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Technics unveils new entry-level SL-100C vinyl turntable, adds silver finish DJ deck

Technics has announced a new turntable, the SL-100C, providing a high value entry point to its growing family of lauded vinyl record players. It also has groovy news for the DJ community…

Based on 2019’s SL-1500C, the new SL-100C retains many of that model’s core features, including a high-torque iron-coreless direct drive motor and stylised S-shaped aluminium tonearm. 

But to bring it down to a more affordable price point, the built-in phono stage has been dropped and an Audio-Technica VM95C cartridge has been fitted, ousting the SL-1500C’s Ortofon 2M Red. No slouch in its own right, the VM95C is said to offer wide compatibility with the built-in phono MM inputs typically found on many Hi-Fi amplifiers.

The SL-100C looks to be a plug and play proposition, designed to make it easy for new vinyl converts and enthusiasts alike to drop it into their listening room.

The SL-100C will be available in the UK and Europe from June 2021, priced at £799.  

Based on the SL-1500C, the new SL-100C retains many of that model’s core features…

The Technics SL-100C is every bit the style icon

According to new data released by the BPI (British Phonographic Industry), music consumption in the UK rose by 8.2 per cent in 2020, with 155 million albums or their equivalent either streamed or purchased by fans, including 139 billion audio streams, 16 million CDs, nearly 5 million vinyl LPs, and over 150,000 cassettes. 

According to Official Charts Company data, Kylie Minogue’s album Disco was the most purchased 2020 release on vinyl.

Silver machine: Technics SL-1200MK7 DJ deck

Fittingly, Technics has also introduced a new DJ turntable. The SL-1200MK7 is a silver iteration of the all black SL-1210MK7, but apart from that it’s exactly the same, with coreless direct drive motor, pitch control, reverse play, vibration-reducing chassis, and S-shaped tonearm.

It arrives on the dance floor this May, priced at £799.  

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