*Headshell and cartridge are not included
Direct Drive Turntable System SL-1000R
Direct Drive Turntable SP-10R
*Interchangeable with the previous SP-10MK2 and SP-10MK3
Brushless DC motor
Drive method
Direct Drive
Turntable Section
Power Consumption
10 W Approx. 0.05 W (Standby)
Power Supply
AC 110 - 240 V, 50 / 60 Hz
Turntable Speeds
33 1/3, 45, 78 rpm
Operating temperature range
0° to +40° (32°F to +104°F)
Main Unit
Approx. 18.2 kg (40.2 lbs)
Control Unit
Approx. 2.1 kg (4.7 lbs)
Main Unit
Approx. 40.2 kg (88.7 lbs)
Control Unit
Approx. 2.1 kg (4.7 lbs)
Main Unit
365 x 109 x 365 mm (14-3/8 × 4-5/16 × 14-3/8 inch)
Control Unit
110 x 84 x 350 mm (4-11/32 × 3-5/16 × 13-25/32 inch)
Dimensions W x H x D
Main Unit
531 x 188 x 399 mm (20-29/32 × 7-13/32 × 15-23/32 inch)
Control Unit
110 x 84 x 350 mm (4-11/32 × 3-5/16 × 13-25/32 inch)
Adjust Range
±16 %
Starting Torque
0.39 N・m / 4.0 kg・cm (3.47 lb-in)
Wow and Flutter
0.015 % W.R.M.S.
Turntable Platter
Brass and aluminium diecast combined
Diameter : 323 mm (12-23/32")
Weight : Approx. 7.9 kg (17.5 lbs)
(including turntable sheet)
Tonearm Section (SL-1000R)
Effective Length
239 mm (9-7/16 inch)
Universal Static Balance
15 mm (19/32 inch)
Operating humidity range
35 % to 80 % RH (no condensation)
Turntable, Turntable sheet, EP record adaptor, Screw set for turntable,
Screw set for turntable base, Eye bolt, Hex key, AC power supply cord,
Owner's manual"
Turntable, Turntable sheet, EP record adaptor, Balance weight,
Auxiliary weight(Small)(Middle)(Large), Overhang gauge,
Screw set for turntable, Eye bolt, Hex key, Insulator attachment,
Dust cover, AC power supply cord, Owner's manual"
Tracking Error Angle
Within 1° 48' (at the outer groove of 30 cm (12") record)
Within 0° 30' (at the inner groove of 30 cm (12") record)
Offset Angle
Arm Height Adjustment Range
0 - 15 mm
Stylus Pressure Adjustment Range
0 - 4 g (Direct Reading)
Applicable Cartridge Weight Range (including Headshell)
15.9 - 19.7 g (without auxiliary weight)
18.8 - 23.6 g (with small auxiliary weight)
22.5 - 26.3 g (with middle auxiliary weight)
26.0 - 31.0 g (with large auxiliary weight)
Terminals (SL-1000R)
Audio Output
PHONO (Din Jack) x 1
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Division of Panasonic Corporation of North America
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Design and specifications subject to change without notice.
Reference Class
Direct Drive Turntable System SL-1000R
Direct Drive Turntable SP-10R
Value Electronics
Authorized Technics Dealer
35 Popham Road
Scarsdale, NY 10583
While the SL-1200 remains the bestselling Technics model ever, our original direct drive
turntables, the SP-10 Series, still enjoys an almost cult-like status among fans of Technics audio
components. Our work over the past two years on the revival of the SL-1200 Series are bearing
fruit in many ways—among them the upcoming Technics SP-10R and Technics SL-1000R.
