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Technics SL-D2 Reviews

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Technics SL-D2

Technics SL-D2

10/10 by lampio

My first encounter with a turntable of the failia technics, was the one that brought a panasonic SG-3600 national musical center. This was taction by belt, and with the EPC-270 cartridge. Finally several years ago, I got a used SL-D2, but in excellent condition. Only the dust cover was with the hinges broken. This one did not have the headshell, so I got the original Technics ferrite and installed uns Shure M-44/7, the sound is powerful and operates magnificently; however after a while I tried another cartridge, AT-120E from Audiotechnica which is going well, with a clean sound of well-defined treble, but something was still missing. So I got a Technics EPC-270 cartridge and my surprise was capital, since the sound is incredible. Both monaural and stereo records are incredible. With the passage of time I decided to complete the set and today I have my complete system. SU-V3 integrated amplifier, SH-8015 graphic equalizer, ST-Z11 tuner, RS-B50 cassette deck, a pair of SB-X500A and of course my dear SL-D2

10/10 by slobrain

I actually sold my Pioneer Pl-518 when I got a SL-D2. I felt the SL-D2 worked smoother than the PL-518 even though the 518 was an awesome TT.
What can I say about a turntable thats still going strong after 39 years... a well built machine. Technics engineers in the mid 70s to early 80s were very good at their jobs and built many good tables. The SL-D2 direct drive and the SL-B2 belt drive were some really well built turntables. The Pioneer PL-518 was very heavy and the feet were getting rotten and not keeping the table from resonating too much. The SL-D2 doesn't suffer that at all its a great table. To buy a new turntable that is built as well as the SL-D2 you would have to spend a grand these days. To me the vintage stuff holds up and has stood the test of time hand down...

10/10 by Stuggots

I got this turntable at a Salvation Army Store, it was very dirty with a original Technics head shell and audio- technica AT88E cartridge with a bent needle. I cleaned lubed and oiled it up, put a AT95E cartridge and it played like a champ. I have it paired with a Pioneer VSX D1S DJ phono amp and ESS AMT 1A's. I have 2 other Technics a SL-5 and SL-Q3. I also have a Music Hall USB-1 for digitizing my vinyl.

9/10 by wombatini

I bought a Technics SL-B2 back in 1980 because I could not afford the SL-D2 on my apprentice wages. I had just built my first amplifier - an Electronic Australia Mosfet 50 Watt unit, the 3 way speakers to go with it and a Philips CD303 CD player. Had this system for about 20 years. The CD player died before that at 10 years and the repairer told me it was not fixable - I think he just wanted it for himself..
Now, 35 years hence I am now back into vinyl as well as the CD's. Bought the SL-D2 used that I could not afford back then and jazzed it up with an AT95E in one headshell and an Ortofon 2M Red in another. Excellent turntable. I was considering an SL1200 but after seeing the motors were very similar and the rest was of similar quality I settled on the D2. Love it. I also found myself a working vintage Philips CD303, Philips CD304 MK2 and a Marantz CD84 to take care of the digital side. Musical tastes range from heavy classical baroque to AC/DC, Suzy Quatro, and easy listening, depending on my mood. Life's better with music.
Peter of Adelaide.

8/10 by doctor fuse

A friend recently gave me a grime covered D2. I assumed it was dead.
After cleaning it up and putting a headshells and cartridge from another table on it, I was surprised to find it started right up and kept perfect speed. I added a couple drops of oil to the spindle bearing, but didn't even have to Deoxit the speed adjustment pot.
It sounded very good.
I then added 3 pounds of cheap plasticity to the inside of the plinth. This improved the sound a bit - weightier, tighter bass, a slightly more authoritative, high end-ish sound.
A really good table. I'm not a fan of the aesthetics of Techie decks, but They are sure designed and built well, and sound exceptional.

10/10 by Mansooratyale

Got mine last month for $40, works like a charm. It had a problem keeping the pitch, so I cleaned the pitch control and that's about it. I was looking for a good cartridge for it though. The ring to remove the cartridge is stuck and I am afraid I will break the tonearm if I try harder. Any suggestions?

9/10 by Spanner1

I didn't consider any 'table like these as I wanted one to play 78s as well... I ahd a Garrard 401 but it started rumbling, then I got a Thorens TD126 but it needed a lot of work to sort out the motor drive amplifiers.I then saw the 78 mod for the SL D2 and bought one of them from eBay to adapt it to pay 78s. I did the appropriate mod and the 'table sounds great.
Why were Technics not more publicised at the time... I've been looking through some old hi-fi mags and found no ads for them! Were they too pricey? There were plenty of ads for Thorens, Garrard, Linn, Rega et al but couldn't find a dealer for technics.

5/10 by Conical G

Here is a little something I did to my Sl D2.

It’s a great little turntable; I put a new Shure 44-7 Cartridge / stylus on it.

