New features include detachable phono outs and reverse play
A new DJ turntable from Technics has been rumoured for some time now, and yesterday those rumours proved true with the announcement of the new SL-1200 Mk7.
A price for the turntable has yet to be revealed, but it's worth noting that Panasonic (the company which owns the Technics brand) is billing it as "the first new standard DJ turntable in approximately nine years," which suggests the new Mk 7 may retail for somewhat less than the eye-watering $4K asking price for the SL-1200G, launched in 2016, which was aimed primarily at the audiophile market.
The feature set of the Mk 7 doesn't differ dramatically from existing models – launching the deck at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Technics said, "We wouldn't dream of drastically changing one of the most renowned products in music history" – but the deck does now offer reverse playback, which is achieved by pressing the speed selector and start/stop buttons simultaneously. It also has standard RCA phono outs, rather than the hard-wired phono cables of earlier models. Other improvements are mostly on the build side, with a new microcomputer-controlled drive motor for improved tracking and sound reproduction, a new LED stylus illuminator light, and a dual-layer platter and compound chassis for better vibration-damping.
The SL-1200 Mk 7 measures 453 x 169 x 353mm, and weighs around 9.6kg. We'll bring you news of pricing as and when we have it; in the meantime, click here for further info.
Also new from Technics at CES this week is the SL-1500C, a home-listening turntable that has a direct drive motor but no pitch control.
UPDATE 10/01/18: According to What Hi-Fi? magazine, the new SL-1200 Mk 7 will retail in the US for $1,200, while in the UK and Europe it will be known as the SL-1210 Mk 7 and retail for £899/€1,000. It's expected to go on sale in the summer.