chorizo68

    I still own 2 from the 80s full working order love them

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    I farted out a duck with better graphics than this SUV’s brochure. FARTED out a DUCK. For reals.

  • Jose

    Paying more than a grand for a fucking turntable? I could upgrade to a nicer car for $4000.

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    So pleased they are back, such a great product. Yes you do buy these for life and they are simply rugged as hell. Mine are 20 years old now, also survived many a midnight mission to a party, They’ve even crossed a Loch on a Canoe to get to a forest party. They only things that will need some refurbishment after heavy use are the target lamps, pitch sliders and sometimes the AUX cables, never known of a motor failing but I guess there must be a few. And if you do these projects yourself you really see how well built they are. You’ll love them even more. I dont go for possessions much, but I will never part with mine.

  • Aken

    It’s 4000 $ lol

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  • Chris Wunder

    40lbs! vinyl djs are going to be getting buffer and buffer lol.

  • ItsWesSmithYo

    Funny…classic…revival…collectible…huh? Over the last 5 years or so of DJTT and my general love for gadgets I’ve pretty much settled on an Ableton based rig for 2016 w/USB for backup. During my NYE gig, a good long time friend asked me if I felt like all the buttons [on an APC] was even DJing…”like don’t you miss real DJing with platters”…and I was like, “man I’ve missed that feeling since 1200’s disappeared from clubs…” I’m not holding my breadth for their return…mine are still front & center in the studio though;)

    • Dubby Labby

      The question is not about real djing, it is about turntable as tool in digital tech djing blog. In the past it seemed doomed, now is the root… Kids growing? Incoherence? Market shift?

      It doesn’t hurt say “I was wrong” (All of us make mistakes) but don’t clearing the closet makes some articles focused towards newbies a lot of no-sense or difficult to understand without taking money in the equation. Not? What’s the fear then?

      • ItsWesSmithYo

        Good point about the root, man I don’t now…I suppose over 10 years clubs could go other directions…but seems this would have happened with all the good Turntables in the market already…I definitely think its a great way to learn to DJ…I suppose time will tell.

        …the Real DJ thing was just what someone said to me…I’ve never been clear on what that means…show up, play, you are a DJ perhaps of varying skills, but real nonetheless;) But hey without going down that rabbit hole…

        Enjoy the Ride!

        • Dubby Labby

          Everyday 😉

  • Asu

    how much will these be here in the US…

    • acts_one

      Your kidneys or your first born child, your pick.

    • ?The Other Denzel?

      four thousand smackeroos per deck…
      8 g’s for a pair

  • Dazino Miller

    can you please make a full size turntable with no needles that just send timecode and 60r 8 midi bottons that would be the SHIT . PLEASE

    • ?The Other Denzel?

      Whats wrong with the numark HDX/CDX or the Denon sc3900?

      • Mike Kraze

        The issue with the CDX was a design flaw on the internals. The units motor got very hot and Numark thought it was a smart idea to put the ribbon cable that connected the cd drive to the board underneath that hot motor with no type of ventilation…to make matters worse the folded the ribbon cable in half at about a 45 degree angle which over time damaged the cable internally with the hot motor literally sitting on top of it.

        Such a shame because those were the best CDJs I’ve ever owned, nothing beats the feel of those platters.

        I wonder if they fixed this issue on the HDX models even though nothing beats the sleak black look the original CDX had. The HDX’s grayish silver color makes it look like a cheap toy.

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  • thundercat

    anyone else think SL-1200GAE (Gear Acquisition Edition)?

    • Dan White

      That’s perfect.

  • DJ Buckshank

    I can’t deny the ruggedness of a 1200 though.That is the best thing about them. Built like freaking tanks. I had one drop from 5 feet and land upside down on concrete. I played shows with it for another 19 years after having the tonearm fixed for about $100. No it was not my fault, a drunken “friend” was to blame. I can’t say a Vestax or Stanton would survive that type of abuse. In fact I’m pretty sure they would both be completely destroyed after such abuse. But I am older and much more careful now so I’m not worried about that type of thing.

