Quartz Controlled Direct Drive Fully Automatic Turntable System with Linear tracking tonearm (1984-85)
Type: fully automatic turntable
Drive method: direct drive
Motor: DC motor
Drive control: quartz phase locked
Platter: 300mm aluminium die-cast
Speeds: 33 and 45rpm
Wow and flutter: 0.025% WRMS
Tonearm: linear tracking tonearm with 4-pivot gimbal suspension
Effective length: 105mm
Cartridge: moving magnet
Tracking force: 1.25g (+-0.25g)
Replacement stylus: EPS-30ES
Dimensions: 315 x 88 x 315mm
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This is my first linear tracking turn table. It costed me 12 € at a thrift store. I have been playing records on it for two days now nonstop and I am really flabbergasthed with the sound quality. I have never heard a turn table (that I own) sound this good in my life. First I just could not admit to myself that it was as good as it really is. It came with the standard cart EPS 30 and the sylus was broken. I replaced the stylus but there was just sound from one channel. Everything else worked just fine. This problem took me hours of experimenting and research. First with the cables and grounding. I also opened the table en checked the inside. Finelly I just replaced the whole cartridge and that was the solution. It is the same standard technics cartridge, but from another p-mount Technics direct drive turntable I own. But the strange thing is this: I don't like this cartridge at all really. It has to much bass and the middle tones aren't very good. But all the records I played sounded really really good. I played Rose Royce, Steve Miller Band, AC/DC (back in black), Chopin (Pollini), Beatles, etc etc. It took me a at least a day and a night to admit to myself that this small, plastic, light, turn table with a cheap p-mount cartride and stylus on it sounded much better than my real turntables (Technics SL-1411, SL-D2, Pioneer PL 516) with good 1/2 inch cartridges (AT95E, Grado black). Why? I think is has something to do with this powerful image of how a really good turntable looks and feels like. The archetype of this super turntable is of course the Technics 1200. And if your turn table doesn't look heavy like that and if it is not very expensive than it can't be any good, can it? Yes it can! You just have the get rid of this stupid idea in your head. Get that coocook's egg out of your head. And start to listen and stop looking. That's what I did anyway. I am sure that there are lots of people who have the same walls in their head as I have. Just the plain fact that I am the first to write a review on this amazing good sounding turntable says a lot. The SL - J2 looks a lot like the first CD players of the 80's. And I think that was on purpose. These linear players probably were positioned as an alternative to the new and for the first time deadly real competition of the CD player. And I must say it is very userfriendly. Everybody can play a record on this turntable. And the trampling succes of the CD player is for a great part - maybe even the biggist part, thanks to its userfriendliness. Even the most clumsy person can play a CD. But almost nobody admits this, because than your commiting social suicide.
I haven't said much about the linear tone arm, because it is completly new to me. What I know I have just recently absorbed. The essential thing is that it is (in theory) the best design. It tracks the groove in the best vertical angle. So anti-skating and right groove distortion are history. But the implementation is quite complex. Thus expensive. Is this a review of a born-again-linear-fundamentalist? I can't tell the future. Nobody can. But the next linear turn table I find I will buy. Cheers!
9/10 by maxstirner