The European tech scene is welcoming back an old pal, as Panasonic revives its Technics high-end audio brand in the region, using this week’s IFA tech trade show in Berlin to crow about two new hi-fi system series.
The new gear represents the first new hi-fi products under the Technics name in six years. The Technics brand was once a fixture of the European audio scene, most frequently spied on DJ decks or on massive sound systems.
Technics makes a hi-fi comeback at IFA 2014
Taking the lead in the brand’s reintroduction are the R1 reference class system and the C700 system. The R1 series comprises three components: the Stereo Power Amplifier SE-R1, the Network Audio Control Player SU-R1, and the Speaker System SB-R1.
Meanwhile, the C700 series, which Panasonic dubs a “premium class” array of gear, includes the Stereo Integrated Amplifier SU-C700, the Network Audio Player ST-C700, the Compact Disc Player SL-C700, and the Speaker System SB-C700.
The new equipment will go on sale in Europe in December, Panasonic said Wednesday, and will eventually spread to other regions.