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Technics SL-1210GAE Special Limited Edition

Technics SL-1210GAE Special Limited Edition


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SL-1210GAE55th Anniversary Limited Edition

New in box. For collectors.

Direct Drive Turntable System

All-Black Color Scheme.  The SL-1210 GAE’s 10-mm-thick aluminum top panel sports a meticulously anodized black brushed hairline finish. In addition, the operation buttons and tonearm also empty a high quality black finish that results in a uniform, premium appearance.


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Special badge inscribed with a serial number.

The SL-1210GAE is wholly made in Japan by skilled artisans’ hands, with a significant level of hand-made processes to ensure the highest quality possible. The top panel features a special badge, inscribed with the unique serial number to signify that it is a 55th anniversary model.

Strobe light can be turned off

Turning off the strobe light allows the listener to concentrate more effectively on the music, especially in dimmed environments.

Coreless Direct Drive Motor

Conventional analogue turntables have problems with degradation in sound quality caused by factors such a s minute speed vibration during rotation and rotation irregularity called “cogging”. In the SL-1210GAE, the use of a cordless direct-drive motor (with no iron core) eliminates cogging. Also, the twin-rotor construction reduces the bearing load whilst maintaining high torque, and also reduces minute vibration during rotation. These factors enable reproduction of the warm, high-level detailed sound available from analogue vinyl records.

High Precision Motor Control Technology

The application of motor control technology developed for Blu-ray devices, and switching the drive mode depending on the operational status of the motor achieves a high starting torque and high speed stability for optimum playback.



The turntable features a three-layered construction with a rigidly combined brass top-plate, an aluminum die cast core platter and a solid rubber coating covering its entire rear surface to eliminate unwanted resonance, thereby achieving overall superior rigidity and vibration damping.  This delivers smooth rotational stability and high inertial mass surpassing the SP-10MK2 (the direct-drive turntable standard used by broadcast stations worlwide(, as well as having more than twice the inertial mass of the SL-1200MK5.

High-Level Balance adjustment

When the weight distribution of the turntable is uneven, excess vibration or noise occurs during rotation, which causes degradation in sound quality. To counteract this, the balance of the turntable is adjusted at the factory by using specialized high-precision balance adjustment equipment for each and every item after the turntable is assembled. Turntables that have undergone adjustment are labelled with a sticker reading “BALANCED” to indicate that individual adjustment has been done.


The tonearm employs lightweight magnesium which has a high damping effect, with cold drawing improving the characteristics of the material and achieving the high-precision required. In addition, high initial-motion sensitivity is attained by employing the traditional Technics gimbal suspension construction with the horizontal rotation axis and the vertical rotation axis intersecting at a single central point, as well as high-precision bearings using a cut-processed housing.


The use of brass-milled and gold-plated phono terminals and ground terminals prevents degradation in sound quality while enabling the easy attaching and detaching of cables. Also the use of metal shielding construction inside the case reduces the effects of external noise.


A hairline-processed, 10 mm-thick black top panel of immaculate aluminum is added to a three-layered construction of aluminum die-cast, BMC (Bulk Moulding Compound), and heavyweight-class rubber. This four-layered construction combines high rigidity necessary for superb vibration damping with a superior solid build and a luxurious finish and feel.


The specially developed zinc insulator features aGel, a soft gel-like material with excellent shock absorbing properties which is also used on the highly acclaimed flagship SL-1000R reference turntable. The high-density zinc die-cast housing offers superb vibration damping characteristics and excellent long-term reliability. The new insulator effectively isolates the turntable from eternal vibrations, ensuring completely undisturbed music reproduction whilst preserving every fine nuance and detail within the musical signal.


All new design for redefining the direct drive turntable

  • Twin-Rotor surface-facing direct drive motor
  • Direct drive  motor controller
  • High Sensitivity tonearm
  • Brass-top turntable platter
  • Insulator

Technics Definitive design

  • Inherited SL-1200 Series
  • Heavy Aluminum black top plate

Turntable speeds: 33 1/3 rpm, 45 rpm, 78 rpm

Variable range pitch +- 8%  +-16%

Dimensions and weight:

W:  17 27/32 ”  , H 6 1/16″, D: 14 21/32″,  approx. 39.7 lbs  (height includes dust cover)

Terminal: Phono Output x1 / signal gnd X1


Output Power

  • 100Wpc into 4 ohms
  • 50Wpc into 8 ohms


  • 430mm x 98.5mm x 424.5mm/approx. 11 kg


  • Two digital coaxial, digital optical, analog line, USB-A, USB-B, phono (mm), Ethernet terminal headphone, WiFi, Bluetooth, AirPlay

Digital input formats

  • Digital coaxial: PCM up to 192kHz/24-bit
  • Digital optical: PCM up to 96kHz/24-bit
  • DLNA, USB-A, FLAC, WAV, AIFF, ALAC up to 192kHz/24-bit; AAC up to 96kHz 320kbps MP3, WMA up to 48kHz 320kbps; DSD 2.8MHz/5.6MHz
  • USB-B: PCM up to 384kHz/32-bit; DSD 2.8MHz, 5.6MHz, 11.2MHz with asynchronous transfer mode


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