The company calls it "the first new standard DJ turntable in approximately nine years."
The all-black turntable features a new coreless direct drive motor and reverse playback capability, as well as "other sound-enhancing technologies," according to Technics parent company Panasonic. Otherwise, Panasonic says it's much the same as previous SL-1200 models, with the company stating, "We wouldn't dream of drastically changing one of the most renowned products in music history," at CES, according to DJ Tech Tools.
The improved direct drive motor reportedly has increased "rotation accuracy, powerful torque [and] high reliability... eliminating the need for parts replacement and maintenance," according to Panasonic's press release. The stylus illuminator features a white LED with brighter lighting than past models, and Panasonic also promises improved vibration damping to avoid disruption during DJing.
Panasonic had previously discontinued manufacture of the SL-1200s before launching a luxury version aimed at audiophiles in 2016, in addition to a handful of other more expensive turntable products.
The Technics SL-1200 has long been the standard turntable for DJing around the world. For more on the SL-1200 and its history, check out our Industry Standards feature from back in 2013.
There's no word on a release date or price point for the new turntable yet.