Editor's note: Like much of the EU press, we were invited to an exclusive Vimeo Webinar to present this product, which would have normally been launched at Munich High-End. Obviously, we were not able to inspect the product up close, but in essence the turntable seems to be an almost identical model to the limited edition SL-1210GAE (from 2016) that marked the relaunch of the Technics brand, with the principle difference being the all-black colour scheme, the improved insulation and the bundled high-performance Nagaoka cartridge made specifically for this model.
From the Technics press release
May 28, 2020 - Technics has been delivering a wide variety of epoch-making audio products, such as speaker systems, amps and audio players to worldwide markets since 1965, the year in which this valued Hi-Fi audio brand debuted. This year, Technics releases the SL-1210GAE Limited Edition direct drive turntable to commemorate the 55th anniversary of the Technics brand. This special model is based on the internationally acclaimed Grand Class SL-1200G hi-fi turntable and features a full black colour scheme, which has already proved popular with other recent Technics products. The SL-1210GAE will be available from June 2020 and limited to only 700 units throughout Europe.
Special and exclusive specifications of the SL-1210GAE 55th anniversary model
1. All-black colour scheme
The SL-1210GAE’s 10-mm-thick aluminium top panel sports a meticulously anodized black brushed hairline finish. In addition, the operation buttons and tonearm also employ a high quality black finish that results in a uniform, premium appearance.
2. Special badge inscribed with a serial number
The SL-1210GAE is wholly made in Japan by skilled artisans’ hands, with a significant level of hand-made processes to ensure the highest quality possible. The top panel features a special badge, inscribed with the unique serial number to signify that it is a 55th anniversary model.
The specially developed zinc insulator features αGEL™, a soft gel-like material with excellent shock absorbing properties which is also used on the highly acclaimed, ‘flagship’ SL-1000R reference turntable. The high-density zinc die-cast housing offers superb vibration damping characteristics and excellent long-term reliability. The new insulator effectively isolates the turntable from external vibrations, ensuring completely undisturbed music reproduction whilst preserving every fine nuance and detail within the musical signal.
αGEL™ is a trademark of Taica Corporation registered in Japan and/or other countries.
4. Strobe light ON-OFF switch
Turning off the strobe light allows the listener to concentrate more effectively on the music, especially in dimmed environment.
5. Specially tuned, unique Nagaoka pickup cartridge provided
In developing the SL-1210GAE, Technics collaborated with Nagaoka, a highly-respected manufacturer with a global reputation for record styluses and pickup systems. Nagaoka boasts world-leading microfabrication technologies for difficult-to-cut materials and celebrates its 80th anniversary this year. The SL-1210GAE is supplied with the Moving Magnet(MM) type JT-1210 cartridge that was specifically tuned by a joint team of engineers from Technics and Nagaoka. The JT-1210 employs a Boron cantilever and is specifically tuned and designed to offer superior performance in focus and detail in comparison to other Moving Magnet cartridges. It will only be available together with the SL-1210GAE turntable. The superlative sonic capabilities of the JT-1210 cartridge and SL-1210GAE Direct Drive Turntable ensure that this limited edition full package will be even more valuable and desirable.
The expected retail price of this limited edition turntable is €4,500.