The world’s first direct drive turntable, the SP-10 was launched in 1970, astonishing consumers
and professionals alike with a level of rotational precision and reliability that belt drives and idler
drives simply couldn’t match. The SP-10MK2 pushed rotational precision even further with its
Quartz-Phase-Locked Control. Superb performance and reliability quickly made the SP-10MK2
the go-to turntable for broadcast stations and the holy grail of audiophiles worldwide. The great
appeal of direct drive technology is its ability to eliminate degradation in sound quality caused by
rotation fluctuation and minute vibrations between the motor and transmission mechanism
inherent in other types of systems. Many manufacturers embraced the technology and soon the
direct drive turntable became the industry standard. And it all began with the SP-10. Over the
intervening years, the SP-10 Direct Drive Turntable—together with the SL-1000 Direct Drive
Turntable System with tonearm and cabinet based on the SP-10—have become synonymous with
direct drive technology and been hailed as legends in their own time, fitting symbols of the
Technics brand name that still inspires the admiration and loyalty of audiophiles worldwide.
For some time now, analogue turntables have been experiencing a resurgence after being
sidelined for many years by the compact disc player. Once again belt drive turntables have
become the industry standard, despite their inferior sound quality, simply because they’re easier
to design and manufacture. The formerly dominant direct drive turntable now finds itself
marginalized due to the high technical threshold it demands. The result is that the market for
high-fidelity turntables is dominated by a material-intensive approach that relies on sheer mass
to achieve rotation stability. However, direct drive technology is not only inherently superior in its
level of rotational precision, but the new SL-1200 Series’ newly-developed coreless direct drive
motor achieves unprecedented high-fidelity by eliminating cogging.
Given the current state of the high-fidelity turntable market today, we considered it our mission
to leverage the technological expertise we’ve developed to build the next generation of direct
drive turntables: with their refined architecture, these new-concept products will offer
consumers a truly superior alternative to the mass-intensive turntables currently available in the
high-end market. These will be worthy namesakes of the history-making SP-10.
The revival of the SP-10 Series establishes a new reference point for the modern high-fidelity
turntable, redefining it for a new age. That’s why, as the newest additions to Technics’ signature
Reference Class lineup of audio components, we have dubbed our newest direct drive turntable
and turntable system, designed and engineered to optimize its outstanding performance, the
Technics SP-10R and Technics SL-1000R.
improved. The double coil twin rotor-type coreless direct drive motor that was newly
direct drive motor that was developed for the SL-1200G launched in 2016, and further
The motor that forms the heart of the direct drive turntable is based on the coreless
Coreless Direct Drive Motor
cartridge is not dampened and the musical energy cut into the record is not lost, thereby
into the records. OFC is used for internal wiring, so the music signal relayed from the
adjustment to achieve a high initial-motion sensitivity to precisely trace the grooves cut
high-precision bearings. Highly skilled Japanese craftsmen handle all assembly and
magnesium tonearm pipe. The gimbal suspension construction tonearm uses
used the static balance, S-type universal tonearm with a lightweight, high damping
To enable the tonearm to precisely track the record's rotation, Technics has traditionally
High-sensitivity Tonearm
Tonearm (SL-1000R)
developed for this purpose had coils on both sides for 12-pole, 18-coil drive, with high
Direct Drive Motor (SL-1000R / SP-10R)
enough torque to drive the heavyweight-class platter (approximately 7.9-kg). Offsetting
producing highly vivid sounds.
Tonearm Base
The tonearm base, to which the tonearm is mounted, is strongly integrated with the
achieved a stabilised motor with low centre of gravity. By positioning two stainless steel
motor. The double coil, reinforced thrust bearings, and a chassis with increased rigidity
The motor that was developed for the SL-1200G served as the platform for the direct drive
is maximized. An optional tonearm base can also be purchased, enabling, in addition to
rigidity of the turntable base materials has minimal effect, and the tonearm performance
position is always constant, providing a structure in which the vibration caused by the
construction, the relationship of the tonearm bearings, turntable bearings, and needle
turntable part. Comparing the turntable base part with the tonearm mounting
weights with high rigidity and high specific gravity at the bottom of the chassis, the rigidity
the standard tonearm, an existing short or long-type tonearm from SME or Ortofon to be
0.27 (Sec)
A Rigid Cabinet and High Damping Silicon Insulator
Body and Insulator (SL-1000R)
noise from reaching the pickup.
cable. An integrated, machined, high-rigidity aluminum housing also suppresses external
A gold-plated 5-Pin DIN terminal is used, enabling the user to select the desired PHONO
High-quality Terminal
mounted (up to three including the standard tonearm).
