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The Technics SL-100C turntable is set to spin your favourite sounds this summer

Technics SL-100C turntable
(Image credit: Technics)

Japanese brand Technics know what they’re doing when it comes to record players. Their SL-1500C features high up in our best record players list thanks to its crystal clear and dynamic sound range. The only drawback is that it’ll set you back £899/€999 to spin your vinyl on, which, let’s face it, is a substantial chunk of change.

Now the Japanese brand have lifted the lid on their latest entry in their growing range in the shape of the Technics SL-100C turntable. Technics say it includes all the core features of the SL-1500C, but is presented in a more streamlined package and will retail for £799/€899 when it hits the market in June this year.

So what does the SL-100C actually bring to the table? It boasts an iron-coreless direct drive motor with a high-precision S-shaped aluminium tonearm. But to make the SL-100C more affordable than its sibling, Technics have fitted an Audio-Technica VM95C cartridge and removed the phono pre-amp

Technics report that the VM95C “offers a perfect blend of value, sonic finesse and wide compatibility with the built-in phono MM inputs found on many hi-fi amplifiers.”

European Technics product manager Frank Balzuweit adds: “The huge success of the SL-1500C, offering a fully featured package for the dedicated hi-fi enthusiast, with all the core Technics turntable technologies, has shown we have hit the mark within a popular and competitive turntable class. 

“The demand for this high-quality ‘plug’n’play’ turntable – having exceeded our own expectations – is still undiminished even to this day. However, there is still a strong appetite from the market to deliver a similarly attractive package at an even more affordable price.”

We can’t wait to put the Technics SL-100C through its paces this summer to see how it compares with the SL-1500C. And if you can't wait until the summer for a Technics turntable, you'll find all of today's best deals on the SL-1500C below.

Scott looks after Louder’s online buyer’s guides and also scouts out the best deals for music fans from every corner of the internet. He's spent more than 25 years in newspapers and magazines as an editor, production editor, sub-editor, writer and reviewer and joined our news desk in the summer of 2014, where he wrote extensively about rock, metal, prog and more. Scott has previous written for publications including the Daily Record, Sunday Mirror, The Herald and IGN covering everything from news and features, to video games and whisky.