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Pioneer Pro DJ PLX-1000 Direct Drive DJ Turntable
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- The high-torque direct drive ensures stable rotation and exceptional control
- Heavy-mass, die-cast chassis prevents resonance and vibrations
- Multi-tempo control lets you instantly pick up or slow down the track to +/-8%, +/-16%, while a simple reset button instantly reverts to +/-0%
- Interchangeable power and audio cables can be easily connected and replaced, and pro-grade gold-plated RCA jacks ensure low impedance and and amazing sound quality
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- Turntable sheet
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- Head shell
- Balance, sub and shell weights
- Audio cable
- Ground wire
A Reborn Classic
The PLX-1000 is precision engineered for the booth, drawing on 50 years’ experience of making high-end turntables. The result is a familiar layout with some next generation improvements, including a high-torque direct drive system, multi-pitch control, club-grade build and sound quality, and detachable power and audio cables. It’s solidly built for excellent vibration damping and ultra-precise, high-grade audio playback.
Combine the PLX-1000 with your DJM mixer for the ideal set-up for turntablists and vinyl enthusiasts.
Turn the Tables
The high-torque direct drive ensures stable rotation and exceptional control – and it reaches 33⅓ rpm in just 0.3 seconds thanks to a starting torque of 4.5kg/cm (or more).
Excellent Sound Design
The PLX-1000’s heavy-mass, die-cast zinc chassis prevents resonance and vibrations. The lower part of the unit is reinforced with 8mm-thick resin, plus 9mm-thick, vibration-damping material at the base. Plus the rubber-insulated tone arm reduces howling effects, while rubber and springs on the dampening parts of the insulator absorb external vibrations.
Pick Up The Pace
Multi-tempo control lets you instantly pick up or slow down the track to ±8%, ±16% and ±50%, while a simple reset button instantly reverts to ±0%.
Interchangeable power and audio cables can be easily connected and replaced, and pro-grade gold-plated RCA jacks ensure low impedance and an amazing sound quality.
|Width X Height X Depth||17.83 in X 6.26 in X 13.9 in|
|Outputs||1 ANALOGUE (RCA)|
|Drive Method||Quartz lock, servo-type, direct drive|
|Platter||Aluminium, die-casting diameter: 332 mm|
|Motor||3-phase, brushless DC motor|
|Braking System||Electronic brake|
|Rotation Speed||33⅓-45 rpm|
|Rotation Adjustment Range||±8, ±16, ±50 %|
|Wow and Flutter||<0.01% (Measured by obtaining signal from built-in frequency generator of motor assembly.)|
|Signal-to-Noise Ratio||70 dB|
|Starting Torque||> 4.5 kg/cm|
|Start Time||0.3 sec (at 33⅓ rpm)|
|Arm Type||Universal type S-shape tone arm Gimbal-supported type bearing structure Static balance type|
|Effective Length||9.06 in|
|Tracking Error||Within 3°|
|Height Adjustment Range||0.24 in|
|Stylus Pressure Variable Range||0-4 g (1 scale 0.1 g)|
|Cartridge Weight Single||3.5-13 g|
The PLX-1000 is precision engineered for the booth. This high-torque direct drive professional turntable is equipped with a classic layout and a rubber-lined, S-shaped tone arm that improves isolation and prevents feedback. It is solidly built for excellent vibration damping and ultra-precise, high grade audio playback.
Top Customer Reviews
When vinyl really started to diminish in popularity - right around the time Big Hair Metal was rather abruptly made extinct ("with the lights out it's less dangerous..") - the vast majority of turntables from anything other than the entry-level arena were invariably belt drive decks or a Technics SL1200. And because so many of the direct drive turntables on offer in the 80's were plastic plinthed affairs with off-the-shelf arms and motors, direct drive decks were not taken very seriously by seasoned audio enthusiasts. The only other people still interested in buying new turntables after the Barcelona Olympics were DJs, or people who refused to replace the LPs with 5" shiny discs which needed to be read by a laser.
When I heard about the new Pioneer PLX-1000, I was pleased to see it was as close to an exact replica of the SL-1200 as we have yet seen. But what made me decide to buy one was the fact this deck has addressed most of my main concerns with the SL-1200. With the PLX-1000, Pioneer have substantially damped the tonearm, the platter and the plinth, which is good news. On top of that, the rear of the deck has (high quality) RCA terminals instead of captive generic interconnects, and an IEC power terminal instead of a captive mains cord. Pioneer are considerate enough to include basic interconnects and a power cord as a convenience to the user if they are not choosing to go with something a bit more exotic.
