Technics TT Decision: 1700mk2 or 1610mk2

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Technics TT Decision: 1700mk2 or 1610mk2

Post by mlb_61 » 30 Jul 2017 21:52

Have a Technics 1700mk2 been using for a little over a year recently my wife randomly stumbled on a SL 1610mk2 at an estate sale at a fantastic price, she was looking for vintage dishware. Now have a decision to make regarding which TT we should keep, the 1610mk2 or 1700mk2. Maybe it is just a personal choice, semi vs fully automatic, black vs silver. I don't know if there is any performance differences between the 1610mk2 and 1700mk2. Would keep both but really will only use one in our home. Any suggestions?

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Re: Technics TT Decision: 1700mk2 or 1610mk2

Post by VinylDan1 » 30 Jul 2017 22:13

Send the one you don't want to me! There, easy...... I would keep the one that is in better shape personally.

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Re: Technics TT Decision: 1700mk2 or 1610mk2

Post by macnoob » 30 Jul 2017 22:23

What he said ^

Personally I would keep both so I have another to use in a different room or if one fails. No performance difference.

If I HAD to keep only one it would be the 1610 - black and full auto.

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Re: Technics TT Decision: 1700mk2 or 1610mk2

Post by mlb_61 » 30 Jul 2017 22:32

Both have been serviced up to specs, excellent mechanically and very minimum signs of wear. Was very lucky, both original owners that took great care of them, the 1610 still had original box and packing materiel with owners manual and receipt of purchase.

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Re: Technics TT Decision: 1700mk2 or 1610mk2

Post by analogaudio » 31 Jul 2017 16:18

The question of performance is answered by the Technics specifications from the owner manuals, they are identical.

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Re: Technics TT Decision: 1700mk2 or 1610mk2

Post by Van_Isle » 21 Sep 2017 21:54

1610. Rarer, and you have the box, manual, etc. which is a nice extra.

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Re: Technics TT Decision: 1700mk2 or 1610mk2

Post by sylvain999 » 09 Oct 2017 23:13

I'm not a automatic lover, but keeping the 1610 makes sense.

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Re: Technics TT Decision: 1700mk2 or 1610mk2

Post by dutchflea » 11 Oct 2017 10:31

If you'd have to choose I'd stick with the 1610 since it is the only one that has the option to operate it either manually or automatically. Makes sense, right? Performance and reliability wise there is no difference at all, the way the tonearm & mechanism is built is totally similar.

However, if you'd somehow just happen to prefer one color over the other, that would make a lot of sense too. :)I must note that though in the US most seem to prefer the brownblackish color since it is "more rare", in Europe there tend to be more brownblackish ones than silver ones. Actually I do prefer the look of the silver above the somewhat dull, dreary and dirty-brownish black.

A big advantage of the silver finish is that it is much less susceptible for staining. I have seen many, many black finished SL-Q2's, Q3's, 1310MK2, 1610MK2's etc with stains from fingers / wear and spots from spilled liquid (needle cleaner, oil, acid, sneeze spray, whatever ;)). Mostly the stains are darker, sometimes lighter. With the silver ones I have hardly ever seen a stain, if ever!

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