Vinyl Revolution: Introducing the PLX-500 – Direct Drive Turntable for DJs and Vinyl Lovers

TORRANCE, Calif.--()--Extending the family of Pioneer DJ’s turntable models, we’re releasing a new direct drive turntable to offer a more versatile vinyl solution for DJing and leisurely listening at a competitive price. The PLX-500 is ready to use straight out of the box thanks to its line output, which lets users plug it into their sound system or powered speakers with no need for an external amplifier.

Drawing on our heritage in making high-quality players and turntables, the PLX-500 inherits the layout of the PLX-1000 professional turntable and produces warm, clear analog sound. The high-torque deck is suitable for scratching and comes with everything DJs need, including a cartridge, stylus and slipmat; and its USB out means users can easily make high-quality digital recordings of their vinyl collection in our free rekordbox software. Users can use the PLX-500 and the rekordbox dvs Plus Pack to play and scratch digital files when combining them with a compatible DJM mixer and the RB-VS1-K Control Vinyl. DJs can also choose between the black (PLX-500-K) and white (PLX-500-W) versions to match their set-up or the design of their home.

The PLX-500-K and PLX-500-W will be available in the U.S. and Canada from September 2016, with a retail price of $349.00.

Watch the PLX-500 introduction video.
Learn more about the PLX-500

KEY FEATURES OF THE PLX-500

1. High-quality analog vinyl sound
The PLX-500 series inherits design features from the PLX-1000 professional turntable to produce the high-quality sound expected from vinyl. The shortest possible audio routing from the stylus to the outputs reduces distortion, and the phono and line outputs mean users can connect directly to their sound system or powered speakers to enjoy warm sound.

2. Easy digital recording
A built-in USB output means you can record your vinyl collection to high-quality digital WAV files by simply connecting the PLX-500 to your PC or Mac. Digitizing tracks is easy using our free rekordbox application. Once tracks are in the rekordbox collection, users can play them using the PLX-500 and a rekordbox dvs set-up, on a DDJ controller, or on CDJs via USB. Users can also enjoy them on their mobile devices whenever they want.

Using its audio analysis technology, rekordbox detects the silence between tracks and creates a separate file in your collection for each one, so you can just press play and record a whole album from an analogue source to individual tracks without resetting the recording in between songs. After you’ve finished recording you can name and tag all your new tracks.

How to record your vinyl to high-quality digital files:

  1. Connect the PLX-500 to your computer with a USB cable.
  2. Open our free rekordbox application (version 4.2.1).
  3. Click the record button in the software and it enters Record Standby mode.
  4. Press play on the PLX-500. rekordbox begins recording when the music starts.
  5. When you’ve finished recording, press stop. A window opens in rekordbox where you can enter information for each track including name and artist. The tracks then appear in your rekordbox collection and you can search for them by name, artist etc.

3. High-torque direct drive turntable for DJ performances and rekordbox dvs
The high-torque, direct drive PLX-500 is ideal for mixing and scratching. Users can also combine it with the rekordbox dvs Plus Pack to play and perform with their digital files when using a compatible DJM mixer and the RB-VS1-K Control Vinyl (available separately).

4. Dust cover with record sleeve stand
Enjoy the vinyl sound of your records and their artwork at the same time thanks to the dust cover that incorporates a stand for displaying record sleeves when open.

5. Layout inherited from the PLX-1000 professional turntable
The PLX-500 inherits its slick design from the professional PLX-1000 turntable, and users can choose between the black (PLX-500-K) and white (PLX-500-W) versions to match the color of their gear or the interior of their home.

How to use rekordbox dvs:
Buy the RB-VS1-K Control Vinyl from a Pioneer DJ authorized dealer or directly from pioneerdj.com (limited countries only). Visit rekordbox.com to download the latest version of rekordbox for free, then buy rekordbox dj ($129.00) and rekordbox dvs ($99.00) license keys. Alternatively, you can subscribe to rekordbox dj for $9.90 per month and get rekordbox dvs as part of your subscription plan. Learn more about rekordbox dvs.

The silver PC-HS01-S headshell that is included with the PLX-500 will be available to buy separately from December 2016 in three color options. Choose from the PC-HS01-K (black), PC-HS01-S (silver) and PC-HS01-N (gold) to complement the look of your set-up. Our PC-X10 cartridge or other cartridges can be attached to the headshells (all will be sold separately).

PLX-500 SPECIFICATIONS

                 
Power Requirements               AC 100 V, 50 Hz/60 Hz
Power Consumption               11 W
Unit Weight               10.7 kg (23.6 lbs)

Maximum Dimensions
(W×H×D)

 

              450 mm x 159 mm x 367 mm (17.7 in x 6.3 in x 14.4 in)
Output               RCA × 1, USB (type B)
TURNTABLE
Drive Method               Servo type direct drive
Motor               3-phase brushless DC motor
Braking System               Electronic brake
Rotation Speed               33 1/3 rpm, 45 rpm, 78 rpm

Rotation Speed
Adjustment Range

              ±8%
Wow and Flutter               0.15% or less WRMS
S/N Ratio               50 dB or above
Turntable               Aluminium die-casting Diameter: 332 mm
Starting Torque               1.6 kgf/cm or more
Start Time               Within 1 second (at 33 1/3 rpm)
TONEARM
Arm Type               Universal type S-shape tone arm, gimbal-supported type bearing structure, static balance type
Effective Length               230.5 mm
Overhang               16 mm
Tracking Error               Within 3°

Arm Height Adjustment
Range

              6 mm

Stylus Pressure
Variable Range

              0 g to 4.0 g(1 scale 0.1 g)
Proper Cartridge Weight               9.5 g or less (single cartridge)
Cartridge Type               VM type
INCLUDED ACCESSORIES
Slip mat, Dust cover with jacket stand, Adapter for EP record, Balance weight, Headshell (with cartridge), Shell weight, Power cord, USB cord, Audio conversion cord, Operating instructions
HEADSHELL SPECIFICATIONS
Weight               10.0 g
Shell Length               52 mm
Finger Length               21 mm

About Pioneer DJ
Pioneer DJ Americas, Inc. is the subsidiary of Pioneer DJ Corporation responsible for sales and marketing in North, Central, and South America. For more than 20 years, Pioneer DJ has been a market leader in the design and production of innovative DJ equipment and software. The company works closely with DJs and clubs to deliver next generation products that inspire and shape the global dance music community. Its portfolio includes brands such as Pioneer Professional Audio and Pioneer DJ Radio, rekordbox dj software, as well as social platforms KUVO and DJsounds. Pioneer DJ Corporation is a privately held company headquartered in Yokohama, Japan.

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