Until the late 1960s, DJs played on belt-driven turntables to shake up the crowds, the norm in those days. Their technique of “mix” was rudimentary: they linked their vinyls one after the other, for lack of anything better. Everything changed in 1972 when Matsushita (which would later become Panasonic, Technics’ parent company) designed its SL series.
Under this new range, six years after its launch, the 1200MK2 model quickly became the first true direct-drive turntable (magnets replaced the belt to turn the platter). Heavy, it can withstand any vibration and considerably prevents its cell from jumping into clubs. Worn by the pioneers DJ Kool Herc (creator of the “break”) or Grandmaster Flash, we can say that it contributes to the birth of hip-hop. And even became “THE” vinyl turntable of reference for DJing, scratching and then the electronic world, before flooding the mainstream market.
The revenge of vinyl, like a snub to the virtual
As a result, since 1972, more than 3.5 million copies have been sold around the world. Enough to bring Technics into the pantheon of hi-fi equipment… but also to encourage the Japanese brand to rest on its laurels. With the advent of the compact, Pioneer, another Japanese giant, imagined from the early 2000s CD decks from its CDJ range. Technics cashed in but lost ground.
It was not until 2019 that a new plate
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