Technics SL-1210GR Direct Drive Turntable System

Technics SL-1210GR Direct Drive Turntable System

Technics SL-1210GR Direct Drive Turntable System

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  • Precision Coreless Direct-Drive Motor
  • Eliminates Cogging
  • Highly Rigid Platter with Low Vibration
  • S-Shaped Tonearm with Counter Weight
  • No-Click Pitch Control
  • Instant Pitch Reset
  • 33 1/3, 45, & 78 rpm Speeds
  • Detachable Cable Terminals: Phono & GND
  • Includes Dust Cover, 45 Adapter, Headshell
  • Rubber Slipmat, Cart Hardware, Power Cord
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Technics SL-1210GR overview

  • 1Description

The Technics SL-1210GR Direct Drive Turntable System is a professional turntable designed for audiophiles, DJs, and turntablists. The SL-1210GR builds upon the success of the SL-1200G, which offered significant enhancements to the analog and digital technology including the coreless direct-drive motor and precision digital motor control, which eliminated cogging from rotation irregularities.

Additionally, the turntable utilizes a two-layer construction on the aluminum die-cast platter to achieve high rigidity, while eliminating vibration. The S-shaped tonearm employs a lightweight, yet rigid aluminum pipe, while the gimbal suspension system utilizes high-precision bearings, which are hand-tuned by skilled Japanese artisans to enable the grooves in a record to be accurately traced. The tonearm ships with a counter weight and an additional auxiliary weight for use with a variety of cartridges to match music genre or feeling. High-damping silicon insulation is used throughout to prevent unwanted vibrations from corrupting the sound. This two-layer construction prevents horizontal and vertical vibrations and provides a smooth and articulated sound.

The turntable features gold-plated RCA terminals for use with detachable cables, as well as a detachable earth-ground wire and a detachable power cord. The Technics SL-1210GR ships with a rubber slip mat, dust cover, 45 adapter, balance weight, auxiliary weight, headshell, overhang gauge, cartridge mounting hardware, stereo RCA cable, earth ground cable, and an AC power cord.

  • Coreless direct-drive motor achieves stable rotation
    • Technics developed the twin-rotor, surface-facing, coreless direct-drive motor with rotor magnets placed on both sides, thereby eliminating the rotation irregularity of the motor, referred to as cogging, which was a unique issue for direct-drive systems
  • High-precision motor control for ideal rotation conditions
    • Sine waves stored in ROM are used for the control waveforms at constant speed for smoother and more stable rotation compared with using the simple sine wave generation with an external coil as in the conventional SL-1200MK5
    • Electrical circuitry has been tuned for maximum performance
    • Starting Torque: Achieves 2.2 kg x cm with only a single rotor
    • Same startup time (0.7 sec at 33 1/3 rpm) as the SL-1200G
  • Rigidity and vibration damping characteristics
    • Two-layer construction with deadening rubber applied to the entire rear surface of the aluminum die-cast to eliminate the unnecessary resonance that is otherwise relayed to the record
    • Optimized shape of the aluminum die-cast
    • At 2.5kg (including the rubber mat), the SL-1210GR platter is 0.8kg heavier than that of the previous SL-1200MK5
    • Back surface of the platter has strengthening ribs added to improve rigidity.
    • Increasing the surface area of contact with the deadening rubber achieves damping characteristics that are more than twice those of the SL-1200MK5
  • Tonearm Achieves High Initial-Motion Sensitivity
    • High-precision tonearm tracking of the rotation of the record
    • Static-balance universal S-shaped tonearm
    • Aluminum Pipe: Lightweight and rigid material of the tonearm pipe
    • Gimbal Suspension Construction: Tonearm bearing section uses a cut-processed housing that employs high-precision bearings
    • High initial-motion sensitivity of 5mg or less is achieved through manual assembly and adjustment by skilled Japanese artisans, enabling the grooves etched into the records to be accurately traced
    • Auxiliary Weight: Allows for swapping a wide variety of cartridges to match the music genre or feeling. (Applicable cartridge weight when using the supplied auxiliary weight: 10 - 16.4g
  • High-Quality Terminals for Sound and Appearance
    • Gold-plated RCA terminals for detachable cables
    • Metal Shielding Construction: Reduces the effects of external noise
  • Rigid Body with High-Damping Silicon Insulators for Smooth Sound and Isolation
    • Ensures high rigidity by using a body with a two-layered construction, solidly unifying the BMC and the aluminum die-cast chassis
    • Uses special silicon rubber that ensures both high vibration damping characteristics and long-term reliability
    • Microcell Polymers: Vibration in the horizontal direction is absorbed by reinforcement with cylindrical tubes using microcell polymers
    • Insulators are tuned specifically for the SL-1210GR
    • Prevents Unwanted Vibration: Installation of the insulators is equipped with a vertical adjustment mechanism using screws, eliminating the rattle that occurs when the turntable is installed in a rack
    • Stable Record Playing: Exact horizontal adjustment of the platter and record surface reduces rotation irregularity due to slanting
UPC: 885170329515
In the Box
Technics SL-1210GR Direct Drive Turntable System
  • Turntable Sheet
  • Plastic Dust Cover
  • EP (45 RPM) Adapter
  • Tone Arm Balance Weight
  • Auxiliary Weight
  • Cartridge Headshell (Cartridge Not Included)
  • Overhang Gauge
  • Set of Screws for Cartridge
  • Stereo Phono Cable
  • Earth Ground Wire
  • Power Cord
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty
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    Technics SL-1210GR specs

