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Technics SL-1210GR

Manual direct-drive turntable

Item # 133SL1210B

It builds on Technics' legacy of quality, with new technological tweaks that make it perform at an even higher level.

It builds on Technics' legacy of quality, with new technological tweaks that make it perform at an even higher level.

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About the Technics SL-1210GR

A new turntable with an excellent pedigree

Technics introduced the first direct-drive turntable to the market in 1970, and they've kept perfecting the design ever since. The audiophile-quality SL-1210GR builds on that legacy of quality, with new technological tweaks that make it perform at an even higher level than previous offerings.

A new turntable with an excellent pedigree

Technics introduced the first direct-drive turntable to the market in 1970, and they've kept perfecting the design ever since. The audiophile-quality SL-1210GR builds on that legacy of quality, with new technological tweaks that make it perform at an even higher level than previous offerings.

At the heart of this turntable is Technics' signature coreless direct-drive motor. It delivers high torque and rotational stability, and eliminates an audible effect called "cogging" that lesser motors may exhibit. 

An adaptable tonearm

When I was a kid, I had a cheap turntable, and one of my favorite records was slightly warped. Someone told me to put a penny on top of the cartridge, so the extra weight would keep the needle from skipping out of the hilly groove (don't try that one at home). During a recent training session here at Crutchfield HQ, a Technics representative demonstrated the gimbal-suspension technology used in these turntables  A static-balanced tonearm played a visibly warped record perfectly, moving easily with the flaw in the vinyl — no loose change required.

The SL-1210GR features a universal headshell, with no pre-installed cartridge. You can choose one or more phono cartridges to match the various entries in your beloved vinyl collection.

Convenient features

The SL-1210GR offers a couple of options that professional DJs love, though just about anyone can benefit from their use. The built-in cueing light is a real boon in a darkened club, but it's equally helpful for late-night listening in the living room. The pitch control slider lets you alter pitch up or down by 8%, which is a cool beat-matching tool, but we've also heard that listeners with perfect pitch love being able to make delicate adjustments.

Rugged build quality

The SL-1210GR's two-layer, die-cast aluminum chassis is designed to resist external vibrations. The dense platter — also made of die-cast aluminum — is backed by a sound-damping layer of rubber that helps ensure you hear nothing but the music contained on your records.


Product highlights:

  • coreless direct-drive motor offers high torque performance
  • lightweight static-balance S-shaped aluminum tonearm reads grooves accurately
  • adjustable slider for variable pitch control (±8%)
  • fully manual operation
  • stylus target light for easier cueing in low light
  • universal headshell compatible for use with your choice of phono cartridge
    • no factory-installed cartridge included
  • die-cast aluminum platter
    • reinforced two-layer structure with anti-resonance rubber backing
  • high-precision motor controller increases rotational stability
    • on/off switch
  • stereo RCA phono output with ground terminal
  • speeds: 33-1/3, 45 and 78 rpm
  • wow and flutter: 0.025%
Dimensions and warranty:

What's in the box:

  • Turntable
  • Tone-arm (pre-installed)
  • Headshell
  • Balance weight
  • Auxiliary weight
  • Mat
  • Dust cover
  • 63" AC power cord
  • 58" Stereo RCA cable
  • 58" Ground wire
  • Overhang gauge
  • 2 Long machine screws
  • 2 Short machine screws
  • 2 Hex-nuts
  • 2 Washers
  • Owner's Manual
  • "Read Before Use" sheet
  • Sticker labels

