Technics SL-Q2

Technics SL-Q2

Based on 22 reviews

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Great build quality
Quartz lock for precise speed control
Excellent tonearm
Low-maintenance and dependable
Compatible with both P-mount and universal 1/2" cartridge mounts
Not suitable for those looking for full-auto features
Can be difficult to find in good condition
Not a budget option for those looking for a cheap turntable


The Technics SL-Q2 is a highly recommended turntable by audiophiles due to its well-built construction, full metal plinth, quartz lock, and excellent tonearm. It is considered a better option than the SL-D2 and is often compared to the SL-1200 and its cousins. The SL-Q2 is also known for its low-maintenance and dependability. Other recommended Technics direct drive models include the SL-1700Mk2, SL-1400Mk2, SL-1401, SL-Q202, and SL-D3. The SL-Q2 is often paired with the Nageoka MP-150 cartridge and is compatible with both P-mount and universal 1/2" cartridge mounts. It is also recommended to upgrade to a U-Turn Orbit or look for inexpensive vintage Technics turntables if the budget allows. Overall, the Technics SL-Q2 is a great investment for audiophiles looking for a reliable and high-quality turntable


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