Back in the days when Technics SL-1200 turntables ruled the earth, you had a choice when it came to colors. The classic Technics SL-1200 turntables came in gunmetal and chrome and looked as durable and reliable as, well, they actually were. The Technics SL-1210 and SL-1210 mk 2 were basically 1200s gussied up in black and gold. Even though the differences between the original 1200 and the 1210 were supposed to be primarily cosmetic, I’ve heard from a least a few Technics users that the 1210 does, in fact, sound just a wee better. After the introduction of the stunning Technics SL-1200GAE in 2016, and the 1200G turntable I currently use as a reference, it seems entirely predictable to assume a Technics SL-1210GAE would be on the horizon.
And here it is, the new Technics SL-1210GAE turntable–limited edition, of course, and only 1000 will be made. If you’re thinking about buying the Technics SL-1200G after my reading my glowing review of it in The Occasional, consider the new 1210 instead. It’s coming out for $3999, the same price of the SL-1200G, and its value will go way up over the years.
Here are the press releases for the Technics SL-1210GAE turntable:
Here are the specs on both the SL-1210GAE turntable as well as the SU-R400 Reference Integrated Amplifier using distortion canceling technologies and the Advanced Speed Silent Power Supply.
“To celebrate Technics 55th anniversary, I’m pleased to announce 2 new product introductions. Please see attached PDFs for details. Thank you in advance for your kind consideration & support for Technics and all you do for our unique industry.”
- New 55th Anniversary SL-1210GAE Turntable
- MSRP of $3,999.99
- Limited edition to 1,000 units globally (EU will take the lion’s share. So, it’s likely to sell out fast in US)
- All Black
- Strobe on/off – new feature (see video)
- Alpha gel in isolation footings (similar to SL-1200GAE)
- # ? of 1000 numbered on escutcheon plate
- Shipping to dealers in July
- Product Page: https://www.technics.com/global/introduction/hifi-direct-drive-turntable-system-sl-1210gae/index.html
- Press Release: https://www.technics.com/us/about/press/releases/20200528-sl-1210gae/
- Digital Images: https://www.technics.com/us/about/press/images.html
- New Reference Series Integrated Amplifier SU-R1000
- Launch expected by end of year
- Groundbreaking digital amplification technology
with active distortion cancelling (ADCT).
- JENO Engine & LAPC
- Advanced Speed Silent Power Supply (AS²PS) for ultimate stability and drivability(control of counter electromotive power, aka speaker “kick-back”)
- New, intelligent Phono EQ with “Crosstalk Canceller” and “Response Optimizer” for accurate phono
equalization and a perfect matching of the employed pickup cartridge system
- VU meters!
- Visit: https://www.technics.com/us/news/20200528-su-r1000/