Technics SL-1500C Premium Class Direct Drive Turntable with Ortofon 2M Red Cartridge (Silver)

Original price was: $1,399.99.Current price is: $1,297.99.

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SKU: SL-1500C Silver
Brand: Technics


Accurate rotation of phono records and precise tracking
of record grooves for faithful sound reproduction

Coreless Direct Drive Motor Achieving Stable Rotation

The high-quality
sound realized by the exceptional S/N ratio and high rotation accuracy of the
direct drive system employed in Technics turntable products has captivated the
hearts of audiophiles all over the world. The SL-1500C inherits the same
high-quality sound found in Technics’ high-end turntable models. It uses a
single-rotor, coreless direct drive motor in which the stator has no core and
eliminates the rotation irregularity called cogging. In this motor, the
magnetic force of the rotor magnets was improved to the highest possible level,
and the gap between the coreless stator and rotor magnets was optimised thus
achieving high torque performance equaling that of the SL-1200MK5 while
eliminating cogging. Furthermore, the motor control was optimised in accordance
with the platter weight. As a result, the SL-1500C has realized high rotation
accuracy and high performance, and eliminated the need for parts replacement
and maintenance. Another advantage of the direct drive system is its
long-lasting, high reliability.

High Accuracy Motor Control

In the direct drive
system, the motor is connected directly to the platter so that the motor
rotation speed becomes the rotation speed of the phono record. Therefore it is
extremely important to control the drive motor’s rotation speed to ensure
stability. The SL-1500C utilizes the latest motor control technology refined
through the development of Blu-ray disc products. Furthermore, the FG coil
pattern of the full-circumference detection FG system was improved in precision
to achieve more detailed measurement of platter rotation speed.

Highly Sensitive Tonearm Accurately Reads the Signal
Stored in the Record Groove

The tonearm, which
is responsible for accurately reading the signal by tracking the groove on the
phono record, is a static-balance universal S-shape tonearm, another Technics
tradition. The tonearm tube is made of lightweight, high-rigidity aluminum. The
bearing section of the gimbal suspension construction tonearm consists of a
machined housing and high-precision bearing to provide high initial motion
sensitivity. All in all, the tonearm accurately traces the groove on the record
and reads the signal.

Two-layer Structure Platter with Improved Vibration
Damping Performance

The platter on which
a vinyl record is placed features a two-layer structure with deadening rubber
on the entire back surface to eliminate unwanted resonance in the aluminium
die-cast platter. The platter offers high rigidity and outstanding vibration-damping
characteristics to prevent harmful vibration from being transmitted to the
record and therefore delivers clear sound.

High Rigidity Cabinet and High Damping Insulator for
Thorough Shut-out of All Vibrations

The chassis, an
essential part for reducing external vibrations, inherits the audio quality
enhancement technology fostered through the development of high-end turntables.
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 a metal chassis
raised the rigidity and vibration-damping performance to higher levels,
resulting in a robust cabinet for beautiful sound reproduction.

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

Complete package for the enhancement of record playing

Built-in Phono EQ Enables Connecting to a Variety of

The SL-1500C has a
built-in phono equalizer amp compatible with 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 equalizer is isolated from the power
supply for the motor and control circuitry to reduce the effect of noise.
Furthermore, the shield structure suppresses the effect of external noise. As a
result, high-purity signal amplification is realized. Using the SL-1500C and
the audio equipment you have, you can enjoy music from a vinyl record in high
sound quality.

Phono Cartridge (Ortofon 2M Red) Included

The supplied
universal head shell is mounted with an Ortofon 2M RED cartridge. Thus, you can
play a record immediately after purchasing the SL-1500C. The tonearm height can
also be easily adjusted within a range of 6 mm to enable the use of various
other phono cartridges. Using the auxiliary weight that comes with the product,
a cartridge weighing 14.3 to 25.1 g (including the supplied head shell) can be

Superb operability for comfortable record playing and an
attractive, high-grade design

Auto Lifter Minimises Wear on Records and Stylus

When the tonearm
reaches the end of the record, the auto lifter automatically raises the
tonearm. This prevents unnecessary wear on your valuable vinyl records and
stylus, thus allowing you to enjoy playing records more comfortably. * This
function can be turned off.

Technology for Rotational Stability

  • Coreless
    Direct Drive Motor
  • High-Precision
    Motor Controller

Construction for Vibration Tolerance

  • High-Dumping
    Turntable Platter
  • Rigid
    Cabinet Construction
  • High-Dumping

High Quality Parts

  • High
    Sensitive Tonearm
  • Detachable
    PHONO Terminal

Technics Definitive Design

  • Inherited
    SL-1200 Series

Turntable Section

  • Drive
    Method: Direct Drive
  • Turntable
    Speeds: 33 1/3, 45rpm
  • Starting
    Torque: 0.18N・m / 1.8kg・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: Aluminum die-cast
  • Diameter:332mm
  • Weight:Approx.
    2.0kg (4.5 lbs) (Including Turntable sheet)

Tonearm Section

  • Type:
    Universal, Static Balance
  • Effective
    Length: 230mm (9-1/16″)
  • Overhang:
    15mm (19/32″)
  • Tracking
    Error Angle: 

  • Within 2° 32’ (at the outer groove of 30cm(12″) record) 

  • Within 0° 32’ (at the inner groove of 30cm(12″) record)
  • Offset
    Angle: 22°
  • Arm
    Height Adjustment Range: 0 – 6mm
  • Stylus
    Pressure Adjustment Range: 0 – 4g (Direct Reading)
  • Head
    Shell Weight: Approx. 7.6g
  • Applicable
    Cartridge Weight Range: 

  • [without auxiliary weight] 

  • 5.6 – 12.0g 

  • 14.3 -20.7g (including head shell) 

  • [with auxiliary weight]

  • 10.0-16.4g 

  • 18.7-25.1g (including head shell)
  • Head
    Shell Terminal Lug: 1.2mmφ 4-pin terminal lug


  • Audio
    Output: PHONO (Pin Jack) x 1, EARTH TERMINAL x 1, LINE (Pin Jack) x 1


  • Power
    Supply: AC120 V, 60 Hz
  • Power
    Consumption: 8W (Approx. 0.2W (Standby))
  • Dimensions
    (W x H x D): 453 x 169 x 372mm (17-27/32 × 6-21/32 × 14-21/32 inch)
  • Weight:
    Approx. 9.9kg (Approx. 21.9lbs )
  • Accessories: Turntable, Turntable sheet, Dust Cover, EP record adaptor, Balance weight,
    Auxiliary weight, Head shell, Cartridge(ortofon 2M Red), PHONO cable, Phono
    earth lead, AC power supply cord, Owner’s Manual

Additional information

Weight 0.00000000 lbs
Phono Cartridge Option

Replace 2M Red for the superior Soundsmith Otello ES Cartridge (a $100 savings)


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