DJs rejoice: the iconic Technics SL-1200 turntable is back

Revived and revamped: the limited edition Technics SL-1200GAE.
Revived and revamped: the limited edition Technics SL-1200GAE.

It's been rumoured for a while, and now Panasonic (which now owns the Technics brand) has officially confirmed that it'll be relaunching the iconic SL-1200 direct-drive DJ turntable later this year.

Rather than simply replicating the original hardware - which was beloved by DJs around the world - the company says that it hopes to "redefine the direct-drive turntable reference" thanks to a redesigned direct-drive motor and control circuitry.

The move follows Pioneer's decision to release its own direct-drive turntable, the PLX-1000, in 2014.

The first model in the new range will be the Grand Class SL-1200GAE, a limited edition release that will be restricted to 1,200 units and will be available in the summer. The regular Grand Class SL-1200G will be available before the end of the year.

Specs are available on the Technics website, though pricing details are still to come.

Ben Rogerson

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it.