Technics SL-1500C

Manual Direct Drive Turntable w/ Ortofon 2M Red Cartridge & Built-In Phono Stage


Technics SL-1500C

Manual Direct Drive Turntable w/ Ortofon 2M Red Cartridge & Built-In Phono Stage

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The technologies acquired through the development of the SL-1200 Series and the high-end SL-1000R model were lavishly inserted into the motor drive unit, a key part of the turntable. The motor exclusively tunes the single-rotor, coreless direct-drive motor adopted by the SL-1200GR in order to read the high rotation accuracy and high-precision signals of the record. Optimal motor control is conducted for the inertial mass of the two-layer structure platter on which the vinyl record is placed with deadening rubber on the entire back surface to eliminate unwanted resonance in the aluminum die-cast platter to eliminate the rotation irregularity called cogging. 

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Decades of Evolution

The SL1500C comes from a long line of Technics turntables loved by both music lovers and DJs. This precision-made turntable will last a lifetime and comes ready to go with a pre-mounted Ortofon 2M Red and a built-in phono preamp. Upgrading cartridges is also super easy with its very adjustable tonearm.

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Coreless Direct Drive Motor

Technics eliminates the cogging effect that plagues direct drive with their Coreless motor system. With this great motor and their edge-weighted highly damped platter you get great speed consistent with the fast-starting and stopping direct drive is capable of.

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Rigid Frame with Great Damping

Technics uses a solid two-layer body with special isolation feet to reduce external resonances. The result is a very heavy turntable that works in all kinds of environments, delivering pure music where other turntables might be subject to acoustic feedback.

The Technics SL-1500C Manual Direct Drive Turntable offers some degree of automation for those who want a little more than a manual turntable and it happens to be an excellent turntable on its own.

Technics has been making great turntables since 1970 and their 1200 model introduced in 1972 is still a classic. The SL1500C is based on that same great design. It is a direct drive model which offers instant start-up and the tonearm is first-rate and highly adjustable, allowing you to add a better cartridge down the road. The heavy chassis is very well damped and the whole table is just built like a tank. It comes with the Ortofon 2M Red cartridge, which allows you to upgrade the sound just by changing the stylus to the Ortofon 2M Blue stylus, and the built in phono preamp perfectly matches the Ortofon, but you can defeat it if you wish. The icing on the cake is the auto lift at the end, which is pretty cool.

Details & Specs

The aluminum die-cast chassis is rigidly integrated with a special material consisting of ABS mixed with glass fiber to achieve a two-layer construction. The insulator is comprised of a spring and rubber to provide optimal vibration-damping characteristics. The tonearm is a static-balance universal S-shape tonearm, another Technics tradition. By adopting a high-precision bearing using the same gimbal suspension construction and machined housing as the SL-1200 Series, high initial sensitivity is achieved. In addition, reliability has been improved by incorporating a removable power cable and gold-plated terminals, which have less sound quality degradation, for the PHONO and LINE terminals.

Complete Turntable with a Built-in Phono Equalizer and Cartridge
In order to enjoy playing analog records more comfortably, the SL-1500C features a built-in phono equalizer and bundled cartridge. There is no need to separately prepare either one, making it easy to link with a wide range of audio equipment. The shield structure of the built-in phono equalizer suppresses the effects of external noise and noise from the power supply. It is also equipped with a switch to turn the LINE output off when it is not being used. The turntable has been designed to thoroughly shut-out adverse effects to the PHONO output. The dedicated power supply for the PHONO output terminal is isolated from the power supply for the LINE output terminal and has been designed to prioritize sound quality by minimizing the wiring of the PHONO signal. The isolated terminals also prevent wiring mistakes. An Ortofon 2M RED cartridge, which is highly acclaimed as an MM cartridge, has been selected for the bundled cartridge. Combining this high-quality cartridge with the performance of the SL-1500C will maximize the sound quality of vinyl records.

Equipped with an Auto Lifter Function That Allows You to Enjoy Playing Records More Comfortably
When the tonearm reaches the end of the record, the Auto Lifter function automatically raises the cartridge. This prevents unnecessary wear on your valuable vinyl records and stylus. By embedding the Auto Lifter function in the base portion of the tonearm, it eliminates impacts to the tonearm. Due to a simple design that doesn’t use motor power, there is no electrical or vibrational impact and it will not prevent the movement of the tonearm. In response to requests from many users regarding the Auto Lifter function, a design that prioritizes sound quality was adopted. The functions required to playback records were kept to a bare minimum, achieving simple and easy-to-use operability.

Simple Design with Functional Beauty
The SL-1500C sports a simple design without unnecessary frills, while retaining the superb operating feel that is a Technics tradition. The attractive appearance lets you enjoy playing records to your heart’s content.

Turntable section

Type Direct: Drive Manual Turntable

Turntable Speeds: 33-1/3, 45 and 78 r/min

Starting Torque: 0.18 N・m / 1.8 kg・cm (1.56 lbs-in)

Build-up Characteristics: 0.7 s. from standstill to 33 1/3 rpm

Wow And Flutter: 0.025 % W.R.M.S.

Turntable Platter:

  • Aluminium diecast
  • Diameter : 332 mm (13-5/64 inch)
  • Weight: Approx. 2.0 kg (4.5 lbs) (Including Turntable Sheet)

Tonearm Section

Type: Universal Static Balance

Effective Length: 230 mm (9-1/16")

Overhang: 15 mm (19/32")

Tracking Error Angle:

  • Within 2° 32' (at the outer groove of 30 cm (12") record)
  • Within 0° 32' (at the inner groove of 30 cm (12") record)

Offset Angle: 22°

Arm-height Adjustment Range: 0 - 6 mm

Stylus Pressure Adjustment Range: 0 - 4 g (Direct Reading)

Head Shell Weight: Approx. 7.6 g


Audio Output PHONO (Pin Jack) x 1


LINE (Pin Jack) x 1

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Dimensions 453 x 169 x 372 mm
17-27/32 × 6-21/32 × 14-21/32 inch
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