Technics SL-QD33

Technics SL-QD33

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Great value for the price
Well-made with good trickle-down technology from nicer Technics models
Quartz-locked speed control
Not great built-quality
Restricted cartridge selection due to P-mount tonearm
Known to have capacitors fail


The Technics SL-QD33 is a well-made turntable that is available at a low price point. It lacks adjustability but does not require it. The built-quality is not great and the tonearm uses snap-on T4P cartridges. The QD33 has a separate motor to move the tonearm, whereas the Q200 is mechanically linked to the main motor to return the arm. The QD33 is known to have capacitors fail. It has a restricted cartridge selection due to its P-mount tonearm, but it has good trickle-down technology from the nicer Technics models of the time, like quartz-locked speed control. The QD33 should pair well with the built-in preamp's unusual specs, which seem like Technics tuned them specifically for the 2M series. Overall, the QD33 is a very underrated turntable that performs well if sited carefully.


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