Technics returns with new hardware and a download service, but no 1200s! :(

Technics returns with new hardware and a download service, but no 1200s! :(

Since the 60s, Technics has been a quality name for hi-fi equipment such as amplifiers, receivers, speakers, and of course, turntables. Japanese megacorporation Panasonic discontinued the brand in 2010, but it seems they’re starting to recognize the error of their ways. I say “starting” because DJs around the world have dreamt of this day, where Technics would announce an updated version of its iconic SL-1200 turntable. Sadly, this isn’t the case. Instead, the brand is heralding its return with two stereo systems — the Reference Class R1 and Premium Class C700 — along with a digital music service called Technics Tracks. The Reference Class will include an amplifier, speakers, and a control player; the Premium Class takes the setup further with a network audio player, amp, CD player, and speakers.

However, Technics Tracks seems to be the most intriguing part of the announcement. Launching in Germany and the UK next year, it’ll cater to the audiophile set with both 24-bit FLAC and CD-quality downloads. It’ll also provide news about the hi-fi audio world, so if you’re one of those people who always needs the sexiest pair of tweeters on the market, then this might replace Spotify as your digital service of choice. Technics Tracks will be available on PC, Mac, iOS, and Android; no word yet on when it’ll launch in North America. In the meantime, pray to Afrika Bambaataa that they announce a new 1200 someday.

• Technics: http://www.technics.com

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