Japanese audio maker Technics is bolstering its production of high-end hardware this year with the dual announcement of an all-new streaming amplifier alongside an updated version of the SL-1500C direct drive turntable.
According to Technics, the new SU-GX70 amplifier will combine “the sonic genes of the acclaimed component collection with a wealth of connectivity options”. The new model is a landmark for the famed audio maker in that it will become the first Technics product to house an HDMI ARC port since the brand’s revival nearly a decade ago.
Designed with a minimalist aesthetic in black and silver finishes, the SU-GX70 promises to reliably deliver “crisp, clear and sparkling sound”, with the latest amp enlisting Panasonic’s expertise in video signal processing combined with Technics proprietary all-digital amplifier technology which the manufacturer hopes will deliver a distortion-free audio experience.
Multiple platforms are also supported. The SU-GX70 supports the Chromecast platform and integrates Spotify, Tidal, Deezer, Qobuz and Amazon Music HD. Wi-Fi, AirPlay 2 and Bluetooth connectivity also offer wireless networking, in addition to FM, DAB+ and internet radio access. There’s even support for MQA Hi-Res Audio streaming, although the the timing could have been better on this front…
In terms of physical connectivity options, the SU-GX70 includes three digital inputs and two line-level inputs, as well as USB-A and USB-B connections. A high-quality, low-noise phono stage for turntables with moving magnetic cartridges is also built-in, which Technics says will deliver “sublime audiophile performance with all the authentic warmth of vinyl”.
In terms of physical connectivity options, the SU-GX70 includes three digital inputs and two line inputs, as well as USB-A and USB-B connections. A high-quality, low-noise phono equalizer makes it easy to add a turntable with a moving-magnet cartridge that Technics says will deliver “sublime audiophile performance with all the authentic warmth of vinyl.”
This is not the end, however. The sublime Technics SL-1500C turntable, a product we loved so much we dubbed it the best turntable for £750-£1000 au What HiFi? Awards 2022, returns with a new-look version for this year.
The new SL-1500C-W model will be painted in “Luxurious Matte White”, adding sleek style to an already superb sound kit. Standard silver and black finishes will still be available alongside.
According to Frank Balzuweit, Senior Product Manager at Technics Europe, “Based on our experience with the limited edition models, we have seen a strong demand for additional color versions of our designs, especially for turntables. Many customers are looking for stylish color alternatives, reflecting the minimalist design language of modern contemporary interiors.
Fortunately, the white version is equipped with everything that made the standard model one of our favorites, including its Ortofon 2M Red MM cartridge pre-mounted on the headshell, an integrated phono stage, an automatic tonearm and an iron-core direct-drive motor for crisp, detailed and musical sound.
The new White Edition SL-1500C-W will cost RRP £1099.99 ($TBC / AU$TBC) and will be available from May 2023 from authorized Technics dealers.
The Technics SU-GX70 will go on sale sometime later in June 2023, priced at £1,699.99 ($TBC / AU$TBC).
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