CES 2019 News: Technics unveils Premium Class SL-1500C direct drive turntable

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by Andy Bassett Jan 8, 2019 at 2:38 PM


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    CES 2019 News: Technics unveils Premium Class SL-1500C direct drive turntable
    Technics has used CES 2019 to announce its Premium Class direct drive SL-1500 turntable.
    Technics returned to the high-end turntable market back in 2015 and the latest addition to its lineup is the SL-1500C turntable. Sporting plenty of new technology, it also shares some features with the recently announced, SL-1200MK7.

    The SL-1500C sports a simple design and uses a single-rotor, coreless direct drive motor in which the stator has no core and so eliminates the rotation irregularity called 'cogging'. The magnetic force of the rotor magnets has been improved and the gap between the coreless stator and rotor magnets optimised.

    Technics say that since the motor is connected directly to the platter, the motor rotation speed becomes the rotation speed of the record. Therefore, it is extremely important to control the drive motor's rotation speed to ensure stability.

    To address this, Technics has ported over technology refined through the development of parent company Panasonic's Blu-ray disc drives, allowing the turntable to control the motor in accordance with the platter weight. As a result the SL-1500C has high rotational accuracy, and as a secondary benefit Technics believes it has reduced the need for parts replacement and maintenance.

    Also designed to reduce wear and tear is a feature that automatically raises the tonearm at the end of the record - this can be turned on or off as required. The tonearm itself, responsible for accurately reading the signal by tracking the groove on the phono record, is a static-balance, universal, S-shape tonearm made of lightweight, high-rigidity aluminium - another Technics tradition.

    To simplify the playing of analogue records, the built-in Phono EQ connects to a wide variety of devices. This phono equaliser amp is compatible with moving magnet (MM) cartridges so it can be connected to an audio product that does not have phono input terminals. The dedicated power supply for the phono equaliser is isolated from the power supply for the motor and control circuitry to reduce the effect of noise.

    As with the recently announced SL-1200MK7 / SL-1210MK7 turntable, improved vibration damping performance is achieved by using a two-layer structure with deadening rubber on the entire back surface of the main vinyl resting platter which offers rigidity and vibration-damping characteristics thus preventing harmful vibration from being transmitted to the record.

    Vibration damping know-how extends to the chassis too. The aluminium die-cast chassis is rigidly integrated with a special material consisting of ABS mixed with glass fibre to achieve a two-layer construction. The combination of this special high-rigidity material and the metal chassis raises the rigidity and vibration-damping performance to higher levels, resulting in a robust cabinet.

    The insulator itself is comprised of a spring and rubber to provide optimal frequency characteristics. This not only assures high quality sound and howling resistance, but also effectively shuts out external vibrations under high sound level conditions.

    The SL-1500C also comes equipped with a high-quality Ortofon 2M Red phono cartridge, allowing you to start playing your records as soon as you get your new turntable out of its box.

    Price and availability for the Technics SL-1500C Premium Class direct drive turntable are TBA.


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