Technics have unveiled their Grand Class SL-1200GR Direct-Drive Turntable, SU-G700 Amplifier and SB-G90 Floor standing Speaker.
The Technics SL1200GR Turntable takes many of the features from the SL-1200G (released last year), but making it more affordable. It includes a high-rigidity platter, high-sensitivity tonearm and coreless direct-drive motor with precise motor control technology.
The MOTOR is now a single-rotor coreless direct drive compared to the twin-rotor of the 1200G. In 2016, Technics developed the twin-rotor, surface-facing, coreless direct-drive motor with rotor magnets placed on both sides, removing the rotation distortion of the motor, referred to as “cogging,” which was a problem for direct-drive systems. The SL-1200GR’s rotation control, which verifies and corrects the precision of the motor, uses the latest motor control technology used in the development of Blu-ray devices, just as that used by the SL-1200G. In addition, the electrical circuitry has been tuned to ensure the newly developed motor of the SL-1200GR achieves maximum performance.
The PLATTER achieves high-rigidity and vibration-damping characteristics by using a two-layer construction with deadening rubber applied to the entire rear surface of the aluminium die-cast. This removes the avoidable resonance that is otherwise relayed to the record, and therefore producing clear sound. To increase the inertial mass and to reduce vibration, the shape of the aluminium die-cast portion was advanced by simulation. The back surface of the platter features strengthening ribs to improve rigidity.
The SL-1200GR has an aluminium TONEARM compared to the 1200G which uses a lighter magnesium material. The tonearm used by Technics is the traditional static-balance universal S-shaped tonearm, employing an aluminum pipe with excellent light weight and rigidity for the material of the tonearm pipe. With its gimbal suspension construction, the tonearm bearing section of the SL-1200GR uses a cut-processed housing that employs high-precision bearings, as in the SL-1200G.
The SL-1200GR ensures high-rigidity by using a BODY with a two-layered construction solidly unifying the BMC and the aluminum die-cast chassis. For the insulators supporting the body, as with the SL-1200G, the SL-1200GR uses special silicon rubber that guarantees both high vibration damping characteristics and long-term reliability. Vibration in the horizontal direction is absorbed by reinforcement with cylindrical tubes using microcell polymers. While inheriting the technology of the SL-1200G, the insulators have been modified to specifically suit the characteristics of the SL-1200GR.
Technics also revealed their new SU-G700 Amplifier and SB-G90 Floor standing Speaker. The SU-G700 stereo amplifier includes a high-rigidity aluminium cabinet, a JENO Engine (Jitter Elimination and Noise-shaping Optimisation), LAPC (Load Adaptive Phase Calibration) and high-speed silent hybrid power supply. Its three-section construction eliminates interference between circuit blocks and reduces noise production.
The Grand Class SB-G90 Floor standing Speakers offer low-frequency reproduction with excellent response and low distortion. The cabinets have been sturdily designed to help keep resonance at bay, while the combination of a 16cm woofer and 25mm tweeter can handle frequencies from 27Hz to 100kHz. This system reproduces a vast sound field in excellent clarity and precision with realism over a wide range, from low to super-high frequencies.
The price of the SL-1200GR hasn't been revealed yet, but is expected to be much more affordable than the SL-1200G. The prices of SU-G700 and SB-G90 have also yet to be announced.
Availability is expected March/April 2017.