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Technics has a new entry-level turntable, the SL-100C

Technics has a new entry-level turntable, the SL-100C
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Technics is adding an affordable turntable to its legendary SL range of decks, and it's called the SL-100C.

The new model inherits many features of the popular (not to mention five-star) Technics SL-1500C. It has the same iron-coreless direct-drive motor designed to avoid issues such as clogging and speed control, plus a version of the company’s long-running S-shaped aluminium tonearm. And the best news? The SL-100C is cheaper than its What Hi-Fi? award-winning sibling by £100.

To hit Technics' entry-level price point of £799 (€899), the SL-100C loses the phono stage of the SL-1500C. It's also fitted with a different cartridge, in this case, Audio-Technica's VM95C, complete with a conical stylus plus aluminium cantilever and coil.

The SL-100C features both a high-rigidity cabinet and a high-damping insulator to help minimise vibrations. Technic’s in-house developments in platter design are carried over with a two-layer structure combining deadened rubber and aluminium. 

Speaking about the launch, Technics product manager Frank Balzuweit said: “The huge success of the SL-1500C, offering a fully-featured package for the dedicated hi-fi enthusiast, with all the core Technics turntable technologies, has shown we have hit the mark within a popular and competitive turntable class.

The demand for this high-quality ‘Plug'n'Play turntable – having exceeded our own expectations – is still undiminished even to this day. However, there is still a strong appetite from the market to deliver a similarly attractive package at an even more affordable price.”

The SL-100C will be available in Europe from June 2021, priced at £799 (€899, around AU$1500) from Amazon. 

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Mary is a staff writer at What Hi-Fi? and has over a decade of experience working as a sound engineer mixing live events, music and theatre.

  • tenrags
    "to avoid issues such as clogging and speed control"

    May I humbly suggest that journalists are reminded by editors to check that autocorrect has not replaced the word cogging, a motor torque problem associated with direct drive turntables, with "clogging", which has a different meaning altogether. This is being printed so extensively now it would be sad if it became the norm.