Technics BD22K TurnTables

BD22K

Belt-driven, semi-automatic turntable with: (1) FG servo-controlled DC motor with stroboscope and pitch control; and (2) straight, low-mass tonearm with double-gimbal suspension

User Reviews (9)

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Akshay Pandit   Casual Listener [May 03, 2003]
Strength:

Delicate cover, very light body in good condition as it was from the company, not a single part broken except sylus, T4P.

Weakness:

Not weak at all since 1987.

My father got this Technics turntable in 1987. Model no.:SL-JS15C, DC servo automatic turntable 33-45 speed select with T4P plug-in-connector stylus. Its atylus has worned 3-4 yrs. ago. Am in India and cannot get this stylus as Technics is not in India, only National/Panasonic. The stylus I searched everywhere an d not getting it. The turntable is worthits price and running very beutiful, Imean the speed and the drive Belt. Only the stylus problem exists. Can I gat it anywhere in India at low price say till Rs.900. The service centre of Panasonic dont have this if they say to import it then this would be very costly. But, the turntable is really worth it. Still looking for the stylus.

Similar Products Used: No.
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Brett DiMichele   AudioPhile [Dec 09, 2002]
Strength:

Attractive Style, Heavy Construction, Strobe, Semi Auto Operation, T4P Tonearm, Aluminum Platter, Anti Resonant Chasis.

Weakness:

Anti-Skate and Tracking should be user adjustable.

After selling my old component system and getting into Home Theater I figured just being able to play CD's would be enough to hold me over. But something inside said go back to vinyl, try it out one more time. My last turntable was pure garbage a model from Pioneer Circa 1985 and it was as I said just pure garbage. My reference of what "Good" vinyl sounds like was limited due to this fact. But I decided to give Vinyl another chance, to see what I have been depriving my ears of. I looked at the Music Hall MMF1 and it is a nice table but it seems a bit too simple for me. I decided to give Technics a shot and I went for the SL BD-22D the version sold without the cartridge. I ordered the BD-22D and the Audio Technica AT133-LP Cartridge from J&R and I anxiously awaited the arrival of these goodies. While I waited I ordered a set of Brass Isolation Spikes and I made a nice Mirrored Turntable stand that sits on top of my A/V Rack. Anyway... The SL BD-22 is one dynamite Table I honestly can not say enough good about it. The table it's self is solid and anti resonant. The detatchable power and patch cord option is superb if you care to use good cables, most turntables rarely come like this! The Platter is nicely suspended and the bearing is super smooth. The Belt drive is also like butter. The T4P Tone Arm seems to get the job done well (though, user adjustable Anti-Skate and Tracking would be nice) The P-Mount system sure makes cartridge setup a 'snap' pun intended.. You are up and running in a matter of seconds. The Strobe-O-Scope is well designed and easy to view. The FG-Servo motor keeps the pitch right on the money even after hours of playing. No hokey Automatic features, the semi auto features it does have, work without touching the tone arm during playback. And did I mention this thing just looks too sweet? It's a sharp looking and a good functioning table.. And the price is RIGHT! Mate this table with the AT133-LP Cartridge from Audio Technica and be prepared for pure sonic bliss.. Hear the full frequency spread with no fatigue...

Similar Products Used: Pioneer Belt Drive table
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
tasos ikonomopoulos   Audio Enthusiast [Aug 17, 2001]
Strength:

High quality tonearm(for it's money),p-mount(all the entry level turntables should use t4p,because anti-skate level,stylus pressure e.t.c require high quality construction and this is not possible for a cheap turntable)
Precise motor(thanks to fg servo mechanism),Very good looking,front controls,stroboscope,The included cartridge(epc-p34) sounds great.Cheap stylus replacement.

Weakness:

Low output level(so? turn up your amp's volume!)

It's a TECHNICS!!!

Similar Products Used: Nec Authentic series p410e(direct drive)
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Alan   Audio Enthusiast [Sep 04, 2001]
Strength:

Easy to set up.Smooth and quiet operation.Nice simple attractive design. Stobe. P-mount very easy to replace.

Weakness:

Sensitive to vibration. ground wire connection at turntable not real secure.comes with cheap interconnects,but what low price component doesn't?

