Technics SL-BD22

Technics SL-BD22

The Technics SL-BD22 is both and vintage and not-so-vintage turntable. It hung around for quite awhile before finally being discontinued. I believe it was on the market from around late 1985 up until about 2000. It is one of the last turntables Technics built before they got out of the lower/mid end turntable market.

Technics SL-BD22 Pitch Control

 

The SL-BD22 is an inexpensive but decent belt-drive, semi-automatic turntable with a P-mount arm which makes it easy to setup for those newer to the turntable scene. The drawback is that there are not many adjustments that one can make. There are not a lot of options in terms of upgrades either. Cartridges and cables can be replaced with higher quality versions and sound dampening can be installed but most everything else is set in place.

Technics SL-BD22 Cueing

There are no tracking and antiskating adjustments that can be made. Still, it is a well built and reliable turntable for the price. It retailed at around $100 when first introduced and around $190 when finally discontinued.

Technics SL-BD22 Tonearm

It came stock with a Technics EPC-P24 cartridge. For those on a budget the P-Mount AT92E cartridge will fit nicely. Just plug it in and you're ready to play.

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The belt is easily changeable and cheap at around $10. Just be sure to clean out all of the old belt residue as it can cause variations in the rotational speed.

 

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Technics SL-BD22 Counterweight

 

The SL-BD22 features:

  • Quiet and precise belt-drive motor system
  • Speeds of 33.33 and 45 RPM
  • P-Mount cartridge connector system
  • Highly sensitive gimbal suspension tonearm
  • DC motor with FG servo control
  • Auto return and Auto stop
  • Wow and flutter: 0.06% wrms
  • Rumble: 70dB
  • Variable Pitch Control
  • Static balanced straight tonearm
  • Dimensions - 17 x 15 x 4 inches
  • Weight - 9.8 pounds
  • Anti-Resonant Cabinet
  • Built in illuminated stroboscope

 

Technics SL-BD22 Strobe

 

The Technics SL-BD22 is not an audiophile turntable. It has few upgrade options and is definitely a no frills table. It is, however, well built, easy to setup and performs very well for the price.  As an entry level turntable it really can't be beat. For around $100 or so you can be listening to your vinyl collection in no time.

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Pioneer PL-41

Pioneer PL-41 Dustcover

 

This is one of Pioneer's better contributions to the turntable market. Built in the late 60' and early 70's it's the Pioneer PL-41. At the time it was their top of the line turntable. The Pl-61 and PL-71 were better but came out a few years later and were direct drive as opposed to the PL-41's belt drive.

 

Pioneer PL-41 Platter

 

The PL-41 is built like a tank and, when set up properly, is a solid performer. Some stats:

Speeds: 33 and 45rpm
Wow and flutter: 0.08%
Rumble: 50dB
Platter: 310mm, 2.2kg, aluminium alloy diecast
Tonearm: static balance type
Cartridge: PL-C9 moving magnet
Stylus: PL-N9 0.65 mil radius diamond
Frequency response: 15 to 21,000Hz
Channel separation: more than 30dB
Output: 5mV
Stylus pressure: 2 to 3g
Dimensions: 508 x 406 x 191mm
Weight: 10.5kg

 

Pioneer PL-41 Tonearm

 

The PL-41 uses an SME style headshell and a number of cartridges will work well with it including the Audio Technica AT120 and AT95E as well as the Stanton 680EE. For more advanced users the Denon DL-110 and DL-160 are good choices. A vintage Shure M91ED and a new stylus will work well also.

 

Pioneer PL-41 Headshell

 

There are a couple common problems with the PL-41. First, the cueing mechanism can run dry causing the tonearm to drop quickly. Adding the correct can fix this. For a good reference on how to do it check out THIS thread. Another problem are the thrust plates which are located in the bottom portion of the bearing well. They have a tendency to crack or disintegrate over time causing the platter to sit incorrectly in the platter well. They are easy to replace, but it is difficult to find originals. Some have tried to fabricate them out of small pieces of plastic or plastic bottle caps. A long thread on this subject can be found HERE.

 

Pioneer PL-41 Speed

 

The Pioneer PL-41 really is a quality turntable. It's big, it's heavy and it's built well. With the right maintenance and cartridge it can be a very good performer. You can find one in good working condition for anywhere from $150 to $300.

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