The biggest announcement of IFA 2017 so far (it's early days, admittedly) has come from Technics. Following its recent reimagining of its iconic SL-1200 turntable, the company has delved even further back into its history and announced the SP-10R.
Officially called the Reference Class SP-10R, this new turntable combines Technics' most advanced digital and analogue technologies. The company is claiming world's-best signal-to-noise ratio and rotational stability.
Some of that rotational stability comes courtesy of the 7kg brass, rubber and aluminium platter. Elsewhere, the SP-10R features a brand new coreless direct-drive motor (upgraded from that used in the recent SL-1200GR) and an ultra low-noise power supply. As you can see from the above image, the power supply is separated from the platter to further reduce noise and vibration.
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With more than half an eye on its considerable heritage, Technics has confirmed the SP-10R is interchangeable with its SP-10mk2 (1975) and SP-10mk3 (1981).
The cost of a new SP-10R is yet to be confirmed but, given Technics' recent pricing policy we're not expecting it to be much of a bargain.