In addition to its widespread use in the automotive (especially in forged magnesium wheels) and aerospace sectors, magnesium continues to be applied to a wide range of consumer products, like the new Technics SL-1000R turntable from Panasonic. It features an S-type universal tonearm with a lightweight, high damping magnesium tonearm pipe (magnesium boasts high damping characteristics, i.e., its ability to absorb vibrations, whether in a music system like this, or in forged mag wheels favored by race champions).
The direct drive SL-1000R was revealed at the recent CES (Consumer Electronics Show) tech trade exhibition in Las Vegas.
It claims a wow and flutter level of 0.015%, and has a 10mm thick brass weight platter and a new "unwanted noise reduction circuit." Its total weight is just over 40kg and Panasonic claims the turntable has the world's best signal to noise ratio. Itís expected to retail for $20,000.
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