Technics introduces the new SL-1200MK7 turntable at the CES 2019 in Las Vegas, NV.

Technics has announced the SL-1200MK7, their first new turntable designed for DJs in nearly a decade. Originally introduced in the 1970s, the Technics SL-1200 soon became the deck of choice for DJs across all genres, with its "industry standard" status remaining over the ensuing decades. The iconic SL-1200 has become inextricably linked with Hip Hop, turntablism and competitive DJ culture.

As music technology has advanced, the DJ world has undergone many changes, resulting in both stylistic and substantive changes. As music consumption shifted from the analog realm to digital, so did DJs, ushering in the introduction of CDJs and media players. The art-form and culture became even more accessible with the introduction of dedicated software, controllers and mobile apps. Vinyl-based beatmatching gave way to waveform views. With these changes, Technics shifted away from producing new turntables. Despite this changing landscape, it’s important to note that a pair of Technics SL-1200s remained a standard for professional DJs and venues around the world.

Now, mirroring the tastes of casual music lovers, there has been a growing resurgence of vinyl in the DJ world. With the growing population of control vinyl-based DJs, Technics has reentered the fray, back and better than ever.

With all of that said, let’s take a look at the new SL-1200MK7. Some basic specs for the unit include a curved tonearm, 33, 45, and 78 RPM speeds, reverse play and a target light. This new model also weighs around 20lbs, which is about 5lbs lighter than the popular MK5. Any gigging DJ should appreciate that.

As you’d expect, the SL-1200MK7 inherits the consistencies of its predecessors thanks to Technics’ unerring commitment to reliability, durability and incomparable quality. Some new improvements include a core-less direct drive motor, two-layer structure platter with improved vibration damping performance, high rigidity cabinet and a damping insulator for thorough shut-out of all vibrations.

What might you add to an SL-1200MK7 setup? Some great complimentary gear includes the Rane SEVENTY-TWO mixer, a set of DJ cartridges, Serato control vinyl and a reliable pair of DJ headphones.

Whether you’re a highly skilled turntablist gearing up for gigs, or a neophyte DJ looking to step into a quality pair of decks that you can grow into, the Technics SL-1200MK7 turntables are ready for you to spin.