Technics is delighted to announce the SL-G700M2, the successor of the SL-G700 network/super audio CD player.
A multi-digital player that supports a plethora of digital audio media including MQA, high-resolution audio sources and music streaming services, the SL-G700M2 builds on its predecessor with a host of performance and sound improvements. SL-G700M2 will be available in two colour versions: black and silver.
Recent years have seen a rapidly rising demand for superior quality sound, fuelled by a wide range of factors including the establishment of new high-resolution formats, the emergence of high-quality streaming platforms and the continuing resurgence of vinyl.
Following years of R&D, the Technics SL-G700M2 has been designed to match the appetite for high quality sound.
New digital/analogue signal processing technology
In developing digital audio signal processing technology for its next generation of products, Technics’ goal has been to achieve phase alignment and ideal impulse response – characteristics that are essential for faithful music reproduction with an accurate sound stage. Starting with LAPC (Load Adaptive Phase Calibration), first incorporated in the SE-R1 in 2014, and continuing with Space Tune and the PHONO Response Optimiser, true audio fidelity has remained at the core of the SL-G700M2’s production.
The SL-G700M2 is equipped with the High Precision Coherent D/A Converter, which is the accumulation of Technic’s innovation. The High Precision Coherent D/A Converter converts digital values to analogue signals with the utmost accuracy before outputting them to an amplifier. It is composed of three elements: coherent processing, a high-performance D/A converter in dual monaural configuration, and a proprietary discrete amplifier circuit.
Power supply noise suppression that eliminates adverse effects on minute signals
Digital audio players that handle small signals require thorough noise suppression, because even the slightest noise can significantly affect sound quality. The SL-G700M2 is equipped with a Multi-Stage Silent Power Supply that provides thorough noise suppression in three stages: high-speed switching power supply, low-noise regulator, and current injection active noise cancelling.
High-definition disc playback
The SL-G700M2 supports playback of the Super Audio CD high-quality disc format and features a dedicated SACD/CD ‘Pure Disc Playback’ mode for further sound quality enhancement. This mode shuts off all circuit blocks except those required for Super Audio CD/CD playback, reducing internal noise, and boosting sound quality.
Supports various high-resolution formats in addition to MQA
The SL-G700M2 is capable of full decoding and playback of MQA files and MQA-CDs. Various other high-resolution formats are also supported including WAV/AIFF up to 384 kHz/32 bit, FLAC/ALAC up to 384kHz/24 bit, and DSD up to 11.2MHz file playback.
Enhanced network playback functions
The SL-G700M2 supports Google Chromecast, connecting with a wide range of music streaming services from Chromecast-enabled apps, as well as Apple AirPlay 2. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless connections are also supported.
The player is also equipped with a new USB-B port that allows for a constant connection to a network audio server or PC, for playback of high-resolution sound from the connected device.
Attractive high-grade housing and chassis supporting sound quality
The SL-G700M2 is divided into four sections inside the chassis with the power supply, digital interface, analogue circuitry and disc drive sections each being independent of the other. This suppresses mutual interference between circuits and reduces sound quality degradation. The disc drive adopts a three-layer chassis configuration and powerful vibration-damping and quiet construction, including a disc tray made of die-cast aluminium that ensures high-precision disc playback.
The exterior features a hairline-finished 7mm-thick aluminium front panel and 3mm-thick aluminium side panels, as well as an engraved Technics logo for a carefully constructed finish.