The legendary Technics 1200 turntable is dead, according to rumours spreading across the Web today. Panasonic is reportedly discontinuing the Technics 1200 and Technics 1210 decks in February 2010.
The rumour started among Australian clubbers at ravey-davey message forum Global Hardstyle. We've asked Panasonic but are yet to hear anything official, although we notice that Panasonic hasn't got round to creating a new Technics Web page since 2007.
The Technics 1200 launched in 1972, followed by the 1200MK2 in 1978. Quickly becoming popular among DJs, the various forms of 1200 have sold over 3 million units. The direct-drive turntable has a special place in the hearts of DJs, rappers, producers and vinyl junkies of all ages for its reliability and durability.
The age of digital DJs has taken its toll on vinyl, but the much-loved format refuses to lay down and die. Is this a sad day for the DJ world or is it about time too? Mix and scratch your Technics memories in the comments.
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Update: It seems this is just a rumour after all. Panasonic told Crave it "there are no current plans to discontinue the Technics Brand" although the brand is "under constant review".
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