Final Fantasy XIV Direct Drive Turntable System FFXIV-SQ-1500 Announced for Only $1,699.99

Square Enix has announced that pre-orders are now available for the Final Fantasy XIV Direct Drive Turntable System FFXIV-SQ-1500. There is quite a bit going on here, especially for those unfamiliar with these types of devices.

So, we’ve quoted the product description passages and bullet points with significant formatting alterations for easier readability:

Detailed Description & Tech Specs

The SQ-1500 is built with high-end sound quality concept and technologies, such as a coreless direct drive motor and high-sensitivity tonearm. To simplify the playing of analog records, the built-in Phono EQ connects to a wide variety of devices.

The SQ-1500 also comes equipped with a high-quality phono cartridge. The SQ-1500 is a complete turntable system designed for a wide range of users, even outside of strictly dedicated audio enthusiasts.

The Latest Coreless Direct Drive Motor Achieves High-precision Stable Rotation

The technologies acquired through the development of its predecessor models were lavishly inserted into the motor drive unit, a key part of the turntable. The motor exclusively tunes the single-rotor, coreless direct drive motor to read the high rotation accuracy and high-precision signals of the record.

Optimal motor control is conducted for the inertial mass of the two-layer structure platter on which the vinyl record is placed with deadening rubber on the entire back surface to eliminate unwanted resonance in the aluminum die-cast platter to eliminate the rotation irregularity called cogging.

The aluminum die-cast chassis is rigidly integrated with a special material consisting of ABS mixed with glass fiber to achieve a two-layer construction. The insulator is comprised of a spring and rubber to provide optimal vibration-damping characteristics. The tonearm is a static-balance universal S-shape tonearm.

By adopting a high-precision bearing using the gimbal suspension construction and machined housing, high initial sensitivity is achieved. In addition, reliability has been improved by incorporating a removable power cable and gold-plated terminals, which have less sound quality degradation, for the PHONO and LINE terminals.

Complete Turntable with a Built-in Phono Equalizer and Cartridge

Complete Turntable with a Built-in Phono Equalizer and Cartridge In order to enjoy playing analogue records more comfortably, the SQ-1500 features a built-in phono equalizer and bundled cartridge. There is no need to separately prepare either one, making it easy to link with a wide range of audio equipment.

The shield structure of the built-in phono equalizer suppresses the effects of external noise and noise from the power supply.

It is also equipped with a switch to turn the LINE output off when it is not being used. The turntable has been designed to thoroughly shut-out adverse effects to the PHONO output.

The dedicated power supply for the PHONO output terminal is isolated from the power supply for the LINE output terminal, and has been designed to prioritize sound quality by minimizing the wiring of the PHONO signal. The isolated terminals also prevent wiring mistakes. The SQ-1500 will maximize the sound quality of vinyl records.

Equipped with an Auto Lifter Function That Allows You to Enjoy Playing Records More Comfortably

When the tonearm reaches the end of the record, the Auto Lifter function automatically raises the cartridge. This prevents unnecessary wear on your valuable vinyl records and stylus.

By embedding the Auto Lifter function in the base portion of the tonearm, it eliminates impacts to the tonearm. Due to a simple design that doesn’t use motor power, there is no electrical or vibrational impact and it will not prevent the movement of the tonearm.

In response to requests from many users regarding the Auto Lifter function, a design that prioritizes sound quality was adopted. The functions required to playback records were kept to a bare minimum, achieving simple and easy-to-use operability.


Turntable section

  • Type: Direct Drive Manual Turntable
  • Turntable Speeds: 33-1/3, 45 and 78 r/min
  • Starting Torque: 0.18 N・m / 1.8 kg・cm  (1.56 lbs-in)
  • Build-up Characteristics: 0.7 s. from standstill to 33 1/3 rpm
  • Wow And Flutter: 0.025 % W.R.M.S.
  • Turntable Platter: Aluminium diecast Diameter : 332 mm (13-5/64 inch)
  • Weight: Approx. 2.0 kg (4.5 lbs) Including rubber sheet

Tonearm Section

  • Type: Universal Static Balance
  • Effective Length: 230 mm (9-1/16″)
  • Overhang: 15 mm (19/32″)
  • Tracking Error Angle:
    • Within 2° 32′ (at the outer groove of 30 cm (12″) record)
    • Within 0° 32′ (at the inner groove of 30 cm (12″) record)
  • Applicable Cartridge Weight Range:
    • (without auxiliary weight)
      • 5.6 – 12.0 g
      • 14.3 – 20.7 g (including head shell)
    • (with auxiliary weight)
        • 10.0 – 16.4 g
        • 18.7 – 25.1 g (including head shell)

Head Shell Terminal Lug – 1.2 mmφ 4-pin terminal lug


  • Audio Output
    • PHONO (Pin Jack) x 1
    • LINE (Pin Jack) x 1


  • Power Supply:
    • AC 120V, 60Hz (USA)
    • AC 110 – 240 V, 50 / 60 Hz (EU+UK)
  • Power Consumption: 8 W   Approx. 0.2W (Standby)
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 453 x 169 x 372 mm  (17-27/32 × 6-21/32 × 14-21/32 inch)
  • Weight: Approx. 9.9 kg  (Approx. 21.2 lbs)
  • Accessories: Turntable, Turntable sheet, Decorative sheet, Dust cover, EP record adaptor, Balance weight, Auxiliary weight, Head shell, Cartridge, PHONO cable, PHONO earth lead, AC power supply cords*, Owner’s Manual
(Bonus Item: Original Meteor EP record adaptor will be shipped together)
*4 plug types of AC power supply cords included:
  • Type B Plug for USA
  • Type G Plug for UK
  • Type CEE7/7 Plug for EU
  • TYPE A Plug for JAPAN

You can view official images for the Final Fantasy XIV Direct Drive Turntable System FFXIV-SQ-1500 via our gallery below:

You can pre-order the Final Fantasy XIV Direct Drive Turntable System FFXIV-SQ-1500 from Square Enix North America’s online store for some spare change of $1,699.99. Shipments are expected to occur during April 2024.

The Final Fantasy XIV: Dawntrail Expansion was announced for Summer 2024.

Final Fantasy XIV is currently available via PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and PC. Patch 6.4, “The Dark Throne,” launched in May 2023.

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