Like its bigger brothers, the SL-1500C also has a practical height adjustment for the tone arm. But beware, it‘s tricky! While on Technics turntables they traditionally work by means of a large wheel wrapped around the base of the tone arm, the SL-1500C asks you to pull said wheel up after loosening the small locking lever. This is so unusual that even the otherwise exemplary instruction manual doesn‘t know what‘s going on and misrepresents it, so that you “go round in circles” both desperately and in vain.
Anyone who has freshly unpacked and set up the SL-1500C, which at best has small differences in quality to its bigger brothers in small details, will think: „Wow, that one‘s off the hook!“ after the first notes. In fact, Technics‘ smallest model offered a powerful dynamic and tight bass right from the start.
The impetuous impulsiveness, however, was accompanied by an emphatically tight, slim timbre that lacked warmth and commitment. But don‘t worry, they will come as the playing time progresses. If you use the internal phono preamplifier, you should also leave the Japanese switched on for one or two days when the drive is at rest, so that the equalizer/preamplifier stage remains energized, which is audibly good for its sound.
Sturdy, radiant sound images
Even after that the reproduction remains sinewy and clear down to the lower registers. The SL-1500C does not become a whitewashing device. However then it also masters the milder gaits, and the previously rather short-winded timing gains serenity and equanimity.
Good to hear, for example, in Chadwick‘s orchestral piece „Jubilee“, sometimes lively, sometimes introverted, which, after a furious prelude, falls into solemn, elegant fervour. A turntable has to keep the overview and composure in the initial turmoil despite the energetic access he demands. He must not lose the threat and the musical tension must not go missing.