Technics RS-1500US

I picked this beauty up today. It’s in fantastic shape. Looks like it just came out of the box.

Got it from The Music Room. Great outfit. Just as described and the packaging only compares to how McIntosh packed my 601’s.

I’m looking forward to getting my hands on some reference quality tapes and comparing to vinyl. I’ll post my thoughts after getting some time on it.

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2 Channel
Legacy Focus SE, McIntosh C50, McIntosh MC601's, VPI Prime w/SoundSmith Zephyr MIMC, Parasound Halo JC3, Marantz SA-14s1, Oppo BDP-105, Technics RS-1500, Furman Elite 15PFi, Douglas Connection Alpha Interconnects, Douglas Connection Alpha Speaker Cables, Pangea Power Cables

Theater
Yamaha RX-Z9, Legacy Focus SE (same as 2 Channel system), Def Tech C/L/R 2500, Def Tech BP-2X, Def Tech Pro-Monitors, Vizio M-75

Office
Teac NP-H750, Parasound Ztuner, Audio Engine P4N, Grado SR80, Grado iGrado, Audio-Technica ATH-M50, PC running High Rez files

Living Room
Yamaha YSP-4100 digital sound projector, Sharp Aquos 60"

Bed Room
Yamaha YSP-5100 digital sound projector, Sharp Aquos 70"

Comments

  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 18,348
    Congratulations.
    They're nice decks.

    Has it been refurbed? Any modifications?
    Is it a half-track (two-track) machine? NAB or IEC EQ (or both)?

    As I'm sure you know, there are nice new production tapes available (half-track) -- pricey, though.

    There's a brisk and also very costly market in, e.g., second generation (safety) master tapes, masters sent out to pressing plants, etc. Phenomenal sound, but you'll spend the price of that deck after purchasing just a few.

    You can make your own tapes, too, you know? ;)

    Do you have any tape or take up reels? I could probably get you started with something to play with if you're itchin' to get going. Nothing high-end, but maybe better than just staring at it ;)

    "It's like watching a roomful of people who couldn't get through college algebra discussing the flaws of quantum physics theory. I guess it could be fun, but it's ultimately a waste of time." -- seen on audiokarma

    "Some amps run on self bias, some amps run on fixed bias. But his amps run on confirmation bias." -- seen on audioasylum

    "Writing about hifi is like dancing about architecture" -- paraphrasing some wag (possibly Frank Zappa)
  • DSkipDSkip Posts: 14,666
    Does it hum?
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    Speakers: Harbeth: 30.2, SHL5+; Usher: Be-10, T-515; Rosso Fiorentino: Elba, Pienza, Certaldo, Fiesole, Volterra; Polk: T50, Signature S15, RTA 15tl, RTi12; Sonner Audio Allegro Unum, Legato Unum, Legato Semis, Legato Duo; Emerald Physics CS-2.8; Klipsch KLF-20
    Preamps: Shuguang S200MK, Dayens Ampino, Parasound P5
    Amps: Shuguang S845MK, Dayens Ampino Monoblocks, Parasound A23
    Integrateds: Triode Corporation TRV-88SER, MastersounD: BoX, Dueventi, Compact 845, Evolution 845; North Star Design Blue Diamond
    Sources: AURALiC Aries, Denon HEOS Link, North Star Design: Magnifico, Supremo, Incanto, Intenso, Venti
    Cabling: Wireworld
    TV: Sony XBR-75X940C
  • dromundsdromunds Posts: 7,033
    Dang that’s one sweet unit
  • tratlifftratliff Posts: 625
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    Congratulations.
    They're nice decks.

    Has it been refurbed? Any modifications?
    Is it a half-track (two-track) machine? NAB or IEC EQ (or both)?

    As I'm sure you know, there are nice new production tapes available (half-track) -- pricey, though.

    There's a brisk and also very costly market in, e.g., second generation (safety) master tapes, masters sent out to pressing plants, etc. Phenomenal sound, but you'll spend the price of that deck after purchasing just a few.

