The audio equipment brand’s well-regarded SL-1500C now has an affordable new counterpart in the form of the Technics SL-100C.
The popularity of vinyl records has made quite a comeback in the last several years. Forbes notes that the Technics SL-1200C, first launched in 1972, may well have been one of the most iconic turntables to have ever been released. This 2021, the Panasonic-owned company now introduces its new direct drive SL-100C model, an entry-level turntable for vinyl enthusiasts on a tighter budget.
Sporting some of Technics’ most classic turntable characteristics, the SL-100C boasts a high-precision S-shaped aluminum tonearm and direct-drive motor, all at a much more pocket-friendly price than the Technics SL-1500C, its critically-acclaimed sibling.
The feature-filled SL-1500C was aimed largely at hi-fi aficionados, with whom the product found a great deal of success with, thanks to its inclusion of all Technics’ core turntable technology. Frank Balzuweit, the company’s European product manager, has stated that the SL-1500C’s good fortune in the market proved that the brand’s fresh turntable selection has technically made its mark. “The demand for this high-quality ‘Plug-and-Play’ turntable exceeded our expectations. However, there’s still a strong appetite from the market for a similarly attractive package but at an even more affordable price.” He claims.
A fair compromise
In order to provide the aforementioned economical solution while retaining just enough of Technics’ beloved qualities, the SL-100C has been designed to carry an Audio-Technica VM95C–an onboard pickup cartridge of sensational quality that Technics is positive will please its more frugal customers’ demands. Its technical properties allow for compatibility with the wide majority of moving magnet (MM) phono stages present on plenty of well-known hi-fi amplifiers. The VM95C cartridge’s conical stylus provides meticulous retrieval from vinyl grooves, and pinpoint tracking.
Despite being a bargain, the Technics SL-100C is no less “real” of a Technics turntable. Just like its relatives on the higher-end side of the family, it features an iron-coreless direct-drive motor with motor control that guarantees stable and smooth rotation.
Another classic Technics design it boasts is the S-shaped aluminum tonearm, making it capable of picking up on vinyl discs’ most nuanced subtleties. All the better, the Technics SL-100C also has an automatic tonearm lift that can be activated, as well as turned on or off, by the end of a record to keep any needless risks of stylus wear at bay.
To summarize the matter, the new Technics SL-100C is a convincing, and still perfectly functional alternative to the brand’s most lavishly sought-after turntables. That said, today’s more practical vinyl enthusiasts better start lining up!
Additional Technics SL-100C turntable features:
- Two-layer platter with improved vibration-damping performance
- High-rigidity cabinet and high-damping insulator for smooth vinyl-tracking
There’s always a time and place to be picky, but vinyl lovers on a budget may find this new introduction to the Technics family highly exciting. Those curious about other turntables on the market, however, may want to check out this Victrola Wood Metropolitan Mid Century Modern Bluetooth Record Player with 3-Speed Turntable for a different take on the device. Others who vibe better streaming music directly from their mobile gadgets and into a good pair of speakers may like the Audioengine HD3 Wireless Speaker.