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Technics SL-DZ1200: digital DJ "itchy-scratchy" from Matsushita

In June Japanese Matsushita plans to launch shipments of this compulsory attribute of modern parties — turntables in its digital incarnation, Technics SL-DZ1200.

By appearance the novelty is identical to popular "analog" Technics SL-1200, released since 1972 and sold in over 3 million quantity. Now its design was used in this "DJ" hardware. The device works with CD Audio sources on CDs as well as MP3/MPEG-2-AAC on SD cards.

The "Catch & Play" feature allows playing and mixing several sources alongside changing their parameters on-the-fly. E.g. playback tempo can vary within 8%, 16%, 33% ranges for CDs, within 8% or 16% ranges for SD media and within 50% range at smooth adjust. The novelty doesn´t introduce anything new for DJs actually, and is more interesting from the angle of design.

Some other console features include: 32-192Kbps MP3/AAC support, 18W power consumption, 320x111x330mm, 5.8kg weight.

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