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Technics SL-1500C

Direct drive turntable with built-in phono preamp (Black)

Item # 133SL1500B

This high-quality turntable uses signature Technics technology to bring out the best in your cherished records.

This high-quality turntable uses signature Technics technology to bring out the best in your cherished records.

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About the Technics SL-1500C

A new turntable with an excellent pedigree

Technics introduced the first direct drive turntable to the market in 1970, and though they took a break for a while, they've returned with an excellent lineup. The SL-1500C is an audiophile-quality turntable that comes in at a very reasonable price, and doesn't skimp on technological goodies for the serious vinyl lover. At the heart of this turntable is Technics' signature coreless direct drive motor. It delivers high torque and rotational stability, and eliminates an audible effect called "cogging" that lesser motors may exhibit.

A new turntable with an excellent pedigree

Technics introduced the first direct drive turntable to the market in 1970, and though they took a break for a while, they've returned with an excellent lineup. The SL-1500C is an audiophile-quality turntable that comes in at a very reasonable price, and doesn't skimp on technological goodies for the serious vinyl lover. At the heart of this turntable is Technics' signature coreless direct drive motor. It delivers high torque and rotational stability, and eliminates an audible effect called "cogging" that lesser motors may exhibit.

Flexible connections

The SL-1500C has a built-in phono preamp, so you can hook up to a receiver or pair of powered speakers without going through an outboard preamp first. There's a dedicated RCA stereo line output for the preamp, which can be switched off when not in use to eliminate a potential source of performance-robbing noise.

An adaptable tonearm

When I was a kid, I had a cheap turntable, and one of my favorite records was slightly warped. Someone told me to put a penny on top of the cartridge, so the extra weight would keep the needle from skipping out of the hilly groove. Imagine my amazement when a Technics trainer intentionally played us a record with a very visible warped section. The turntable's static-balanced tonearm played the record perfectly, moving easily with the flaw in the vinyl — no loose change required.

A high-quality Ortofon 2M Red cartridge is pre-installed on a removable headshell, so you can easily upgrade or swap to a custom needle at any time. To help save unwanted wear and tear on the stylus, the SL-1500C is equipped with a defeatable auto-lift mechanism that will raise the needle when it reaches the lead-out groove at the end of a record side.

Rugged build quality

The SL-1500C's two-layer, die-cast aluminum chassis is integrated with a mixture of ABS and glass fiber to resist external vibrations. The dense platter — also made of die-cast aluminum — is backed by a sound-damping layer of rubber that helps ensure you hear nothing but the music contained on your records.

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Product highlights:

  • coreless direct drive motor offers high torque performance
  • lightweight static-balance S-shaped aluminum tonearm reads grooves accurately
  • factory-installed Ortofon 2M red cartridge on removable headshell
  • die-cast aluminum platter
    • two-layer structure with anti-resonance rubber backing
  • defeatable auto lifter automatically raises the tonearm at the end of a record side
  • high-precision motor controller increases rotational stability
  • built-in phono preamp compatible with moving magnet cartridges
    • on/off switch
  • stereo RCA phono output with ground terminal
  • stereo RCA line-level output
  • speeds: 33-1/3 and 45 rpm
  • wow and flutter: 0.025%
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Weight 21.9 lbs.

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