Technics SL-100C turntable is aimed at “entry-level” audiophiles

The brand's most affordable turntable omits functionality for DJ'ing.

Technics has announced the release of the SL-100C direct-drive turntable, offering a lower entry price to an iconic family of players.

Building on the success of its SL-1500C turntable, Technics says the SL-100C is primed for “entry-level” audiophiles. The SL-100C sports a similar look to the revered SL-1200 turntable, with the same iron-coreless direct-drive motor and S-shaped aluminium tonearm.

To bring down the price of the SL-100C, Technics has built the turntable with an Audio-Technica VM95C pickup cartridge and omitted a phono pre-amp. Still, the brand says that the more affordable cartridge can offer “sonic finesse to satisfy the demands of real music lovers”, thanks to precise tracking.

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The Japanese brand has designed the SL-100C with a two-layer platter for reliable tracking, with vibration-damping that makes it free from external vibrations. A high-rigidity cabinet and high-damping insulator also help ensure a smooth tracking process. An automatic tonearm lift is also onboard to minimise wear and tear of needles.

Technics SL-100C Bird's Eye. View

Despite Technics’ range of turntables being synonymous with vinyl DJ’ing and club culture, the SL-100C offers little in the way of mixing and scratching. This is due to the lack of a pitch slider and a cartridge that may not be adequate for the needs of a DJ.

“The huge success of the SL-1500C has shown we have hit the mark within a popular and competitive turntable class,” says European Technics product manager Frank Balzuweit. “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.”

Technics’ SL-100C will be available in June 2021 exclusively from Amazon at a price of £799, which is £100 more affordable than its older sibling, the SL-1500C.

 

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