Technics SL-1500C Semi-automatic direct-drive turntable

Technics SKU: SL-1500C-K
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Sale price$1,299.99


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.

  • 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

  • automatic stop and tonearm lift (defeatable)

    • tonearm must be returned to rest manually

  • high-precision motor controller increases rotational stability

  • built-in phono preamp compatible with moving magnet cartridges

    • when switch is set to ON, the right-hand RCA output must be connected to a standard line input (labeled AUX, CD, or TAPE)

    • when switch is set to OFF, the left-hand RCA output must be connected to an outboard phono pre amp or dedicated phono input

  • stereo RCA phono output with ground terminal

  • stereo RCA line-level output

  • 33-1/3, 45 and 78 rpm speeds

  • wow and flutter: 0.025%

Dimensions and warranty:

  • 17-7/8"W x 6-11/16"H x 14-11/16"D (with dust cover down)

  • weight: 21.9 lbs.

  • warranty: 2 years

Color Black
Operation Semi Automatic
Speeds 33-1/3, 45, 78
Drive Type Direct
Pitch Control No
Phono Preamp Built-in
USB Output No
Bluetooth Built-In No
45 RPM Adapter Yes
Audio Cable Detachable
Power Cable Detachable AC Cable (3-pole)
Materials and Construction
Plinth Aluminum/ABS/Glass Fiber
Platter Aluminum
Tone Arm Shape S-shaped
Tone Arm Material Aluminum
Tone Arm Lift Finger, Lever
Cartridge Info
Included Cartridge Ortofon 2M RED
Cartridge Type MM
Removable Headshell Straight
Tracking Weight 1.8 g (1.8mN)
Frequency Response 20-20,000
Output Voltage 5.5
Load Impedance 47,000
Load Capacitance 100-200
Audio Specs
Signal to Noise Ratio ---
Wow and Flutter 0.025
Dimensions and Warranty
Width (Inches) 17.875
Height (Inches) 6.6875
Depth (Inches) 14.625
Weight 21.9 lbs.
Turntable Parts Warranty 2 Years
Turntable Labor Warranty 2 Years
Cartridge Parts Warranty 1 Year
Cartridge Labor Warranty 1 Year
  • Turntable
  • Tone-arm (pre-installed)
  • Headshell (with catridge and stylus)
  • 45RPM adapter
  • Balance weight
  • Auxiliary weight
  • Mat
  • Dust cover
  • 63" AC power cord
  • 58" Stereo RCA cable
  • 58" Ground wire
  • Owner's Manual
  • Sticker labels

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