Technics SL-1500C (Silver) is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 34.
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Technics SL-1500C (Silver)

Direct Drive Turntable
£899
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”A beautifully made, fuss-free record player.” ’What Hi-Fi?’ 2021 award-winner.

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.

Classic tonearm
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.

Semi-auto operation
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.
Features
Auto/Manual
Semi-Auto
Belt Drive/Direct Drive
Direct Drive
Built In Phono Stage
Yes
Speeds
33/45/78
Energy Consumption
Power Consumption - Normal Use (W)
8
Power Consumption - Standby
0.2
Dimensions
Dimensions WxHxD (mm)
453 x 169 x 372
Weight
Weight (KG)
9.9
Accessories
Cartridge Included
Yes - Ortofon 2M Red MM
Replacement Stylus Code
2M Red
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sounds wonderful I read a lot of reviews about the Technics SL1500c and competitor turntables before buying one. I wanted a well built turntable that offers some convenience in use, which requires very little faffing about with and which sounds great. However, just like any turntable, some setup is required to get the best out of it. Setting up doesn't take long and once this is done, this turntable does not disappoint. Whether using my amplifier's phono preamp or the turntables preamp, this turntable sounds wonderful. Also a big thanks to Liam at the Hanley branch who was helpful and friendly.
Date published: 2022-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stunning example of a modern quality turntable What a turntable! Arrived well packaged and easy to setup, bar one slightly confusion in the instructions which said to add both weights to the end of the tone arm and then adjust it. When using the cartridge supplied with the turntable you don't use the additional weight (the small one), just use the main weight and then it is easy to balance. Aside from this, it was plain sailing and with the onboard phono stage was quickly connected to the Marantz amp and B&W speakers. The turntable is very simple to use, seems really solid and well made which is unusual these days and sound quality wise, is astonishingly good. It's a far cry from my original turntable, (a Dual back on the late 80s) and astonishes me with how quiet the background noise is - when I used to play records they would drive me mad with the crackles and surface noise but that seems to have been left in the past. I also listened a lot to my parent's Linn Axis turntable and this Technics turntable seems to have an improved sound to that as well. It's a joy to listen to records on this, the bass in particular is very pleasant to listen to, giving a nice full sound without being overly boomy, just great to listen to and although it's an overly used phrase, hear things you haven't heard before on well loved albums. Individual instruments are brought out in a cohesive manner and album after album just sounds superb. Best advice - go and listen to one yourself. I've high hopes for the durability of this after setting it up and using it and the reviews of the direct drive mechanism seem to back this up. Hopefully this will be spinning happily for many years to come.
Date published: 2022-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful, elegant designe Beautiful designe and great quality. Excellent service
Date published: 2022-02-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great item and service I brought this a few weeks ago and have really been impressed with the quality and sound.
Date published: 2022-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Class turntable I bought this to upgrade my ATLP120USB which had a Goldring E3 cartridge. The Technics is beautifully made, simple to set up, very simple to use and sounds great with plenty of capacity to upgrade in future. I run it through an Audiolab 6000A (and use the 6000A's phono stage) and B&W 606S2s. If you're wanting a convenient TT with easy speed change and rock solid stability and timing, I'd highly recommend the SL1500C.
Date published: 2022-01-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Looks great Speakers haven't arrived yet, so can't comment on sound yet, but high expectations
Date published: 2021-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Whole new sound love vinyl Staff at the leister branch very helpful explained what each of the models do and don't we settled on technics 1500 After setting up our new turntable we purchased a new LP , set the needle down and WOW
Date published: 2021-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Its Perfect - Technics SL1500C Silver Turntable From the dust cover to the height adjusters the SL-1500C displays quality that Technics is renowned for. I am very serious about vinyl and this has been on my shopping list for the past couple of years where I have found no other contender. Its a Quality product , designed with just the features I require to enjoy and appreciate listening to, it may seem slightly expensive for an entry level turntable , but I believe this is not an entry level Direct Drive Turntable system . Sounds sublime !
Date published: 2021-11-10
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