Technics Is Making Turntables Again

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Customers shop for vinyl records during World Record Store Day at Dussmann on April 18, 2015 in Berlin, Germany.

Vinyl's revivification continues.

Just like the music format it exists to play, the once-discontinued turntable wing of Technics (rumors of its shuttering began five years ago) is set to rise again, with a redesigned line of platters.

As Wired reports from the IFA trade show in Berlin, Panasonic (parent company of Technics) has unveiled a prototype turntable built of aluminum, an allusion to the still-in-demand 1200 series. The company also announced a all-in-one hi-fi system, amp and headphones.

A spokesperson tells Billboard the company has received "countless requests" for the turntables' return.


Technics was last heard from early this year, when a press release stated the brand's intention to help fans "rediscover music" through several new technologies and products.