Technics SL-G700 SACD player/network streamer

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Technics SL-G700
Technics SL-G700 SACD player/network streamer

Back with CD I dropped the Red Hot Chili Peppers Blood Sugar Sex Magik [Warner Bros] into the beautifully machined tray and gave it some beans. The straightforward amped-up funk this worked surprisingly well on the Technics, shining through with plenty of energy and power. Switching (totally seamlessly on the player’s behalf) over to a locally stored rip of the same album produced a cleaner result with lower noise and more exquisite detail. If you have a decent media server, it’s unlikely that you will be playing discs very often, but with SACDs, there isn’t much alternative, so it’s nice to have the option.

The Technics SL-G700 is a superbly executed bit of audio engineering, which reveals the advantages that large corporations have when it comes to fit and finish. The sound it produces will appeal those who are looking for depth of tone and whose tastes don’t stray too far into the murky waters of complex rhythmic interplay. This Technics is a fully-featured and classy piece of hardware for the money that’s likely to prove consistently reliable in the long term, and if you enjoy SACD, it’s a package that’s hard to match. 

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Type: Solid-state network streamer, SACD/CD player, DAC

Analogue Inputs: none

Digital Inputs: One coaxial S/PDIF (via RCA jack), one TOSLink, USB A

DAC Resolution/Supported Digital Formats: 
FLAC/WAV/MP3, etc. Sampling rate for D/A conversion 384kHz/32 bit

Music services/Wi-Fi inputs: Tidal, Deezer, Spotify Connect, Bluetooth, Airplay, Chromecast

Analogue Outputs: One stereo balanced 
(via XLR connectors), one stereo unbalanced 
(via RCA jacks)

Headphone output: 6.3 mm, 110 mV, 32 Ω vol max

Digital Outputs: One coaxial S/PDIF (via RCA jack), one TOSLink

Frequency Response: Super Audio CD: 2 Hz to 50 kHz (-3 dB) / CD: 2Hz to 20 kHz (-3 dB)

Distortion (THD + Noise): Super Audio CD: 0.0006% 
(1 kHz, 0 dB) / CD: 0.0015% (1 kHz, 0 dB)

User Interface: Display (on main unit), Technics Audio Centre application software for iOS, Android

Dimensions (H×W×D): 98 × 430 × 407mm

Weight: 12.2kg

Price: £2,399

Manufactured by: Technics

Tel: +44(0)333 222 8777

URL: technics.com

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