Following the launch of the flagship SL-1200G direct-drive turntable reviewed in HFC 418, the Japanese tech giant introduces two additional models, but with more wallet-friendly price tags. The SL-1200GR and the SL-1210GR decks have an identical specification, but come with silver and black plinth top plates respectively. The new turntables claim to utilise the same design principles as the flagship SL-1200G, but with slightly different materials and applications. Parts from the SL-1200G are newly developed, and the twin-rotor coreless direct-drive motor designed for the flagship deck is replaced here with a single-rotor design. Technics says precise motor control technology, the high-rigidity platter – weighing 2.5kg – and a high-sensitivity tonearm, have all been carefully tuned for the new version to bring SL-1200 sound to a wider group of fans. Both models are priced at £1,299 and go on sale in April. Click here for more info.