This is the saddest day ever. Why? Because we just found out that starting a little over a week ago, Panasonic decided to par down and then stop production on SL-1200MK6 analog turntable, the SH-EX1200 analog audio mixer, and RP-DH1200 and RP-DJ1200 stereo headphones due to “challenges in the marketplace.” Panasonic issued a statement to The Tokyo Reporter saying: “Panasonic decided to end production mainly due to a decline in demand for these analog products and also the growing difficulty of procuring key analog components necessary to sustain production.” Waaah! When you take a look at numbers such as these, you can’t really blame them though: sales of analog decks today are roughly 5% what they were 10 years ago, while on a related note, Japan’s last remaining vinyl disk pressing plant pressed a tiny 400,000 disks last year, that number comparing to their peak 40 years ago at 70,000,000 disks a year. The SL-1200 has been in continuous production since 1972, during that time having sold 3.5 million units.

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