Technics SL-V5

1 9 8 3 1983
1 9 8 4 1984

Verticality was only a quickly passing fad - but everybody remembers it.

Many CD players were vertical then, including Technics' own SL-P10 (originally named SQ-CD10 and fairly different in looks as well as in technology btw) and, as CD was taking the world like Attila the Hun did some time before hi-fi was invented, a few tricks were thought necessary to renew the old LP format for its last remaining years.

Some tried the Sound Burger (AT727, Hitachi HT-03, Dual PRP5 and others), some went vertical - mostly Mitsubishi and Technics, plus Sony on the side but higher end with the Flamingo PS-F9 and PS-F5.

The SL-V5 is part of the rare ones which didn't sell well but it was also, even more briefly, available in Technics' black-brown-ish finish.
Whatever the colour, the V5 isn't up to an SL-10, of course, but providing one uses a fair cartridge, it will indeed provide a little sonic surprise.

And using it is a pleasure : press the button at the top, open the door, place your LP inside, close the door, press play - et voilà : MUSIC !
No CD player can ever duplicate the simple fun of this. Except vertical ones ;-)

I for one enjoy the simplicity of my SL-V5, the excellent sound of it (...with a Fine Line stylus) - and the looks are indeed second to none.
It just is a pity the only MC cartridge in T4P mount is the recently reintroduced Ortofon X1-MCP and not the X3-MCP...


Nudies aplenty of a V5 here.

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Technics SL-V5 specifications
Title Value
Cabinet : Anti-resonant TNRC frame
Motor : DD , fully automatic
Platter : 30cm diecast aluminium
Speeds : 33 1/3 & 45rpm
Wow & flutter : 0,012% (WRMS)
0,025% (JIS C5521)
± 0,035% (IEC 98A)
S/N ratio : 78dB (DIN B)
Tonearm : Dynamically balanced ; T4P cartridge mount
linear tracking with gimbal suspension
Effective length : 10,5cm
Effective mass : 9g (incl. cartridge)
Tracking error : ± 0,1°
Resonance : 12Hz
Tonearm motor : DC motor
PC : 12W
Dimensions : 31,5 x 37,2 x 18,5cm
Weight : 6,3kg.
Color : Silver or brown-ish black
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