Technics SL-1210GAE 55th Anniversary Limited Edition

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Technics SL-1210GAE 55th Anniversary Limited Edition

Technics releases the SL-1210GAE Limited Edition direct drive turntable to commemorate the 55th anniversary of the Technics brand.
This special model is based on the internationally acclaimed Grand Class SL-1200G hi-fi turntable and features an all-black color scheme, which has already proven popular with other recent Technics products.
The SL-1210GAE will be available from June 2020 and is limited to only 1210 units sold in the world.

Special and Exclusive Specifications of the SL-1210GAE 55th Anniversary Model

1. Full black color scheme
The SL-1210GAE's 10mm aluminum top panel has a carefully anodized black brushed finish.
In addition, the control knobs and tonearm also have a high-quality black finish resulting in a uniform, premium look.

2. Special badge with a serial number
The SL-1210GAE is made entirely in Japan by skilled artisans, using a large number of handcrafted processes to ensure the highest possible quality.
The top panel features a special badge, with the unique serial number to indicate that it is a 55th anniversary model.

3. Insulator
The specially developed zinc insulator features αGEL™,
a soft gel-like material with excellent shock absorbing properties that is also used on the acclaimed 'flagship' SL-1000R reference turntable.
The high-density die-cast zinc housing offers excellent vibration damping properties and excellent long-term reliability.
The new isolator effectively isolates the turntable from external vibrations, ensures completely undisturbed music reproduction and preserves all the fine nuances and details within the musical signal.

4. Strobe ON-OFF Switch
Turning off the strobe lighting allows the listener to focus more on the music, especially in a dimmed environment.

5. Nagaoka JT-1210 Special Edition MM cartridge

In developing the SL-1210GAE, Technics collaborated with Nagaoka,
A highly respected manufacturer with a worldwide reputation for record needles and pickup systems.
Nagaoka boasts leading-edge microfabrication technologies for difficult-to-cut materials and is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year.
The SL-1210GAE comes with the Moving Magnet (MM) type JT-1210 element that has been specially tuned by a joint team of engineers from Technics and Nagaoka.
Utilizing a boron cantilever, the JT-1210 has been specially tuned and designed to provide superior performance in focus and detail compared to other Moving Magnet cartridges.
It is only available in conjunction with the SL-1210GAE turntable.
The unparalleled sound capabilities of the JT-1210 cartridge and SL-1210GAE Direct Drive turntable make this full limited edition package even more valuable and desirable.

Nagaoka JT-1210 specifications
* Moving Magnet (MM) 
Output Voltage
* 3.0mV
Frequency Responce
* 20Hz - 20KHz
Channel Separation
* 25dB (1KHz)
Recommended Load Resistance
* 47 KOhms
Recommended Load Capacitance
* 100 pF
* Boron
Stylus Tip
* 0.4 x 0.7mm Eliptical Diamond Stylus
Tracking Force Range
* 1.3 - 1.8 gr
Cartidge Weight
* 6.7 gr

ALBEPRO Tonearm Setup
For the overhang we have opted for the Baerwal geometry, see photos.
For this we used the Dr. Feickert Analogue Protractor.
We would like to take care of the complete setup of the tonearm and mounting Nagaoka JT-1210 cartridge for you.
While enjoying a cup of Lavazza coffee, we will explain the entire setup so that you can check the adjustment yourself.
Unfortunately it is not possible to perform the setup and then pack the turntable in its original box, a visit to ALBEPRO is necessary for this.



Coreless Direct Drive Motor

Conventional analogue turntables have problems with degradation in sound quality caused by factors such as minute speed vibration during rotation and rotation irregularity called "cogging." In the SL-1200G, the use of a newly developed coreless direct-drive motor with no iron core eliminates cogging. Also, the twin-rotor construction reduces the bearing load while maintaining high torque and also reduces minute vibration during rotation. These factors enable reproduction of the warm, exquisitely detailed sound etched on analogue 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 achieve a high-starting torque and high-speed stability.

Three-layered Turntable Platter

The turntable has a three-layered construction with a rigidly combined brass and aluminium die-cast platter. With a deadening rubber covering its entire rear surface to eliminate unnecessary resonance, thereby achieving high rigidity and vibration damping. This delivers smooth rotational stability and inertial mass surpassing the SP-10MK2, the direct-drive turntable standard used by broadcast stations worldwide, 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. Therefore, 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 adjustment has been done.

High-sensitive Tonearm

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 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.

Four-layered Cabinet Construction

A hairline-processed, 10-mm-thick top panel of immaculate aluminium has been added to the previous three-layered construction of aluminium die-cast, BMC, and heavyweight-class rubber on the SL-1200MK5. This four-layered construction combines high rigidity with a high-quality finish and feel.

High-quality Terminals

The use of brass-milled, gold-plated phono terminals and ground terminals prevent 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.


Size and Weight

Height 173mm - Width 453mm - Depth 372mm - Weight 18kg

Turntable section

  • Type

    • Direct Drive Manual Turntable
  • Turntable Speeds

    • 33-1/3, 45 and 78 rpm
  • Adjust Range

    • ±8 %, ±16 %
  • Starting Torque

    • 3.3 kg-cm
  • Build-up Characteristics

    • 0.7 s. from Standstill to 33-1/3 rpm
  • Wow And Flutter

    • 0.025 % W.R.M.S. (JIS C5521)
  • Rumble

    • 78 dB (IEC 98A weighted)
  • Turntable Platter

    • Brass and aluminium die-cast combined
      Diameter: 332mm
      Weight: Approx. 3.6 kg (including a rubber mat)

Tonearm Section

  • Type

    • Universal Static Balance
  • Effective Length

    • 230 mm
  • Overhang

    • 15 mm
  • Tracking Error Angle

    • Within 2° 32'(at the outer groove of 30 cm (12"") record)
      Within 0° 32'(at the inner groove of 30 cm (12"") record)
  • Offset Angle

    • 22°
  • Arm-height Adjustment Range

    • 0 - 6 mm
  • Stylus Pressure Adjustment Range

    • 0 - 4 g (direct reading)
  • Head Shell Weight

    • Approx. 7.6 g
  • Applicable Cartridge Weight Range

    • (Without the auxiliary weight)
      5.6 to 12.0 g
      14.3 to 20.7 g (including the head shell)
      (With small auxiliary weight)
      10.0 to 16.4 g
      18.7 to 25.1 g (including the head shell)
      (With large auxiliary weight)
      14.3 to 19.8 g
      23.0 to 28.5 g (including headshell)
  • Cartridge Mounting Dimension

    • JIS 12.7 mm Interval
  • Head Shell Terminal Lug

    • 1.2 mm φ 4-pin Terminal Lug


  • Audio Output



  • Power Supply

    • AC 110 - 240 V, 50 / 60 Hz
  • Power Consumption

    • 14 W Approx. 0.2 W (standby)
  • Dimensions (W x H x D)

    • 453 x 173 x 372 mm
  • Weight

    • Approx. 18 kg
  • Accessories

    • Turntable, Turntable Mat, Dust Cover, EP Record Adaptor,Balace Weight, Auxiliary Weight Small, Auxiliary Weight Big,Head Shell, Overhang Gauge, Screw Set for Cartridge,PHONO Cable, PHONO Earth Lead, AC Mains Lead, Screw Set for Turntable, Owner's Manual



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