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.
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.
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.
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.
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!