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Technics SL-1700 Reviews

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Technics SL-1700

Technics SL-1700

10/10 by Mdewitt134

This SL1700mk2 is the best: I luckily ran across mine that someone with a VPI and a 1200mk2 considered exess: virtually same tonearm as 1200, complete adjustability, including arm height for VTA, Quartz lock speed control, heavy plinth plus the sub-suspension for platter and arm make it very resistant to skipping! I've always had simple manual belt drive tables, no automation, but this super silent stable quartz control DC is great, as is the auto-return arm: now I'm spoiled! This table is one of the best in my opinion! I'm fortunate to have found one!

10/10 by beedub

i restored my SL1700 totally, including the cue arm damper, and the sound, performance and isolation are terrific. best TT i have had ever.

10/10 by elastifiks

Good to see that worldwide there is a great appreciation for this TT and her sisters. I restored mine recently (2017) by the book and it's amazing how Japanese engineering looks and sounds at their peak in 1978. Metal housing, HQ arm, built in suspension, auto return and it runs very very silent and has great sound with a Shure M75 ED-2. Now such TT's would cost appr. 2000 Euro. This quality is rarely seen...

9/10 by 7teesand8tees

Hi there, I am just starting back up in the vinyl age after finding my singles & albums that have not seen the light of day since the late 80s. I have recently purchased a Technics SL-1700 & without checking anything I fired it straight up and the sound quality and operation was absolutely brilliant. I then purchased a new cartridge and away we went again. Love It. Now I have had to take early retirement I can amuse myself for hours. I think I have purchased a very nice Turntable indeed.

8/10 by Davidmhauseman

I was wondering if anyone could help...when I raise the TT with the Cueing or on auto return, the tonearm drifts to the left and rests beside the tonearm cradle...how do I get this fixed? The TT Level has been checked and is fine. I am also looking for a new dust cover with hinges. Would a 1200 fit this?

10/10 by GrooveControl

I have a pair of these. The first time I came across these tables was in a nightclub where they were used for dj purposes. I know the 1200 took the lead for DJ use, but having auto return makes the 1700s a fantastic choice for home use. They may live to 100 years, too bad I won't be around to celebrate that. My third table, also Technics, has quartz lock, but my ears don't notice any difference.

5/10 by JAY GREENFIELD

i own an 1700 mk2 bought new 1981 also bought sure v15-4 still plays as good as day one only problem replaced stlyes after it came unglued replaced it with an EDD S. AND STILL USING MY KLH T. NOISE ELEMATOR WITH AN OLD YAMAHA 2020 .

10/10 by eddyferra

Bought one used and already fitted with a Goldring 1020 cart.
Sweet sounding, nice looking and rock solid TT. Very happy with it.

10/10 by jasonmit

I picked one up a few years back from a pawn shop. After cleaning it up and replacing the audio cable it's worked perfectly. If the tone arm height is adjustable I would love to hear more about that. Mine appears to be sitting a couple mm's high.

10/10 by OceanMang

after looking at many, many turntables i decided on a SL-1700 Mk1, and am not disappointed. classic looks, rock solid and blows all my other decks away sound-wise. one of the best.

9/10 by sammyflou


10/10 by Old Rusty

A great, simple, heavyweight turntable. The one I found on Kijiji had sat for 25 years, but all I had to do was oil the bearing, check the suspension, clean the speed pots & bingo: the damn thing spins the black circle like a champ. The sound is huge, crystal clear & punchy with a Denon DL-110 cartridge on it. If you see one, buy it.

10/10 by Jae2000

I acquired a 1210 mk2 around a year ago and was really impressed, (see my review on that also). I then found this on ebay, and after some work on this 30 odd year old I finally have it fully working.
This is another step up again due to the suspension system on it, as I now have even less background noise. Not only no rumble, but no feedback or footfall noise of any sort even when on high volumes. Coupled with my usual Ortofon VMS 20E II cartridge, (Now with new stylus) this turntable gives excellent stability, and clarity, with all instruments recognisable, regardless of genre. The 1210 also managed this, but this is even better. Definitely staying with these two now, and have actually sold my old Dual and Ariston decks.

10/10 by dcgibson55

I had one of these in the late 1970's. I'm very pleased to see that it made the top 10. It's a great performer for not a lot of money and extremely good looking. A winner all around.

10/10 by Berre

The tonearm definately IS adjustable in height. (RTFM) Their is a screw on the right side in the lift assy. Push down the lift as the screw is a hex that needs to be un-locked prior to adjustment. Then adjust height of arm with screwdriver: clockwise is lower, anti-clock is higher.

9/10 by Ljud Ankan

The only big difference on this model compared to top of the line is the lack of Qurtz control and a tonearm that is adjustable in height. The 1700/1710 is due to my opinion the player that places itself in the category Value for money
Quality in each piece and a very reliable mechanical controlled automatic system. I bought mine 1978 and it has being used almost every day since that- now I've upgraded to SL1410MK2 and will separate from this one as I managed to refurbish the 1410 Mk2 (Note that almost all MK2 models needs a very difficult repair work of the armlift )

10/10 by s6139

After months of turntable scouring and research I settled on the 1700 MK I. Wonderful build quality, classy looks, and beautiful sound coming from this turntable. Feels like it might out live me. Coming from a Numark TT USB the sonics are noticeably more rich and fuller in range. Wow, couldn't be happier. The auto return feature is splendid as well.


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