    You can make your own tapes, too, you know? ;)

    Do you have any tape or take up reels? I could probably get you started with something to play with if you're itchin' to get going. Nothing high-end, but maybe better than just staring at it ;)

    Not refurbed yet. It’s in great shape so I could not pass it up. Looking to have someone go thru it soon. But one of my requirements was mint condition.

    It is 2 and 4 track playback but only 2 track record.

    Don’t have any tapes or take up reels yet. My dad has a couple of decks so he has what I need to get going. But if you have any original Technics reels that would be awesome.

    I have been studying the new tape market. You are right they are expensive. But I will take it slow and see what I can find.
    2 Channel
    Legacy Focus SE, McIntosh C50, McIntosh MC601's, VPI Prime w/SoundSmith Zephyr MIMC, Parasound Halo JC3, Marantz SA-14s1, Oppo BDP-105, Technics RS-1500, Furman Elite 15PFi, Douglas Connection Alpha Interconnects, Douglas Connection Alpha Speaker Cables, Pangea Power Cables

    Theater
    Yamaha RX-Z9, Legacy Focus SE (same as 2 Channel system), Def Tech C/L/R 2500, Def Tech BP-2X, Def Tech Pro-Monitors, Vizio M-75

    Office
    Teac NP-H750, Parasound Ztuner, Audio Engine P4N, Grado SR80, Grado iGrado, Audio-Technica ATH-M50, PC running High Rez files

    Living Room
    Yamaha YSP-4100 digital sound projector, Sharp Aquos 60"

    Bed Room
    Yamaha YSP-5100 digital sound projector, Sharp Aquos 70"

  • tratlifftratliff Posts: 625
    edited June 12
    DSkip wrote: »
    Does it hum?

    Not that I can tell. :smile: but if it does they will pay return shipping.
    2 Channel
    Legacy Focus SE, McIntosh C50, McIntosh MC601's, VPI Prime w/SoundSmith Zephyr MIMC, Parasound Halo JC3, Marantz SA-14s1, Oppo BDP-105, Technics RS-1500, Furman Elite 15PFi, Douglas Connection Alpha Interconnects, Douglas Connection Alpha Speaker Cables, Pangea Power Cables

    Theater
    Yamaha RX-Z9, Legacy Focus SE (same as 2 Channel system), Def Tech C/L/R 2500, Def Tech BP-2X, Def Tech Pro-Monitors, Vizio M-75

    Office
    Teac NP-H750, Parasound Ztuner, Audio Engine P4N, Grado SR80, Grado iGrado, Audio-Technica ATH-M50, PC running High Rez files

    Living Room
    Yamaha YSP-4100 digital sound projector, Sharp Aquos 60"

    Bed Room
    Yamaha YSP-5100 digital sound projector, Sharp Aquos 70"

  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 9,774
    Run it's a trap!!!

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    2-channel: Modwright KWI-200 Integrated, Dynaudio C1-II Signatures
    Desktop rig: LSi7, Polk 110sub, Dayens Ampino amp, W4S DAC/pre, Sonos, JRiver
    Gear on standby: Melody 101 tube pre, Unison Research Simply Italy Integrated
    Gone to new homes: (Matt Polk's)Threshold Stasis SA12e monoblocks, Pass XA30.5 amp, Usher MD2 speakers, Dynaudio C4 platinum speakers, Modwright LS100 (voltz), Simaudio 780D DAC
  • tratlifftratliff Posts: 625
    txcoastal1 wrote: »
    Run it's a trap!!!

