The ICE headshell comes to the rescue should you be faced with a broken tonearm. Mark Settle digs out his trusty Shure 44-7s and puts one to the test.
They big boys don’t need out help, so we get behind small businesses whenever possible. 1200 Plates makes very shiny faceplates for Technics turntables.
At IFA 2015, Technics announces that they’re working on a turntable. And this is how far they’ve got — early days then. A tonearm might improve things.
Technics might be over, but that doesn’t stop clever people making old Technics better. The SL-DZ1200 has been modded into a 10″ turntable by DJ J-Tek.
I’m sure we’ve all had to face some bomb sites for DJ booths in our time, but what has been your biggest DJ disaster, and how did you deal with it?
Technics is back, but definitely in the high end digital realm. So while many pray for the return of the analogue 1200 turntable, Technics has decided that delivering high quality digital music is a smart move. So teaming up with 7Digital, Technics Tracks is their new FLAC download service.
With a time line that reads of closure, grief, rumours, petitions, and finally news reports, it would appear that Panasonic chose IFA 2014 in Berlin to announce the return of Technics as a pro audio brand. There’s a website and everthing, but it lacks the only element that DJs care about — a turntable.
When Panasonic essentially killed off the most iconic DJ brand and product when they pulled the plug on the Technics 1200, the world wept, especially at a time when vinyl seemed to be on the up again. And while other turntables have become available, for a good number of people, only Technics will do. And breaking news out of Japan may indicate that the Technics brand (not necessarily the 1200) could be coming back.
Turntables are back, but do they do what you want? Do you want the basics or do you want every bell and whistles in the world? Tell us.
before we draw a line under the topic of the Technics petition, let’s take a look at the poll results and see how they possibly translate to reality.