Technics has been very aggressive during the vinyl revolution introducing a number of new models that have sold out in some markets within weeks. The brand has a proven track record with both DJs and audiophiles and even its top models that sell for more than $3,000 USD have continued to sell well.

Technics turntables that have received accolades in the audiophile community include the legendary SL-1200 Series (first model launched in 1972) and the SL-1500C (launched in 2019).

However, to broaden its customer base, Technics has taken key features and technologies used in its SL-1500C turntable ($1,199 at Crutchfield) and added a new, more affordable entry to its Premium Class category, the SL-100C ($999). 

Technics SL-100C Direct Drive Turntable Front Angle

Key Features

Here are the key features of the SL-100C turntable. 

Direct Drive Motor: The SL-100C incorporates a coreless direct drive brushless DC motor. This allows for a stable rotation that is free from “cogging”.

Two-Layer Platter: The two-layer platter provides improved vibration-damping performance.

S-Shaped Tone Arm: The highly sensitive S-shaped aluminum tonearm accurately reads record grooves. An S-Shaped tonearm has an equal mass on both sides of its pivot point.

Auto-Lift: In addition to its S-shape the tone features Auto-lift. This minimizes needle wear-out and preserves records.

Construction: The SL-100C has a high-rigidity cabinet and high-damping insulator for thorough shut-out of vibrations. This ensures smooth vinyl Record tracking.

Pre-installed Cartridge: With the SL-100C you don’t have to hunt for a cartridge before you can use it. An Audio-Technica AT-VM95C ($39 at Crutchfield) pickup cartridge is included in the SL-100C package and is also pre-installed so you can get down to serious music listening right away.

Technics SL-100C Direct Drive Turntable Construction

Turntable Specifications

  • Turntable Speeds: 33 1/3, 45/ 78 RPM
  • Starting Torque: 0.18 N・m / 1.8 kg・cm
  • Speed Build-up: 0.7 seconds from standstill to 33 1/3 rpm
  • Braking System: Electronic
  • Wow and Flutter: 0/025% W.R.M.S. 
  • Platter Construction: Aluminum 
  • Platter Weight: 2.0 Kg (includes turntable sheet)
  • Included Cartridge: AT-VM95C
  • Audio Output: RCA phono x 2 with ground terminal. 
Technics SL-100C Direct Drive Turntable Top

Tonearm Specifications

  • Type: Universal Static Balance
  • Tracking Error Angle (outer groove):  Within 2° 32′ on a  30 cm/12″ record
  • Tracking Error Angle (inner groove): Within 0° 32′ on a 30 cm/12″ record
  • Arm Height Adjustment Range: 0 to 6mm
  • Stylish Pressure Adjustment Range: 0 to 4 grams
  • Headshell Weight: Approx 7.6 grams
  • Headshell Terminals: 1.2mm/4-pin
Technics SL-100C Direct Drive Turntable Front

Included Accessories

  • Turntable Sheet
  • Dust cover
  • EP record adapter
  • Balance with Weight
  • Head Shell
  • Cartridge
  • Phono cables
  • Gound cable
  • AC power cord
  • Owner’s Manual

Pricing and Availability

The Technics SL-100C Direct Drive Turntable is available for $999.99 at Amazon or Technics.com.

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