After the fallow years in which it stopped producing the classics, Technics has returned to its pioneering turntables as inspiration for two new models. The updated SP10-R – the original was the first ever direct-drive turntable – with its sleek silver and gold appearance, features a coreless drive motor and twin rotor.
Its platter has a tungsten-enhanced, 10mm-thick brass weight, offering stable rotation.
The turntable’s control unit is separated from the main deck in an effort to reduce background noise and improve the sound quality, which is further enhanced with a deadening rubber attached to the rear of the platter.
Users must buy a tonearm separately, although the redux is compatible with the original SP10, first launched in 1970.
The other resurrection, the SL-1000R, does include an S-type tonearm and a base, while the arm’s bearings, the turntable bearings and the needle position are all constant to reduce the negative effects from the vibration of the base. Both turntables will be released in summer.
In 2016, largely in response to the resurgence in popularity of vinyl, Technics relaunched its SL-1200 range – iconic among DJs – after discontinuing that model in 2010.