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Pioneer PL-990 Automatic Stereo Turntable

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  • Full automatic operation: To provide easy hands-off operation
  • Low-mass straight tone arm: Highly sensitive and resistant to resonance, track records better
  • Precision DC servo motor: Pioneer Stable Hanging motor ends spindle wobble for smoother and more accurate platter rotation
  • It has Universal-type cartridge connector
  • It has Phono EQ included
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Product Specifications

Brand NamePioneer

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 16.5 x 3.8 inches ; 7.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 9.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B00009QORL
  • Item model number: PL-990
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: May 14, 2003

Product Description

Product Description

This fully automatic stereo turntable features a low-mass straight tone arm, precise DC servo motor and built-in phono equaliser. Simply connect to any auxilliary/line input on our amplifier or mini system.

From the Manufacturer

Pioneer's PL-990 Turntable

Product Description

The PL-990 is a fully automatic turntable with a built-in phono equalizer that has the ability to connect directly to a line or auxiliary input. It also includes a moving magnet cartridge that has a diamond stylus.


Features
  • Two speeds so you can play LPs and 45s
  • Fully automatic operation means you push a single button to play a record and the unit automatically suts itself off
  • Low-mass straight tone arm: Highly sensitive and resistant to resonance, track records better
  • Universal-type cartridge connector
  • Moving magnet cartridge included
  • Built-in phono Equalizer - Simply connect to any auxilliary/line Input on your amplifier or mini Audio system
  • P-mount cartridge
  • Low-vibration, belt-drive design
  • Rubber platter mat
  • Vibration-absorbing feet
  • Hinged dust cover

Dimensions
Dimensions 16-9/16 X 3-15/16 X 13-7/16 inches
Weight 5 lbs 14 oz



Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Just plug it into the wall and receiver and it will play.
J.P.
Great player overall, I'm happy with the sound quality and ease-of-use of this turn table.
Julian Ho
The Pioneer PL-990 is the best budget-priced turntable on the market.
Kevin M. Tekel

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

216 of 218 people found the following review helpful By LD9000 on June 16, 2006
When you're comparing turntables on the lower end of the spectrum, such as the Pioneer PL-990, it's very difficult to really find audible fault with these players. One is more apt to find personal faults in the players rather than in the performance, and such is the case here.

I have owned low end Sony, Technics, Audio Technica players in this price range. The Pioneer is the best looking players of all the lower end models. It features speed control, arm control, 45 play capability, fully automatic, just about everything you want in a player. I'm surprised the speed control is included in this price.

The sound of the player is nothing short of great, and not having played LPs for awhile made my old LPs come to life instantly.

My personal gripe with the player is that it doesn't allow you to hook into your existing PHONO jacks ( if you have them ) on your receiver. It has a built-in pre-amp and it won't allow you to bypass. I have a PHONO jack, and would have liked the option to choose to by-pass the pre-amp, like the Sony does. Luckily, I had some open jacks and I had sound instantly. The player would have received a 5-star rating if it weren't for this small inconvenience.

Other than that minor gripe, this is one snazzy looking player, and at this price, it will be hard to beat. The classy look of this player, plus all of the features will make a great addition to your existing system.
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77 of 81 people found the following review helpful By j-star-r on September 16, 2006
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Excellent performance and functionality! Set-up is quick and easy and the pre-amp sounds great. Even handles record scuffage better than other turntables at this price. I went through two exchanges at a retailer on a low-end Sony turntable before I ordered this Pioneer unit through Amazon, and I highly recommend this turntable.
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73 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Krys Squires on February 12, 2007
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I'm REALLY pleased with this turntable - I love that it is fully automatic.

One thing to be aware of is that it has a built-in preamp, so you can't connect it to the phono inputs on your tuner/amp. I had to buy a $30 switch so that my CD and turntable can share the AUX input.

Even with that extra hassle, highly recommended.
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55 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Julian Ho on February 2, 2009
I received this turntable as an anniversary gift from my girlfriend. I have a ton of CDs and over 18,000 songs on iTunes, however when it comes to analog sound systems, and vinyl records I'm a total newbie.

I had 2 albums to test my new record player with, Pink Floyd's The Wall and Led Zeppelin II.

Basically, there is a built-in "pre-amp", and there are only 2 cables coming out of the player, a power cord and a pair of AUX output cords (a red and white cable). The record player itself was easy to set up. The metal tray just has to put onto the turn table, and the elastic belt has to be looped around the motor arm (easy with the help of the included red ribbon, but also simple to do without the ribbon).

To get the player to play properly, you need a pair of speakers (obviously), and an amplifier (not as obvious to a person that's new to the world of vinyl). The red and white cables just need to be put into a receiver/amplifier with AUX input (look for red/white cable ports on the back). I simply used an old stereo system that was gathering dust in my basement, and it works fine (make sure you adjust the AUX level, if there's an option).

That's about it, it's a no-frills record player that's great value for your money. The best part is the automatic: feature. You should never really have to lift or drop the needle/stylus. If you want the lift the stylus up (to let the record spin freely for cleaning, or to skip to a specific song) there is an Arm Elevation button. Once the arm is up, you can swing the stylus back and forth, then push the button again to gently bring it down. This minimizes stylus wear, and eliminates scratchy sounds.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Tyke on April 10, 2008
I own a high end Technics turntable (which I still have hooked up to another receiver) so I could compare. While the build quality of the Pioneer is no where near the Technics, the sound quality is impressively close. I swapped the rubber mat with the Technics (which is twice as thick) to help cut back on needle weight to the album.
Now the true test recording, the first song I tried was Bob Seger's, Night Moves because it contains some quiet parts (I wanted to see if the Pioneer would output any additional noise). I used Roxio's recording software and told it to detect and clip any spots without sound. The Pioneer passed with flying colors. It detected both quiet spots !!! I didn't think it would.
Final thought: While the sound quality doesn't match that of high end big buck turntables, for the money and casual listener/recorder (cause after you record a song with the software out these days, you can make it sound how ever you like). I'd have to give it 2 thumbs up.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 15, 2006
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I do not pretend to know much about record players, but this was AWESOME! It is virtually perfect! The wavey-old records play flawlessly because of the weighted arm, and it just plain rocks!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By JR Ewing on September 30, 2011
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I was using a sony ps-lx250h turntable, and decided to do a modest upgrade, Many may not know. basically the guts of this thing is the the same of the Sony, except the Moving Magnet Cartridge, and no on off switch on the built in preamp, This means that you " must plug this into the aux or tape/cd jack on your receiver, not the phono jack if your receiver even has a specific phono jack" It also has a pitch control and a strobe light in the center. If you are looking at the sony that runs about 80 bucks, spend the the extra 50 on this, The main thing I noticed immediately is, The crisp higher end sounds are clearer and much less, (if any distortion on the high end, The bass seemed clearer and more natural,The first record I tested was a white snake album called slide it in, All the instruments were much crisper and the bass was not muddy, The sony was pretty good I thought, this upgrade in cartridge must make a big difference.check out the you tube videos on this this Pioneer and the Sony. So for 50 extra bucks, you get better cartridge and pitch control, but no on off on the pre amp. and no phono jack ability to plug in, only aux,tape or dvd cd jack plug and play. You Won't confuse this with a high end audiophile turntable, but it did sound more than acceptable to me. and a big upgrade to the sony.
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