Technics SL-D2

Technics SL-D2

 

The Technics SL-D2 turntable is very common and is a great table for those just starting to explore the vinyl universe. It is semi-automatic and features both auto-return and auto-stop. It's also a direct drive table incorporating a brushless DC motor. It came with a universal tubular tonearm with a removable headshell.

 

Technics SL-D2 Dustcover

 

The SL-D2 hit the market around 1980 and retailed for about $200. Not bad for a good quality table if you were on a budget. Even today they are very good performers if taken care of. They do tend to have problems with the pitch control or speed but usually just a cleaning of the potentiometer will fix it. The plinth is made of Technics Non Resonant Compound which is a resin material that is noticeably quieter than some of the cheaper plastic plinths Technics used on other tables.

 

Technics SL-D2 Platter

 

The Sl-D2 is a workhorse of a turntable and, when taken care of, will play reliably for years. It is a little sensitive to vibration so either some aftermarket performance feet or dampening might help. Anything that will isolate it from outside vibration would help.

 

Technics SL-D2 Tonearm

 

The Technics SL-D2 is not a high end turntable but it is great for someone on a budget or who is just entering the hobby. A working SL-D2 coupled with a decent cartridge like the Audio-Technica AT95e will make for some great times spinning vinyl.

 

Technics SL-D2 Strobe

 

As I mentioned above, the Technics SL-D2 isn't rare. But, that doesn't mean it isn't good either. If you have some records laying around that you want to play or rip and you don't want to shell out hundreds or thousands of dollars for a turntable then the SL-D2 is for you. It's easy to use, easy to set up and can be maintained on a budget. Plus, it sounds good. You can find a REALLY nice SL-D2 for around $200. An average working table will run about $100. Add another $40 or so for a decent cartridge like the AT95e and you're set to go!

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Technics SL-Q300

 

Technics SL-Q300 Dustcover

 

Technics produced a ton of turntables during the 1970's and 1980's. Here is one of their offerings - the Technics SL-Q300. It's a fairly run of the mill turntable with a few basic features. It was sold from 1983 to 1984 and retailed for around $160 though near the end of its run it was sale priced at under $100. So, it certainly wasn't one of their high end offerings. In fact, it was frequently offered as part of Technics' more affordable rack systems.

 

Technics SL-Q300 Dustcover

 

The SL-Q300 is a direct drive model and has two speeds of 33 and 45. It also features a Quartz lock speed control and is fully automatic. It came stock with a very basic straight tonearm with a P-mount cartridge. The P-mount kind of limits you when it comes to higher end cartridges, though Grado, Ortofon, AudioTechnica and others do make decent P-mounts these days.

 

Technics SL-Q300

 

So, if you're looking for an entry level turntable with basic features and no fuss operation then the SL-Q300 will work. It might not be the best choice at the lower end of the spectrum but it will do the job. Setting up a turntable can be a difficult process and some people don't want to tinker with their table all the time. The SL-Q300 requires almost no fuss.

Technics SL-Q300 Tonearm

 

As I mentioned before these tables are not high quality so they are not in huge demand from vinyl spinners. Still, you'll see quite a few of them around and they are great for either an entry level table or garage turntable. So, for about $100 to $150 you can get a workable turntable to explore the world of vinyl and decide later if you want to take the plunge into higher end offerings.

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