Technics SL-G700M2: Will it Live Up to Expectations?

Technics SU-G700M2

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The original G700 from Technics got a whopping five-star rating from a lot of reviewers. Many described it as a “high-quality digital source that covers all bases.”

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So, when the brand recently announced the SL-G700M2, fans set their expectations at a pretty high point. But the real question is, can the device deliver?

Well, the Technics SL-G700M2 appears to be the Swiss army knife for a digital source device. It includes an SACD player supporting MQA, SACD, and CD discs.

Technics SL-G700
SL-G700; Source: Technics

Additionally, the player has dedicated “Pure Disc Playback” support to enhance overall performance. Furthermore, the Technics SL-G700M2 supports Google Chromecast and AirPlay 2

But those are not the only option you will have for wireless streaming. You also have a Bluetooth connection. The most crucial thing is that the device supports MQA decoding with playback of AIFF/WAV files at up to 32-bit/384 kHz.

Alongside that, it has support for the playback of DSD files at up to 11.2 MHz and  ALAC/FLAC files at up to 24-bit/384 kHz. Unlike the previous G700, the G700M2 expands a little on the digital and optical inputs. 

Technics SL-G700
SL-G700; Source: Technics

The device has a USB-B connection, which you can use to hook the unit up to a computer/laptop or a network audio server. Nonetheless, the biggest upgrade on the Technics SL-G700M2 is in the sound department.

According to the brand, the G700M2 “builds on its predecessor with a host of performance and sound improvements.” But what exactly contributes to the upgraded performance of the G700M2? 

Well, at the center of the upgrade is an enhanced signal processing technology, which the device gets for the all-new DAC. This DAC features a design that is based on the dual ESS ES9026PRO chip.

Technics SU-G700M2
SU-G700M2; Source: Technics

That chip independently transmits the right and left channels on the signal to lower the overall interference. The independent transmission also helps to produce a clean sound.

There is a new processing technology that will minimize phase deviations that are inherent in the process of conversion. And the post-conversion filter circuit utilizes an amplifier circuit that comes with a unique discrete configuration.

Other than that, the power supply of the Technics G700M2 now has three methods of suppressing noise. 

Technics SU-G700M2
SU-G700M2; Source: Technics

The first one is done by increasing the supply’s switching frequency to 300 kHz. The second one makes sure that the power supply offers stable power with low relative noise, even at high levels. 

Finally, there is a newly developed active noise cancellation technology. It removes unwanted noise by implementing an inverse phase current to the noise. Overall, the Technics SL-G700M2 indeed seems to be a true successor of the G700.

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