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Technics EPA 100 Reviews

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Technics EPA 100

Technics EPA 100

10/10 by boa7-2011


10/10 by chefducuisine

I can only confirm what others say. Excellent sounding and a dream to set up.
The variable damping system is working very effective when adjusted according to the manual and fine tuned with the help of a test-record (LF resonance test). Built quality is simply stunning. The engineers at Technics knew a thing or two when they designed this beautiful piece of equipment.
The EPA-100 paired with the SP10mkII is a match made in heaven... I have been lucky and found both in an excellent condition and couldn't be happier.

When interested in one make sure the bearings are still the original ruby ball ones and check if your plinth can fit a 10-inch arm.
Unfortunately they don't make tonearms like this anymore and prices are constantly rising on the EPA-100...

10/10 by fume

Well finished, high sensitivity, wide sound stage, less coloration, universal tone arm.

10/10 by BeEvil

I agree wholeheartedly with yeoldestereo's review. I have tried many arms with my SP-10MK2A. Stax UA-9, UA-7cf and UA-70. Also an SAEC WE-308N and an SME 309. And by far the Technics EPA-100 is the best. Infinitely adjustable and easy to use. Just a great arm that was and still is ahead of it's time. I'm giving it a ten as I have used a lot of arms and because this one has variable dampening, true VTA on the fly and ruby bearings makes the perfect arm IMHO.

BeEvil

9/10 by yeoldestereo

Have never been a fan of S or J shaped tone arms, but this EPA 100 has certainly changed my mind in this area. Usually the S or J shaped arms are usually found on Mid-Fi integrated tables relating to cosmetic or price point issues. However this arm is a wide exception in the role it plays on the Technics EPA 100 set up.

The fit,feel and precision of this arm is of a very high standard not often found today and if found the price is very high indeed.To build a tone arm of this caliber today would easily fall into the $2,000.00 range if not more. I know I have looked at todays offerings and to get this type of quality and precision will cost one dearly.

This arm came from a time when Technics was trying to break into the high end game. The produced three tone arms the EPA 100,EPA 250 and the EPA 500. All produced from about 1979 to 1984 or so. The Technics EPA 100 was produced from 1979 to 1981 and retailed for $380.00 in 1979 and later at $399.00 in 1981. Today very good examples that are fully functional will still bring their original retail value easily and most sell for well above original retail in the vintage audio market. Now thats value!!

Without question the Technics EPA series of tone arms were some of the very best made by anyone at anytime and were over engineered and constructed to a fit,feel, and precison that is seldom seen today at any price.

Would I have seeked out this tone arm. Most likely no.Was looking for a really nice Grace 714 in teak wood or at least the aluminum version. And like I said was bout to order a Bluenote or Graham that is current inventory. But thankfully I decided to give the Technics EPA 100 a try and to say I am impressed is to say the absolute least.

If you can find one of these and it is in good condition and fully operational, then you have indeed found a pure gem in high end tone arms. With 47 years of expereince in this hobby, I can totally recommend this fine tone arm. For a wide variety turntable applications, both current and vintage.


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