The Technics SL-1200G turntable will cost $4000

We first caught a glimpse of a new Technics turntable during IFA 2015, but then it was just a shell of a deck. Now, all the pieces are in place, and we have to say things are looking very promising.

The SL-1200G is the cherry on top of Technics' high-end Grand Class G30 range of hi-fi separates. The model name is a nod to Technics history and its iconic SL-1200 range which spawned the classic SL-1210 deck.

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It's due out this summer - but it won't be cheap, with Technics telling What Hi-Fi? it will cost around $4000. The previous Technics decks would retail for around £1200, but Technics says this new deck is completely redesigned and, naturally, a real jump in performance.

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Panasonic claims the new deck uses a number of unique features designed to keep vibrations of the motor and any changes in rotational speed in check.

For example, the new deck uses a new 'coreless' direct drive motor which works with high-precision rotary positioning sensors to help reduce any unwanted interference.

The new turntable also features a four-layered cabinet construction, which includes a 10mm thick aluminium top panel.

There's also a 50th anniversary special edition in the offing, the SL-1200GAE, which features a slightly different finish, limited serial number platter and a magnesium tonearm (as opposed to aluminium on the standard model). This model will be limited to 1200 pieces.

Technics Grand Class SL-1200 will go on sale in summer 2016.

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Andy is Deputy Editor of What Hi-Fi? and a consumer electronics journalist with nearly 20 years of experience writing news, reviews and features. Over the years he's also contributed to a number of other outlets, including The Sunday Times, the BBC, Stuff, and BA High Life Magazine. Premium wireless earbuds are his passion but he's also keen on car tech and in-car audio systems and can often be found cruising the countryside testing the latest set-ups. In his spare time Andy is a keen golfer and gamer.