Purchased from K.A.B. through the mail' after Dual got fried on loan to friend. Hadn't listened to vinyl for several years and missed the analog sound badly so bought this with intention of upgrading.Havn't been able to upgrade to the heavier more adjustable table i'd like yet but this turntable has performed very well over the past few years. For the money I doubt you can go very far wrong with this product.And parts(belts)should be in supply for many years(need to get me a couple belts as even when i upgrade will keep this reliable little table).As others noted hinges are losing tightness and cover lets in too much dust.Strobe seems accurate, and controls are nice and smooth. Cartridge mounts easily(had a bad experience with the cartridge it came with but the Stanton I have now(L725E)is fine and swithching was peice of cake). Yeah very mightily recommended for those on a budget looking to rediscover or DISCOVER vinyl(come on kids it's way cool)

Similar Products Used: Dual 1228
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Erik S.   a Casual Listener [Jul 05, 1999]

This is a neat little turntable. I bought it mostly to copy some LPs I have to MiniDisc. It does an excellent job of that. The cartrisge I bought for it is a Grado ZF-3. It sounds very good. The main negative I've found are, it's extremely sensetive to vibration. Overall, I'm very happy with it. More serious listeners with a larger LP collection will probably want to spend more for a better turntable; but the SL-BD22 will do fine for casual listening, or as an entry level turntable. If you have some LPs you haven't listened to since you left home, think about picking up an SL-BD22.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
A. Mesa   Audiophile [Mar 30, 2001]
Strength:

Front & easy access controls,stroboscope,almost perfect pre-set factory antiskating control,attractive slim styling (though basically a carryover from years gone by)...

Weakness:

The pitch speed seems to drift (as seen by the light of stroboscope against the platter pitch frequency hatch marks), no manual anti skating or mass tone arm weight controls,dust cover does not really keep dust out, prone to vibrations though plinth is a bit weightier than cheaper brand x turntables

First saw photo of this turntable in a popular audio/video consumer magazine. It looked like a sleak and attractive turntable w/simple functions and easy set up. Nothing gimmicky at all about it. The dark smoke grey plinth & silver trim is nice looking. Soundwise it had more detail and warmth as well as better decibel level than a full automatic Kenwood turntable I had. However, there was an annoying and intermittent static-like noise or charge during quiet passages no matter how well or accurately grounded the turntable was per instruction manual. Do not know if this is an inherent sound characteristic of the frequency generator motor & signal used to drive this system...

Similar Products Used: Technics SL B20 (model w/o stroboscope pitch below the SL B22) and the 1200 M3D (light years away in construction from the SL B22...as well as price).
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
Matt Everett   an Audio Enthusiast [Apr 25, 1999]

I've own this turntable for about 2 years, and I've been very happy with it. Although there are no adjustments for skating or counterbalance, the unit seems to be very well adjusted by the factory. I've gotten lots of life out of the needles I've used, Audio Technica PA8's. Sure, I'd like a standard mount cartridge instead of P-Mount, and more adjustments(the strobe works just fine, though), but considering I only paid 100 bucks for it, I'd say The BD22K is a very nice turntable. The sound quality is very good as well: I prefer it to CD's overall.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
Kevin   Audio Enthusiast [Dec 12, 1999]
Strength:

Simple, timeless design

Weakness:

Hinges lose strength over time.
Lack of complete tonearm adjustability.

I actually bought this turntable in 1986 but that wasn't a choice in the review submittal form. Since the unit sold today is no different from 1986, this review should still be valid.

The turntable has performed flawlessly since it was new and I can't believe they sell it for as much as they do now. I bought it for $75 and I believe it is at least double that now.

The P-mount cartridge is a snap though for some discs, the fact that I can't adjust tracking means the stylus can jump the groove sometimes. The strobe is a must and works perfectly. I can play a reference LP and the tones (compared to a tuning fork) are right on. Had to replace the belt once but the OEM replacement was perfect.

As noted, the hinges have lost their strength and it is now a pain to hold the cover open while changing LPs. As far as I can tell, they are not able to be changed. Also, the gap between the cover and the base allows enough dust in to be annoying when I have to clean the unit every few months...

This was a very good purchase in '86 and I'd recommend it to anyone now.

Similar Products Used: None
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
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