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    Like I’m not already caught in the trap!
    2 Channel
    Legacy Focus SE, McIntosh C50, McIntosh MC601's, VPI Prime w/SoundSmith Zephyr MIMC, Parasound Halo JC3, Marantz SA-14s1, Oppo BDP-105, Technics RS-1500, Furman Elite 15PFi, Douglas Connection Alpha Interconnects, Douglas Connection Alpha Speaker Cables, Pangea Power Cables

    Theater
    Yamaha RX-Z9, Legacy Focus SE (same as 2 Channel system), Def Tech C/L/R 2500, Def Tech BP-2X, Def Tech Pro-Monitors, Vizio M-75

    Office
    Teac NP-H750, Parasound Ztuner, Audio Engine P4N, Grado SR80, Grado iGrado, Audio-Technica ATH-M50, PC running High Rez files

    Living Room
    Yamaha YSP-4100 digital sound projector, Sharp Aquos 60"

    Bed Room
    Yamaha YSP-5100 digital sound projector, Sharp Aquos 70"

  • ClipdatClipdat Posts: 4,208
    No, they won't!
    tratliff wrote: »
    Not that I can tell. :smile: but if it does they will pay return shipping.

    Got Dayens?
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 18,348
    No Technics branded tape stuff here, sorry.

    A "Technics" branded (TEAC OEM) reel to reel deck did pass through once, though, a long time ago. It was a pretty cool deck (no RS-1500, though!)... but not in great shape so I sent it along its merry way (left it on the freebie pile at a NEARC swapmeet one beautiful Saturday morning).

    "It's like watching a roomful of people who couldn't get through college algebra discussing the flaws of quantum physics theory. I guess it could be fun, but it's ultimately a waste of time." -- seen on audiokarma

    "Some amps run on self bias, some amps run on fixed bias. But his amps run on confirmation bias." -- seen on audioasylum

    "Writing about hifi is like dancing about architecture" -- paraphrasing some wag (possibly Frank Zappa)
  • tratlifftratliff Posts: 625
    Clipdat wrote: »
    No, they won't!
    tratliff wrote: »
    Not that I can tell. :smile: but if it does they will pay return shipping.

    I guess that depends on what kind of deal you make. Not my first rodeo.
    2 Channel
    Legacy Focus SE, McIntosh C50, McIntosh MC601's, VPI Prime w/SoundSmith Zephyr MIMC, Parasound Halo JC3, Marantz SA-14s1, Oppo BDP-105, Technics RS-1500, Furman Elite 15PFi, Douglas Connection Alpha Interconnects, Douglas Connection Alpha Speaker Cables, Pangea Power Cables

    Theater
    Yamaha RX-Z9, Legacy Focus SE (same as 2 Channel system), Def Tech C/L/R 2500, Def Tech BP-2X, Def Tech Pro-Monitors, Vizio M-75

    Office
    Teac NP-H750, Parasound Ztuner, Audio Engine P4N, Grado SR80, Grado iGrado, Audio-Technica ATH-M50, PC running High Rez files

    Living Room
    Yamaha YSP-4100 digital sound projector, Sharp Aquos 60"

    Bed Room
    Yamaha YSP-5100 digital sound projector, Sharp Aquos 70"

  • kharp1kharp1 Posts: 2,411
    I've toyed with the RTR idea for a couple of years, but, just think I'm best staying away. Really convinced myself after researching pre recorded tapes...OUCH! Nice rtr, congrats on the purchase.
    Main System:
    Joule-Electra LA 100 MKIII
    Pass Labs Aleph 30, McCormack DNA-125, Parasound A21
    Marantz SA-14S1
    Usher CP-6311/Tyler Acoustics Taylo Reference Monitor, LSA-1
    Dual SVS SB2000
    Wireworld Equinox 7 bi-wire, Wireworld Silver Eclipse 7 IC

    Secondary Rig:
    Parasound P5, Audio Electronics by Cary Constellation
    Marsh a200s, Audio Elecrtonics by Cary Hercules
    Pioneer Elite DV-45a, Denon DVD-2910
    Klipsch Epic CF-1, Vandersteen 3CE sig
    Analysus Plus Oval

  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 18,348
    The thing about tape in general -- one may either a dilettante... or be all in.

    I went the former route. I love playin' with tape.

    The latter route can produce the best sound possible, even in a home environment -- but the price is high.


