You remember when we reported on a new Pioneer DJ turntable back in March? It was called PLX-1000 and was presented first at Germany’s Musikmesse in Frankfurt. What came in as a straight joke to me is now serious reality: Pioneer revealed more details, pictures and an introduction video on the new turntable.

Quoting from the Pioneer Youtube page:

„Pioneer is marking 20 years in the DJ industry with the launch of a modern classic: the PLX-1000 professional turntable. 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.“

If you think, this looks and feels like the classic Technics MK2, you’re right. Have a look at pictures and video here:



Some specs:

Drive method: Quartz lock servo type direct drive
Motor: 3-phase brushless DC motor
Braking system: Electronic brake
Rotation speed: 33⅓ rpm, 45 rpm
Rotation speed adjustment range: ±8%, ±16%, ±50%
Wow and flutter: 0.1% or less WRMS (JIS WTD)
S/N ratio: 70 dB (DIN-B)
Turntable: Aluminium die-casting diameter: 332 mm
Starting torque: 4.5kg·cm or more
Start time: 0.3 seconds (at 33⅓ rpm)

Tone Arm
Arm type: Universal type S-shape tone arm, gimbal-supported type bearing structure, static balance type
Effective length: 230 mm
Overhang: 15 mm
Tracking error: within 3 degrees
Arm height adjustment range: 6 mm
Stylus pressure variable range: 0 g to 4.0 g (1 scale 0.1 g)
Proper cartridge weight: 3.5 g to 13 g (single cartridge)
– When shell weight is used: 3.5 g to 6.5 g
– When only balance weight is used: 6.0 g to 10 g
– When sub weight is used: 9.5 g to 13 g

PLX-1000 Main Unit
Main unit weight: 13.1 kg
Maximum dimensions: 453 x 353 x 159 mm (W x D x H)
Output: RCA × 1
Included accessories: Turntable, turntable sheet, slip mat, slip sheet, dust cover, balance weight, head shell, sub weight, head shell, shell weight, adapter for EP record, power cord, Audio cable, ground wire, operating instructions

No details on price and release date yet, but stay tuned for more details.

Head over to the Pioneer website for more details.

On a personal note: let’s see if any commercial DJ seriously returns to playing vinyl! Can’t believe that as you can’t play most of today’s productions because they are physically too loud for vinyl!