Because I listen to my music and LP late at night while my family is sleeping. So the lights are off, I opened the turntable up, custom build an aluminum body barrel tube pen LP track spot light, guttered a round long tube antenna or leg of a tripod or something, anyways I went to radio shack and purchased a low amp pink LED and wired a couple of longer small gauge electronic component wires, I gutted a cable for phone wires or something, solid and heavy sturdy enough but that would flex. A couple of pretty long wires. Then took the Turntable apart, didn’t remove the tone arm but removed the turn table to get inside underneath. I decided not to tap into the transformer wires, too much hot load. So I went to where the tone arm switch and the strobe wires connect under a small duel level plate, more towards the dead center of the TT, there are 4 top screw holding that duel level plate down, they call the duel level plate the Rediating Fin, this plate has a screw One of the screw and it is locked wire bundle of a few wires, with a aluminum bent thin strip like a metal tie wrap. (This is all on Page ‘6’ of the ‘Parts Arrangement Diagram) [Schematic for Technis sl d2] it is a pdf download to view. I tapped into the hot wire to the strobe which only turns on / powers on when the tone arm switch is activated on pushing the arm towards the LP to spin the TT. Then I grounded the other wire. That hot and ground and going back to the TT just ahead of / and next to the Turn table edge where the head shell and cartridge rest at first contact with a 33.3 LP vinyl LP. Just so it the tower spot light housing does not interfere with the Head shell and cartridge.
There I drilled a small hole, and with the spot tower base tapped with an extending male threaded bolt, I slipped it into the hole from top side. And bolted the base from the inside, and then secured all the wires so that none hung up of interfered with any moving part and the turntable. Reassembled the turntable and after pulling tight the LED leads and super adhesive glued on the read red lens cap of the tower LED Head. And finished securing the wire leads. Build a custom Oak Plinth for the turntable, set it up, took a pack of new playing cards and removed a few to that the stylus rested on the top pad of the mini Electronic gram scale. So the stylus sat down at exact Turn table with a LP height. Adjusted my counter dial weight. Checked skate anti skate. And powered on, then the turntable activated, the red strobe I robbed power from (Light), and the new Tower LED tracking spot lit up, casting just the perfect amount of glow across the LP from outer edge to inner stop edge.

I am a qualified certifiable and non professional tinkerer. I nor anyone hare upon this site are responsible for anyone opening or altering their electronic turntables.

9/10 by Android_davis

I love this turntable. My girlfriend got me this for my birthday, from the original owner who bought it in the very early 80’s (who still had the original box). I use it all the time and have had no problems, up till now. I’m wondering if anyone has encountered the problem where the tonearm doesn’t return to the original position once record is done playing one side? Since I first used it, when one side is done playing and the needle is near the middle, it will prop up and return to its original position. But for some reason now it will not return and the record will just continue to turn. The machine still works wonderfully, does anyone know how to fix this?

10/10 by Ghoulsgold

Picked mine up a few months ago in working condition for a respectable 85 bucks. Cleaned it, put on a new Cart., threw some butyl inside for dampening, aligned the Cart. with the Technics protractor method and voila! Sounds great and holds the speed perfectly.

10/10 by BetaMaster64

Picked one of these up at a flea market for $5 two years ago, and the guy selling it told me it was broken. Got it home, plugged it in, and it worked just fine! I've been using it since then, and haven't had a single issue. These turntables are well-made and affordable. It sounds great with an Audio-Technica LS-500 cartridge.

9/10 by Electone

This table (along with its brothers the D1 & D3) will last you a lifetime. Love the looks and the performance.

10/10 by stratos92

Technics sl-d2, no words, is still my primary turntable, very heavy platter, easy to use, excellent engine, and the tonearm is fantastic. I love this turntable because there isn't electronic control on speed, and there aren't variation on speed during playback. The only one job to do after 10-15 years is clean the potentiometer, and of course clean from dust with soap (plastic parts). I like the design of this series (d1, d2, d3..) very clear, and stop button makes this tt's design unique

10/10 by hootie01

A great turntable. Period.

9/10 by fremitus

These decks are a steal. A little light, but I lined mine with dynamat and whoa, what a difference. Rocking a simple AT120EB cart and this thing sings. Crispy and clear high end, nice extended bass without emphasis. I prefer it to my Rotel RP-850 for most rock/indie music spins. Rotel is generally my jazz deck...

10/10 by GunnerBoo

I bought mine in 1978 as a high school junior. Saved my lawn cutting money. Made it through my college and single days. Just set up in den with my Adcom components. Works great. Wife is not sure of my musical taste. AT cartridge just listened to Clifford Brown original lap from my Dads collection. This almosy 40 years old and sounds great.

5/10 by Vinylsld2

Anyone know if this tt works well with DL 103 MC HO cartridge?

9/10 by kometea

Très bonne platine vinyle, j ai acheté la mienne en 2e main (30 euros) et, a part le capot rayé , une fois bien réglée et connecteurs changés (gold plated) , elle fonctionne parfaitement (AT95E),a coté de mes 2 Thorens (150 mk2 et 160 mk2)

10/10 by carpinutto

Great classic from Technics

7/10 by cam08529

Bought this with my first paycheck when I got out of college in 1980. Recently it has been placed back into service for use by my younger coworkers who are vinyl curious. It is not a bad table but if you find one with the OEM alignment jig, throw what in the trash and use the Technics alignment protractor available on this site. When properly aligned with a decent cart (using a Sure M97XE now) it is a respectable performer.

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