Technics SL-1500c - Mat

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by JSound, Sep 11, 2019.

  1. JSound

    JSound New Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    Montreal
    Hello everyone,

    Just picked up a Technics 1500c and was looking to upgrade the mat to a Funk Firm Achromat. I read through several posts here and other sites and it seems to do miracles on sound improvements. As most of you, if sound can be improved...I will consider.
    Problem is I am not sure which model to purchase. 3MM, 5MM or the 1200.

    Any guidance would be appreciated.
     
  2. gguy

    gguy Forum Resident

    Location:
    Wildomar, CA
    I recently got a SL-1200GR and use a 5mm funk firm from my previous table. In my system, the FF mat is a much cleaner sound. The stock mat has more bass, but is less detailed. Some prefer the stock mat, it makes sense if you have a leaner sounding system. Doesn’t hurt to try
     
  3. JSound

    JSound New Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    Montreal
    Thanks gguy. Its just that I read (can't remember where) that the technics metal platter has a groove which prohibits the FF mat to fit properly, hence why they make a mat called 1200. I just don't know if my platter is the same as the 1200.
     
  4. gguy

    gguy Forum Resident

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    I believe this is on the older 1200’s. On the GR, it is near flush. The stock mat also does not have a lip. I am not sure if this is the case with the 1500C
     
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  5. JSound

    JSound New Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    Montreal
    Thank you. I also orderd a Ortofon 2M Blue stylus to upgrade from the red. will check back in a couple of weeks to give you my verdict. Cheers!
     
  6. Anton D

    Anton D Forum Resident

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  7. JSound

    JSound New Member Thread Starter

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    Yes thank you, I read up on the OMA mat. Just a tad over my budget!
     
  8. avanti1960

    avanti1960 Forum Resident

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    Chicago metro, USA
    playing loud bass is a great way to test a new mat. the FF simply did not sound very good in my system on my GR- the bass was hollow and weaker sounding, lacked impact and colored the midrange. after fiddiling with a few others i decided to by another herbies way excellent mat (same i used on a previous table) and it sounds the best.
     
  9. Be careful with cartridge height here. The SL-1500C has a different cartridge height range than the SL-1200 series...it’s 3mm lower. If you put a taller mat, you might have a problem raising the arm high enough to accommodate taller cartridges.
     
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  10. JSound

    JSound New Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    Montreal
    Thanks for the heads-up snorker. I beleive I am already 4. Will need to verify if I can add an additional 2mm.
     
  11. DaleClark

    DaleClark Forum Resident

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    Bexley, Ohio
    How much improvement did you hear with the blue stylus?
     
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  12. JSound

    JSound New Member Thread Starter

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    Montreal
    I haven’t installed it yet. My father passed away and haven’t been up to it yet.
    Will let you know.
     
  13. JSound

    JSound New Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    Montreal
    Switched the red out with the blue. After a break-in of about an hour I find the sound to be warmer throughout the LP, which is to my liking. So a thumbs up for me.
     
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  14. DaleClark

    DaleClark Forum Resident

    Location:
    Bexley, Ohio
    Great to hear. I’m going to order a 1500c myself. Are you using the built in preamp?
     
  15. JSound

    JSound New Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    Montreal
    I tried switching back and forth and found the sound to be equal. The builtin preamp is pretty good.
     

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