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    "It's like watching a roomful of people who couldn't get through college algebra discussing the flaws of quantum physics theory. I guess it could be fun, but it's ultimately a waste of time." -- seen on audiokarma

    "Some amps run on self bias, some amps run on fixed bias. But his amps run on confirmation bias." -- seen on audioasylum

    "Writing about hifi is like dancing about architecture" -- paraphrasing some wag (possibly Frank Zappa)
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 29,304
    Nice bro.....but I have a feeling if you compare it to vinyl, your going to enter another rabbit hole. R2R, for sound quality, is my personal favorite of all formats. Just that it's such a pain in the rear.
    HT SYSTEM-
    Pioneer elite vhx 21
    Sony 4k BRP
    Tad 803 bookies
    Polk 500 surrounds
    Polk s35 center
    SVS SB-2000
    Sonos

    Music-

    Joule la-100 pre
    B&k 1403 amp
    Cary xciter dac
    Cullen modded Sonos
    ERA D5 bookies

    Cables-
    Acoustic zen Satori speaker cables
    Analysis plus crystal oval ic's
    Wireworld eclipse 7 ic's
    Audio metallurgy ga-o digital cable
  • txcoastal1txcoastal1 Posts: 9,774
    tonyb wrote: »
    Nice bro.....but I have a feeling if you compare it to vinyl, your going to enter another rabbit hole. R2R, for sound quality, is my personal favorite of all formats. Just that it's such a pain in the rear.

    100% agree Tony, favorite of mine too. Love the sound and detail that a good master tape provides.

    The next best thing IMHO, when a great master tape is transferred straight to DSD.
    2-channel: Modwright KWI-200 Integrated, Dynaudio C1-II Signatures
    Desktop rig: LSi7, Polk 110sub, Dayens Ampino amp, W4S DAC/pre, Sonos, JRiver
    Gear on standby: Melody 101 tube pre, Unison Research Simply Italy Integrated
    Gone to new homes: (Matt Polk's)Threshold Stasis SA12e monoblocks, Pass XA30.5 amp, Usher MD2 speakers, Dynaudio C4 platinum speakers, Modwright LS100 (voltz), Simaudio 780D DAC
  • tratlifftratliff Posts: 625
    But isn't the best sound quality what we all strive for??? I am already caught in the rabbit hole. Just another source to add to the collection.

    Might take my focus off of vinyl for the short time. Over the last year I have purchased 100+ albums and a good majority of them are MFSL, DCC, Quiex, Half Speed Masters.....including the beatles Abbey Road, White Album, Rubber Soul, MMT on MFSL Half Speed from late 70's/early 80's. Those alone would cover a couple of master quality tapes.
    2 Channel
    Legacy Focus SE, McIntosh C50, McIntosh MC601's, VPI Prime w/SoundSmith Zephyr MIMC, Parasound Halo JC3, Marantz SA-14s1, Oppo BDP-105, Technics RS-1500, Furman Elite 15PFi, Douglas Connection Alpha Interconnects, Douglas Connection Alpha Speaker Cables, Pangea Power Cables

    Theater
    Yamaha RX-Z9, Legacy Focus SE (same as 2 Channel system), Def Tech C/L/R 2500, Def Tech BP-2X, Def Tech Pro-Monitors, Vizio M-75

    Office
    Teac NP-H750, Parasound Ztuner, Audio Engine P4N, Grado SR80, Grado iGrado, Audio-Technica ATH-M50, PC running High Rez files

    Living Room
    Yamaha YSP-4100 digital sound projector, Sharp Aquos 60"

    Bed Room
    Yamaha YSP-5100 digital sound projector, Sharp Aquos 70"

  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 18,348
    Well, in my case, I strive for best that I can reasonably afford.
    I've heard better -- but I'll never be in a position to afford it.
    That Studer photo I posted earlier is part of a better system, ensconced in a custom-designed, 50 x 50 foot space.


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    Absolutely phenomenal sound.
    Ain't happenin' at my pay grade -- but that's OK.


