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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4 thoughts on “Technics SL-D2

  1. its a fine turntable, excellent if someone doesn’t want to spent a small € fortune , very robust. I recently reactivate it (after at least 10 years being idle) with a STANTON 680EE cartridge. Fine performer of my old Chopin, Beethoven etc piano etudes & suites. Certainly miles ahead of the cheep (in quality but not price) digital transcription units offered nowdays. 30/10/2016

  2. I acquired a Technics SL-D2 recently for $ 50 CAD. After cleaning the pitch pot, it works like a new one. Add to that a cartridge Ortofon Concorde, for the home, it’s perfect!

  3. Hi,
    I’ve had this forever, and it’s great.
    I have question, though. I just purchased a newer receiver, which requires a pre amp for this turntable. Do you know if this turntable is a “MC” “Moving Coil” ?
    Or a “MM” “Moving Magnet”?
    As I guess there are 2 different kinds of pre amps to purchase, depending on which of the 2 this turntable is?
    Thank you, Steve Miz

    1. It’s more about the cartridge than the turntable itself. I believe the original stock cartridge is an EPC-270C moving magnet. There could be something else on there by now though. Just figure out what cartridge is on the headshell and look it up online. You should be able to find out if it’s MM or MC. I’m guessing it is MM which should work fine with your pre-amp. Also, some preamps have a switch for MM/MC which is handy.

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