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Panasonic Canada introduces two new turntables to its Technics Reference Class Audio

The Technics SP-10R High-End Direct Drive Turntable and Technics SL-1000R Direct Drive Turntable System Continue the Legacy of Outstanding Vinyl Performance

Panasonic Canada is proud to announce the newest additions to its Technics lineup, the SP-10R High-End Direct Drive Turntable and SL-1000R Direct Drive Turntable System. Renowned for direct drive technology and superior sound quality, these new audio components are designed and engineered for ultimate analog vinyl performance. The Technics SP-10R High-End Direct Drive Turntable and SL-1000R Direct Drive Turntable System will be available in 2018 at select Canadian retailers.

The legendary SP-10 Series of Direct Drive Turntables and their accompanying Direct Drive Turntable Systems have become synonymous with superior performance. They are fitting symbols of the Technics brand name that continues to inspire the admiration and loyalty of audiophiles worldwide.

Building upon their impressive heritage, the SP-10R High-End Direct Drive Turntable and SL-1000R Direct Drive Turntable System continue to provide a new reference point for modern, high-fidelity turntable technology and lead the market for a new age.

Reaching new levels in near-flawless sound
The SP-10R High-End Direct Drive Turntable includes a double coil twin rotor-type coreless direct-drive motor, with coils on both sides for 12-pole, 18-coil drive, and high enough torque to drive the heavyweight-class platter with ultimate sovereignty. The result is a stable rotation of 0.015 per cent wow & flutter or less, considered to be the measurement limit.

The SP-10R High-End Direct Drive Turntable also features an impressive platter with a 10-mm-thick brass weight, enhanced with tungsten weights on the outer periphery. The brass weight is laminated onto the aluminum 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 attached to the rear surface to form a three-layer construction, which achieves an even higher rigidity and provides excellent vibration-damping characteristics.

To achieve further noise reduction, the control unit is separated from the main unit and its switching power supply is equipped with unique technology that provides a voltage supply with minimal noise via a newly-developed ‘unwanted noise reduction circuit’. In addition, the communication between the main unit and the control unit are engineered to resist the effects of external noise whilst increasing reliability. These noise-reduction measures enable the SP-10R High-End Direct Drive Turntable to achieve the World’s highest-level S/N.

Achieving optimal performance with an exceptional tonearm and base
The Technics SL-1000R Direct Drive Turntable System features an S-type universal tonearm with a lightweight, high-damping magnesium tonearm pipe. The gimbal suspension construction tonearm uses high-precision bearings, and a highly-skilled handle, designed with Japanese craftsmanship. All assembly and adjustments to the handle can achieve a high initial-motion sensitivity to precisely trace the grooves cut into the records. To further ensure the production of highly-vivid sounds, OFC is used for internal wiring, so that the music signal relayed from the cartridge is not dampened and the musical energy cut into the record is not lost.

The tonearm base, to which the tonearm is mounted, is strongly integrated with the turntable. To safeguard exceptional tonearm performance, the tonearm bearings, turntable bearings and needle position remain constant – providing a structure in which the vibration caused by the rigidity of the turntable base materials has minimal effect.

Augmenting, not replacing a rich heritage of outstanding direct drive turntables and systems
The SP-10R High-End Direct Drive Turntable has been developed to be completely interchangeable with previous SP-10 Series models, such as the SP-10MK2 and SP-10MK3. For users to continue using the turntable base and turntable of these previous systems, 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 for trouble-free replacement.

Technics: The legacy continues 
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. The SP-10R High-End Direct Drive Turntable and SL-1000R Direct Drive Turntable System are part of a long and successful line of reference case turntable technologies. Technics released the SP-10 as the World’s first Direct Drive Turntable in 1970 and its superb performance and reliability quickly made the SP series both the go-to turntable for broadcast stations and the holy grail of audiophiles worldwide.

Committed to creating an emotionally-engaging experience and delivering the power of music to all, Technics has been at the heart of music performance for decades. From the emergence to success of hip hop, enabling the fast rise of celebrity DJs, and allowing audiophiles to hear music exactly as the creators wished, it has been and shall remain the brand that leaders in their field turn to for exceptional performance and reliability.

About Panasonic Canada Inc.
A subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation of North America, Panasonic Canada Inc. provides a broad line of digital and other electronics products and solutions to meet consumer, business and industrial needs. Consumers seeking more information on the company’s products can visit Panasonic’s home page at

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