The Technics SL-23 was a belt-drive turntable introduced in 1976 during the heyday of vinyl. With features like anti-skate adjustment on the tonearm and a balance weight on the end of the tonearm, the SL-23 can be fine-tuned to maximise the performance of the cartridge and stylus. Like with most turntables, using an SL-23 requires either a specific phono input on the receiver or a phono preamp to boost the signal to line level and get the EQ of the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) curve reproduced properly.
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The SL-23 has an S-curved tonearm with a separate headshell assembly to which the stylus cartridge mounts. The headshell slots into the tonearm and locks in place with a simple twist. The balance weight is located on the rear part of the tonearm, and can be twisted so that the tonearm hangs in a neutral horizontal position. The anti-skate mechanism is located to the right of the tonearm mount and used to prevent the tonearm from being pushed or pulled horizontally across the surface of the album. The tonearm has an arm clamp to hold it in place when albums are not being played to avoid damage to the stylus.
The SL-23 has a frequency generator DC servo motor which keeps the motor spinning at a constant rate of speed so that the belt and platter rotate at the proper rate. The motor can play at both 33 1/3 rpm and 45rpm. Pitch control knobs provide 6 per cent plus/minus control of the speed, and the built-in strobe indicator on the front can be used to fine-tune the speed via these knobs until 33 1/3 or 45rpm is precisely achieved.
The turntable measures 5 5/16 inches high, 16 55/64 inches wide, and 13 45/64 inches deep, and weighs 6.49 Kilogram. The motor consumes 3 watts of power. The turntable also comes with a dust cover that can be mounted to the rear of the table.
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