The rumble specs for these turntables are fine, especially for lesser-fidelity records. Just use a
rumble filter, any of the many-curve preamps designed for 78's have them. If you have an old preamp,
integrated amp or receiver, it probably has a rumble filter already.
The cheaper SL-Dxx line had speed switch issues, too, mainly the cheap slider switch getting dirty.
Simple cleaner spray always solved the problem for me. The pitch-adjust pot could also get grimey
after years in a dusty environment, again fixable with cleaner spray.
Now that I've had time to digest this news, I'm really sad about it. Those Technics turntables were
affordable tanks, reliable like a Honda Accord. Now we're left with cheap Chinese junk on the one
hand and exotic, pricey and fragile audiophilia gear on the other. The lower-priced audiophillic
gear is, in my opinion, inferior in build quality, speed consistency and arm design to the Technics
1200's. In fact, there was recently a minor row in one of the audiophile mags about a
many-thousands-priced turntable that the reviewer admitted didn't run on pitch (ie wasn't really
going 33 1/3 RPM), but still gave it a good review. That's just inexcusable, in my opinion.
Every time Matsushita abandons a consumer electronics category, it's bad for consumers. They made
excellent, affordable, mainstream sound gear under the Technics brand and my 15-year-old Panasonic
VHS machine still works perfectly, after thousands and thousands of hours usage. I picked up a
Panasonic TV from a neighbor after it had allegedly "died," took it to a Panasonic authorized repair
place in Connecticut and it turned out it needed a $75 power supply board, and has worked perfectly
since. That's a 32" CRT with excellent picture quality and really nice built-in sound quality, built
pretty solid and weighs over 100lbs, works like new for $75.
-- Tom Fine
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From: "Jon" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Thursday, January 20, 2011 9:23 AM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Technics apparently really has discontinued their turntables
>I bought a SL-1700 new when I was in college. I still have it and a SL-
> 1710 (220/120V) I'm modifying to play 78s. The rumble of a direct drive
> turntable may not be acceptable for some, (-73db DIN B according to the
> spec sheet) but I'm just an amateur vinyl miner/collector and I can't hear
> I like the original SL-1600, 1700 & 1800 turntables because they're heavy,
> have a double-isolated suspension and continuous speed control (+/-10%).
> The later MK2 models have quartz-lock speed controls. Earlier models (SL-
> 1300, 1400 & 1500) have single-isolated suspensions. See
> <http://www.vintagetechnics.info/menu.htm> for more info.
> The only reservation I have with the SL-1600 is that it's fully automatic,
> which means there are more parts to get out of whack. The SL-1700 is semi-
> automatic & the SL-1800 is manual.
> If you're looking to pick up one of these turntables, the one consistent
> problem I've found with used SL-1700s is that the speed selector knob
> (33/45) gets bound up and won't turn. It's just the grease in the
> underlying switch drying out. This sometimes results in the platter not
> turning. Disassemble the turntable, clean and re-lube that switch, and
> you're good to go.
> Jon Ruth
> Kent, Ohio
> On 16 Jan 2011 at 23:07, Stewart Gooderman wrote:
>> I have a Technics SL 1600 direct drive turntable. Would anybody on the
>> list care to offer a critique on its quality?