Panasonic decks out new Technics SP10 models
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.