Going with a turntable music setup can never be an inexpensive hobby and the Technics Grand Class SL-1200GR is no different. It offers superior components, individual parts to complete the setup and will make sure your wallet gets uncomfortably slim within minutes of your purchase.
The Grand Class model was released by Technics last year and it undergoes some improvements to make it stand apart in 2017. The turntable is now equipped with a direct drive motor, a setup that has a single rotor with a surface facing coreless direct drive motor. It enables them to reduce any additional noise that is generated during playback.
Other improvements include resonance deadening rubber and increased weight that makes the product twice as good compared to the SL-1200MK5. However, it is to be noted that the model was released in 2002 and we have come a long way since then. Then, there is the Grand Class SB-G90 speakers! The black, floor-standing speakers boast of large 6.5-inch woofers combined with 6.5-inch mid-range cone and 1-inch dome tweeter. It can hit frequencies from 27Hz to 100kHz measured at -16DB and 4 ohms.
The entire bundle isn’t complete yet because if you are ready to make your Technics Grand Class SL-1200GR complete, then you should go with the SU-G700 amplifier. It is primarily made of aluminum material and promises best audiophile experience with high speed silent hybrid power supply and load adaptive phase calibration.
Connectivity ports include RCA jacks, USB-B port, digital optical input, digital coaxial input. They make it easy to hook in multiple components including your turntable, CD player and probably Chromecast audio to enjoy bluetooth connectivity.
Technics didn’t explicitly reveal the pricing for the Grand Class SL-1200GR turntable but with the previous model being at $1,500, this whole setup with speakers and amplifier is going to as expensive as you can imagine it to be. Reviewers were disappointed with how expensive the previous model was. So, what would they say now for the 2017 edition?