SP-10R-2

But what tonearm you ask…?

Just when you thought turntable manufacturing legend Technics was resting on its collective laurels, and was basking in the stellar press surrounding the newest iterations of its venerable classic – the SL-1200 – in the 1200G, and 1200GR, they announce a new reference model for the company’s top slot: The SP-10R.

With European consumer-electronics mega show IFA 2017 (Internationale Funkausstellung) just kicking off in Berlin, early news is just trickling out regarding the new turntable, but Technics put out a press release calling the new SP-10R the company’s “most premium analog, direct-drive turntable to date,” and claiming the lowest signal-to-noise ratio (92dB), and best rotational stability (0.015 per cent wow & flutter) of any turntable in the world.

SP-10R-4

Seven KG brass/aluminum/rubber hybrid platter.

With new digital, and analog tech stuffed under the hood, the SP-10R features a seven kilogram, brass, aluminum, and rubber-compound platter, new core-less, direct-drive motor, two-sided, rotor-drive system, and reference-class, low-noise separate mains power supply.

Announcements regarding the tonearm, and cartridge to be used with the SP-10R are still forthcoming according to other news outlets. The original SP-10 released in 1970 was the world’s first direct-drive turntable, and saw extensive use in the broadcast industry around the planet, (as well as my good friend Bobby’s living room). We’ll publish more information, and specifications as they become available.

–Rafe Arnott