    Turntable
    Type Direct drive manual turntable
    Speeds 33 1/3, 45, and 78 rpm
    Pitch Adjustment ±8%, ±16%
    Torque Starting Torque: 2.2 kg-cm
    Starting Time Build-Up Characteristics: 0.7 sec from Standstill to 33 1/3 rpm
    Wow & Flutter 0.025 % W.R.M.S.
    Rumble Max 78 dB (IEC 98 A-weighted)
    Turntable Platter Aluminum diecast
    Tonearm
    Type Universal static balance
    Length Effective Length: 9.1" / 230.0 mm
    Overhang 0.6" / 15.0 mm
    Tracking Error Angle Within 2° 32' (at the outer groove of 11.8" / 30.0 cm record)
    Within 0° 32' (at the inner groove of 11.8" / 30.0 cm record)
    Offset Angle 22°
    Arm Height Range 0.0 to 0.2" / 0.0 to 6.0 mm
    Stylus Stylus Pressure Adjustment Range: 0 to 0.1 oz / 4.0 g (direct reading)
    Headshell Head Shell Weight: Approx. 0.3 oz / 7.6 g
    Cartridge Weight Applicable Cartridge Weight Range:
    Without Auxiliary Weight: 0.2 oz / 5.6 g to 0.4 oz / 12.0 g
    Including Head Shell: 0.5 oz / 14.3 g to 0.7 oz / 20.7 g
    With Auxiliary Weight: 0.4 oz / 10.0 g to 0.6 oz / 16.4 g
    Including Head Shell: 0.7 oz / 18.7 g to 0.9 oz / 25.1 g
    Cartridge Cartridge Mounting Dimension: JIS 0.5" / 12.7 mm interval
    Headshell Head Shell Terminal Lug: 0.05" / 1.20 mm φ 4-pin terminal lug
    Terminals
    Connectors 2 x RCA
    1 x Earth terminal
    General Specifications
    Power Power Supply: 120 VAC, 60 Hz
    Power Consumption: 11 W approximately (0.2 W standby)
    Dimensions (W × H × D) 17.8 x 6.8 x 14.6" / 453.0 x 173.0 x 372.0 mm
    Weight Platter: 5.5 lb / 2.5 kg
    Turntable: 25.4 lb / 11.5 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 30.1 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 22.5 x 17.6 x 9.8"

    Technics SL-1210GR reviews

    SL-1210GR Direct Drive Turntable System is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 3.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth Every Penny I've been eyeballing this since its announcement, back about a year ago. My 43 year old Sony PS-4750 still satisfies; but, without a VTA adjustment, less than stellar speed stability, and no means to level it, I thought this Technics might pick up where the Sony left off. I was right, it does pick up more of what's in the groove, even with a basic Ortofon 2M Red. Also, the quality is soooo impressive, performance and looks.
    Date published: 2018-07-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from An improvement in every way I've been using 1200's for years, in comparison they feel just like the older models, but the slight improvements really show the attention to detail. Technics did not cut corners on this, they really put careful thought into where they could improve an already excellent product and they did just that. Made in japan quality like you'd expect.
    Date published: 2018-07-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from My last turntable I am an audiophile rather than a DJ. I was sold on this table's ease of set up and adjustment and bought this table rather than the cottage industry audiophile tables based on the reviews. No post buyer's remorse. Outstanding build quality, no finicky set up and most important the sound is great with my Dynavector 20x and Simaudio LP 5.3 phono preamp. Highly recommended for hesitant audiophiles like myself.
    Date published: 2018-09-17
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