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Quartz-Locked Direct-Drive Turntable (1978)

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The JVC QL-5 is a 2-speed, quartz-locked, direct-drive turntable system fitted with a static balance tonearm and MD-1025 moving magnet phono cartridge.

Also available as the QL-50 with blank armboard.


Motor: 12-pole, 24-slot, DC type FG servomotor

Drive system: direct drive

Speeds: 33 and 45rpm

Wow and flutter: less than 0.025% WRMS

Rumble: more than 73dB

Speed detection: integrated frequency generator

Platter: 312mm diameter

Tonearm: TH (tracking hold system) type, static balance, new gimbal support

Effective length: 245mm

Overhang: 15mm

Tracking force range: 0 to 3g

Cartridge weight range: 14.5 to 22g (inc headshell)

Height range: 39 to 51mm

Cartridge: MD-1025 moving magnet

Stylus: DT-Z1TE 0.3 x 0.7mil diamond

Optimum tracking force: 2g

Frequency response: 10 to 25,000Hz

Dimensions: 165 x 481 x 403mm

Weight: 10.5kg


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I use to sell JVC tables for new BAR DJ applications. I drilled a 5" hole in the DJ table (not the turntable) and then in the floor or floors (if wood) until I got to concrete; mounted a fm threaded 4" pipe flange into the concrete, (some times in a basement floor) then a 4" pipe from there to the bottom up to a marble table (with fm threaded 4" pipe flange attached it ) just above DJ’s table top; just larger than the turntable(or tables). Nothing touched this stand or the pipe from the base concrete to the turntable but the DJ's hands. The DJ's loved it; drunk slams into his booth; no problem, folded W 18" sub woofers on the stage; no problem, DJ wants to dance on his table; no problem.