The original dons of the DJ world have returned with a limited edition version of the Technics SL-1210GAE.

Technics have announced a special edition of their luxury GAE turntable, with an all-black plate, upgrade insulation, specially-tuned Nagaoka MM cartridge – which was created in collaboration with engineers from both Nagaoka and Technics – and a unique serial number.

The new Technics limited edition turntable is in honor of the company’s 55th anniversary. 

The new turntable celebrates Technics 55th anniversary

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Direct-drive is generally considered to be for DJ use, and belt drive is for Hi-Fi use. In the 1970s, when Technics invented direct-drive turntables, their performance and reliability were first recognized by broadcast stations.

High acclaim was then received by audiophiles. The high-precision rotation and absence of S/N ratio degradation were particularly attractive to these users.

The high torque and reliability of direct-drive were recognized by DJs, and direct-drive turntables became the standard in the club scene.

When developing a direct-drive motor, considerable capital investment is required for large-scale production equipment.

In contrast, belt drives can be made with a little cost. Also, compared with direct-drive, belt drive was designed with the latest technology.

The view remains that direct-drive is for DJ use and belt drive is for Hi-Fi use. Originally, direct-drive offered superior sound quality.

“If we redesign the direct-drive motor and control circuitry, we will be able to create a turntable that is superior to other systems.”

Technics was also a leader in incorporating innovations, such as vibration-damping materials, cabinet construction, and insulators.

While few will be able to afford this luxury piece of equipment, the few who do will be in DJ heaven.

The new version is limited to 1,000 pieces worldwide and will cost £3,999. Find out more about the new turntable here. The new version also comes with its own case.