The new Technics Reference Class provides profound speed and pitch stability, and practically immune to exterior noise and distortion. It arrives built to perfectionist-pleasing degrees with the singular goal of achieving breathtaking vinyl LP playback. Looking at this exquisite component clearly gives you an idea of just how seriously Technics considered every element, but until you hear it, you cannot even imagine what it does for music.
Everything begins with the double-coil twin rotor-type coreless direct-drive motor that attains 12-pole, 18-coil drive and high enough torque to drive the massive 17.4-pound platter. By offsetting the coils on both sides 60 degrees, the rigidity of the substrate improves, suppressing fine vibrations and reducing self-inductance. In technical terms, the designs allow ultra-stable rotation with less than 0.015% wow and flutter – considered to be the measurement limit. In addition to SL-1000R offering a motor with an extremely low center of gravity, the reinforced thrust bearings supporting the platter use a custom-created plastic to supply extra rigidity and reliability. To further suppress motor vibration, two stainless-steel weights with high specific gravity are placed at the bottom of the chassis to maintain the preferred gravity, leading to extraordinary precision and signal-to-noise ratio.
As you may have noticed, the gorgeous platter alone qualifies as a work of art. One dozen application-specific tungsten weights are positioned on the outer periphery of a 10mm-thick brass weight, itself laminated onto die-cast aluminum to grant the platter an inertial mass of approximately one ton/cm. Last but not least, a deadening rubber located at the bottom forms the final piece of three-layer construction that epitomizes high rigidity and excellent vibration-damping ability. When it comes to exterior construction, takes no shortcuts. No fewer than five layers of different materials (BMC cabinet, 30mm-thick aluminum top panel, more BMC, die-cast aluminum, 25mm-thick aluminum top panel) conspire to provide stunning rigidity. The supporting feet prove equally resolute. Each features a special silicon rubber insulator reinforced by a microcell-polymer cylindrical tube to absorb vibrations in horizontal directions. Everything gets contained in a zinc die-cast housing for even more isolation.
Naturally, on a 'table of this pedigree, the control unit remains separated from the turntable itself. A switching power supply equipped with unique technology provides voltage with minimal noise. And, to temper noise even during communication between the units, a highly reliable system that resists the effects of external noise performs to such an elevated level that, with all measures employed, it achieves the world's highest-level signal-to-noise ratio to date. It treats rotation speed adjustments with the same obsessiveness. Compatible with 33, 45, and 78RPM, SL-1000R permits you to tweak the speed – and see it displayed on an OLED with accuracy down to two decimal places.
The SL-1000R includes a luxurious tonearm and base for standard-setting tracking. The SP-10RS does not.
Complete with OFC wiring, the 10-inch, static-balance, S-type, gimbal-suspension arm comes fully assembled and adjusted by master craftsmen, and thereby realizes high initial-motion sensitivity to precisely trace LP grooves. Furthermore, the relationship of the tonearm bearings, turntable bearings, and needle position always stays constant, adhering to SL-1000R's theme of stability and rigidity, and leading to optimal performance. (Up to two optional tonearm bases can also be purchased, enabling the addition of an existing short or long-type tonearm.)
Drive Method: Direct Drive
Motor: Brushless DC motor
Turntable Speeds: 33-1/3, 45 and 78 r/min
Adjust Range: ±16 %
Starting Torque: 0.39 N-m / 4.0 kg-cm (3.47 lb-in)
Wow And Flutter: 0.015 % W.R.M.S.
Rumble: 78 dB (IEC 98A weighted)
Brass and Aluminum diecast
Diameter: 323 mm (13-5/64 inch)
Weight: Approx. 7.9 kg (17.5 lbs.) (Including Turntable Sheet)
Tonearm Type: Universal Static Balance
From the tonearm pivot to the stylus: 254mm (10")
From the tonearm pivot to the spindle: 239mm (9-13/32")
Overhang: 15 mm (19/32")
Tracking Error Angle:
Within 1° 48' (at the outer groove of 30 cm (12") record)
Within 0° 30' (at the inner groove of 30 cm (12") record)
Offset Angle: 21°
Arm-height Adjustment Range: 0 - 15 mm
Stylus Pressure Adjustment Range: 0 - 4 g (Direct Reading)
Head Shell Weight: Approx. 7.6 g
Applicable Cartridge Weight Range:
15.9 - 19.7 g (without auxiliary weight)
18.8 - 23.6 g (with small auxiliary weight)
22.5 - 26.3 g (with middle auxiliary weight)
26.0 - 31.0 g (with large auxiliary weight)
Audio Output: PHONO (Din Jack) x 1 *Straight Type Cable Only
Power Supply: AC 110-240 V, 60 Hz
Power Consumption: 10 W, Approx. 0.05W Standby
Operating Temperature Range: 0° to +40° (32°F to +104°F)
Operating Humidity Range: 35 % to 80 % RH (no condensation)