For all the talk about the wonderful return of the Technics SL-1200 turntables, the tale masks aspects of the bigger story. The tale highlights the significance of the DJ's delight, skipping somewhat over the fact the turntable was originally one of a range of direct drive turntables for home use. The really big guns were the awesome SP-10 motor unit, and the SL-1000; the same motor unit with a housing and tonearm. Amid all the shouting about the SL-1200 models, this far more expensive, built like a tank turntable, is the real one to watch. It just might be the best product ever to carry that Technics brand name.
First though, the impact statement. This is a big turntable in a very big flight-case. The packing weight for the flight-case is 50kg and is the size of a V8 (the engine, not the juice). The deck itself brings that down to a 'more manageable' 40kg, and – like the SP-10 it's based upon – comes with an external power supply. A large part of that all-up weight is the hefty platter.
The main plinth is an impressive half metre wide, and it is all beautifully brushed 25mm thick aluminium. It comes with a lid (no hinges, but little rubber feet on all four corners; you lift this off with ceremony), but you'll want to spend your time just staring into that flawless finish. The lower section of the plinth is black bulk moulding compound over a cast aluminium frame.
The plinth sits on four feet that provide both some levelling and a degree of isolation from the environment. They are made up of silicon rubber and microcell polymer elements in a die cast zinc casing. The silicon rubber part faces the equipment support, and this makes an already heavy turntable even harder to remove.