Las Vegas, NV – DJ Jazzy Jay, Cut Chemist, DJ Scratch and DJ Koca were among the talented turntable whisperers at the Hyde Bellagio in Las Vegas on Monday night (January 7). They were all on deck to check out the new Technics SL-1200MK7s, the latest in the company’s iconic SL-1200 direct drive turntable series and first updated version in roughly nine years.

According to a press release, the new model boasts a coreless direct drive motor to prevent cogging and rotation irregularity as well as a microcomputer for advanced motor control accuracy. The official release date and price has yet to be revealed.

The Hyde Bellagio show was part of Technics’ live streaming event and featured performances from Cut Chemist, Kenny Dope, Derrick May and DJ Koca.

“Technics 1200s made Hip Hop what it is today,” Cut Chemist tells HipHopDX. “I didn’t realize the cultural significance of the event until people started to filter through. You’d be like, ‘Oh, there’s Jazzy Jay. Oh, there’s DJ Scratch. There’s Skratch Bastid.’ It felt like ’80s and ’90s parties. It felt like the reasons we used to go to clubs.

“It [Technics SL-1200MK7] has all the same durability and strength. As far as skip inability, it seemed to be all there. It was truckin’. It took a minute to warm up. The materials the thing is made of aren’t what they were in the ’70s, but it was nice. It’s so light. I was like, ‘Should I be gentle with it?’ These are Technics for 2020.”

Several vinyl enthusiasts took to social media to express their excitement.

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