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Technics SL-1000RE-S

Technics has been the go-to brand for serious audiophiles, professional musicians, and DJs since it first launched in the 1960s. While the most popular model from the Japanese audio brand is probably the SL-1200 series, which received its own special edition earlier this year, a brand new turntable has just been released under the brand’s premium Reference Class series.

The Technics Direct Drive Turntable System SL-1000RE-S is here to set the highest standards in audio quality. It uses the the SP-10RE-S motor unit with a coreless direct drive motor – a unit that was originally developed for the SL-1200G but upgraded to deliver solid performance with high rigidity and reliability. The double coil twin rotor-type coreless direct drive motor features a heavyweight-class platter, which is constructed to minimise unwanted vibration. The turntable also allows separation of the control unit from the main unit, which helps to suppress the effects of unwanted noise. Together with the high-sensitivity tonearm, precision playback of any vinyl is guaranteed.

The turntable supports not just 33 1/3 and 45 rpm analog records but also 78 rpm. With a brass and aluminium diecast combined heavyweight-class platter, the turntable surely absolutely looks as great as it sounds. Spending US$19,000 for a turntable may not be for everyone, but for those who appreciate the precision that the SL-1000RE-S can offer, the price may not seem so extreme.