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Technics SL BD20D Semi Automatic Turntable
7 Reviews
rating  4 of 5
MSRP  169.95
Description: - Belt Drive.<br>- FG Servo motor for accurate platter rotation.<br>- Double gimbal pivot straight line tone arm.<br>- Anti-resonant cabinet.<br>- Includes P-Mount cartridge.


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by D. Paul Navigator a

Date Reviewed: March 29, 2007

Bottom Line:   
SLBD20D is truly a gem ready to polished. The wow and fuller and signal to noise radio is truly among audiophile quality. The arm is light and tracks well. But, you need to change throw away cartridge to a high quality audio technica or shure brand. Once you do that, you're where many a high turntable wishes you weren't (in there territory). In the present state, you just don't get what this table can do. Buy one and make the upgrade that most can afford to do. I used the Audio Technica AT311ED, and further upgraded the stylus to the shibata diamond. People, you can't even imagine how good my LP's sound.

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by D. Paul Navigator a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: March 29, 2007

Bottom Line:   
You must look at the Technics SLBD20D as a piece of art. You can assume is 80 hours of someone's work, or underneath 60 years of emotion. On the surface, the turntable is inexpensive, and sounds mediocre, but underneath there's a lot more. Lurking in the design is a sound deading non-metalic base, and a very light tone arm. The P-mount design is based on standards for all of p-mount cartridge makers. The weight and poisition is designed into both the turntable and the cartridge. Counterweight and anti-skate are preset, and was the last hurrah of the phono age to make standards for cartridge and table designers. The wow and flutter is .045%, and the S/N -68 DB when the table is properly grounded. The platter is run by a servo controller on the motor, which keeps the speed accurate, even if the belt wears. You can't make changes to the table set, and in this case that's good. If you spend some on a new cartridge Audio Technica AT311EP, you've got a special turntable. If you add a shibata stylus, $50 at LPGear to the AT311EP, you've got a near audiophile quality turntable. The point of the review is that this turntable is both an inexpensive starter turntable, or a high quality lifetime instrument of audio satisfaction.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2005

Price Paid:    $129.00

Purchased At:   J&R



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Armando a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: July 17, 2002

Bottom Line:   
It is what it is. That said, do not expect this 'table to perform like the legendary Technics mk1200 (a.k.a wheel of steel) or the M3D. This platter is for casual listening, not for dj professional use or archiving ancient and worn out vinyl to a digital recorder. I personally use the SLBD20D as a second turntable in another room for my own private listening. Speed accuracy and wow and flutter are up to par with more pricier esoteric belt-driven brands. The nice features and characteristics include front controls, semi-auto return, and an above average weighty feel to it (it still is prone to strong vibrations). Also, there are no antiskating or stylus weight controls which means, yes , this the tonearm will skip with slightly warped albums. It also looks sleek and contemporary without looking cheap or garish like other companies who replace quality with afterthought due to low demand for vinyl these days !

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $149.00

Purchased At:   Montgomery Wards



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Shawn a Casual Listener

Date Reviewed: July 12, 2002

Bottom Line:   
I was looking for a decent, inexpensive turntable with a preamp to connect to a PC sound card to digitize LPs. After buying and returning THREE different Sony LX250H units for various reasons(what a total piece of junk), I dropped another $60 for the Technics and a separate preamp. Should have done this from the start - the Technics was superior in every way. Worked perfectly for intended use.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Casual Listener

Price Paid:    $160.00

Purchased At:   A&B Sound



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by anthony a Casual Listener

Date Reviewed: January 2, 2002

Bottom Line:   
a decent product producing a good sound with rock, r&b. a great addition to the rather clinical sound of a CD player.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Casual Listener

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $169.00

Purchased At:   best buy




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