This JVC QL-Y66F is one of JVC’s high end offerings in the turntable category. It was introduced in 1985 and is a quartz locked fully automatic turntable. It has two speeds, push button controls and meters for tracking force, anti-skating, and damping. Overall the QL-Y66F is a nice looking turntable. The burgundy plinth with gloss finish, gold front emblem, over-sized 13″ platter and well organized control panel all lend to its high end feel.
The direct drive motor in the QL-Y66F is one of the best. It’s a magnetic levitation drive which means there is no bearing contact and has bi-directional quartz servo control. Electro magnets are used to apply both VTF and anti-skating. The tonearm also has electro-magnetic servo damping for Low frequency resonances. The tonearm tube is exchangeable and originally there were three versions available – the S-Arm (mid mass), Straight arm (low mass), straight arm – carbon fiber (ultra-low mass / damped). The S shaped arms are becoming more and more difficult to find.
One weakness of the machine is that it tends to have resonance or feedback which can be cured by replacing the stock hard feet with soft feet and possibly spraying the particle board plinth bottom with rubber dampening material.
Here are a few of its other specifications:
- Motor – coreless DC, quartz FG servo motor
- Drive system – direct drive
- Speed detection system – frequency generator
- Servo system – bi-directional servo quartz lock
- Wow and flutter – 0.015% WRMS
- Signal to noise ratio – 80dB
- Speed deviation – 0.002%
- Platter – 2.9kg 350mm diecast aluminium
- Tonearm – straight or s-shaped arm pipe
- Effective length – 254mm
- Overhang – 15mm
- Tracking force – 0 to 3g
- Dimensions – 495 x 187 x 405mm
- Weight – 12.3kg
You don’t see this turntable on the market too often. It’s possible that past buyers looking for a high end table looked toward Pioneer, Technics and Marantz rather than JVC. So, there seem to be fewer of the tables around now. Still, they can bring pretty good prices when available. A JVC QL-Y66F in perfect working order and only small cosmetic issues, but without a dust cover, brought $787.00 (8-11-2012). I’ve seen others sell for upwards of $1000.00.