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Features & specs

Color Black
Operation Manual
Speeds 33-1/3, 45, 78
Drive Type Direct
Pitch Control Yes
Phono Preamp No
USB Output No
Bluetooth Built-In No
45 RPM Adapter Yes
Audio Cable Detachable
Detachable Power Cable C13
Materials and Construction
Plinth BMC/Aluminum
Platter Aluminum/Rubber
Tone Arm Shape S-shaped
Tone Arm Material Aluminum
Tone Arm Lift Finger, Lever
Cartridge Info
Included Cartridge None
Cartridge Type N/A
Tracking Weight 0-4 g
Frequency Response Not given
Output Voltage 0
Load Impedance 0
Load Capacitance 0
Audio Specs
Signal to Noise Ratio ---
Wow and Flutter 0.025
Dimensions and Warranty
Width (Inches) 17.875
Height (Inches) 6.9375
Depth (Inches) 14.5625
Weight 25.3 lbs.
Turntable Parts Warranty 3 Years
Turntable Labor Warranty 3 Years
Cartridge Parts Warranty N/A
Cartridge Labor Warranty N/A

Product Research


Direct Drive Turntable: Parts that were inherited from Technics' highly renowned SL-1200G were newly developed for their SL-1210GR turntable, beginning with the coreless direct-drive motor and precise motor control technology that eliminates the cogging that originates from rotation irregularities, and includes a low-vibration, high-rigidity platter and high-sensitivity tonearm. The Technics SL-1210GR lets you enjoy your vinyl record music collection with rich and robust, high-quality sound.

Coreless Direct-Drive Motor: In 1970, Technics designed its first direct-drive turntable, and the system took the world by storm. Unlike belt-drive and other systems, direct-drive systems rotate the motor at low speed and directly drive the platter, thus providing numerous advantages, such as the almost complete absence of degradation in S/N (signal-to-noise) ratio due to motor vibration and deceleration mechanisms, as well as high reliability over a long period time because of not requiring parts replacement. And in 2016, Technics developed the twin-rotor, surface-facing, coreless direct-drive motor with rotor magnets placed on both sides, thereby eliminating the rotation irregularity of the motor, referred to as "cogging," which was a unique issue for direct-drive systems. This motor was adopted for the SL-1200G, which once again drew a significant response in the hi-fi market. The SL-1210GR inherits the same design philosophy with the new development of a single-rotor, surface-facing, coreless direct-drive motor, resulting in the elimination of cogging.

High-Precision Motor Control: The rotation control, which verifies and corrects the precision of the motor, uses the latest motor control technology cultivated in the development of Blu-ray disc devices, just as that used by the SL-1200G. Sine waves stored in ROM are used for the control waveforms at constant speed, and this achieves smoother and more stable rotation compared with using the simple sine wave generation with an external coil as in the previous SL-1200MK5. In addition, the electrical circuitry has had tuning performed so that the newly developed motor of the SL-1210GR achieves maximum performance. The starting torque achieves 2.2kg x cm with only a single rotor and the same startup time of 0.7s (at 33-1/3rpm) as the SL-1200G has been achieved.

High Initial-Motion Sensitivity Tonearm: The tonearm tracks the rotation of the record and enables reading with high precision, and the tonearm inherited by Technics is the traditionally used static-balance universal S-shaped tonearm, employing an aluminum pipe with excellent light weight and rigidity for the material of the tonearm pipe. With its gimbal suspension construction, the tonearm bearing section uses a cut-processed housing that employs high-precision bearings, as in the SL-1200G. The high initial-motion sensitivity of 5mg or less is achieved through manual assembly and adjustment by skilled Japanese artisans; this enables the grooves etched into the records to be accurately traced. In addition, a headshell and weights are included for a variety of cartridges/stylus assemblies (sold separately). that can be installed. The applicable cartridge weight when using the supplied auxiliary weight is 10-16.4g (not including the supplied head shell).

Note: The Technics SL-1210GR direct drive turntable does not come with a cartridge/stylus assembly (only the head shell); a cartridge/stylus assembly must be purchased separately (see Accessories Tab).

