Monday, November 26, 2012
MCS 6700 Direct Drive Turntable
MCS was JC Penny's house brand for consumer electronics, including stereo components and turntables. Their products were re-branded from Japanese manufacturers, including Hitachi, JVC and Technics. Here's one of their very best turntables - the MCS 6700 Direct Drive Turntable.
The MCS 6700 is actually a Technics SL-1900...specifically, the 1950 model which allowed you to stack up to six LPs. The motor, electronics and tonearm all hail from the Technics model...but the frame and buttons hail from Hitachi's tables. It's a terrific combination, and to my eyes, it looks much better than the original. I especially like how the platter is partially submerged within the large black frame. The rubber-coated buttons and knobs are also quite stylish.
I bought one of these bad boys on Craigslist for $85, which was an absolute steal. It was a Christmas present for my mother, and she loves playing her Miles Davis and Dean Martin LPs on the stereo. Expect to pay $80-$150 for this turntable if it's in excellent condition. I paired it with a Denon DL-110, the younger brother of the late, great DL-160. It may be the better of the two carts, which really surprised me. The standard 47K loading sounds fine with the DL-110, whereas its elder brother required more specialized loading (MC setting on my Pro-Ject Tube Box II, or 1K-8K loading) to sound its best.
My most popular YouTube videos feature this stereo system (MCS 6700, Denon DL-110, Rega Fono Mini), and it's a wonderful sound, warm and dynamic and very musical. Oil the motor bearings and pack the inside frame with 7lbs of modeling clay, and you'll be amazed at the performance of this turntable.
I only have one complaint, and it's probably a minor one - no Quartz lock. I just don't like having to adjust the speed on the dials. I know, I know, I'm just being a big baby. Don't let that hold you back. The MCS 6700 will compete against any turntable in its class. I'd also recommend stuffing some Vibrapods underneath the feet, which also worked nicely for me.
Here's the MCS 6700 and Denon DL-110 in action. Give this a spin and see what it does for ya.