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  • Coreless direct drive motor with single rotor
  • High precision motor control
  • High sensitivity aluminum tonearm
  • Low vibration turntable
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 453 x 173 x 372 mm

Alexander von Oelsen
hifi profi

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Profi Opinion

"A classic of the vinyl era from turntable specialists Technics, carefully modernized. Stable is the mechanical design, and stable is the synchronization. The tonearm with high-precision bearings leads even the most demanding cartridges to the highest spheres of sound. Buy and enjoy! "

Important notes:

Extremely quiet drive / Height-adjustable tone arm / Vibration-damping device feet

Coreless direct drive motor for high speed stability

Traditional analog technology fused with the latest digital innovations – that’s what the launch of the SL-1200G in 2016 represents. Essential assemblies were newly developed. The result: exceptional playback quality that redefined the standard for direct-drive turntable and amazed the experts. The SL-1210GR also benefits from this groundbreaking technology. Individual components of the SL-1200G have been redesigned for the SL-1210GR.

For example, the coreless direct drive motor and precise motor control technology. It eliminates the disturbing cogging torque caused by irregularities in the rotary motion. Also new are the low-vibration, torsion-resistant platter and the high-precision tonearm. The playback quality of the SL-1210GR clearly exceeds the usual standard of its class. Audio enthusiasts will rediscover the warm and full sound of analog vinyl records.

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High-precision motor control for maximum speed stability

The speed control monitors the constancy of the rotation and readjusts it if necessary. This uses the latest control technologies, which are also used in Panasonic Blu-ray players and the SL-1200G. Sine waveforms stored in ROM drive the motor at a constant speed.

This makes the rotation more uniform than with a simple sine wave generator with an external coil, as used in the SL-1200MK5. In addition, the electronic circuit design has been further optimized so that the newly developed motor of the SL-1210GR operates under perfect conditions. The starting torque reaches 2.2 kg-cm (0.22Nm) with only a single rotor. The start-up time of 0.7s (up to 33 1/3 rpm) is thus identical to the SL-1200G.

The goal: stiffness and high vibration damping

The platter offers high mechanical stiffness combined with high vibration damping. Vibration-damping rubber covers the entire back of the die-cast aluminum platter. Therefore, no resonances spread across the turntable. The sound of the records remains absolutely pure. Along a simulation, the shape of the aluminum plate casting was optimized.

Inertial mass has been increased and vibration reduced. At 2.5 kg (including rubber pad), the turntable of the SL-1210GR is 0.8 kg heavier than that of the SL-1200MK5. The cast aluminum platter is also infused with reinforcing ribs on the back to increase rigidity. Since the contact area between the aluminum platter and the vibration-damping rubber layer has been increased, the damping characteristics exceed those of the SL-1200MK5 by more than double.

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Manual turntable with direct drive

Rotation speeds
33-1/3, 45, 78 rpm

Speed fine adjustment
±8 %, ±16 %

Starting torque
2.2 kg-cm

Starting torque
0.7 s from standstill to 33 1/3 rpm

Synchronization fluctuations
0.025 % W.R.M.S.

78 dB (IEC 98A-weighted)

Aluminum die casting
Diameter: 332 mm
Weight: Approx. 2.5 kg (Incl. rubber pad)

Universal, Statically balanced

Effective length
230 mm

15 mm

Tracking error angle
Within 2° 32′ (at the outer groove for a 30cm (12″) record)
Within 0° 32′ (at the inner groove of a 30cm (12″) record)


Arm height adjustment
0 – 6 mm

Range of contact force
0 – 4 g (Direct scanning)

Headshell weight
Approx. 7.6 g

Pickup weight range
(without additional weight)
5,6 – 12,0 g
14.3 – 20.7g (incl. headshell)
(with additional weight)
10,0 – 16,4 g
18.7 – 25.1g (incl. headshell)

Mounting dimensions pickup
JIS-12.7 mm (1/2 inch) interval

Headshell cable lug
1.2 mmφ 4-pin cable lug

Power supply
AC 110 – 240 V, 50 / 60 Hz

Power consumption
11 W
Approx. 0.2 W (standby)

Dimensions W x H x D
453 x 173 x 372 mm

Approx. 11.5 kg

Turntable, turntable support, dust cover, EP record adapter, counterweight, additional counterweight, headshell, overhang template, screw set for cartridge mounting, PHONO cable, PHONO grounding cable, power cord, operating instructions


Audio output
PHONO (RCA Stereo) x 1
Ground screw terminal x 1



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