Technics ‘Sleepin’ Giant’

Technics 1200/1210 R.I.P

30 Years Of Realness

Technics RIP

Limited Edition Numbered GOLD Technics

From around Jan 2009 – Oct 2011 the Japanese turntable manufacturer of the ‘Technics’ series speculated if to go bust or continue , The parent company ‘Panasonic’, issued a statement to the Tokyo Reporter officially stating they will be discontinuing the Technics 1200mk6 turntable. After years of the speculation it was sure to go the way of the dodo bird, the economic hammer of depression finally dropped and ended a solid 30 year run. Even though this site is decidedly Hip Hop, there is no question that the original ‘Technics’ was the one & only tool for all genres on music so will be missed by many.

Now if ‘Technics’ had been brought up like the savior of ”Numark’ & Akai’ then this would a different story.

The very important links between those Japanese companies plus the likes of ‘EMU’ w/ SP1200 Sampler  to UK & US Hip Hop scenes respectively (From Kool Herc to DJ MK).

Here is the Wiki description…

Technics was a brand name of the Panasonic Corporation, a company that produces a variety of electronic products. The brand has been quietly phased out.


Under the brand name Technics, the company produced a variety of hi-fi products, such asturntablesamplifiersreceiverstape decks, CD players and speakers for sale in various countries. It was originally conceived for a line of high-end audio equipment to go against such companies as Nakamichi, but most of its home products have been rebranded as Panasonicstarting in 2002 (except in Japan and certain other areas like the former Soviet Union, places where the brand holds considerable appeal). DJ equipment, electronic pianos and Micro Hi-Fi Systems are some of the Technics products currently being sold in the USA and Europe.


The name Technics was introduced as a brand name for premium loudspeakers marketed domestically by Matsushita in 1965. The name came to widespread fame with the international sales of direct-drive turntables. In 1969, they introduced the SP-10, the first direct-drive model for the professional market, and in 1971 the SL-1100 for the consumer market. The SL-1100 was used by the influential DJ Kool Herc for the first sound system he set up after emigrating fromJamaica to New York. This latter model was the predecessor to the SL-1200 which, as the upgraded SL-1200 MK2, became a widely used turntable by DJs. The SL-1200 MK2 was a robust machine and incorporated a pitch control (or vari-speed), and kept the speed constant and the speed variability low, thus making it a popular tool with DJs.






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