Technics SL-100C Direct Drive Turntable Launched
Technics has announced its new SL-100C turntable that shaves off over US$100 for entry to the Technics direct-drive club.
With the SL-100C Direct Drive Turntable, Technics ticks off all the features you would expect from the brand's iconic record players, such as an iron-coreless direct-drive motor and high-precision S-shaped aluminium tonearm. Still, it comes in at an even more affordable price point than its SL-1500C plug-and-play sibling.
While the iron-coreless direct-drive motor with motor control promises absolutely smooth rotational stability, the SL-100C's solid two-layer platter helps mitigate external vibrations. We are assured that the motor still has the famous “Technics torque” and spins the platter free from cogging.
While it drops the onboard phono stage of the SL-1500C and the strobe and pitch control of the famous SL-1200, the SL-100C is still wrapped in a high-rigidity cabinet featuring a high-damping insulator for thorough shut-out of vibrations, ensuring a smooth vinyl-tracking process, states the manufacturer.
Additionally, on the end of that S-shaped aluminium tonearm is an Audio-Technica VM95C cartridge already fitted. The conical stylus of the VM95C ensures precise tracking and detail retrieval from the vinyl grooves, while the cartridge's technical characteristics mean it is widely compatible with typical Phono MM (moving magnet) inputs found on hi-fi amplifiers, says Technics.
Finally, to save any undue wear-and-tear to that cartridge, the SL-100C also rocks an automatic tonearm lift which can also be turned off should you want to. DJs have also got a new Technics turntable in the SL-1200C.
The SL-100C will be available in Europe from June 2021, RRP €899 (~US$1,080). Availability for Asia has yet to be announced.
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