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Technics SL-1210GR2 Manual direct-drive turntable (Black)

Item # 1331210G2K

This 'table improves on Technics' coreless direct-drive technology with precise digital rotation control.

This 'table improves on Technics' coreless direct-drive technology with precise digital rotation control.

Item # 1331210G2K

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About the Technics SL-1210GR2

Ned O.

A direct-drive turntable with advanced precision

Technics introduced the legendary SL-1200 direct-drive turntable in 1972, and they continue to build upon that influential design and legacy of quality with the SL-1200GR2/SL-1210GR2 (silver and black, respectively).

A direct-drive turntable with advanced precision

Technics introduced the legendary SL-1200 direct-drive turntable in 1972, and they continue to build upon that influential design and legacy of quality with the SL-1200GR2/SL-1210GR2 (silver and black, respectively).

Technics' signature coreless direct-drive motor delivers high torque and rotational stability, and it eliminates an audible effect called "cogging" that lesser motors may exhibit. And this is the first Technics turntable to use digital signal processing to help regulate the drive. This Delta Sigma Drive technology suppresses motor vibrations and reduces high harmonics for unwavering, accurate rotation.

An adaptable tonearm

The SL-1200GR2/SL-1210GR2 features a universal headshell, with no pre-installed cartridge. You can choose one or more phono cartridges to match the various pieces in your beloved vinyl collection.

And the gimbal-suspension technology Technics uses at this turntable's tonearm fulcrum helps it make even slightly warped records sound smooth.

Solid build quality

This 'table's super-rigid chassis uses high-damping silicon insulators for smooth sound and excellent isolation from vibrations. And its dense, two-layer platter helps ensure you hear nothing but what the needle reads from your vinyl.

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Product highlights:

  • coreless direct-drive motor offers high torque performance
  • Delta Sigma Drive technology uses digital signal processing for smooth, accurate rotation
  • static-balanced, S-shaped aluminum tonearm reads grooves accurately
  • adjustable slider for variable pitch control (±8% and ±16%)
  • 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
  • dense, two-layer platter
    • super-rigid chassis with high-damping silicon insulators for excellent isolation from vibrations
  • brushless DC motor reaches 33-1/3 rpm in 0.7 seconds
    • start/stop switch
  • stereo RCA phono output with ground terminal
  • speeds: 33-1/3, 45, and 78 rpm
  • wow and flutter: 0.025%
Dimensions and warranty:
  • 17-7/8"W x 6-13/16"H x 14-11/16"D (with dust cover down)
  • weight: 25.35 lbs.
  • warranty: 2 years
  • MFR # SL-1210GR2-K

What's in the box:

  • Turntable
  • Tone-arm (pre-installed)
  • Headshell
  • Balance weight
  • Counter-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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More details on the Technics SL-1210GR2

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Features & specs

Features
Color Black
Operation Manual
Speeds 33-1/3, 45, 78
Speed Control Electronic
Drive Type Direct
Pitch Control Yes
Phono Preamp No
USB Output No
Bluetooth Built-In No
45 RPM Adapter Yes
Audio Cable Detachable
Power Cable Detachable AC Cable (3-pole)
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
Removable Headshell Yes
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) 14.625
Weight 25.35 lbs.
Turntable Parts Warranty 2 Years
Turntable Labor Warranty 2 Years
Cartridge Parts Warranty N/A
Cartridge Labor Warranty N/A

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Features

Direct Drive Turntable: Built on the SL-1200GR and SL-1210GR, with expertise from Technics Grand Class amplifiers and multi-digital audio players, the new SL-1200GR2 direct drive turntable include a low-noise, low voltage variation power circuit and proprietary noise-canceling circuit, for unprecedented high-precision sound. A motor control signal generated by Delta-Sigma Modulation also ensures smoother, more stable rotation and the highest accuracy in amplitude.

  • Low Noise Switching Circuit: Use of a high-speed switching power supply ensures a stable supply capacity and less ripple and humming. Applying a switching power supply to a turntable eliminates the need for a large transformer and countermeasures for the ensuing mechanical vibrations. A switching frequency of above 100kHz limits the impact of noise on the music playback bandwidth.
  • Active Noise Canceling: This technology combines a noise detection device with an error amplifier. It detects residual noise in the power supply and applies an inverse phase current to remove noise components. It removes low frequency noise more effectively than a regulator to ensure a more ideal power supply.

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-1210GR2, which once again drew a significant response in the hi-fi market. The SL-1210GR2 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.

Delta Sigma Drive Modulation: The Delta Sigma Drive is a new system that applies Technics' expertise in PWM signal processing to thoroughly suppress any minute vibrations generated from the motor for smoother, more accurate rotation, ensuring a rich reproduction of the music. This newly designed motor system uses delta-sigma conversion technology to reduce errors in the drive signals, obtaining low distortion drive signals through highly precise PWM generation technology. It also helps to reduce the minor rotational inaccuracies and minute vibrations that cannot be picked up with wow and flutter or S/N ratios. Minute vibrations appear as reverse phase components in audio signals and obscure the sound image, but the Delta Sigma Drive reduces these vibrations to improve sound image localization, enabling clear and high-quality spatial expression.

Speed & Pitch Controls: The Technics SL-1210GR2 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.

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 and SL1200GR. 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-1210GR2 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).

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-1210GR2 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-1210GR2 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 and SL-1200GR, the SL-1210GR2 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-1210GR2. 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-1210GR2 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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