Technics SL-1200GR Turntable Review Specs

Type: Manual, direct drive, quartz locked
Playback Speeds: 33.33, 45, and 78 rpm, adjustable ±16%
Startup Time: 0.7 second to 33.33 rpm
Wow and Flutter: ±0.025% WRMS
Rumble: –78 dB (IEC 98A weighted)
Platter Weight (Pounds): 5.5 (including mat)
Tonearm Effective Length: 230mm
Tonearm Overhang: 15mm
Audio Outputs: Phono-level analog stereo unbalanced (RCA)
Dimensions (WxHxD, Inches): 17.9 x 6.9 x 14.7
Weight (Pounds): 25.4
Price: $1,699

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JackGIII's picture

I've loved that song and album since '86. And it's long been my favorite bass test, especially that juicy riff in the outro. I've got the Classic Records Clarity Vinyl box (bought at closeout years ago), 4 single-sided 45 RPM discs. What a PITA! ;) I've enjoyed my KAB-modded SL-1200 Mk2 for the past decade or so, but have been wondering about this comparison - thanks!

John_Werner's picture

So many pertinent points made by Michael here the review should be read twice for those thinking about buying this new/old turntable. Speaking of new/old I find it curious it's all new save the dustcover as it looks anything but new. I'll have to trust measurements and the words of Technics and Michael. Obviously over decades of strong sales, and myriad clones, Technics feels the outward industrial design of the SL-1200 is iconic. I'd say they're correct. What stupefies is the several fold increase in price. After more introspection it made sense. Technics is a for profit business, of course. They knew they'd never get the sales numbers of the latter heady days of the analog era and instead of walking away made a worthy, if now somewhat costlier, much improved SL-1200. For many of us it's great to see the Technics name back. In the 70's they made some great audio gear. From receivers with some of the best FM sections (priced low compared to Marantz and McIntosh) to their all-out assault on pro-sumer reel to reel tape model RS-1500 ( better than the Revox A-77?), Technics was a solid affordable option for audiophiles. I hope they once more find their place in a confused audio world where it seems the market jumps from compact Bluetooth speakers to the truly outrageously priced high-end where every week a new speaker or amplifier appears with another zero added to the price. I was truly thinking Technics was crazy to price this new version of the SL-1200 at north of double the former price. After Michael's review I actually feel the new GR is a bit of a wonder looking so familiar but with real improved performance and build at a price that just might be a bargain all things (mainly a fraction of former sales potential) considered.