Operationally, the PLX-1000 is just as much of a delight as the SL-1200. All the controls are in the right places, and the button/switch/level actions are all impressive.
Set-up is as simple as it gets. Not all tonearms have vertical tracking adjustability. This arm, like the SL-1200 has a very well engineered dial for it at arm's base with a locking switch. It works really well, even on-the-fly. The head-shell is detachable, making cartridge fitting a lot less hazardous/fiddly.
A cartridge alignment protractor is rarely provided with a new turntable, but is necessary to get your stylus to track accurately. Pioneer have resisted including one with this deck. But such things are well worth the investment.
Shure make a very cost-effective, high quality tracking force gauge (SFG-2). Using such tools will help get the best sound out of your rig, and prolonged life out of your stylus and vinyl.
The differences between the PLX-1000 and the SL-1200 on the surface are minimal. The buttons here and there have a different shape, but on the whole (from what I can tell), the Pioneer is almost the exact same turntable as the celebrated Technics, plus the additional upgrades as mentioned above.
Starting-up the deck is part of the romance on offer here. The power switch has a very subtle action to it, suggesting it will work for many, many years.
The power feed to the platter is extraordinary. Pressing the on/off button results in the platter spinning at the exact specified speed instantaneously. Less than a third of a second to be in full flow. And just as fast to grind to a complete halt after pressing the same button to turn it off.
This is a fully manual player. It won't lift the arm up at the end of the record, let alone return the arm to the rest. If it is any consolation, this suggests there is that much less to go wrong, and this is also the case when buy a posh turntable from the brands who's models cost up to $250,000. Even the world famous Linn Sondek is completely manual.
This is a heavy player, and - like most turntables - it requires a firm, steady platform to really deliver. I have it on a dedicated turntable wall-mount bolted into wall studs. The only thing better than this is a welded audio stand on a concrete floor. Turntables are very revealing of micro-vibrations (and regular vibrations), so it's worth making the effort to support it well if you wish to maximize it's sonic virtues.
Sound quality: I am using it for listening to music without manipulating the platter with my finger at the same time, so I use a cartridge designed for vinyl traveling in one direction only (Goldring 1042). The overall sound is very involving and there's detail galore. A shall resist using any further audio-nut superlatives, but I will say this is a very, very good value turntable. It isn't cheap, but it is inexpensive when you look at how much turntables from Linn, VPI, Clearaudio, AVID and Luxman can cost.
The PLX-1000 is a great alternative to a Pro-Ject Xpression 3 or a VPI Nomad, which are price rivals offering much more minimalist designs with great sound for the dollar using a belt drive mechanism. The PLX-1000 offers more technology and visual drama, and a very impressive sound for the outlay.
Pros: Fine sound. Easy to set-up and maintain. No captive interconnects or power cord. Features. Outstanding value.
Cons: Obligatory blue LEDs. Not easy to fault this product given the features and performance on offer at this price.
The quality of this turntable is pretty good for a home setting. The shell is made out of some type of plastic. I would recommend keeping them in a nice case If you have them. They scratch easily.
The tone arm feels very sturdy. The platter is very study. The torque is way better than the 1200s. I think this turntable is better for scratching. It does have less features than other super OEM turntables, however if you pair it with a nice mixer and the pioneer SSP1, it Is a killer set up. I do a lot of scratching and beat juggling. There is no wobble or skipping,with ortophon needles and m44-7 needles.
I have noticed it does have feedback when I use old school records and an ortophon needle. If I use the sure M447 needles, it does has way less feedback. I have not tired these turntables in the club to check the feedback, but I do have studio monitors and JBL EON club speakers in my studio. When I use serato, it does not have any feedback at all.
Overall I think this is a great replacement for the 1200s. It's not built like a tank, but it does perform well and it is one of the best out there right now.
Is this a true replacement for the SL-1200 Mk II?
A: NO WAY!
Does it look and feel better than the current OEM tables?
A: Yes, it does.
What more can I say, it's made by Hanpin so the Quality Control is second to everything...sloppy tonearm bearings which contribute to severe tracing distortion across the entire surface of the record. The tonearm cueing has no damping at all, a good 500k CST silicone fluid would fix this, but Hanpin insists on using 200k which is like water and is generally worn off by the time you get it.
If you want something that looks like something else, get it! Your friends will think your supper cool hipster guy (or gal). If you want a record player that does its job like the 1200’s did, better get out your wallet ready as that's going to cost you some money.
Really can't recommend this table!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
They look like the SL-1200 MK5
They almost feel like a Technics
They have a pitch range of 50% which was never found on any 1200 ever
The RCA cables...Read more