    "It's like watching a roomful of people who couldn't get through college algebra discussing the flaws of quantum physics theory. I guess it could be fun, but it's ultimately a waste of time." -- seen on audiokarma

    "Some amps run on self bias, some amps run on fixed bias. But his amps run on confirmation bias." -- seen on audioasylum

    "Writing about hifi is like dancing about architecture" -- paraphrasing some wag (possibly Frank Zappa)
  • mlistens03mlistens03 Posts: 1,405
    edited June 13
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
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    My goodness, what is the efficiency of those!?!
    2 channel
    Speakers: Mission 770 Freedoms
    Integrated amp: Technics SU-v75 and matching tuner
    CDP: Technics SL-PC20
    Cables: Monoprice, Monster, Acoustic Research, and a few generic ones
    TT: Technics SL-3200, direct drive
    Cartridge: Shure M97xE

    Pc gaming setup
    Receiver/amp: Yamaha RX-V665
    Computer: Lenovo g50 (soon to be upgraded to a Dell Precision 690 which is far from stock!!)
    Interconnects: Amazon basics HDMI, Acoustic Research HDMI, Monoprice speaker cables
    Speakers: Boston Acoustics CR75s

    Random equipment on standby:
    Onkyo TX-v940, JBL woofers and tweeters, single Klipsch KG .5, Yamaha guitar amplifier, Peavey Rage 158 guitar amplifier, Kicker comp 12” subwoofer, single Bose 802 series II, a whole bunch of 1”-3” full range drivers, Infinity Crescendo 3007s (on sale), Polk LSi25s
    txcoastal1 wrote: »

    You don't tell her you read the manual, and you tell her you know what the problem is, and you fixed it, because that what men do, fix things
  • mhardy6647mhardy6647 Posts: 18,348
    I don't know but, had I to guess, maybe ca. 115 dB @ 1 meter for 1 watt input.

    All of the drivers in the loudspeakers use field coils (electromagnets) rather than permanent magnets, by the way.

    I.e., this isn't Best Buy stuff ;)

    "It's like watching a roomful of people who couldn't get through college algebra discussing the flaws of quantum physics theory. I guess it could be fun, but it's ultimately a waste of time." -- seen on audiokarma

    "Some amps run on self bias, some amps run on fixed bias. But his amps run on confirmation bias." -- seen on audioasylum

    "Writing about hifi is like dancing about architecture" -- paraphrasing some wag (possibly Frank Zappa)
  • marvda1marvda1 Posts: 3,104
    Amplifiers: MasterSound Compact 845, Ayre v6xe, Consonance Cyber 800, Usher R1.5
    Preamp: deHavilland Ultraverve 3
    Transport/Dac: Cayin Venus cd-100i, Musical Paradise mp-d2 mkI
    Speakers: Rosso Fiorentino Volterra
    Speaker Cables: Analysis Plus Black Mesh Oval 9, Cerious Technologies Graphene Extreme
    Interconnects: Analysis Plus Copper Oval-In Micro, MG Audio Design Planus Cu2,
    Cerious Technologies Graphene Extreme
    Power Cables by: Cullen Cables, 6sons Audio, Swiss Cables
  • tratlifftratliff Posts: 625
    marvda1 wrote: »

    I have been reading about the deHavilland along with the bottlehead. Nice preamps. I have a feeling I will take it to an external unit when it is time. But for now I just need to get music playing from it.
    2 Channel
    Legacy Focus SE, McIntosh C50, McIntosh MC601's, VPI Prime w/SoundSmith Zephyr MIMC, Parasound Halo JC3, Marantz SA-14s1, Oppo BDP-105, Technics RS-1500, Furman Elite 15PFi, Douglas Connection Alpha Interconnects, Douglas Connection Alpha Speaker Cables, Pangea Power Cables

    Theater
    Yamaha RX-Z9, Legacy Focus SE (same as 2 Channel system), Def Tech C/L/R 2500, Def Tech BP-2X, Def Tech Pro-Monitors, Vizio M-75

    Office
    Teac NP-H750, Parasound Ztuner, Audio Engine P4N, Grado SR80, Grado iGrado, Audio-Technica ATH-M50, PC running High Rez files

    Living Room
    Yamaha YSP-4100 digital sound projector, Sharp Aquos 60"

