By all accounts, Technics are considered as royalty among record enthusiasts. The famed Japanese manufacturer’s product range has been a mainstay of turntable setups both onstage and at home, and is highly regarded by audiophiles for their durability, dependability and incomparable sound quality.

However, if there’s ever been a worthy complaint against Technics, it’s that their turntables are a little out of reach for the average music fan to get their hands on without scooping deep into their savings account.

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With the announcement of the new ‘entry-level’ SL-100C, that all looks set to change, with Technics recently sharing details of their most affordable turntable yet.

Following on from the SL-1500C, the SL-100C acts as an extension of the famed SL family, and even shares a similar aesthetic to the legendary SL-1200 thanks to its aluminium S-shaped tonearm and direct-drive motor.

The unit also makes use of a VM95C pickup cartridge courtesy of Audio-Technica to provide the ‘sonic finesse to satisfy the demands of real music lovers’, while a two-layer platter, high-rigidity cabinet and vibration damping provides optimised tracking with minimal external interference

Other features include an automatic tonearm lift – because nobody likes to lift the tonearm – and a high-damping insulator to assist in tracking smoothness.

Given that it is an entry-level product, there are a few notably absent features on the SL-100C; DJs will be quick to note that there’s no way to change the turntable’s pitch or speed beyond 33rpm and 45rpm, and the unit is also void of a phono preamp.

Nevertheless, if you’re not too fussed about the finer details and are simply looking to spin your records at home on a turntable from one of the best in the business, this one’s definitely worth a shout.

Head across to Technics to check out the SL-100C in greater detail today. 

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