Technics has announced a two-year partnership with Abbey Road Studios which will see new, redesigned versions of the audio brand’s SL-1200 turntables used in the mastering studios and restaurant of the legendary London recording studio.
The Technics 50th anniversary limited-edition Grand Class SL-1200GAE and non-limited Grand Class SL-1200G turntables are said to have been developed for audiophiles looking to rediscover and experience the warm sound quality of vinyl.
The SL-1200GAE turntable will be launched this summer in a limited run of 1,200 units worldwide.
Following that, a non-limited edition Grand Class 1200G will be released this autumn.
Said Andrew Denham, managing director of Panasonic UK and Ireland: “Since relaunching the Technics brand in the UK, we’ve received a positive reaction from both previous and new-found Technics fans.
“To celebrate the brand’s 50th anniversary, we are really pleased to see the return of the direct drive turntable and now excited to be able to cement our dedication to delivering outstanding musical experiences with our new partnership with Abbey Road Studios. Together, we hope to deliver uncompromising sound quality and a premium user experience for the true audiophile and music fan.”
Added Isabel Garvey, managing director of Abbey Road Studios: “This partnership is exciting for Abbey Road Studios as we recognise the resurgence of vinyl in the music industry and significance of our vinyl cutting business. We look forward to bringing this partnership to life with the expertise of our mastering engineers and a brand that is at the forefront of quality audio-fidelity sound.”