While still maintaining the classic look and layout of the Mk2 and later units, the SL-1210 Mk7 has an all new chassis, tone arm and motor as well as all the electronics running it. Technics have designed an all new motor to be even more stable, smoother and more reliable. The SL-1210 Mk7 uses a new coreless direct drive motor that still has high torque and smooth rotation while the digital pitch control and new circuitry offer precise adjustment.
A whole new level of micro computer, circuitry and all round wizardry has been developed to keep the motor running smoothly and accurately. Although the pitch fader is now digital (purists prefer analogue) it has been created to operate just like an analogue pitch. A bit like driving a manual car but still having a computer in the background helping things along.
The new tone arm is made of a lightweight but rigid aluminium to ensure the best sound reproduction and stability when scratching. The base of the arm is height adjustable with the usual settings for anti-skate and cartridge weight. All still with a solid build and acoustically isolated to minimise feedback and reverberation. SL-1210 Mk7 also features a new chassis design with the base made from an ABS compound for audio and vibration isolation as well as the metal body to give the same solid build and feel we are all used to.
New feet made with new rubber compound and springs also go towards eliminating feedback and improving isolation.
The pitch range is switchable between 8% and 16% at the press of a button. The pitch can also be reset to zero at the press of a button to instantly knock the speed back to ‘normal’. Talking of speed, the SL-1210 Mk7 has a third speed setting (which they kind of always had anyway) but pressing the 33 and 45 RPM buttons together you get a 78RPM setting as well. Makes sense when you think about it.. 33+45 = 78, quick math..
The platter on the SL1210 Mk7 is very heavy duty with think rubber insulation, again part of the constant quest to dampen and reduce any vibration and ambient pick up. Under the platter are some settings to bypass the 78 RPM setting, adjust the start stop time and change the colour of the LEDs. Yes, you can chose to have your power, pitch and backlit buttons as either blue or red. The pop up cue lamp is now a long life LED to reduce the chance of burn out and having to replace it.
Another great design change is that the power and audio cables are now recessed making it easier to position the decks any way around and they are removable. Making it a dream to replace and upgrade them if you want or need to.