Technics SL-1500C - Coming soon...

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Technics SL-1500C - Coming soon...

Post by technome » 07 Jan 2019 20:08

https://na.panasonic.com/us/news/elevat ... -turntable
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Looking good. Please can I have the “G” variant, though? :lol:

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Also available in black.
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Re: Technics SL-1500C - Coming soon...

Post by chiz » 07 Jan 2019 20:30

Wow, I did not expect them to bring the 1500 back, this is a surprise.

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

Post by technome » 07 Jan 2019 20:37

I know, right? That came out of the blue. Really unexpected.

I hope the phono stage can be bypassed properly.

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Looks like two sets of RCAs. One phono and one line? :D
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Re: Technics SL-1500C - Coming soon...

Post by MCM_Fan » 07 Jan 2019 20:44

Whoa, this is both unexpected and welcome news. I have an original SL-1500 that I love for it's ease of maintenance. It's just a great, basic manual direct drive turntable. Most of the the current belt drive entry level turntables are also fully manual. Nice to have a direct drive option from someone knows how to build them right. Any idea on the price?

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

Post by technome » 07 Jan 2019 20:50

No news on availability or price yet. But the spec looks similar to the new mk7 rather than the G or GR, so I’m guessing it’ll be competitive but not cheap.

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

Post by MCM_Fan » 07 Jan 2019 20:58

technome wrote:
07 Jan 2019 20:50
No news on availability or price yet. But the spec looks similar to the new mk7 rather than the G or GR, so I’m guessing it’ll be competitive but not cheap.
If it performs as well as the original SL-1500, competitive, but not cheap would be perfect. The SL-1500 I have is the quietest of the 12 tables I currently own and the easiest to maintain. Just Deoxit the speed control pots (2 internal and two external) and replace the spindle oil every 2000 hours and it's good for a few more years. The cueing mechanism needs the 500,000cst silicon oil replaced every 20 or 30 years, which is also easy to do on this table. Lather, rinse, repeat (I hope no one takes that literally). Because the original SL-1500 is fully manual, if properly maintained and not abused, it should last a lifetime (and that you can take literally).

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

Post by laffs4sale » 07 Jan 2019 21:18

Comes with auto lifter. Woo-hoo!

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

Post by VinylDan1 » 08 Jan 2019 00:09

Makes my decision harder: wanted a GR, saw the MK7, then saw this. Looks like they have a lineup set to take over the market as long as the price is right.

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Post by Vinylfreak86 » 08 Jan 2019 10:22

Good news. New 1200 is in reality not the best idea for home hifi listening. Totally manual thing, but I can understand why they decided to revive it first, because it is the most iconical. But back in the 70`s SL-1200 was developed with DJ clubs and radio stations in mind, not to listen it at home. It is much better to have at least auto-return function, but even better is 100% automatic. Yo can be even drunk when listening and nothing can go wrong.:)

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

Post by Japi Roelofs » 08 Jan 2019 11:02

The silver one looks classy! The black one looks a bit too much like an AT-LP5 if you ask me...
Vinylfreak86 wrote:
08 Jan 2019 10:22
Good news. New 1200 is in reality not the best idea for home hifi listening. Totally manual thing, but I can understand why they decided to revive it first, because it is the most iconical. But back in the 70`s SL-1200 was developed with DJ clubs and radio stations in mind, not to listen it at home. It is much better to have at least auto-return function, but even better is 100% automatic. Yo can be even drunk when listening and nothing can go wrong.:)
The SL-1500 has always been a fully manual turntable.

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

Post by Woodbrains » 08 Jan 2019 11:03

technome wrote:
07 Jan 2019 20:50
No news on availability or price yet. But the spec looks similar to the new mk7 rather than the G or GR, so I’m guessing it’ll be competitive but not cheap.
Hello,

If it is closer to the Mk 7 then that is a pity, actually. If they put so much development into the G and GR, it would have been nicer for serious home use, to have the G or GR without a phono stage and no DJ affectations and the auto lifter. That would be my perfect table, though likely not price wise as affordable as I'd need!

If it is closer to the Mk7 it is likely aimed at those wanting a good DD table, have a bit more to spend than the average, but are still in the market for the first table. More experienced listeners would want higher table spec and no phono stage.

Mike.

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

Post by T68 » 08 Jan 2019 12:11

And you can have it in any colour you want as long as it is silver or black!

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

Post by BMRR » 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.

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

Post by Roberto C2H3 » 08 Jan 2019 14:58

Does anyone know if the 1500 has an adjustable tone arm height?

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

Post by circularvibes » 08 Jan 2019 15:03

Roberto C2H3 wrote:
08 Jan 2019 14:58
Does anyone know if the 1500 has an adjustable tone arm height?
If you look closely at the arm base, you can see the lock for the helical gear. So I guess that is a yes.

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