Aluminium die-cast
Deadening rubber
Vibration damping characteristics
Height adjustment bolt
Silicon rubber
a construction of 5 layers of different materials to ensure sufficient rigidity. The insulator
that supports the cabinet is a special silicon rubber that combines high vibration damping
including the SP-10MK2 and SP-10MK3, the shape and screw positions of the SP-10R base
In order to enable users to continue using the turntable base and tonearm of systems
SP-10MK2 and SP-10MK3 Compatibility
Backward Compatibility (SP-10R)
in a zinc die-cast housing with high specific gravity, for isolation from external vibrations.
microcell polymer absorbs vibrations in the horizontal direction. These parts are contained
characteristics and long-term reliability. Reinforcement with a cylindrical tube made of a
BMC, aluminium die-cast, and a 25-mm-thick aluminium top panel. This gives the system
The cabinet has a 2-layer construction consisting of BMC (bulk molding compound) and a
30-mm-thick aluminium top panel. The turntable part is a 3-layer construction comprising
and low centre of gravity are maintained. These thorough measures to prevent unwanted
Suppressing Unwanted Motor Vibration
engineering plastic to provide both high rigidity and reliability.
Also, the thrust bearings supporting the heavyweight-class platter use a special
the coils on both sides 60 degrees improved the rigidity of the substrate, suppressing fine
Tungsten weights (x12)
vibrations and reducing self-inductance. These improvements achieved stable rotation
of 0.015% wow and flutter or less, which is considered to be the measurement limit.
vibration help to achieve overwhelming rotary precision and improve S/N.
Turntable Platter (SL-1000R / SP-10R)
Heavyweight-class Turntable Platter
The turntable platter positions tungsten weights, which have an extremely high specific
weight and are difficult to process, on the outer periphery of a 10-mm-thick brass weight.
The brass weight is laminated onto the aluminium die-cast, giving the platter a total weight
of approximately 7.9 kg and an inertial mass of approximately 1 ton/cm. A deadening rubber
for eliminating unwanted vibration is also attached to the rear surface to form a 3-layer
construction and achieve high rigidity and excellent vibration damping characteristics.
Control Unit (SL-1000R / SP-10R)
Separate Control Unit
The control unit is separated from the main unit to suppress the effects of unwanted noise
on the main unit. In order to achieve a power supply circuit that provides good regulation
for high torque, a switching power supply is used. To reduce the noise reaching the pickup,
the switching power supply is equipped with a unique technology that provides a voltage
supply with minimal noise by a newly developed "unwanted noise reduction circuit". Also,
to minimise the noise even during communication, a highly reliable system that resists the
effects of external noise is used for communication between the main unit and the control
unit. These thorough noise-reduction measures achieve the world's highest-level S/N.
backward compatibility. The control unit is also the same shape and size as the SP-10MK2
plate are designed to allow mounting onto the SP-10MK2 and SP-10MK3 for complete
power unit for trouble-free replacement.
Minute Adjustment and Indication of Rotations
This turntable supports not only LP (33 1/3 rpm) and EP (45 rpm) analogue records, but also
SP (78 rpm). Rotation (rpm) can also be set down to two decimal places (maximum ±16%)
from the control unit. The OLED display is also capable of displaying rotation with accuracy
down to two decimal places, so the user can both hear and see extremely precise rotation.
Value Electronics
Authorized Technics Dealer - 35 Popham Road, Scarsdale, NY 10583 - 914-723-3344
*Example of customisation