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KAB Custom Technics SL-1200SE

Perhaps the worlds most popular turntable, the Technics 1200 MK2 was borne of technology developed during the discrete quadraphonic era of the mid 1970's. The challenge at this time was precise rotation, and the ablility to trace modulations of up to 50 Khz to the inside groove. This required high precision drive systems, non resonant body structures and very sensitive tonearms. It is no wonder that even today, the '1200 stands practically alone in its unwavering technical performance.

Historically, Quartz locked direct drive was developed, first for half speed mastering of quad recordings, and then for playing them back. The DJ applications followed later when the public refused to accept quad. The fortunate happenstance of the Disco movement, and the need for a 'table that offered precision and stability, found a new home for the '1200. Those events are singly responsible for keeping the cost of this technology ridiculously low.

KAB would like to take some responsibility for setting the historical record straight and for re-introducing the '1200 to the audiophile arena, where it first began 22 years ago.

This page offers links to reviews both profesional and user. I hope you find it useful.

  1. SP-02 drive system. google link search for the motor that started it all. See who uses it now!
  2. Read a comparison with "new age" audiophile turntables. From the pages of Audiogon.com
  3. First KAB/Technics '1200 review at www.TNT-Audio.com
  4. Audiogon independant review '1200. Lots of customer comments follow this one.
  5. Audiogon independant review KAB TD-1200 Fluid Damper. Lots of customer comments follow this one
  6. Professional '1200 review at www.TNT-Audio.com
  7. Independant review Cardas Tonearm Rewire A
    Independant review Cardas Tonearm Rewire B
  8. Professional review of KAB/Ortofon integrated cartridge
  9. KAB overview of drive system and toneam
  10. New indpendant review from UK
  11. Independant review from Hong Kong. In Chinese, but with good pictures.
  12. Here is the complete $ensible Sound Review of KAB/Technics 1200. Pg1, Pg2. Pg3.

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