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At CES 2016, Panasonic revived the Technics 1200 turntable line which had last been updated with the MK6 back in 2008. The pricey Grand Class Technics SL-1200G was targeted at audiophiles, however, while the 1200’s biggest fanbase had been mostly DJs who loved its high-torque, direct-drive platter. Two years later, Panasonic announced the Technics SL-1200 MK7 today with new features designed to specifically appeal to DJs once again.

Many considered the Technics SL-1200 to be the perfect turntable as far back as the MK2 version thanks to its—at the time—unique direct-drive system that built the turntable’s platter directly into the electric motor, resulting in far more torque than a belt-driven turntable could offer. The ability for the platter to immediately stop and reach full speed again made the Technics SL-1200 the go-to for scratch DJs who are very hands-on with their performances.

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