Technics - SL-1210G Direct Drive Turntable

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Technics - SL-1210G Direct Drive Turntable

Technics - SL-1210G Direct Drive Turntable

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The Technics Direct-Drive SL-1210G Turntable, with Elegant Black Finish, Offers Exquisite Craftsmanship, Balance, and Stability: Plays LPs with Expressiveness, Richness, Dynamics, and Focus

The Technics SL-1210G direct-drive turntable is all about exquisite craftsmanship, diligent engineering, terrifically balanced performance, and reference-class speed stability. Equipped with a coreless direct-drive motor with no iron core and perfectionist-oriented electronic speed control, SL-1210G permanently ends any possibility of cogging (a form of rotation irregularity). Moreover, its twin-rotor construction reduces the bearing load all the while maintaining high torque. In sum, SL-1210G plays vinyl LPs with equal parts fun, capability, neutrality, refinement, richness, dynamics, and focus.

Just how seriously does Technics take each SL-1210G? The balance of every model is adjusted in the factory via specialized, high-precision adjustment equipment (also used to evaluate bullet-train wheels) for each and every item after the turntable gets assembled. Similar obsessiveness goes into building the nearly eight-pound, three-layer, ultra-rigid platter — comprised of brass, die-cast aluminum, and a noise-deadening rubber on its underside. The result: Incredible inertial mass and smooth operation.

The 39.7-pound SL-1210G boasts an impressive plinth, featuring four layers of different material (hairline-processed 10mm-thick aluminum top panel combined with die-cast aluminum, BMC, and heavyweight-class rubber) to ensure rock-solid firmness and steadfastness. High-grade support feet add to the package, as does a shielded case for the brass-milled, gold-plated phono terminals for maintaining signal purity.

Technics' nine-inch universal static-balance tonearm looks and sounds like luxury. Utilizing lightweight magnesium for high damping properties, and cold drawing to improve the material characteristics, it employs Technics' traditional gimbal suspension construction wherein the horizontal rotation axis and vertical rotation axis intersect at a single central point — as well as high-precision bearings using a cut-processed housing. Supplied auxiliary weights support a massive range of cartridges.

Operating SL-1210G is a joy. Push-button 33, 45, and 78RPM control abet a stop/start button. A pitch slider and strobe light reside here, too. An instrument worthy of passing on to your heirs, SL-1210G comes with a dust cover, 45RPM adapter, balance weight, headshell, phono cable, and set screws. In addition to its priceless heritage, SL-1210G, like all Music Direct products, comes with the 100% Music Direct Satisfaction Guarantee.

"The most important thing I learned was that these Technics turntables continue to be the real deal…. [I was] endlessly impressed with this well-made precision machine."
—Marc Phillips, Part-Time Audiophile

"Fantastically fun to listen to, extremely capable in most audiophile senses and built as well as some turntables at ten times its price, it's nigh on impossible to criticize."
—David Price, StereoNet, Applause Award

Coreless Direct-Drive Motor

Conventional analog turntables have problems with degradation in sound quality caused by factors such as minute speed vibration during rotation and rotation irregularity called "cogging." In the SL-1210G, the use of a newly developed coreless direct-drive motor with no iron core eliminates cogging. Also, the twin-rotor construction reduces the bearing load while maintaining high torque and also reduces minute vibration during rotation. These factors enable reproduction of the warm, exquisitely detailed sound etched on analog records.

High-Precision Motor Control Technology

The application of motor control technology developed for Blu-ray devices and switching the drive mode depending on the operational status of the motor achieve a high-starting torque and high-speed stability.

Three-Layered Turntable Platter

The turntable has a three-layered construction with a rigidly combined brass and aluminum die-cast platter. It is designed with a deadening rubber layer that covers the entire rear surface to eliminate unnecessary resonance, thereby achieving high rigidity and vibration damping. This delivers smooth rotational stability and inertial mass surpassing the SP-10MK2, the direct-drive turntable standard used by broadcast stations worldwide, as well as having more than twice the inertial mass of the SL-1200MK5.

High-Level Balance Adjustment

When the weight distribution of the turntable is uneven, excess vibration or noise occurs during rotation, which causes degradation in sound quality. Therefore, the balance of the turntable is adjusted at the factory by using specialized high-precision balance adjustment equipment for each and every item after the turntable is assembled. Turntables that have undergone adjustment are labelled with a sticker reading "BALANCED" to indicate that adjustment has been done.

High-Sensitivity Tonearm

The tonearm employs lightweight magnesium, which has a high damping effect, with cold drawing improving the characteristics of the material and achieving the high precision required. In addition, high initial-motion sensitivity is attained by employing the traditional Technics gimbal suspension construction, with the horizontal rotation axis and the vertical rotation axis intersecting at a single central point, as well as high-precision bearings using a cut-processed housing.

Four-Layered Cabinet Construction

A hairline-processed, 10-mm-thick top panel of immaculate aluminum has been added to the previous three-layered construction of aluminum die-cast, BMC, and heavyweight-class rubber on the SL-1200MK5. This four-layered construction combines high rigidity with a high-quality finish and feel.

High-Quality Terminals

Brass-milled, gold-plated phono terminals and ground terminals prevent degradation in sound quality while enabling the easy attaching and detaching of cables. Also, the use of metal shielding inside the case reduces the effects of external noise.

Type: Direct Drive Manual Turntable
Turntable Speeds: 33-1/3, 45 and 78 rpm
Adjust Range: ±8 %, ±16 %
Starting Torque: 3.3 kg-cm
Build-up Characteristics: 0.7 s. from Standstill to 33-1/3 rpm
Wow And Flutter: 0.025 % W.R.M.S. (JIS C5521)
Rumble: 78 dB (IEC 98A weighted)
Turntable Platter:
   Brass and aluminium die-cast combined
   Diameter: 332mm
   Weight: Approx. 3.6 kg (including a rubber mat)
Tonearm Type: Universal Static Balance
Effective Length: 230 mm
Overhang: 15 mm
Tracking Error Angle:
   Within 2° 32'(at the outer groove of 30 cm (12"") record)
   Within 0° 32'(at the inner groove of 30 cm (12"") record)
Offset Angle: 22°
Arm-height Adjustment Range: 0 - 6 mm
Stylus Pressure Adjustment Range: 0 - 4 g (direct reading)
Head Shell Weight: Approx. 7.6 g
Applicable Cartridge Weight Range:
   Without the auxiliary weight:
      5.6 to 12.0 g
      14.3 to 20.7 g (including the head shell)
   With small auxiliary weight:
      10.0 to 16.4 g
      18.7 to 25.1 g (including the head shell)
   With large auxiliary weight:
      14.3 to 19.8 g
      23.0 to 28.5 g (including headshell)
Cartridge Mounting Dimension: JIS 12.7 mm Interval
Head Shell Terminal Lug: 1.2 mm φ 4-pin Terminal Lug
Power Supply: AC 110 V / 60Hz
Power Consumption: 14 W Approx. 0.2 W (standby)
Dimensions (WHD): 17-27/32" x 6-13/16" x 14-21/32" inch"
Weight: 39.7 lbs.
Accessories: Turntable, Turntable Mat, Dust Cover, EP Record Adaptor,Balace Weight, Auxiliary Weight Small, Auxiliary Weight Big,Head Shell, Overhang Gauge, Screw Set for Cartridge,PHONO Cable, PHONO Earth Lead, AC Mains Lead, Screw Set for Turntable, Owner's Manual

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