Technics SL-1500C Premium Class Series Direct Drive Turntable

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Model: SL-1500C UPC: 885170353916 Item: 3116

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The Latest Coreless Direct Drive Motor Achieves High-precision Stable Rotation

The technologies acquired through the development of the SL-1200 Series and the high-end SL-1000R model were lavishly inserted into the motor drive unit, a key part of the turntable. The motor exclusively tunes the single-rotor, coreless direct-drive motor adopted by the SL-1200GR in order to read the high rotation accuracy and high-precision signals of the record. Optimal motor control is conducted for the inertial mass of the two-layer structure platter on which the vinyl record is placed with deadening rubber on the entire back surface to eliminate unwanted resonance in the aluminum die-cast platter to eliminate the rotation irregularity called cogging. The aluminum die-cast chassis is rigidly integrated with a special material consisting of ABS mixed with glass fiber to achieve a two-layer construction. The insulator is comprised of a spring and rubber to provide optimal vibration-damping characteristics. The tonearm is a static-balance universal S-shape tonearm, another Technics tradition. By adopting a high-precision bearing using the same gimbal suspension construction and machined housing as the SL-1200 Series, high initial sensitivity is achieved. In addition, reliability has been improved by incorporating a removable power cable and gold-plated terminals, which have less sound quality degradation, for the PHONO and LINE terminals.

Complete Turntable with a Built-in Phono Equalizer and Cartridge

Complete Turntable with a Built-in Phono Equalizer and Cartridge In order to enjoy playing analog records more comfortably, the SL-1500C features a built-in phono equalizer and bundled cartridge. There is no need to separately prepare either one, making it easy to link with a wide range of audio equipment. The shield structure of the built-in phono equalizer suppresses the effects of external noise and noise from the power supply. It is also equipped with a switch to turn the LINE output off when it is not being used. The turntable has been designed to thoroughly shut-out adverse effects to the PHONO output. The dedicated power supply for the PHONO output terminal is isolated from the power supply for the LINE output terminal and has been designed to prioritize sound quality by minimizing the wiring of the PHONO signal. The isolated terminals also prevent wiring mistakes. An Ortofon 2M RED cartridge, which is highly acclaimed as an MM cartridge, has been selected for the bundled cartridge. Combining this high-quality cartridge with the performance of the SL-1500C will maximize the sound quality of vinyl records.

Equipped with an Auto Lifter Function That Allows You to Enjoy Playing Records More Comfortably

When the tonearm reaches the end of the record, the Auto Lifter function automatically raises the cartridge. This prevents unnecessary wear on your valuable vinyl records and stylus. By embedding the Auto Lifter function in the base portion of the tonearm, it eliminates impacts to the tonearm. Due to a simple design that doesn’t use motor power, there is no electrical or vibrational impact and it will not prevent the movement of the tonearm. In response to requests from many users regarding the Auto Lifter function, a design that prioritizes sound quality was adopted. The functions required to playback records were kept to a bare minimum, achieving simple and easy-to-use operability.

Simple Design with Functional Beauty

The SL-1500C sports a simple design without unnecessary frills, while retaining the superb operating feel that is a Technics tradition. The attractive appearance lets you enjoy playing records to your heart’s content.




  • Type: Direct Drive Manual Turntable
  • Turntable Speeds: 33-1/3, 45 and 78 r/min
  • Starting Torque: 0.18 N?m / 1.8 kg?cm (1.56 lbs-in)
  • Build-up Characteristics: 0.7 s. from standstill to 33 1/3 rpm
  • Wow And Flutter: 0.025 % W.R.M.S.
  • Turntable Platter
    • Aluminium diecast
    • Diameter: 332 mm (13-5/64 inch)
    • Weight: Approx. 2.0 kg (4.5 lbs) (Including Turntable Sheet)



  • Type: Universal Static Balance
  • Effective Length: 230 mm (9-1/16")
  • Overhang: 15 mm (19/32")
  • Tracking Error Angle
  • Within 2° 32' (at the outer groove of 30 cm (12") record)
  • Within 0° 32' (at the inner groove of 30 cm (12") record)
  • Offset Angle: 22°
  • Arm-height Adjustment Range: 0 - 6 mm
  • Stylus Pressure Adjustment Range: 0 - 4 g (Direct Reading)
  • Head Shell Weight: Approx. 7.6 g
  • Applicable Cartridge Weight Range
    • (without auxiliary weight) 5.6 - 12.0 g, 14.3 - 20.7 g (including head shell)
    • (with auxiliary weight)10.0 - 16.4 g, 18.7 - 25.1 g (including head shell)
  • Head Shell Terminal Lug: 1.2 mmφ 4-pin terminal lug




