The design of the Technics SL is also instantly recognisable, since it is so widely copied by current day manufacturers. The bad thing about the Technics SL is it is hugely overpriced for the Average Joe wanting to spin some vinyl. The good news is that other members of the vintage Technics turntables series have components borrowed or influenced by the Technics SL
There is an argument which says that to recover maximum information from any recording the playback system should be as similar as possible to the arrangement with which it was made. For example, a tape deck identical to the one used in the studio should replay the original master tapes with the highest achievable accuracy. When it comes to LP records this simple principle is often forgotten.
It would be difficult to call yourself a real audiophile without being an admirer of the qualities of vinyl and, as the newly expanded 'Turntables' section of our Awards indicates, more and more people are joining the ranks. But what good is loving vinyl without a having a decent turntable to play it on? And while we've been diligently tracking the best turntables you can currently buy - no matter if you're on a budget or USB-compatible - we like to take a trip down memory lane as much as anyone.
Since it was originally published in Juneour guide to the 8 best vintage turntables has proved to be the most visited article on the whole site. However, times and tastes change, as does availability on the second hand market. With that in mind, we asked Paul Rigby to revisit the original pieces and refresh it by swapping in four new old decks and what you need to consider when buying them. Buying a vintage turntable is a great option.
Panasonic, Technics' parent company, stopped production of the Technics Turntable in There is some stock from the original production run still available deadstock. However, they are highly in demand and hard to come by, therefore, they are very expensive from the distributor.
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He agreed to write the article for Musehelix. Anthony, repairs and refurbishes turntables and sells them through PhonoNutsa retail store in GA. Thanks Anthony!
Technics SL is a series of direct-drive turntables originally manufactured from October untiland resumed inby Matsushita now Panasonic under the brand name of Technics. S means "Stereo", L means "Player". Originally released as a high fidelity consumer record playerit quickly became adopted among radio and disco club disc jockeysthanks to the direct drive, high torque motor design, making it initially suitable for pushbutton cueing and starting of tracks on radio and in dance clubs.