Technics SL-1900

1 9 7 6 may 1976
1 9 7 8 1978

Black slim-line fluu-automatic and programmable turntable with a 1900 turn of the century name.

The 1900 is quite a bit higher up than the original SL-2000 : specs-wise, tonearm-wise and everything-wise.

Still a "one-IC' operation but the motor is upped to Back-Electromotive-Force FG control instead of a simple FG Servo.

The tonearm sees an excellent spec at 7mg friction for both planes (the EPA-100 was spec'ed at 5mg), thanks to its gimbal suspension and better bearings.

Shared with bigger (and lower) models is the zinc diecast tonearm base, the IFB base (Insulated Fiber Board) made of plastic, fiberglass and "other materials", a low-speed brushless DC motor and spring-suspended feet.

Added were automatic modes with disc-size selection and 6x "Memo Repeat" repeat modes ; maintained were the individual ± 10% pitch controls.

Also available, lower, as SL-2000, the latter having a higher name number but being disparaged from the programming features, the EFB FG speed control, the gimbal suspension and lighter in toto - the future is sometimes a bit confusing.

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Technics SL-1900 specifications
Title Value
Type : direct-drive
Motor : back-electromotive-force FG-servo DC
Platter : 31cm aluminium diecast
Speeds : 33 1/3 & 45rpm
Speed change method : electronic
Variable pitch controls : ±10% (individual for each speed)
Wow & flutter : 0,03% WRMS (JIS C5521)
± 0,042% wtd zero to peak (DIN 45507)
S/N ratio : 50dB (DIN 45539A)
73dB (DIN 45539B)
TONEARM section TONEARM section
Type : S-shaped tubular & static-balanced
anti-skating control & oil-damped cueing
Effective length : 23cm
Overhang : 15mm
Tracking error : (30cm edge)
+1° (30cm center)
Horizontal friction : 7mg
Vertical friction : 7mg
Effective mass : 23g (6g cartridge, 1,75g tracking force)
Offset angle : 21,5°
Tracking force : 0...3g
Cartridge range : 5...10g
Headshell weight : 9,5g
General General
PC : 6W
Dimensions : 43 x 13,7 x 33,4cm
Weight : 7,2kg.
List price : 39,800¥ (1977)
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