Technics SL-1800

Technics SL-1800

Based on 13 reviews

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Great reliability and durability
Optimal sound quality with a new cartridge
Recommended by multiple reviewers
Can be purchased used for a good deal
Not recommended to purchase a model with missing or broken parts
May require some maintenance over time
May not be the best option for those looking for a brand new turntable with modern features


The Technics SL-1800 is a highly recommended vintage turntable model, known for its reliability and durability. It is suggested to purchase a new cartridge, such as the Audio Technica VM750SH, for optimal sound quality. It is also recommended to purchase a used model from reputable sources, such as eBay, or consider other vintage direct drive models from brands like Marantz, Sansui, and Thorens. The SL-1600 and SL-1200-1800 mk 1 or 2 are also highly regarded models. It is advised to avoid purchasing a model with missing or broken parts, as replacement parts may be difficult to find.


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