Technics SL1200 and SL1210 turntables and accesories
- Technics SL-1200 was originally released as a high fidelity consumer record player, it quickly became adopted among radio and club DJ's, thanks to the direct drive high torque motor design, making it, initially, suitable for pushbutton cueing and starting of tracks on radio. Latterly, when the use of slip-mats for cueing and beat-mixing (and scratching) became popular, the quartz-controlled high torque motor system came into its own.
- The deck design was primarily to create the best audio production for listening, but the aim to get very solid control over wow and flutter, in addition to maximum prevention of resonance from the sound produced, meant it became the primary turntable for installation into nightclubs and other venues where the sound level precluded the use of other turntables with similar capabilities.
- Since its release in 1979, SL-1200MK2 and its successors have been the most common turntable for DJing and Scratching. The Technics turntable brand can be found as a key instrument in some of the most exclusive recording studios & live performance sets within the music scene. More than 3 million units have been sold. It is widely regarded as one of the most durable and reliable turntables ever produced. Many of the models manufactured in the 70's are still in heavy use.
- In the autumn of 2010, Panasonic announced that the series was to be discontinued due to marketplace conditions.