Speed & Pitch Controls: The Technics SL-1210GR direct drive turntable supports playback speeds of 33-1/3, 45, and 78 RPM records (cartridge/stylus not included and sold separately - see Accessories Tab). It also offers variable pitch control of +/-8% and +/-16%. In addition, you can adjust the turntable's startup and brake speed. You can manually adjust the startup speed faster or slower, or select Auto mode (recommended). The brake speed can manually be adjusted slower or faster.

Two-Layer Construction Platter: The platter achieves high rigidity and vibration damping characteristics by using a two-layer construction with deadening rubber applied to the entire rear surface of the aluminum die-cast to eliminate the unnecessary resonance that is otherwise relayed to the record, thereby producing clear sound. To increase the inertial mass and reduce vibration, the shape of the aluminum die-cast portion was optimized by simulation. At 2.5kg (including the rubber mat), the SL-1210GR platter is 0.8 kg heavier than that of the previous SL-1200MK5. Also, the back surface of the platter has strengthening ribs added to improve rigidity. Increasing the surface area of contact with the deadening rubber achieves damping characteristics that are more than twice those of the SL-1200MK5.

High Rigidity Chassis with Vibration Damping Feet: The SL-1210GR ensures high rigidity by using a body with a two-layered construction solidly unifying the BMC and the aluminum die-cast chassis. For the insulators supporting the body, as with the SL-1200G, the SL-1210GR uses special silicon rubber that ensures both high vibration damping characteristics and long-term reliability. Vibration in the horizontal direction is absorbed by reinforcement with cylindrical tubes using microcell polymers. While inheriting the technology of the SL-1200G, the insulators have had tuning performed specifically for the SL-1210GR. Also, the installation section of the insulators is equipped with a vertical adjustment mechanism using screws. This eliminates the rattle that occurs when the turntable is installed in a rack or the like, and prevents unwanted vibration. In addition, exact horizontal adjustment of the platter and record surface reduces rotation irregularity due to slanting, thereby enabling more stable record playing.

Gold-Plated RCA Outputs: The Technics SL-1210GR direct drive turntable uses gold-plated phono terminals for detachable cables, so a wide variety of cables can be selected. Also, the use of metal shielding construction inside the case reduces the effects of external noise. The turntable must be connected to a Phono MM input on the back of your integrated amplifier or AV receiver. If your amplifier or receiver does not have a suitable Phono MM input, a separate phono preamplifier (sold separately - see Accessories Tab) is required to connect the turntable to your amp or receiver.

