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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Technics SL 1600 MK ii Automatic Turntable in Outstanding Condition DA2714G066
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6 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.

  2. I bought this turntable at The Navy Exchange In Yokosuka Japan in 1978 (along with a high end Kenwood receiver and giant Kenwood speakers and a Teac auto reverse cassette deck). Travelled the world with me for 20 years, now it’s 40 years old . While everything else is long gone for one reason or another, the Technics is still cranking along. Only problem during all the moves is the dust cover was broken at some point, and it’s hard to find unless you pay around $170 for a broken turntable (what we called a parts pig in Naval Aviation). original AT-VM8 cartridge was changed out to AT1001 then after that AT92ECD.

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