  • Audio Outputs:
    • Phono (Pin Jack) x 1
    • Earth terminal x 1
    • Line (Pin Jack) x 1



  • Power Supply: AC 120 V, 60 Hz
  • Power Consumption: 8 W; Approx. 0.2W (Standby)
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 17-27/32" × 6-21/32" × 14-21/32"
  • Weight: Approx. 21.2 lbs

What's in the Box

What's in the Box

  • Turntable
  • Turntable sheet
  • Dust cover
  • EP record adaptor
  • Balance weight
  • Auxiliary weight
  • Head shell
  • Cartridge (Ortofon 2M Red)
  • PHONO cable
  • PHONO earth lead
  • AC power supply cord
  • Owner's Manual


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Customer Reviews for Technics SL-1500C Premium Class Series Direct Drive Turntable

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SL-1500C Premium Class Series Direct Drive Turntable (Silver)
Great investment.
March 17, 2022
Rated 5 out of 5
SL-1500C Premium Class Series Direct Drive Turntable (Silver)
This turntable has so far worked flawlessly and its performance lives up to all the excellent reviews. It's a nicely heavy contraption, well put together, and promises to last a good long time.

Some have criticized the tonearm's auto-rise function, saying it can lift too early, but after playing several records I've so far seen that happen only once (Fleetwood Mac's "Then Play On", which clocks in at a vinyl cringey 53:39), and in any case tonearm lift time can be adjusted if one desires.

The cartridge was correctly factory mounted and sounds very good, but (yeah) I'll soon switch out the stylus with a 2M blue. A hi-fi habit demands occasional upgrades, after all.

To conclude, I love this turntable. Most people unwilling to spend thousands on a TT will probably love it, too.
March 10, 2022
Rated 5 out of 5
SL-1500C Premium Class Series Direct Drive Turntable (Silver)
Very Happy !
February 23, 2022
Rated 5 out of 5
think its best item I've ever bought
November 20, 2021
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
SL-1500C Premium Class Series Direct Drive Turntable (Silver)
Very happy with turntable. Highly recommended.
July 22, 2021
Rated 5 out of 5
SL-1500C Premium Class Series Direct Drive Turntable (Silver)
Not a better turntable on the market for the money. Rock solid build and hi fidelity bliss.
July 20, 2021
Rated 5 out of 5
SL-1500C Premium Class Series Direct Drive Turntable (Silver)
Great turntable. Looks and sounds amazing.
July 9, 2021
Rated 5 out of 5
My turntable
I’m very happy I got this turntable. Sounds great. Going to upgrade ortofon 2m red to ortofon 2m bronze.
July 1, 2021
1 year ago
Rated 5 out of 5
SL-1500C Premium Class Series Direct Drive Turntable (Silver)
Easy to set up, sounds great!
March 5, 2021


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Can you turn off end of record lift?
Jim L on May 28, 2020
  Thanks for your question. The SL-1500C end of record tonearm lift function cannot be turned off.
Is 1500C actually manufactured/made/labelled JAPAN or no?
A shopper on Jan 31, 2021
  Thanks for your inquiry. The Technics SL-1500C is manufactured in Malaysia.
Can you shut off the preamp and use an external?
A shopper on Feb 28, 2021
  Thanks for your inquiry. The built in phono preamp has a bypass switch for use with an external phono preamp.
How can you pair wireless speakers to this turntable?
A shopper on Apr 20, 2022
  Thanks for your question. The Technics SL-1500C has no wireless Bluetooth capability and cannot be connected to wireless speakers.
What country was it made in?
A shopper on Mar 2, 2022
  Thanks for your inquiry.
The SL-1500c is manufactured at a Technics factory in Malaysia.
Can this be used with (compatible with) a vintage McIntosh 4300V receiver?
A shopper on Mar 2, 2022
  Thanks for your inquiry. The McIntosh MAC4300V has a built-in MM phono preamp. It is fully compatible with the SL1500 with a moving magnet cartridge installed.
Can I attached a headphone amplifier plus a headphone directly to the turntable?
A shopper on Jul 22, 2021
  Thanks for your inquiry. The SL-1500C includes a built-in phono preamp, the output of which could be connected to the audio line inputs of a headphone amplifier for listening with connected headphones.