Panasonic announced through recent Berlin IFA press conference that it will relaunch and reinvent its iconic Technics turntable series, providing a lifeline to fans of analogue audio billed as a direct drive, analogue turntable.

The new prototype will feature new elements at every level having been rebuilt, designed to mirror the high respect for the classic Technics turntables, the legendary SP10 and DJs’ favourite SL-1200 turntables .

“Turntables are a very iconic product for the Technics brand,” Michiko Ogawa, director of Technics and executive officer at Panasonic, tells WIRED. “It is important to show our sincere dedication [to that]. The turntable market is very small but it is a very important brand product.”

Here’s what we know so far:
1)Coreless stator design that eliminates cogging
2)Twin rotors that reduce bearing load and minimize tiny rotational fluctuations (wow & flutter), while maintaining high torque
3)Oil impregnated high-precision bearings that minimize unwanted vibrations during rotation
4)The redesigned direct drive motor control technology involves the following:
Spindle motor control technology that switches the stator winding drive mode according to operating conditions to provide both high starting torque and high rotational stability
5)Adaptive rotational control technology that achieves optimized compensation according to precision rotational position detection and load fluctuation factors

No details on when the new player will be available or what form the new vinyl player will take, although Ogawa did indicate it will be coming to the UK, and also announced several new Technics products:


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