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 cogging 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. Her mixing credits include productions at The National Theatre and in the West End, as well as original musicals composed by Mark Knopfler, Tori Amos, Guy Chambers, Howard Goodall and Dan Gillespie Sells. 

  • 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.
  • tenrags
    Thank you Mary Stone, for restoring my faith in journalists by your reference to "cogging"
  • 12th Monkey
    You said this nearly a year ago...