Technics SL-1200MK2

1 9 7 7 1977

Probably audio's best bestselling component : from the original SL-1200 to the more recent gold-plated Limited Edition of the mkV, there are probably more SL-1200 around the world than Denon's DL-103.

Preferred by some to self-assumed audiophile turntables, the SL-1200mk2 does boast an exremely sturdy motor and (in 1977) a tonearm with one of the lowest friction ratios.
Better yet : both of these features are still valid... today !

The EPA-120 tonearm included in the 1200mk2 would see many later (separate) versions enhancing the original EPA-100 good design with exotic materials and slight mechanical upgrades.
Three optional SH-1200W-S counterweights were available for heavier-than usual cartridges.

If the natural use for the 1200mk2 has become strictly DJ'ing, the 1200mk2 (still) is quite valid as a primary turntable for music listening.

The 1200 is still available from Panasonic in several versions, including the original MK2 !

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Technics SL-1200MK2 specifications
Title Value
Motor : Quartz-Synthesizer Direct Drive Manual turntable
Ultra-low-speed brushless DC
Platter : 33,2cm aluminium diecast
Platter weight : 2kg (including rubber matting)
Speeds : 33 1/3 & 45rpm
Pitch controls : ± 8% (Quartz Locked)
Starting torque : 1,5kg / cm
Start-up time : 0,7s (90° rotation to 33 1/3rpm)
Braking system : electronic brake
Wow & flutter : 0,025% (JIS C5521)
± 0,035% (IEC 98A)
S/N ratio : 56dB (DIN-A ; IEC 98A unweighted)
78dB (DIN-B ; IEC 98A weighted)
Tonearm : S-shaped tubular static-balance type
with anti-skating & oil-damping cueing controls
Effective length : 23cm
Overhang : 15mm
Error angle : +0°32' (inner groove)
+2°32' (outer groove)
Lateral friction : 7mg
Vertical friction : 7mg
Effective mass : 12g
Offset angle : 22°
adjustable VTA : 6mm
Tracking force : 0...2,5g
Cartridge range : 6...9,5g
PC : 12W
Dimensions : 45,3 x 16,2 x 36cm
Weight : 11kg.
FEATURES 0,5 microns tonearm bearings tolerance
0,007g lateral/vertical friction
gold-plated contacts
aluminium-diecast frame + rubber matting
rubber damping on both platter sides
platter markings for +6 / +3,3 / 0 / -3,3% speed change
retractable stylus illuminator
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