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Technics reveals SL-1210GR turntable, on sale April for £1299

Following the launch of the SL-1200GR at CES at the start of the year, Technics has announced the SL-1210GR – a black version of the new GR turntable, and the first new SL-1210 turntable for ten years.

Both the the silver SL-1200GR and the black SL-1210GR will go on sale in April, costing £1299 each. The two new Technics turntables sit below the SL-1200G, which went on sale last year for £2999, and is only available in silver.

The 1200GR and 1210GR share the same specifications, with the only difference being the choice of finish.

The Technics SL-1200GR (left) and the Technics SL-1210GR (right)

The Technics SL-1200GR (left) and the Technics SL-1210GR (right)

The Technics GR turntables sport a high-rigidity, two-layer design chassis, with an aluminium platter and BMC base. By contrast, the more expensive SL-1200G has a brass platter.

There's a coreless direct-drive, single rotor motor, as opposed to the twin rotor found on the more expensive model. The platter weighs in at 2.5kg which, along with its aluminium-and-rubber construction, is designed to eliminate resonance.

The turntables claim a torque of 3.3kg/cm and come with a low-mass, high-rigidity aluminium tonearm that's assembled, fitted and balanced by hand.

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There are detachable cables on the SL-1200GR and SL-1210GR, a first for a Technics deck, plus gold-plated phono- and grounding terminals. The familiar +/-8 pitch controls (with a 2x option) are of course present and correct.

The SL-1200GR weighs 11.2kg, while the platter is 2.5kg (including the rubber mat) – 0.8kg heavier than that of the previous SL-1200MK5. This compares to 18kg and 3.6kg for the reference SL-1200G.

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Launching the new SL-1210GR, Technics said sales of the £2999 SL-1200G had "surpassed our expectations".

But will you be queueing up for the new £1299 SL-1210GR? Or indeed the SL-1200GR? Black or silver? Let us know in the comments below.

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Joe is Content Director for Specialist Tech at Future and was previously the Global Editor-in-Chief of What Hi-Fi?. He has worked on What Hi-Fi? across print and online for more than 15 years, writing news, reviews and features. He has covered product launch events across the world, from Apple to Technics, Sony and Samsung, reported from CES, the Bristol Show and Munich High End for many years, and provided comment for sites such as the BBC and the Guardian. In his spare time he enjoys playing records and cycling (not at the same time).