Technics has blown the roof off its IFA press conference by announcing a prototype turntable, scheduled for release in 2016.

After the relaunch of the Technics brand last year, the question of whether the company would release a new turntable has hung in the air. This year, Technics finally confirmed what we all wanted to hear: there will be a new Technics deck.

A prototype was unveiled at IFA 2015 in Berlin of what promises to be the first Technics turntable since the release of the SL-1200MK6 in 2007, itself the latest in the famous SL-1200 range.

It's billed as a direct drive, analogue turntable.

Here's what we know so far:

・ Coreless stator design that eliminates cogging

・ Twin rotors that reduce bearing load and minimize tiny rotational fluctuations (wow & flutter), while maintaining high torque

・ Oil impregnated high-precision bearings that minimize unwanted vibrations during rotation

The redesigned direct drive motor control technology involves the following:

・ Spindle motor control technology that switches the stator winding drive mode according to operating conditions to provide both high starting torque and high rotational stability 

・ Adaptive rotational control technology that achieves optimized compensation according to precision rotational position detection and load fluctuation factors

More after the break

The turntable does not currently have a name or price - so no word whether it will continue the SL dynasty.

Nor is there a release date besides a vague eye on a 2016 commercial launch.

Watch this space for more information as we get it…

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