Direct Drive Turntable System SL-100C


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

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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 aluminium die-cast platter to eliminate the rotation irregularity called cogging.

Accurately Reads Signals from the Groove on the Record

Image of S-shaped Tonearm and Insulator
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. The aluminium 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.

Equipped with Audiophile-Grade Cartridge

Image of Audio-Technica AT-VM95C phono cartridge
The SL-100C comes preinstalled with an Audio-Technica AT-VM95C cartridge, so you can listen to your favourite tunes in high fidelity with minimal set up. The tone arm height can be easily adjusted within a range of 6 mm, enabling the use of various other phono cartridges.

Auto Lifter Minimises Wear on Records and Stylus

Explanation of Auto Lifter Function
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 prioritises sound quality was adopted. The functions required to playback records were kept to a bare minimum, achieving simple and easy-to-use operability.

Designed for Functional Beauty

Image of SL-100C placed in the room
The SL-100C sports a simplistic visual design without unnecessary frills, while retaining the high quality operational feel that is a Technics tradition. Its elegant minimalist appearance will enhance your listening experience.


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Size and Weight


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

Phono Cartridge Included

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

Simple Design with Functional Beauty

Turntable Section

  • Type

    • Direct Drive Manual Turntable
  • Motor

    • Brushless DC motor
  • Turntable Speeds

    • 33 1/3, 45, 78 rpm
  • Starting Torque

    • 0.18 N・m / 1.8 kg・cm
  • Build-up Characteristics

    • 0.7 s. from standstill to 33 1/3 rpm
  • Braking System

    • Electronic brake
  • Wow and Flutter

    • 0.025% W.R.M.S.
  • Turntable Platter

    • Aluminum diecast
      Weight:Approx. 2.0kg (Including Turntable Sheet)

Tonearm Section

  • Type

    • Universal Static Balance
  • Effective Length (from the tonearm pivot to the stylus)

    • 230mm
  • Overhang

    • 15mm
  • Tracking Error Angle

    • Within 2° 32' (at the outer groove of 30cm(12") record)
      Within 0° 32' (at the inner groove of 30cm(12") record)
  • Offset Angle

    • 22°
  • Arm Height Adjustment Range

    • 0 - 6mm
  • Stylus Pressure Adjustment Range

    • 0 - 4g (Direct Reading)
  • Headshell weight

    • Approx. 7.6g
  • Applicable Cartridge Weight Range(including Headshell)

    • (without auxiliary weight)
      5.6 - 12.0g
      14.3 - 20.7g (including headshell)
      (with auxiliary weight)
      10.0 - 16.4g
      18.7 - 25.1g (including headshell)
  • Head Shell Terminal Lug

    • 1.2mmφ 4-pin terminal lug

Bundled Cartridge

  • Model Name

    • audio-technica AT-VM95C


  • Audio Output

    • PHONO (Pin Jack) x 1


  • Power Supply

    • AC110-240 V, 50 Hz / 60 Hz
  • Power Consumption

    • 8 W
      Approx. 0.2W (Standby)
  • Dimensions (W x H x D)

    • 453 x 169 x 372 mm
  • Weight

    • Approx. 9.9 kg
  • Accessories

    • Turntable, Turntable sheet, Dust cover, EP record adaptor, Balance weight, Head shell, Cartridge(audio-technica AT-VM95C), PHONO cable, PHONO earth lead, AC power supply cord, Owner's Manual

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