Technics SL-1600

Technics SL-1600

Technics was a major player in the turntable market for many many years. This Technics SL-1600 was one of their offerings from 1977-1978 (though I have seen earlier dates mentioned) and is a Servo Controlled Direct-Drive Automatic Turntable. It had a retail price of $290.00. In 1979 Technics came out with the SL-1600 MKII. The MK 2 was a quartz locked version and had the controls on the outside of the dustcover as opposed to inside like the standard SL-1600.


Technics SL-1600


While the MK 2 version of the Technics SL-1600 is probably a little more popular among vinyl spinners due to its quart lock mechanism the SL-1600 MK1 is still in pretty high demand. They sell from around $200.00 for a functioning average unit up to over $300.00 for a fully functional and cosmetically nice table.

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3 thoughts on “Technics SL-1600

  1. This model has some additional features that its predecessor the SL-1300 did not. The suspension is the most notable. It has slightly better specs, but that is not to say you will hear the difference.

    I would advise against the SL-1600 MKII model as every one of them had a design issue with the tonearm lift system. The part you would need to repair it doesn’t exist & is no longer serviced. Nice sounding table, but it won’t work right unless it was serviced for that issue decades ago and the problem was remedied then.

    The SL-1600 MKI is a very nice table, which is the one in the 2 large pictures above. I would highly recommend it as one that will make you happy. The design and build quality is excellent, just like the SL-1300. Great sound too! It is different than the SL-1300 inside and was extensively redesigned, despite how it appears outside.

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