  • DJ Buckshank

    As a skratch DJ/Turntablist, if they dont have super high torque and +/- 50% pitch and reverse,I will stick to my Vestax PDX 3000 MKII’s and Stanton STR8-150’s. I got rid of my 21 year old 1200 MKII’s for the features of these two sets of turntables and I have never looked back. Glad to see more options always, but I don’t personally see the point. I might care if they had a straight tonearm since I still use vinyl quite a bit. With the proper cartridge set up, I can barely make a record skip if I wanted to. I do not understand the S shaped tonearm. As always though, use what ever your comfortable with and keep it funky.

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  • jimmyv

    Is there a sync button on these?

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    • Chris

      sure. in your neck

      • Chris

        btw: there is some real fast high-tech trance out there, and when you will shake your head at this, you are near to the philosophical big bang Vacuum. So i would prefer some technical equipment, for those, that you can check the atoms inside the sound, and not the beat on his own.

  • fotinsky

    Oh my fucking god

  • Scott Frost


    • ?The Other Denzel?

      They cost 4 grand a deck….

      • acts_one


        • 2cent Jason


      • 2cent Jason

        you serious?

  • killmedj

    Finally an update to my favourite drink holder!

  • synapticflow

    Anti digital snobs rejoice! Your savior has returned.

    • Me

      How many sites are you going to post that same comment on ?

      • synapticflow

        Why are you bothering to look?

  • tamagotchi kawasaki

    thx Michiko Ogawa or how else did this decision

  • Rolfski

    I bought my first SL1200 in 1987 (brand new) and my second one in 1988 (second hand) and as of today they still work fine and form the center of my home set-up, having survived many parties. A SL1200 you basically buy for life.

    • Gavin Varitech

      I’ve had 10 of them (5 pairs).

    • Veronika Smith

      How much did you buy it for back in 87/88? I want to compare the prices to the new ones adjusting for inflation. I doubt they’d be equal to $4000/deck in 2016 dollars.

      • Rolfski

        I bought a new one in 1987 for 1000 Dutch guilders I think, which is around 450 euro. And when the model discontinued in 2010 I remember new prices to be still around 500/600 euro or so.
        Of course this is in a totally different league compared to upcoming versions, which are catered to the high end market.

  • Filip

    Wooo yeah, I was looking for a turntable… I guess the best option is to wait a little bit to see the review of this model and then we will see…

    • acts_one

      lol… don’t hold your breath for the review. Just wait til they announce the price, let alone the re-sale market. Have you seen the price of the GLD LTD? This ‘newer’ 1200 is going the same way, especially with only 1200 being sold.
      Just look at the current Technics offerings, the prices are ‘insane’.

    • mikefunk

      Just don’t buy Pioneer turntable. I’ve seen strip down of these on YT and pitch fader is permanently soldered to citcut board. Pitch faders fail after years. I technics you can simply change pitchfader witout whole board.

      • Rave47

        No need to slam pioneer, board mounted does not mean permanent, and the fader can be replaced by anyone with more than decent soldering skills.

        so no, it’s not a turntable to tear apart and learn from messing about, it’s an instrument and should be treated as such.

      • Pioneer

        Do buy pioneer mixer,cdj
        Fuck pioneer

  • Tricksta

    Do the new tables have separate RCA and grounds? That is the one improvement Pioneer and Vestax have made to the classic 1200

    • Ean Golden

      That was a super old bio, here is the current one for anyone interested.

      Yes – After 6 years I went from turntables to controllers in 2003. However I very much understand and empathize with those who choose to stick with the simplicity and purity of a vinyl set.

      • synapticflow

        Oh Ean! No!!!! How could you become “not a real DJ”? How can you live with your sins? So terrible.


      • Dubby Labby

        Glad to know. It hurts the “inital” turntable not a tool in the begining… So if nowadays is recognized as one why separate turntablism/djing from controllerism in the early definitions too?

        Also remember the “how big do you like platters, sir?” Article?

        Sometimes being modern we seem outdated, ironically.

      • ItsWesSmithYo

        Hey Ean…thank you and the DJTT team for all the work and knowledge. I learned about you guys in 2010 while in Sri Lanka…a good distance from where I would have thought I’d have learned about you (considering I’m SoCal based)…the irony was they had just been liberated from like 30 years of civil unrest/issues…and I was just frustrated with letting turntables go;) Rock on!