The Technics SL-D3 is a fully automatic, direct drive turntable. It was produced from 1978 until 1980 and retailed for around $170. The motor is B-FG servo controlled and will run at 33 and 45 rpm. The stock cartridge is an EPC-270C moving magnet.
Here are the basic specs:
- Type: fully automatic turntable
- Platter: 312mm aluminium alloy
- Speeds: 33 and 45rpm
- Motor: B-FG servo controlled
- Pitch control: 10%
- Wow and flutter: 0.03% WRMS
- Rumble: -75dB
- Tonearm: static balance, tubular
- Tracking force adjustment: 0 to 2.5g
- Effective length: 230mm
- Cartridge: EPC-270C moving magnet
- Dimensions: 430 x 130 x 375mm
- Weight: 7.1kg
Even though the Technics SL-D3 was made as an entry level turntable, its performance is very good. The S-shaped, low mass, Gimbal suspension tonearm is excellent. While the SL-D3 is not Quartz locked, the platter speed is controlled by pulse detection circuitry, which works just as well.
Overall the SL-D3 has few drawbacks given its price range. The dust cover hinges tend to stiffen with age and cause the plastic at the back of the cover to break. The memo-repeat slider can get dirty as well and cause minor problems. But, that just requires a good cleaning to fix. In all the SL-D3 is a very reliable turntable. And, being fully automatic it easy to use.
The Technics SL-D3 sells for about $100 to $250 depending upon condition and, of course, the cartridge it has. This is a great price for an entry level turntable that is reliable and simple to use.
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