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Pioneer DJ Direct Drive DJ Turntable PLX-1000

Pioneer DJ Direct Drive DJ Turntable PLX-1000

High-torque direct drive professional turntable Pioneer DJ PLX1000

  • 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 amazing sound quality


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.

Simply add your choice of cartridge and stylus to the PLX-1000 (not included) and combine with your mixer for an ideal setup for turntablists. An ideal match for DJs is the handmade PC-X10 (sold separately).

PLX-1000 key Features

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%.

Flexible connectivity

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.

Turntable PLX1000 Main Features

  • 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 kgf・cm

Pioneer DJ PLX-1000 specifications

  • Width: 453 mm
  • Height: 159 mm
  • Depth: 353 mm
  • Weight: 14.6 kg

PLX1000 terminals

  • Outputs: 1 ANALOGUE (RCA)

PLX-1000 Tone Arm

  • Arm Type: Universal type S-shape tone arm, Gimbal-supported type bearing structure, Static balance type
  • Overhang: 15 mm
  • Effective Length: 230 mm
  • Tracking Error: Within 3°
  • Height Adjustment Range: 6 mm
  • Stylus Pressure Variable Range: 0-4 g (1 scale 0.1 g)
  • Proper Cartridge Weight: 2.5-12 g (includes mounting materials)

What’s in the PLX-1000 box

  • PLX-1000
  • Power cord
  • Audio cable
  • Ground wire
  • Adapter for EP record
  • Turntable sheet
  • Slip mat and sheet
  • Dust cover

Pioneer DJ PLX-1000 customer reviews


⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (5.0 out of 5 stars)

Finally, a Direct Drive for Audiophiles on a Budget! I’ve been spinning vinyl for over 50 years as a budget conscious audiophile. Had everything from portable 3-speed record players, Dual 1219, belt drive Pioneers, and now this Pioneer PLX-1000 DJ deck. Also have a 3 year old Rega and an early 80’s Sony DD with the “Bio Tracer” tone arm.

From my home audiophile perspective, this turntable equals and exceeds my performance expectations. Audiophile desired features include: RCA output jacks, quick disconnect power, VTA tone arm adjustment, improved sound deadening in the base and tone arm, and a common easy change head shell on an “S” shaped tone arm. All features an audiophile may want in a sturdy, precision DD turntable. I have extra head shells with cartridges with my favorites being the AT7V MM and a Denon 301MKII MC. This deck keeps rock stable speed and is dead quiet in use, with NO tone arm bearing issues as a few have mentioned. I find this deck to be well made, well designed, and operates with precision, especially at this price point. These OEM clones of the original Technics 1200 decks share many similarities, but they each have their brand name signature on them, some better than others. The Pioneer PLX-1000 fills the need for most audiophiles on a budget. A recommended “Buy” for this use.


⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (5.0 out of 5 stars)

Excellent Choice for a Turntable Upgrade. I’ve recently returned to listening to vinyl records and conservatively started out with the entry-level, budget friendly Audio Technica LP-120 USB turntable. However I quickly outgrew it. In my search for a new one, I did a lot of reading and found audiophile reviews praising the qualities and features of the Pioneer PLX-1000. It’s built for DJ’s yet has all the features loved by audiophiles. It’s solid with very low vibration. In comparison to the AT LP-120, the PLX is much heavier AND quieter. The LP-120 is noisy. I instantaneously noticed there’s more bass and it’s deep, detailed and rich. The bass came alive. The LP-120 comes with a pre-amp and the PLX 1000 does not. The AT comes with a stock AT95E cartridge and head shell and the PLX provides a head shell but no cartridge. I actually didn’t mind because I never used the AT95E cart and immediately upgraded to a Sumiko Pearl and Nagaoka MP-110. I’m thinking about upgrading to the Nagaoka 200 now that I have a table worthy of it. The RCA cables are attached to the AT LP-120 and removable on the PLX. When I bought my first component stereo system decades ago, direct drive turntables were favored and more expensive than belt driven. I had a belt driven because I couldn’t afford the DD. Today, I personally don’t want to deal with belts when switching from 33 to 45 or spend more $$$ for the automated feature. Which reminds me, the AT has a 78 but the PLX does not. If you’re looking to upgrade your table, take a look at the Pioneer PLX 1000.


⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (5.0 out of 5 stars)

My unit has none of the problems described by others. World class turntable. Absolutely outstanding value. The problem with loose tonearm bearings apparently has been resolved as are any cueing problems. My unit purchased a few months ago is perfect with no such problems. With an Ortofon 2M Blue cartridge this unit out performs units I’ve owned in the past that have cost four to five times as much. I just wish they offered a model without the DJ features but keeping the adjustable VTA feature which is one item that pushed me to purchase the unit.

UPDATE: I’ve recently added the Turntable Lab rubber and cork mat which fits perfectly and the LP Gear Zupreme headshell and a Mitchell clamp. These are great improvements to an already world class value turntable.

Amazon Customer

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (5.0 out of 5 stars)

So far so good! So far, and it’s v early, this has lived up to all my expectations. among them:

  • the manual is excellent, very clear
  • the packaging is a pita, but well done
  • do NOT forget to check everything in the package;
  • some items are ‘hidden’ and easily missed
  • i did NOT have the probs described by many. it checked out perfectly

for me this is an audio only device, no dj stuff. it replaces an audiophile belt driven turntable, and so far so good. i’ll update along the way

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