bill_k537 posts01-06-2016 9:09am
I read elsewhere that the price is expected to be around $10K, muchTrust me, it won't be $10k. The price will compete with Pioneer PLX-1000. Otherwise no sense. True classic deck is back and that's what counts.higher than many were expecting from Technics.
It's not just a turntable. Panasonic has revived the Technics brand as originally conceived--a full line of high end audio components. Their new coaxial stand-mounted speaker was the cover story review for the January 2016 issue of Stereophile. They also have a large (49" tall, 159 lbs. ea.) 6-driver floorstander based on that same coaxial driver.
They also have DACs, streamers, amplifiers, etc. coming out in 2016.
Surf through this:
Looks like Technics will have (2) of these tables. One as a limited Edition with only 1200 being made.
I bet that one will be expensive.
czarivey, I remember seeing a pair of those SB-7000s in a stereo store's high end room in 1975 the same year I became familar with Dahlquist DQ-10s. By that time the Technics line was offering high end preamps, turntables, and soon offered a 350wpc power amp.
Ten years earlier, Matsushita's first product under the Technics brand was a 2-way sealed bookshelf speaker introduced in 1965, the Technics 1.
Let's not forget that, adjusted for inflation, the $350 SL-1200 in 1975 is equivalent to $1544 today. The actual price of the SL12x0 series kept dropping relative to inflation because the R&D had been paid back decades ago. With this new product they have new R&D costs to factor into the selling price. The 2016 SL1200 weighs about 15 lbs. more than the original.
I bought my SL1210 M5G in 2007 for $500. That would have been just $113 in 1975 money--the price of a mid-pack Garrard with rim drive and plastic base back then.
Harry is not worried!
When it is out it has to beat a Scout JR with the same cartridge for me to get excited. I'm using a Scout JR in my big system right now with an Ortofon 2M Red (Roughly $1500 retail for both) and it really sounds amazing!!!
In 1988 a well known amp maker said to me "What are you going to do in 5 years", The answer for 2015 is :Sell more tables then we have ever sold".
"Now if I can just get my hands on a Shure V-15 Type V ..."Would a Type III do?
As an alternative, the Audio Technica AT150MLX has a lot of high end internals (PCOCC wiring, boron cantilever ...) and its MicroLine stylus is probably the same profile as Shure's MR--MicroRidge stylus.
This is a 1200 in styling only. The newly designed coreless motor and magnesium arm should make for a great sounding table. I've placed an order for the GAE with an industry insider. I think this is a great price considering the tech involved. I honestly think this ($4k) is a very reasonable price. A lot better than $30k for a slab of MDF amid two sheets of aluminum. I can't what to hear how it compares to my Technics SP10 MK3.