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Technics SL-1300

Fully-Automatic Direct-Drive Turntable (1975-1978)

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mkI Servo control, mkII Quartz locked

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Technics SL-1300


In the revolutionary direct drive motor first introduced by Technics, the separate turntable platter rested directly on the rotor.

On the SL-1300 the platter is part of the motor; in fact, it is the rotor.

The attractive base is no longer an inactive element used only to house the motor; the housing is the motor stator.

All together, this simplification of parts and hardware gives the benefits of extreme precision with utmost reliability and stylishly compact appearance.

The automatic mechanism because it is linked to this precise motor, is also exceptionally reliable.

And finally, in the SL-1300 all these characteristics can be achieved with economy.


Type: fully-automatic turntable

Drive method: direct drive

Motor: ultra low speed brushless DC motor

Control type: servo control (mk1), quartz locked (mk2)

Platter: 330mm, 2.5kg, aluminium alloy diecast

Speeds: 33 and 45rpm

Pitch control: 10% (mk1), 20% (mk2)

Wow and flutter: 0.03% WRMS (mk1), 0.025% WRMS (mk2)

Rumble: -70dB (mk1), -73dB (mk2)

Tonearm: gimbal suspension, universal, s-shaped, tubular

Effective length: 230mm

Overhang: 15mm

Offset angle: 21.5 degrees

Weight: 20.7 lb (mk1), 11.8kg (mk2)


brochure  English

instruction/owners manual  English

instruction/owners manual  English Deutsch Francais Svenska

service manual (SD7408-426)  English

service manual (SD7407-418)  English

service manual (SD7407-435)  English - NoOp

service supplement (SD7710-418-2)  English

service supplement 1 (SD7407-418-1)  English

service supplement 2 (SD7505-418-2)  English

mk2 pu plate replacement  English Nihongo - morg_wn

mkII brochure  English

mkII instruction/owners manual  English

mkII service manual  English

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any help please?

Hello, I found that web so interesting because Im having problems with my turntable, R channel does not send any sound, any idea from where I could begin to fix that?

Thank you!

Awful buzzing sound

Our Mk I has provided my wife and I with a few years of quality sound. However, recently, it's started to make an awful buzzing sound. The sound was slight for a while, but gradually increased and now is drowning out the music. Anybody know what could be causing this?

by buzzing do you mean hiss,

by buzzing do you mean hiss, and static? the first problem for that is usually bad RCA cables/ a bad ground wire.

Fixing the cue problem

I can't stress enough that fixing the broken cue is a very difficult operation. If you move the adjustment screws on the optical sensor, the auto return will no longer work. Fixing the broken cue part with superglue typically is only a temporary solution. The cue can be fixed in the US for foreign customers by just shipping the tonearm unit (instead of the whole turntable). US customers have to send the whole turntable in because there are other repairs and adjustments to make the machine work like new.

MKII issues

Hi all,
I was told that the MKII version of this deck couldn't be fixed easily without shipping it overseas... well, that's not true. I pulled it apart myself, and using the service manual here, was able to locate the part, and superglue it back together. I haven't had any problems, and i've been using it for about a year... only time will tell but this solution was significantly cheaper.
(this should be in response to AsaBerdahl and unclebum)


Thanks for the manuals. What a great site.

Broken Auto Arm

I've tried everything but going inside. Tightening and loosening the different accessible screws. I don't know why. The cueing lever has no effect on the arm, no matter where it is. I don't really know what to do and the interior is finely crafted plastic pieces that fit together like a puzzle. What should I do?

Broken cueing

Hi, I have the same problem myself only I decided to tear mine apart, thinking I might be able to fix it!
There is a plastic part that attaches to the lifting mechanism that is cracked and doesn't pivot properly which is why the lift doesn't go up.
I checked to see if the part can be purchased but it has been discontinued. The part number is SFPJL13203K.
If you can locate the piece and you download the repair manual (Page 22)off this site you might be able to fix it yourself.
Good Luck! I'll probably just use mine as a manual table!
Frank P

SL-1300 Service Manual

This is great as no one else wants to share or be helpful without thinking dollars first. One thing though, I am not sure if the last page is missing or if Technics left it out. The last page which shows the part numbers only goes up to 50 while the previous page with the exploded view goes to the 80's. Of course I was wondering about parts in the 60's but no problem since I doubt any parts are still available by original part numbers.

Thanks very much, it's

Thanks very much, it's comforting to have a service manual!

sl 1300

i just got one of these turn tables today and I connected it to a three year old Sherwood amplifier and the sound is terrible. The volume is low and the background noise / interference is high. Are the cables/connectors incompatible with the amplifier, how can I make it sound clear and loud?
I will try connecting it to my Sony home theater amp next.



A friend gave me an SL-1300 years ago but it didn't work. I held on to it thinking I would get it fixed. Now I can try and fix it myself. If I can't, I guess I'll have parts for sale. Thanks.

Many thanks!!!

Many thanks!!!

technics sl 1300


Very good job !!!

Many many thanks to you.

Greetings from France.

SL-1300 (non MKI or MKII) Service manual

Does anyone have a manual for this unit? If so, please send to


Need SL1300 MKI service manual.

Does anyone have the SL1300 MKI service manual this in PDF format?


Kindest Regards,

Frankie Cruz "on the 1's and 2's"