Technics announces launch of premium line-up in tune with growing Australian demand

Technics Australia has today unveiled three premium additions to its audio line-up, designed to deliver optimum quality and performance for the discerning Australian audiophile.

Together, the new models give enthusiasts the uniquely harmonious listening experience that only Technics can offer. The amplifier and speaker system will provide flawlessly matched and calibrated audio and can be co-ordinated with the newly-designed turntable. The new range encompasses:

  • The SU-G700M2 Grand Class Integrated Amplifier – a successor to the highly acclaimed SU-G700, inheriting Technics’ full-digital core amplifier technologies, such as the JENO Engine for the highest signal precision free of jitter and distortion, and LAPC for optimal matching to any speaker. The hairline-brushed aluminium casework is available in silver or black.
  • The SB-G90M2 Grand Class Floor-standing Speaker System significantly improves the already outstanding performance of the predecessor SB-G90 – with drivers, elements, and enclosure structures optimised to efficiently eliminate unwanted vibrations and distortions. Available in a luxurious high-quality black gloss finish.
  • The SL-1210G Grand Class High End Direct Drive Turntable encompasses all of the impressive technical specifications of the SL1200G – now encased in a minimalist black finish to deliver classic elegance.

Aaron Waters, Product Marketing Manager – Audio and Video, Panasonic said: “Since our first components landed earlier this year, there has been huge demand and enthusiasm from our retailers and loyal Technics customers. The introduction of this Grand Class range adds a new dimension to Technics in Australia.”

The new products will be available in store from late November via selected Technics audio specialist retailers. The SU-G700M2 is priced at $4,399RRP; the SB-G90M2 is $4,949RRP per speaker; and the SL-1210G is $6,999RRP.

Technics Product Details

Technics SU-G700M2 Integrated Amplifier: successor to the highly acclaimed SU-G700

The new SU-G700M2 Integrated Amplifier builds upon the platform of its successful and widely acclaimed predecessor, the SU-G700. The new model is a typical example of Technics’ untiring efforts to constantly improve even its most accomplished audiophile products.

With the new SU-G700M2, advanced technologies derived from Technics’ Reference SU-R1000 Integrated Amplifier were trickled down to set a new standard at this price point. The SU-G700M2 inherits Technics’ full-digital core amplifier technologies, such as the JENO Engine (Jitter Elimination and Noise-Shaping Optimisation) for the highest signal precision free of jitter and distortion, and LAPC (Load Adaptive Phase Calibration) for optimal matching to any speaker.

The new SU-G700M2 also incorporates the following features:

  • An Advanced Speed Silent Power Supply (AS²PS), incorporating “fast” semiconductor parts such as GaN (Gallium-Nitride) FETs and Silicium Carbide (SiC) Diodes for a much more reactive, efficient supply of current to the power stage for higher drivability of speakers. This approach was used for the power supply of the Reference SU-R1000.
  • Improved sound image and dynamic power, combining low distortion and high transparency with energetic drive, improved soundstage and precise focus of voices and instruments without sharpness.
  • A high-quality MC phono input stage (in addition to MM input) for direct connectivity to turntables with high-end MC pickup cartridges.
  • Phono Input Phase selector for optimised playback of mainly older vinyl discs recorded with inverted phase.
  • Volume and source knobs now have the aluminium “spin” texture also derived from the SU-R1000 Reference Amplifier for a clear distinction from the original SU-G700.

Technics SB-G90M2 Floor-Standing Speaker System with impressive audiophile performance quality

The new SB-G90M2 is a floor-standing loudspeaker in the Grand Class series. Like its predecessor, the SB-G90, the new M2 version is a 3-way bass reflex speaker system consisting of a 2-way coaxial driver combining a 25mm dome and a 160mm midrange cone made of aluminium. This is accompanied by two 160mm woofers, also constructed from aluminium. Due to meticulous research and development, Technics’ engineering team has yet again succeeded in improving audiophile performance quality through knowledge in mechanical construction and evolutionary driver design.

With the new SB-G90M2, thorough CAE analysis was used to optimise drivers, elements, and enclosure structures to efficiently eliminate unwanted vibrations and distortions. Consequently, Technics has significantly improved the already outstanding performance qualities of the SB-G90. The new SB-G90M2 loudspeaker system demonstrates Technics’ leading position in manufacturing musically involving products with one single goal: to express an acoustic performance as close to the original as possible, regardless of musical genre. Below are the technical enhancements of the SB-G90M2 loudspeaker system in comparison to its predecessor, the SB-G90:

