Originally posted by ogre:
Reading all this makes me wonder why Technics Europe/UK has never issued any updates

There is no specific Technics Europe. Mainly each country or parts of Europe have there own (main)distributor. The Netherlands for instance "Haagmeyer Techno", find that out if you are searching on web.
So for Germany that is Taiyo. the 1.6. update therefore is an official update.
By the way Taiyo produces some nice disks too. I especialy like the guitar disk. Listen to the demos).