Pioneer has launched the PLX-1000 professional turntable, a DJ quality direct drive analog turntable designed for DJs who enjoy the feel, and performance of vinyl for music playback. The model offers a highly familiar control layout, high-torque direct drive mechanism, and high audio playback quality. It can be also combined with Pioneer’s professional series DJM mixer.
The PLX-1000 is providing quick tempo control capability on the right side of the player, start/stop button on the left side, and a high-torque platter with a lighted speed guide.
The turntable can achieve a starting torque of at least 4.5 kg- cm and can reach its fixed rotation speed within 0.3 seconds (at 33 1/3 rpm).
To create a stable player and prevent vibration, Pioneer utilized a heavy-mass zinc die-cast chassis for the top section of the player, reinforced with a bottom section made of 8-mm thick resin. The base of the unit was further enforced with 9-mm thick vibration-damping material that results in stable playback. The tone arm also received attention in build quality and design to maximize performance, using rubber insulation to minimize howling effects during audio playback. The RCA jacks feature gold-plated machine-cut parts for low impedance for excellent sound quality output.
The player provides a range of tempo adjustments from ±8% and ±16% to ±50%. A "RESET" button for tempo sits next to the tempo slider for instant ±0% fixed rotation speed.
The Pioneer PLX-1000 will be available in August with a suggested retail price of $849.