Technics SL-1500C (Black) is rated out of 5 by 22.
Technics SL-1500C (Black)
Direct Drive Turntable
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The best of Technics’ studio and club turntables – at home
Based on the legendary Technics SL1210, the SL1500C takes all the sophisticated drive mechanism but leaves the unnecessary DJ components for a high performance, home turntable. Discarding the pitch control, cue and strobe lights not only gives a cleaner style but also improves the sound quality through less complexity. A built-in phonostage, domestic cartridge and semi-auto operation make it more suitable for home use.
High torque, direct drive
When it comes to pitch stability and sonic precision, what’s good for the club and studio is equally good for the home. This is why Technics has used a version of its high torque, direct drive system for the SL1500C.
Improved, coreless motor for pitch-perfect sound
Based on technology from Technics’ reference SL1200 models, the SL1500C uses an all-new motor design with coreless tech. This results in the elimination of ‘cogging’ which can afflict other direct drive turntables. Cogging is an instability in the running speed, which gives inconsistent pitch. With the SL1500C, you get absolute pitch stability for a true and lifelike sound.
Solid design for low levels of distortion
Just like the Technics SL1210 and SL1200 turntables, the SL1500C is built to a high standard. The rigid, die-cast aluminium chassis uses a hybrid construction for superior resistance to vibration. Isolating feet and a damped platter further reduce resonance, meaning you hear more of the music’s fine detail and less distortion.
The SL1500C’s tonearm is a classic S-shape design that tracks precisely and is easy to handle. It also offers a wide range of adjustments, including VTA (Vertical Tracking Angle), weight and bias, making it ideal for a huge range of different cartridges. The detachable headshell makes swapping cartridges a quick and simple process.
Built-in phono stage
Featuring a built-in phonostage, the SL1500C can be used with a much wider range of hi-fi and powered speakers. So long as your system has an AUX socket, the SL1500C simply plugs in and plays. If you prefer to use your own phonostage, then simply hook up to the standard phono RCA outputs instead. For a high quality connection, all RCA phono sockets are gold-plated.
Unlike in the club or studio, you can’t be expected to stand attentively at your turntable at all times. So you can relax when listening to music at home, the SL1500C features an auto arm-lift. At the end of the record, the arm lifts automatically, protecting your stylus and also the speakers from distortion. If you’d prefer not to have this facility, it can be switched off.
Supplied with an Ortofon 2M Red cartridge
Priced at around £100 in its own right, the Ortofon 2M Red is a great quality starter cartridge. With smooth, precise sound, it’s the perfect match for the Technics turntable. The 2M is also upgradable, with a range of higher quality styli (Blue, Bronze and Black) that can be slid on for an instant upgrade in sound, when funds allow.
Enjoy studio quality sound, at home, with the Technics SL1500C.
Belt Drive/Direct Drive
Built In Phono Stage
Power Consumption - Normal Use (W)
Power Consumption - Standby
Dimensions WxHxD (mm)
453 x 169 x 372
Yes - Ortofon 2M Red MM
Replacement Stylus Code
Rated 5 out of 5 by TomaszA from Amazing service As always when shop with Richer Sound top service was delivered. Always ready to help and give advice. I’ve received discount even without asking. Highly recommend !!!!
Date published: 2022-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by Stanford2020 from Excellent turntable Bought to complement Marantz Melody m-cr412 and B&W 607s, connected using the inbuilt phono which works really well, not sure that you need the external option, good to have I guess.
Date published: 2022-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by RicF from Great Sound to revive my vinyl collection Technics continue to produce great decks which takes me back 25 years personally - really pleased with the purchase with the in built Ortofan Red stylus
Date published: 2022-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by Wiffysmell96 from Clarity and emotion one annoyance. It started in 1995 with a Dual CS505-4 which has served me well until the hifi moved to the conservatory. Warm rooms and belt drive do not make good companions. It had to be direct drive. The Dual gives plenty of emotion but sometimes leaves you wondering where it came from. The Technics leaves you in no doubt. Set up was not to difficult although getting the tone arm balanced took a couple of goes. Sound through a PMA450R and a pair of original B&W600i's is fantastic even picking up a few notes that have been lost on the Dual. Annoyance: Auto lift is way to early and not adjustable, the Dual wins that one, never too early to lift off. The Dual will get a second Life in a new home. And hopefully the Technics will last as long.
Date published: 2022-02-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by ADE44 from The quality has to be experienced. Upgrading to a direct drive turntable and listening to my vinyl collection has been a joy.
Date published: 2022-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by Steveee0 from Great turntable My wife bought this turntable for my Christmas present, set it up and played more or less straight out of the box cartridge already set with 2m red so just had to set weight and anti skate, played my first record Queen greatest hits 11 wow fantastic can't stop playing all of my old and new vinyls now.
Date published: 2021-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by Deefer from Technics SL1500C Fantastic turn table. Gift for my husband and he loves it. He's wanted it for a couple of years and is absolutely delighted. Service was excellent from Richer Sounds
Date published: 2021-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by Grumpy Old Paul from Excellent Product Very pleased with this turntable which has given me access to a vinyl collection accumulated over the last 50 years! Good sound quality. Easy to use. Elegant appearance and rock solid build.
Date published: 2021-01-22