Fully Automatic Direct Drive Turntable (1981)
The Technics SL-D303 is fitted with an s-shaped, tubular tonearm with detachable headshell and EPC-U25 moving-magnet cartridge.
Type: Automatic start, return, stop, manual play, repeat play
Drive method: Direct drive
Motor: Brushless DC
Drive control method: F-G servo control
Platter: Aluminium die-cast 31.2cm
Speeds: 33.3 + 45rpm
Pitch control: 10% adjustment range
Wow and flutter: 0.025% WRMS
Rumble: -78dB (IEC 98A weighted)
Tonearm: Universal S-shaped tubular type
Dimensions: 430 x 106 x 375mm
service manual (en) - pece008
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The successor to the D3, and a very unusual beast. First, the platter is recessed into the base to create a lower profile than the D3. Closer to the later P-mount straight arm machines to come. Second, the integral rotor-platter design was kept, but the coils were actually printed on a circuit board, with the rotor magnet suspended above the printed coils. Still effective, but a bit less torque than the D3. Third, the Memo-Repeat was gone, replaced with a standard Repeat switch. Fourth, the record size was selected by the push-pin detection system (shared with other models around the same period, like the Q303). That was actually a good thing if the machine is properly maintained. Fortunately the quality of the construction and especially the arm were kept up. Nice general-purpose turntable. Not the flashiest, but it won't embarrass if given a good cartridge. And readily available for reasonable prices unlike other Technics models. Would get a 10/10, but there's that blasted dust cover hinge thing again.
9/10 by jwspicer1