KAB / TECHNICS SL-1500C SE
33 45 78 RPM MANUAL TURNTABLE
From 1994 thru 2010, KAB produced a line of modified Technics SL1200's designed and marketed to appeal to audiophiles. Though Technics left the turntable business in 2010, they returned in 2016, with 4 new turntables aimed at the audiophile markets. In 2019, Technics introduced 2 more models: the DJ SL-1200MK7 and this one, the SL-1500C. With six new turntables ranging in price from $1000 to $20,000 Technics is poised to re-establish themselves as major analog players once again.
The KAB Special Edition version of the Technics SL-1500C is
especially customized for discerning audiophiles. Those familiar with our work
will appreciate these additions. We rewire the tonearm with our Superflex litz
copper wiring and add a latex wand liner for added resonance damping. We then
add our new TD-1000 fluid damping system which further elevates the tonearm
performance. The turntable includes our RC-1200 record clamp and a set of our
best SpiralAir all Litz coaxial cables. Lastly, we perform a full pretest QC
inspection. Total value of these additions exceeds $518.00
This servo drive system responds "just in time" to both
static and dynamic stylus drag. It follows
strong amplitudes so well that there are no audible changes in speed. The pitch
of a loud crescendo stays constant as it fades away. The same cannot be said of
many belt drive systems. This sort of sophisticated circuitry can be expensive
to develop. But the best way to think about it is that it emulates a belt drive
'table with a very heavy platter.
This should be your turntable if:
Fully Upgraded By KAB:
All necessary cables are supplied including a detailed owners manual. Your turntable is carefully packed, double boxed and shipped UPS to you.
Spec's can tell an awful lot. It's a shame so many Hi End companies have chosen to withhold this vital performance info. The Hi End magazines too should be ashamed for not testing the turntables they "review".
The Frequency Generator Servo Control on the SL-1500C produces a sine wave, allowing a tightly controlled rotation with wow and flutter of 0.025%. Unlike many belt drive systems, it is completely immune to both static and dynamic stylus drag.
The Tonearm bearings , polished to a finish of ± 0.5 microns, feature very low friction of 0.007 grams and the turntable body is a 3 section constrained layer non resonant affair. The Cast 4 Lb Platter system is damped both underneath and by the 0.5 Lb top mat.
For the tweakers, the KAB SpiralAir interconnect cable contributes 110 pF and the wire in the turntable and tonearm wand contribute 10 pF for 120pF total capacitance. .
The really great features to take note of with the SL-1500C are, I believe, the rotational accuracy, tonearm precision and Audiophile features like Litz wiring and fluid damping
When a record is playing, the tonearm should be level and parallel to the record, not angled down or up. The adjustable tonearm height in the SL-1500C lets you optimize this setting. It is especially useful when using cartridges of different heights.
Another neat feature is the auto-lift at end of play. This is delayed approximately 12-20 seconds. Presumably to give you time to lift the arm yourself, or to be sure you don't miss anything that may be recorded in the leadout grooves.
Lastly, the 1500C includes a very nice built in phono preamp and comes with the Ortofon 2M Red pre mounted and aligned on their best headshell. Lastly, we include our RC-1200 record clamp.
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PLAINFIELD, NJ 07062, USA