Pros: Compact, no noise, good sound reproduction, stable, clever design
Cons: hard to fix when broken
The SL-7 is a great turntable for a small(er) price.
The body is cast aluminium so it's quite a heavy turntable at 7.8 KG, but this also makes it very stable, durable and silent.
The direct drive motor also helps in making this one of the quietest turntables I've heard so far.
the tonearm moves straight over the record which is better for the sound reproduction.
the turntable can automatically select 30CM(12"), 25CM(10") or 17,5CM(7") records, and you can let it automatically select the speeds 33³RPM and 45RPM.
this works relatively well, however clear vinyl shows problematic(it reads this as an empty platter), as do maxi singles(it plays these at 33³RPM).
the buttons on the turntable in order from left to right
open; this is to open the cover. this locks in place when closed.when you open the cover while playing, it will return the arm towards it's default position.
power; self explanatory.
repeat; with this the record will repeat.
up/down; this will put the needle on the record
start/forward/fast forward; this will move the arm to the correct start position and drop it on the record/this will lift the needle off the record, and moves it towards the center. if you press deeper it moves faster.
stop/rewind/fast rewind; this will lift the arm and return it towards the default position/this will lift the needle off the record, and moves it towards the default position. if you press deeper it moves faster.
The combination of a linear system, direct drive motor, and a rigid, 7.8 KG body, makes this a very silent turntable, no vibrations are hear-able.
As my headphone for listening and the pre-amp used aren't the best(far from it) i can't give a good judgment of the hearable sound,only my opinion.
It sounds perfect to me.
clarity is clear, but not too sharp sounding
overall fairly neutral
stylus used: eps202 REPLACEMENT(tonar non original) elliptical
record played: Tubular Bells half speed mastering
pre-amp used: vivanco PA111
amp used: PA2V2
headphones used: Koss Portapro(modded for clearer highs and mids)
This is my first review, and even though at this time i don't have top quality audio equipment, i hope this will help you decide if this is a future turntable for you.
one last thing: i had the luck of finding this turntable for cheap, on eBay the prices usually get between $160 to $200, excluding shipping. a replacement element does not come cheap, as P-mounted elements are relatively rare.