Pana­sonic decks out new Tech­nics SP10 mod­els

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Pana­sonic’s re­vival of the Tech­nics brand con­tin­ues its mo­men­tum with the ap­pear­ance at CES 2018 of the SL-10R. This to­gether with the newly-an­nounced SL-1000R (pic­tured) ex­tend the com­pany’s SP10 her­itage, and of course both use the mar­que’s pre­ferred Di­rect Drive Trans­mis­sion Sys­tem — the orig­i­nal SP-10 cham­pi­oned Di­rect Drive back in 1970.

We first saw the SL-10R back at IFA in Septem­ber 2017 (its price has since been an­nounced at US$10,000) but the SL-1000R (US$20,000) now adds the ton­earm and base to de­liver a com­plete sys­tem, its S-type uni­ver­sal ton­earm us­ing a light­weight, high damp­ing mag­ne­sium ton­earm pipe, and in­te­grated ton­earm base. The gim­bal sus­pen­sion con­struc­tion ton­earm uses high-pre­ci­sion bear­ings, with oxy­gen-free cop­per used for in­ter­nal wiring.

The role of the SL-10R is to al­low easy up­grad­ing for those lucky enough to own one of the pre­vi­ous SP-10 Se­ries turnta­bles. It has been de­vel­oped to be com­pletely in­ter­change­able with pre­vi­ous mod­els, such as the SP-10Mk2 and SP-10Mk3. Users can con­tinue us­ing the turntable base of these pre­vi­ous sys­tems, as the shape and screw po­si­tions have been de­signed to al­low for com­plete back­ward com­pat­i­bil­ity. The con­trol unit is also the same shape and size as the SP-10Mk2 power unit, so cur­rent users can en­joy trou­ble-free re­place­ment of this, too.

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