The Technics SL-1000RE-S direct drive turntable

This is the somewhat lengthy Direct Drive turntable called Technics SL-1000RE-S, or Technics SL-1000RE-S for short. It’s one of the most advanced direct drive turntables on the market, and as you’ve probably guessed, it comes at a price to match.

Technology and the direct drive system

The Technics brand was established in 1965 to manufacture high-end audio equipment such as turntables, amplifiers and speakers. The company later became famous for its SL-1200 DJ turntable, which became the industry standard worldwide.

Technics rose to prominence when they released the Technics SL-1100, a direct drive turntable for the consumer market. Technics was owned by Matsushita (now known as Panasonic) and it was Matsushita engineer Shuichi Obata who invented the direct drive turntable and revolutionized the industry.

image descriptionThese gray circles around the perimeter of the heavy brass platter are designed to eliminate unwanted vibration. The turntable weighs a total of 7.9 kilograms.

Before that, belt-driven platters were the standard for turntables, direct drive offered a number of advantages including reduced vibration and improved sound quality.

An unexpected benefit was that it enabled “scratching,” a skill developed by DJs who put their hand on the platter and move certain parts of the track back and forth under the stylus to create different distinctive sounds.

This DJ movement started in earnest in the 1970s, and the turntable evolved from just a music player into a musical instrument and a vital part of the explosively popular DJ scene.

The Technics direct drive turntable system SL-1000RE-S

It’s not easy to say, as beautiful as this turntable is, it costs $18,999.99. As a result, there is no way the vast majority of us will own one or even hear about it in person.

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image descriptionThe speed can be regulated to two decimal places via the control unit shown here on the left, which enables an extremely precise speed.

Those who can afford the staggering MSRP will be rewarded with what the team at Technics calls “very vibrant sounds”.

Those of us limited to more working class budgets aren’t entirely out of luck though, we can still buy the Technics 1200MK7 turntable despite priced at $999.99 for almost as much as a full tank of gas.

The Technics SL-1000RE-S has a number of advanced features, including a highly sensitive tonearm, a coreless dual-coil, dual-rotor direct-drive motor with a heavy-duty platter, the platter has 12 tungsten weights for vibration dampening, and the control unit is separate from the main unit to to suppress the effects of unwanted noise.

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