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6 questions already asked

Does the stylus target light retract into the plinth?
[ John  Mar 04, 2022 ]
1 answer
Yes, it does. It protrudes just a bit in the retracted position.
[ ROBERT  Mar 04, 2022 ]
Has anyone had hum/buzz issues with this turntable ? I currently have a Rega P6 , Ortofon Bronze MM, and Project Tube box DS. I can't get the tube hum down to an acceptable level with any combination of grounding. The Rega does not have a built-in ground wire and users frequently eport hum/buzz problems. My vintage Yamaha turntable has a built in ground wire and with the same set up is quiet. The Rega with a solid state phono stage is quiet. I like the Rega but the hum issue isn't acceptable. I am considering going to a moving coil cartridge or replacing the turntable.
[ Bran  Dec 12, 2020 ]
3 answers
I have had buzz with a bad headshell on this turntable, but that was an aftermarket headshell. The headshell that came with this works perfectly, as do a couple of others that I have. So I think it's safe to say that this is unlikely to have hum problems.
[ ANDY B.  Dec 12, 2020 ]
I have had no issues with this turntable only that it is a little pricey. I am using an Ortofn Blue cartridge and get very clear sound and tracking no humming or feedback.
[ LWRDR  Dec 12, 2020 ]
While I haven't used the 2m Bronze, I do use a Tube Box DS and it hooked up to a Planar 3. Neither the Rega or Technics 1210gr give me any hum problems. I suggest trying another cartridge and see if the problem still persists. Maybe double check your gain settings as well.
[ Samuel  Dec 12, 2020 ]
Do you also carry the Technics SL-1200GR which is the silver topped one?
[ Reynaldo  Jun 24, 2020 ]
1 answer
It looks they do not. Too bad. That is the classic color. I bought mine because I feel that this particular version of the current SL-1200 family is as close or slightly better than the best versions of the original. I chose black intentionally though because I do like darker equipment. The finish on this is, no surprise, really beautiful. It's real precision pro gear.
[ ANDY B.  Dec 12, 2020 ]
If I use the Ortofon 2M cartridge (an MM type), do I need a pre-amp for this turntable ? My receiver I purchased quite a while ago from Crutchfield is the Denon AV Surround Receiver model AVR-4310CI that has a phono input. Would that preclude the need for a separate preamp ? Also, how does this turntable compare to TECHNICS new SL-1200 MK7 Turntable other than price?
[ William  Jun 01, 2020 ]
5 answers
You would NOT need an outboard phono preamp with your setup. Your Denon will handle the Ortofon nicely. The MK7 costs about half of what the GR costs. The GR is made in Japan and has some higher quality parts, but the MK7, made in Malaysia, is still a quality product. The MK7 has some features that the GR lacks, including the ability to play in reverse and the ability to change the strobe lighting color. I believe the MK7 is designed to be the descendant of the MK2 for the DJ market, while the GR is meant to be a high-end audiophile turntable. You can't go wrong with either product!
[ T  Jun 09, 2020 ]
You will not need an external phono preamp with the Denon AVR-4310CI because it has the right kind phono preamp built in. As for the comparison between the the SL-1210GR and the SL-1200 MK7 - what you get for the extra price is a turntable that is slightly heavier with slightly different layers of material in the base, and it's made in Japan instead of somewhere else. Functionally and sonically I believe they are probably indistinguishable from each other. I have the more expensive SL-1210GR and I haven't ever seen the MK7 in person, but I wouldn't expect the less expensive MK7 to be any different in practice. I only paid more because it has roughly the same base that the older models that I had wanted for decades had. If I were not already familiar with the model since childhood, I think the MK7 would be perfectly wonderful.
[ ANDY B.  Jun 09, 2020 ]
Hi William, I am a new owner of a Technics SL 1210 gr turntable. I installed a Sumiko Blue Point # 2 (MC) cartridge on my new unit as recommended by Crutchfield and it has high quality, rich sound. Yes, I believe you would need a preamp with your MM cartridge. If your Denon receiver has a phono input, I am assuming it has a built-in pre-amp. (Did a quick check online of your model # and it does look like the pre-amp is on board) Remember you get lifetime tech support from Crutchfield so you can call them or chat to get more assistance. As for differences between the 2 turntables, I've not researched, nor heard the 1200 MK7 but would suggest that you go to a local shop if available and take your favorite vinyl in w/ you and test them both.
[ SCOTT  Jun 09, 2020 ]
Hi, you should'nt need a preamp with a Denon receiver, as the preamp should be built into the receiver already (otherwise it probably would not have separate phono inputs). As for comparison with the SL-1200 MK7, if I recall correctly, I think the MK7 is made somewhere *other* than Japan, so the overall build is considered to be more affordable, but that's only based on what I've read. BTW, there is a page comparing the two on the "whathifi" website. Crutchfield will not allow me to include the link here, but if you search for keywords "SL-1200mk7" and "whathifi" then it should come up. Good luck, - jg
[ James  Jun 09, 2020 ]
if your receiver has a phono preamp you just use that. I can't compare it with other Technic turntables but it did replace a VPI scout. It is a wonderful turntable for the money buy it and have no regrets.
[ geneb  Jun 09, 2020 ]
Does Technics SL-1210GR come with dust cover?
[ Wayne  Oct 25, 2019 ]
1 answer
Hi Wayne, thank you for your question. The Technics SL-1210GR does come with a dust cover.
[ Jess  Nov 05, 2019 ]  Staff

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