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Re: Technics SL-1500C - Coming soon...

Posted: 08 Jan 2019 23:51
by eddie edirol
I love the look of the new 1500C. Im surprised that they made it, but at the same time Im not surprised, because theres so many tturntables out there for the same market, but inferior. Or at least they dont have the legacy.

I want to get one just to look at it, and nothing else. Its really slick looking, and i think its designed to match the other Technics components. We will see when they release a picture with this and the amps and speakers together.

The pre-amp is nice for people that want to skip the amp and go straight to powered speakers. They are really going on the bare bones market. Good on them!

Re: Technics SL-1500C - Coming soon...

Posted: 09 Jan 2019 00:00
by phivates
Thanks for the comment, Roberto. This sounds like the TT a lot of people are looking for, with the lift and shut-off at end of disc and Technics quality. Maybe the dealer would swap the Ortofon cart for whatever the buyer prefers?
I will have to get by with my old Thorens/Dual/AR/Realistic vintage beaters 'cause my budget for audio remains down below "chump change."

Re: Technics SL-1500C - Coming soon...

Posted: 09 Jan 2019 00:20
by smee4
BMRR wrote:
08 Jan 2019 13:58
As an owner of an original SL-1500, this news warms my heart! The 1500 has always kind of flown under the radar and I'm surprised that Technics even remembered it. I also agree with the comments above about it being a reliable, no-nonsense turntable that just gets out of the way and lets the music shine. I'm glad I got mine for next to nothing, as I probably won't be able to afford the new one... but it looks very, very nice. Bravo, Panasonic! And kudos on the auto-lift feature. Like having a Q-UP but hidden from view.
I wonder if they'll do an SL-150 version. The SL-150 was an SL-1500 without a tone arm, and you could add your own. A favourite match was the SME-3009.

Re: Technics SL-1500C - Coming soon...

Posted: 09 Jan 2019 02:28
by jostber

Re: Technics SL-1500C - Coming soon...

Posted: 09 Jan 2019 09:33
by Vinylfreak86
BMRR wrote:
08 Jan 2019 22:53


Something to keep in mind is that when most people refer to the SL-1200, they're really referring to the SL-1200 MkII.
As you said. SL-1200 is so old, that we younger generations even forget that it existed. We always have SL-1200 mkII in mind. And this one is a DJ/broadcast turntable.

Re: Technics SL-1500C - Coming soon...

Posted: 09 Jan 2019 22:40
by ravelax
This is very interesting news, as is the news of the 1200mk7. I like the "cleaned-up 1200" look of this, with the exception of the platter rim: I think it would've looked a LOT better if they had gone with just a raw brushed metal surface, like on the old 1500mk2 series. This strip of paint obviously alludes to the painted surface between the strobe marks on the 1200 platter, but it just doesn't look good to me without those marks. I also do miss the strobe light simply because it's nice to look at!

Anyway, it will be very interesting to see where this lands, price-wise. I might just be tempted to buy one. It will also be very interesting to see what it does to the market. We've seen some new "living-room-oriented" direct drive designs lately based on the ubiquitous Hanpin table, but can we hope this step from Technics makes other brands willing to try to develop something in-house? There's got to be at least some documentation relating to their golden age designs that they could use as a starting point...

Re: Technics SL-1500C - Coming soon...

Posted: 10 Jan 2019 00:39
by eddie edirol
smee4 wrote:
09 Jan 2019 00:20


I wonder if they'll do an SL-150 version. The SL-150 was an SL-1500 without a tone arm, and you could add your own. A favourite match was the SME-3009.
They already have the SP-10R and the SL-1000R on the website, Im sure thats a far as they will go with reference decks.

Re: Technics SL-1500C - Coming soon...

Posted: 10 Jan 2019 00:50
by smee4
eddie edirol wrote:
10 Jan 2019 00:39
smee4 wrote:
09 Jan 2019 00:20


I wonder if they'll do an SL-150 version. The SL-150 was an SL-1500 without a tone arm, and you could add your own. A favourite match was the SME-3009.
They already have the SP-10R and the SL-1000R on the website, Im sure thats a far as they will go with reference decks.
Yeah not quite the same thing though. The SL-150 was not a reference deck, it was the same as the SL-1500, full sized plinth and all, with a hole where the tonearm would have been mounted, and small round adapter plates for that hole let you mount the SME, and, I suppose, other arms.

Re: Technics SL-1500C - Coming soon...

Posted: 10 Jan 2019 02:50
by eddie edirol
smee4 wrote:
10 Jan 2019 00:50


Yeah not quite the same thing though. The SL-150 was not a reference deck, it was the same as the SL-1500, full sized plinth and all, with a hole where the tonearm would have been mounted, and small round adapter plates for that hole let you mount the SME, and, I suppose, other arms.
I see what you mean.
I wouldnt be surprised. I never would have guess that they would revive the 1500, you never know what they will do next. Really all they have to do is ship it without the arm and pre-amp..
I will die if they make a changer version. I wont hold my breath though. Too much R&D for that.

Re: Technics SL-1500C - Coming soon...

Posted: 10 Jan 2019 03:28
by smee4
eddie edirol wrote:
10 Jan 2019 02:50

I will die if they make a changer version. I wont hold my breath though. Too much R&D for that.
I would never have imagined it. so I have restored a Garrard changer to the point I can run a magnetic cart on it.

Re: Technics SL-1500C - Coming soon...

Posted: 10 Jan 2019 09:53
by Vinylfreak86
ravelax wrote:
09 Jan 2019 22:40
but can we hope this step from Technics makes other brands willing to try to develop something in-house? There's got to be at least some documentation relating to their golden age designs that they could use as a starting point...
I think no. Because it is too risky to start your own production with own engineering, working tools for a turntable. Turntable market is still too small and a lot of service friendly old units available for cheap price. Panasonic could do this, because it is so huge corporation that doesn`t get hurt if their turntable project would be economically unprofitable. We can only hope on Micro-seiki to start producing cheaper consumer oriented turntables again, but then that is all for a first decades in the 21. century.
In reality if we look at historical technological development in the past, then we would have to go to a museum in 2019 to see how a turntable looks like.:) So we have to be happy that this didn`t happen.

Re: Technics SL-1500C - Coming soon...

Posted: 10 Jan 2019 13:24
by BMRR
Technics also had a mandate from hundreds of thousands of people around the world who spent years begging them to bring back their turntables. That's a huge part of why Technics got back into the turntable business. The other brands haven't had that mandate.

Re: Technics SL-1500C - Coming soon...

Posted: 11 Jan 2019 21:25
by ravelax
You're of course right both of you. I just got a little carried away, hehe! But if the vinyl revival keeps going and this proves profitable for Panasonic, who knows what could happen? Thing is, the R&D is already mostly done for the other companies as well. The only real cost for them would be to decide on a model or two to revive and then make the tooling. Like I said I can't image that every bit of documentation relating to the construction of the older designs has been thrown away... I'm sure they could do it if they really wanted to. The main question is, do they want to? This is where the revived Technics might prove inspirational...

Re: Technics SL-1500C - Coming soon...

Posted: 11 Jan 2019 22:40
by smee4
Well, at the high end we see the Garrard 501, 601 tables. I would love to see a well built idler drive at one of these lower price points.

Re: Technics SL-1500C - Coming soon...

Posted: 12 Jan 2019 02:13
by Smoke Screen
SL-1500C is around 1400 bucks with a Orty 2Mred i heard.