Technics SL-1500C (Silver)

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Technics SL-1500C (Silver)

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£999 Our price history: £1,099 from 07/01/24 to 25/03/24
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”Technics beautifully made, fuss-free record player wins for another year.” ’What Hi-Fi?’ 2023 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.

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General
Manufacturer's Warranty
1 year
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
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great quality excellent product Excellent product really pleased with it great service helping me set it up
Date published: 2024-05-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great in almost every respect I bought this to replace a 1980 Pioneer PL512, so to say this Technics table is an ‘upgrade’ is akin to comparing an old Skoda to a new Ferrari. The motor is silent, the speed is rock solid and consistent & it sounds incredible. However, for such a (relatively) expensive turntable, there are a couple of things that don’t really scream quality imo. The first & quite minor one is that the hole in the platter mat isn’t centred properly- so if you’re playing a 45rpm record (or watching the platter spin without a record in situ) it looks decidedly wonky. Obviously, it’s just cosmetic- but it’s still not indicative of quality. The one that’s more of a concern & one that others have commented on (through the power of ‘Google’) is the cuing lever. It feels cheap, rickety and seems to only move for a fraction of its actual travel. It makes it hard to be precise when you’re trying to access a specific track, especially as the Ortofon cartridge obscures the view of the stylus somewhat. I would think I’m being picky, but as I said- my reference point is an entry level machine that’s over 40 years old. The drop of the arm was/is sweet as a nut on that.
Date published: 2024-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A remarkable turntable The SL1500c produces significantly better sound quality than my Edwards Audio Anniversary turntable, which itself is a very good deck. My system is [partly] Naim Supernait 3, Chord Qutest, Graham Audio LS6f speakers, BK Electronics sub and Tellurium Q interconnects and speaker cable. The step up in sound quality produced by the SL1500c over the Edwards Audio Anniversary turntable was one of those rare moments in hifi when the change was not subtle or slight but rather a significant improvement in both detail and dynamics with lower tighter bass and sweeter more transparent highs. I played a ripped wav file of Xanadu from Exit Stage Left by Rush through the Qutest whilst simultaneously playing the vinyl version of the same. I switched back and forth and remarkably, the LP sounded very slightly better. I wasn’t expecting that result as the Qutest is a superb DAC and by far the most detailed yet extremely analogue and sweet sounding DAC I have ever heard. The SL1500c comes with the 2m red cartridge but of course can get even better with a cartridge upgrade at some point. So yes, I would definitely recommend the SL1500c. Mine came from the Sheffield store. I rang and spoke to the manager Olli who was extremely helpful and the deck arrived the next morning.
Date published: 2023-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product the best sound from the speakers and I bought this 3 weeks ago with speakers recommend by the deputy manager great sound as always fantastic service and professional staff.
Date published: 2023-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Technics SL 1500C I bought the turntable a week ago and haven’t sto play my Lp’s it’s an excellent deck.
Date published: 2023-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Impressive I bought this turntable just over a week ago after deciding to replace my Onkyo 1050 turntable After much research I decided to go for the SL1500 C. I have been amazed at the quality of the Technics and although it’s running in I am very pleased with the performance. I have been buying from Richer Sounds for 30 years, usually my local shop in Leicester, but having moved to the sticks used the telephone sales service. Dave was great to deal with. Overall, great product supplied by a great company.
Date published: 2023-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from First class product. Easy to use and top quality A replacement for an aging AR turntable and I couldn't be happier with it. Assembly was easy, the arm is beautifully balanced and the sound reproduction is faultless. Very happy
Date published: 2023-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb service Fantastic service from the guys at the Cardiff branch. Stef gave me 2 hours of his time to listen to various options and I am very satisfied with my purchase. In addition to that they have offered to come out and check my set up is correct. Plus if you ring they either pick up or ring you straight back. Superb.
Date published: 2023-03-31
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