The Technics SP-10 MkII turntable’s platter (yellow) is 2.9kg cast aluminium and is screw-fixed down onto the sub-platter rotor of the Direct Drive motor.
A ring magnet (red) is attached to the inside of the rotor. The motor stator coils are fixed onto the motor bearing base below (green). This bearing base is also cast aluminium and is attached to the turntable top chassis frame (green), with 4 small M4 screws.
If you examine the Technics SP-10 in detail like this, you can see that there are things that can be improved for potentially better performance. Continue reading →
The Technics SP-10 Direct Drive turntable was manufactured by Matshushita from 1970. It had 33/45/78rpm speeds and superb technical specifications for speed accuracy and stability, wow and flutter and rumble.
The MKII / MK2 version was manufactured from around 1975 I believe, until at least 1987.
The SP-10 was supplied as a motor unit without tonearm/s, for studio or commercial use. Continue reading →
Taiwan is known for ‘street food’, but ‘snack food’ is a better description for what is found throughout all of Taiwan.
Taiwanese cuisine is most obviously Chinese cuisine, but influenced by the Japanese, who ‘ruled’ Taiwan for 50 years from 1895 to 1945.
Japan constructed and organised much of Taiwan’s civic infrastructure and has greatly influenced public behaviour in general – something that is still much in evidence in (orderly and efficient) Taiwan today. Continue reading →
Since Feb 2018, I have been enjoying a London Decca ‘Super Gold’ cartridge.
This is a Moving Iron/Variable Reluctance type cartridge – with Moving Magnet level of high output – 5mV.
After a few decades of listening to high-end Moving Coil cartridges, the sound of the London Decca is a revelation. A different sound presentation. No need for A/B comparisons, the London Decca delivers exhilarating energy and power. It sounds more like ‘live’ music to me. Continue reading →