Technics SL-1200G Direct Drive Turntable System
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Technics SL-1200G Direct Drive Turntable System

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Technics SL-1200G Direct Drive Turntable System

Coreless Direct Drive Motor

Conventional analogue 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-1200G, 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 analogue 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 aluminium die-cast platter. With a deadening rubber covering its 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.

Balance Adjuster

Exhaustive measurement performed to examine whether the surface deflection of the platter is within limits.

High-sensitive 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 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 aluminium has been added to the previous three-layered construction of aluminium 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

The use of 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 construction inside the case reduces the effects of external noise.

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)
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 Section

Universal Static Balance
Effective Length
230 mm
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
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


Audio Output


Power Supply
AC 110 - 240 V, 50 / 60 Hz
Power Consumption
14 W Approx. 0.2 W (standby)
Dimensions (W x H x D)
453 x 173 x 372 mm
Approx. 18 kg
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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Technics SL 1200
08 November 2023  | 

Outstanding performance, a big step forward from my previous 1210. Immensely detailed with a solid, stable structure. Excellent service and demo facility. Investment in initial gathering of the musical detail has to be money well spent.

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Big improvement
03 September 2021  | 

Not had the Technics SL1200G for long but it is a big improvement on my previous turntable which had a supposedly superior tonearm with the same choice of cartridge (Ortofon Quintet Blue). The sound is tight, punchy and well timed and the player itself is a joy to use. I have upgraded the standard headshell, which is a recommendation and I also use the Mofi record weight, again highly recommended. It feels like my records now have a new lease of life and although expensive it looks, sounds and feels the part!

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful.

Clarity and control
26 March 2021  | 

Beautifully made, a pleasure to use and to adjust (a breath of fresh air coming from a typical ‘highly strung’ belt drive turntable), and most importantly it sounds fantastic. Outstanding clarity across the whole frequency range.

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13 of 13 people found this review helpful.

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