  • Advanced Phase Precision Driver: The diaphragm of the Coaxial Driver Unit has been reworked. The structure has been newly calculated by FEM (Finite Elements Method) simulation for reduced resonance and a more natural midrange with less distortion. Also, a Linear Phase Plug has been added, efficiently eliminating any phase disturbance, thus making the sound pressure characteristics of the tweeter more natural.
  • Advanced BDMA (Balanced Driver Mounting Architecture): The inner Speaker Mount Baffle onto which the woofers are mounted at their centre of gravity around the magnet has now been extended to one plate attached to the base board, so vibrations can ‘escape’ to the ground.
  • More Energetic Cabinet Structure: The whole inner stiffening structure has been redesigned in the lower part of the cabinet. The so-called Standing Wave Termination Structure – a multiple-folded wave guide containing a controlled amount of acoustically absorbing material – will efficiently eliminate standing waves, at the same time minimising the use of acoustic damping material.

Responding to requests from our customer base, the new SB-G90M2 now features bi-wiring speaker terminals.

Technics SL-1210G Direct Drive Turntable – a future classic

Taking all the technical specifications of the SL-1200G and encasing them in a minimalist black finish, the SL-1210G is another future Technics classic. Technics learned from the huge success of the limited-edition SL-1210GAE, which was launched in June 2020 and almost immediately sold out, realising there was high demand for a ‘regular’ black version of this flagship 1200 Series model. In its striking black finish, the new SL-1210G possesses genuine elegance.

The overall quality and performance level of the SL-1210G defines the highest turntable standards, deserving to be partnered with the very finest phono cartridges for truly inspirational vinyl playback.

Key features:

  • Iron-coreless direct drive motor with double rotor/single stator achieving ultimately stable rotation, free from cogging and with powerful torque.
  • Hybrid encoder for rotational speed detection, using a Hall Sensor for rotor position detection.
  • Highly sensitive yet robust tonearm made from cold-drawn magnesium for high damping effect. High-precision tonearm bearings use a cut-processed housing for high initial motion sensitivity, ensuring accurate reading of the music information etched in the record’s groove.
  • Three-layer platter with high vibration-damping performance for undisturbed tracking. Each platter is individually adjusted for balance.
  • 4-layer high-rigidity cabinet with heavy aluminium top plate and high-damping silicone-rubber insulators to effectively shut out vibration.

Technics Product History

About Technics amplifiers

Technics is the brand name of hi-fi audio products owned by the Panasonic Corporation of Osaka, Japan. The Technics brand was founded in 1965. Driven by a constant striving for innovation and excellence within the audio field, countless legendary hi-fi components have been released by the Technics brand, many of them setting new standards in the audio world. In the amplifier world, technologies such as OTL (Output transformer-less), OCL (Output capacitor-less), Class A+ or the Battery Driven Power Supply have been inventions by Technics and have gained legendary status. Since the brand rebirth in 2014, Technics has released amplifiers built on their proprietary full-digital approach based on the JENO Engine (Jitter Elimination and Noise-Shaping Optimisation), also applying LAPC (Load Adaptive Phase Calibration) for perfectly matching a Technics amplifier to any speaker connected.

About Technics loudspeakers

The first-ever Technics product was a compact 2-way bookshelf loudspeaker system, released in 1965. It set new performance standards for compact speakers at that time. Since then, Technics has introduced many notable loudspeaker systems. In 1975, the SB-7000 founded the Linear Phase Technology which many speaker manufacturers later followed; while the SB-RX50 launched in 1986 can be seen as the forefather of Technics’ point source speaker systems with the Phase Precision Driver of today. The innovative, oversized AFP flat-panel monitors – due to their power and precision – were used at Vienna State Opera as stage monitor speakers, while the futuristic SST-1 folded-horn speaker system received entry to the New York Museum of Modern Art due to its exceptional milestone design concept.

About the Technics 1200 Series

The SL-1200 was launched as a popular direct drive turntable in 1972, becoming a best-selling model with cumulative sales of 3,500,000 units for the series. It was supported by powerful torque, easy operation, and high durability. It became greatly admired by both audio enthusiasts and DJs who helped to unleash the DJ culture in areas such as electronic dance music. The series is still highly acclaimed by DJs worldwide today. In 2016, after the revival of the Technics brand in 2014, Technics released the limited SL-1200GAE turntable, defining vinyl playback standards with the newly developed iron-coreless direct drive motor, eliminating unwanted “cogging”, and thus enabling a new standard of rotational stability. Together with evolutionary improvements in the fields of tonearm, platter and chassis construction, the new 1200 Series turntable generation made its way out of pure DJ usage towards the audiophile market with its high-quality integrity, accuracy, and musical enjoyment. Since then, Technics has released numerous turntable models in the new 1200 Series based on the coreless direct drive principle. The new SL-1210G, together with the SL-1200G, define the culmination of the Technics 1200 Series culture.

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