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Technics SL-1301

Quartz-Locked Direct-Drive Automatic Turntable (1978)

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Technics SL-1301


The Technics SL-1301 is a direct-drive turntable with remarkable features with only the best components, developed into a total system that performs like an engineers dream.

The SL1301 uses quartz locking and provides high torque without torque ripple, giving a build up time of 1.3 seconds.

It also has no perceptible slow down with high tracking force.

What's more, to bring this rotating wonder to a smooth stop, we've built in an electronic braking system.

It adds up to the kind of precision and reliability that the serious audiophile looks for, and that's a tradition at Technics you can depend on.


Type: fully-automatic turntable

Drive method: direct drive

Motor: ultra low speed brushless DC motor

Control type: quartz phase locked

Platter: 330mm, 2.2kg, aluminium diecast

Speeds: 33 and 45rpm

Wow and flutter: 0.025% WRMS

Rumble: -73dB

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

Effective length: 230mm

Overhang: 15mm

Offset angle: 21.5 degrees

Dimensions: 453 x 369 x 125mm

Weight: 9.3kg


brochure  English

instruction/owners manual  English

instruction/owners manual (alt scan)  English - arunvkamath

service manual  English - onepointeight

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33/45 Buttons

I have one of these units and both the 33 and 45 buttons are either stuck or just not responding. I've taken it apart and there does not seem to be a spring mechanism on the buttons, so I'm wondering if they use some other technology to detect activation... kind of like a touch lamp? If someone happens to see this and knows what's going on please respond with another comment.