To celebrate over 20 years in the DJ industry, Pioneer have launched a modern classic that raises the bar with the new PLX-1000 professional analogue direct drive turntable.
The Pioneer PLX-1000 professional turntable is precision engineered to cater to the performance needs of even the most energetic of turntablists. As a company, Pioneer have over 50 years worth of experience in crafting high-end turntables for audiophiles, and they've squeezed every bit of knowledge into this gorgeous piece of kit.
In order to make the PLX-1000 as robust as possible, the chassis is built using heavy-mass die-cast zinc with a bottom section that is reinforced with an 8mm thick resin. The base of the PLX-1000 has 9mm thick vibration-damping material, which goes towards creating a perfectly stable unit that will stay firmly rooted throughout any performance. The S-shaped tone arm is designed to be discreet enough to stay out of the way of wandering hands, but it robust enough to take the knocks that can occur in a live environment. Rubber insulation minimises the possibility of howling effects affecting the output signal during playback. Each RCA jack has been gold-plated for low impedance and to create a flush connection when leads are inserted, to guarantee the highest level of sound quality.
The layout will be familiar to anyone who is used to analogue decks. If you've never come across one before, then the PLX-1000 layout is about as simple as you can get, which belies the power hidden under the hood. You are presented with a 332mm diameter aluminium die-casting turntable, which is powered by a 3-phase brushless DC motor and utilises an electronic braking system. The sensitivity of the platter is simply exquisite and is perfect for vinyl-purists of all backgrounds. The smooth direct drive system - with a starting torque of 4.5kg/cm - ensures that no matter how frenetic your technique is, the PLX-1000 will match you every step of the way. Reaching it's fixed rotation speed in a staggering 0.3 seconds (at 33 1/3 rpm), you can rest assured that from the moment you hit go until the second you stop, the rotational speed of the turntable will remain accurate and consistent.
The tempo control allows you to provides a range of tempo adjustments from +/-8% to +/-50%, giving you a massive amount of choice with regard to pitch speeds. Hit the "Reset" button that sits next to the smooth tempo adjustment slider and you're instantly restored to a +/-0% fixed rotation speed. Simple but highly useful for making critical adjustments whilst performing.
If you're an audiophile who is looking for a fantastic turntable to play your vinyl on, then you'll love this. For the more adventurous, for professional DJs, and for those who love to let their fingers do the talking, the Pioneer PLX-1000 analogue direct-drive turntable is simply awesome. Combine a pair of these beauties with a Pioneer DJM mixer (sold separately) and you'll be in scratch heaven!