As of Dec 26 2010, KAB no longer has stock on brand new turntables.
The tables shown on this page are for information only. The prices shown are the last know retail prices as of Dec 2010.
Going forward, I plan to offer "Like New" refurbished tables but do not
have a current timetable for that.
I continue to offer our state of the art mods on all used 1200's. Simply choose the "Send Yours" link above.
You can read all about the Modding Process by clicking here
More likely than not, the records you love best were made from masters
cut on a Technics
SP-02 drive system. Now you can own the player that carries
that heritage, improved and tweaked by KAB.
What makes a KAB '1200 different?
Choose a base model:
All base models include KAB Special Edition features of hinged dust cover, audiophile mat, 120pF interconnect cable and pretest QC inspection. A $110 value.
All base models begin with brand new factory warranted product. KAB 1200's are purchased only through official Pansonic distributors.
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Spec's can tell an awful lot. It's a shame so many Hi End companies have chosen to withhold this vital performance info. The Hi End magazines too should be ashamed for not testing the turntables they "review".
The Frequency Generator Servo Control on the '1200 produces the most consistent rotational accuracy of any known drive system. Unlike most belt drive systems, it is completely immune to both static and dynamic stylus drag.
The Tonearm bearings, polished to a finish of ± 0.5 microns, feature very low friction of 0.007 grams and the turntable body is a 3 section constrained layer non resonant affair. The Cast 5 Lb Platter system is damped both underneath and by the 1 Lb top mat.
For the tweakers, the Technics interconnect cable contributes 90 pF and the wire in the turntable and tonearm wand contribute 10 pF for 100pF total capacitance. So the interconnect rating is 2pF per inch or 24pF per foot. The cable on the M5G and GLD is abit thicker and claimed to be OFC fine strand copper. They also have gold plated connectors.
All Models employ the same build materials, platter and tonearm. The M5G and GLD have a dual range pitch control that is separately crystal controlled for unsurpassed accuracy and drift free performance. Also the M5G and GLD feature a static lateral tonearm damping system. This is for dj use and perhaps archival 78 RPM shallow grooves. It has no use in hi fi applications.
This is what makes our '1200 different from any others out there.
1. Tighten all case screws. Beleive it or not, it is often neccessary.
2. Install cartridge and test wiring for continuity.
3. Balance arm and test bearing friction vertical and lateral.
4. Full operational test.
5. Test platter for proper fit. The platter must not rock on the spindle shaft. KAB will re-machine the platter center hole to ensure a perfect fit. This is always the result of nicks inside the platter center hole. How they get there we do not know, but if they interfere with the proper fit of the platter we will correct it.
6. Test platter for flatness or planarity. KAB will replace a platter that exceeds + - 0.005" planarity as measured with a Mahr runout guage on the platter edge.
7. Check azimuth alignment of cartridge socket. Correct it neccessary.
8. Replace interconnect cable with low capacitance stock cable if required.
9. Remove silicone mold release film from rubber base along front and sides if present.
KAB ELECTRO ACOUSTICS
PLAINFIELD, NJ 07062, USA