    Bed Room
    Yamaha YSP-5100 digital sound projector, Sharp Aquos 70"

  • pongshipongshi Posts: 361
    Very nice. You will love that deck. I would suggest Maxell UD 35-180 and UD XLI or UD XLII tapes. Unfortunately you are looking at 40 to 60 dollars a tape. You have 2 track recording (one side), but 2 or 4 track playback (both sides). You will use twice as much tape, but the quality is amazing. Great choice :)
    Living Room (current 2 channel setup)
    Parasound Model 2250v2 amplifier
    Parasound P5 preamp
    Turntable 1 - Technics SL-1210Mk2 turntable with Shure V-15 Type III cartridge
    Turntable 2 - Dual 1229 turntable, Dual AS-12 45 RPM stacker, Shure V-15 Type III cartridge
    Schiit Mani Phono Preamp for Turntable 2
    Oppo UDP-205 CD/SACD USB and FLAC duties
    Technics RS-1500US reel to reel
    Dunlavy Audio Labs Signature Collection SC-IV loudspeakers (A set speakers)
    Definitive Technology Prosub 1000 subwoofer (Hooked to A set)
    Polk SDA SRS (2nd Gen) fully modded (B set speakers)
  • tratlifftratliff Posts: 625
    Quick update.

    Got the RS-1500 connected last evening and recorded a couple of SRV tracks from the SACD. The deck worked just as expected but I am trying to better my adjustments.

    I was not able to listen at reference levels as it was late and the wife was already in bed. But from what I could tell it sounded very good.

    I'll get more time on it this week and hope to have some pre-recorded tapes soon.

    I'm really glad I located this deck and decided to make the purchase.
    2 Channel
    Legacy Focus SE, McIntosh C50, McIntosh MC601's, VPI Prime w/SoundSmith Zephyr MIMC, Parasound Halo JC3, Marantz SA-14s1, Oppo BDP-105, Technics RS-1500, Furman Elite 15PFi, Douglas Connection Alpha Interconnects, Douglas Connection Alpha Speaker Cables, Pangea Power Cables

    Theater
    Yamaha RX-Z9, Legacy Focus SE (same as 2 Channel system), Def Tech C/L/R 2500, Def Tech BP-2X, Def Tech Pro-Monitors, Vizio M-75

    Office
    Teac NP-H750, Parasound Ztuner, Audio Engine P4N, Grado SR80, Grado iGrado, Audio-Technica ATH-M50, PC running High Rez files

    Living Room
    Yamaha YSP-4100 digital sound projector, Sharp Aquos 60"

    Bed Room
    Yamaha YSP-5100 digital sound projector, Sharp Aquos 70"

  • KingratKingrat Posts: 73
    mhardy6647 wrote: »
    No Technics branded tape stuff here, sorry.

    A "Technics" branded (TEAC OEM) reel to reel deck did pass through once, though, a long time ago. It was a pretty cool deck (no RS-1500, though!)... but not in great shape so I sent it along its merry way (left it on the freebie pile at a NEARC swapmeet one beautiful Saturday morning).

    My only experience with Technics/Panasonic R2R decks is my friend's never been touched Panasonic RS-736US deck that he bought new. The cassette decks never die. I have two, an RS-276US and an M-45. The M-45 I bought new in 1980, and the 276 is a replacement for the 40 year old one I bought when I was a freshman in high school and I basically just wore it out. Both work great. The old timers I see problems with seem to mostly be Pioneers.
    Cable atheist: They're just trying to get your money like a TV preacher!
    Vinyl system: I'm long done with the snap, crackle, and pop.
  • KingratKingrat Posts: 73
    Awful looking pic, but here they are. Both look and work like new:
    Cable atheist: They're just trying to get your money like a TV preacher!
    Vinyl system: I'm long done with the snap, crackle, and pop.
  • KingratKingrat Posts: 73
    Why the hell didn't the pic post?
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    Cable atheist: They're just trying to get your money like a TV preacher!
    Vinyl system: I'm long done with the snap, crackle, and pop.
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