Technics SL-1000R turntable Review

August 19, 2021 § Leave a comment

Two things I learned from listening: Technics was correct to supply a rubber record mat. I tried the various hard mats I had on hand—made of carbon fiber, graphite, etc.—and while I’m a fan of the Funk Firm’s Achromat and Stein Music’s The Perfect Interface fiber mat, if you want the “blackest” backgrounds the SL-1000R can produce, rubber rules.

The other thing I learned, and quickly: While the SL-1000R’s feet let you easily lock out the silicon-rubber insulators, I don’t recommend it. I placed the SL-1000R on a decoupled Harmonic Resolution Systems base, and because two different decoupling suspensions used simultaneously can sometimes fight one another, I locked out the turntable’s. But that audibly raised the noise floor.

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