Pioneer has launched the PLX-1000 professional turntable, a DJ-quality direct drive analogue turntable that has been designed for those who "enjoy the look, feel and performance of vinyl".

Due for release in the US in August with a price tag of $849 (£500), the new turntable boasts a user-friendly layout that Pioneer says will be "familiar to top DJs of the past and present".

It has quick tempo control capability on the right side of the device, with a start/stop button over on the left and a high-torque direct drive system for "stable rotation and exceptional control".

[UPDATE 22.07.14] We've now had confirmation that the PLX-1000 turntable will be available in the UK once launched.

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The PLX-1000 can achieve a starting torque of 4.5kg-cm and reaches its fixed rotation speed in 0.3 seconds at 33 1/3 rpm. There's also a detachable power and audio cable connection.

A zinc die-cast chassis has been used for the top section of the PLX-1000, the bottom featuring 8mm-thick resin and the base further reinforced with 9mm-thick vibration-damping material.

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"There’s an entire DJ community that continues to use vinyl because they love the concept and feel of a moving platter associated with traditional turntables," said Pioneer's David Arevalo.

"Now we have added a high performance analogue turntable with superb sound quality. No matter what type of DJ you are, Pioneer offers a product that will suit your style and preference."

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relocated's picture

OMG Not a DD Turntable

Whatever are they thinking by using a Direct Drive.  Audiophiles must be apoplectic.  Of course the non_BS brigade have known for decades that they are the T/T to have.

daveh75's picture

'analogue turntable'.

'analogue turntable'.Dash 1

Is there any other kind? 

Philippe Jeudi's picture

Nice but...

still missing some good full/half automatic TT with versatile qualities like the old Lencos which had 4 speeds, the old Pioneers PL which had good reliable mechanics (often in a lousy plinth), the late high end Kenwood or Denons for their build or the old pricey Thorens, etc. The most interesting TT on the market for those interested i a fully versatile turntable these days would be the Rek O Kut Rondine 3 which can take every formats produced by the music industry since they make records, but there's still no mechanical options like auto return or so. This is old technology I don't understand why they wouldn't use it again, espacially the japanese who produced them massively in the 80's

Tareq2163's picture

Pioneer PLX-1000


Seeking helps. I prefer the heavy construction and the damping of the plinth and the tonearm of Pioneer PLX-1000 . Not sure whether I should go for it for listening to vinyls only. I have no interest of DJing.

I am planning for it because belt drives in my country is not a good choice at all as I wont be able to get any belt replacements for sure. That is why I had to sell my Pro-ject Essential.

Should I go for Pioneer PLX-1000 just to enjoy the warmths of vinyl. Please help.


D. Paul Riderman's picture

Actually many new turntables have digital out

I think Pioneer started first designing a high quality player (see Stereophile Review & hopefully What HiFi eventually).  They designed it like the original Technics 1200 which was around long before people had a need to scratch.  Many radio/wireless stations used them because they played well and seldomly had to be replaced.  Now fast forward to the Pioneer and you have that once again, but more precise playing vinyl.  If you have less than a thousand pounds to buy a top quality turntable, this should be on your list.  Another item is the screw on headshell and why more turntables don't have them.  You can more easily change a cartridge and correctly align it before you screw it on.  Yes there are many esoteric arms that have screw on headshells.