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.
A call for a Technics 1200 revival has been made. But just how realistic is it? Craig Reeves gathers together industry intelligence to find out.
Missing Technics? There’s a petition for that. And we ask some questions to see just how much you really do miss the iconic turntable brand.
The Technics SL-DZ1200 was pants. But thanks to a radical homebrew hack, it’s actually been made to perform as it always should.
We’ve got some shiny Make Solutions Gold plated Technics faceplates to give away. Leave a picture of your setup on DJWORX and tell why you need them.
While Technics turntables don’t really need anything to look good, the Make Solutions Technics faceplates add some style and protection too.
NAMM is the place for prototypes to be under glass. And the previously seen SL-700, along with some custom Pioneer CDJs were look-but-don’t-touch.