Pioneer DJ PLX-500 Direct-Drive Turntable with USB

The little brother to Pioneer's PLX-1000 DJ turntable, the Pioneer PLX-500 brings hi-fi quality vinyl audio to your sound system, and can be used to DJ also.
The Pioneer PLX-500 Direct Drive Turntable is a vinyl player that's as easy on your pocket as it is on your ears. Borrowing the same design and layout as its big brother, the Pioneer PLX-1000 turntable, the affordable PLX-500 is like a mid-level turntable at an entry-level price.

Check out this video introducing the Pioneer PLX-500:

An Affordable Solution for DJs and Music Lovers

The PLX-500 turntable is an affordable vinyl solution for record enthusiasts and DJs alike. Whether you're an audiophile keen to listen to your favorite music in the highest-quality format available, or you're a DJ looking for an affordable and portable way to throw down an old-school all-vinyl set, the PLX-500 has you covered with Pioneer's trustworthy construction and a timeless design.

Direct-Drive Performance

Audiophiles who care how their music sounds will appreciate the precision of the PLX-500s direct-drive system. With cheaper belt-driven turntables, belts tend to stretch and warp over time, resulting in inconsistent pitch and playback speed. With a direct-drive system, like the one used in the PLX-500, playback will be spot-on, providing pitch and speed accurate playback album after album.

USB Output: Digitize Your Playback

For those interested in maintaining both analog and digital music libraries, the PLX-500 features a rear-mounted USB port for digitizing the turntable's output. This makes it easy to backup a digital copy of your vinyl collection, as well as allowing read more turntablists to record their performance, scratch for scratch. Convert your favorite LPs to digital, or create your own samples and loops -- USB output makes it easy!


- Direct-drive turntable with manual operation and analog or digital output
- Dust cover has built in clips for storing the sleeve to the vinyl you're playing
- LED power indicator with stroboscopic platter speed indicator bevel
- Servo-type direct drive mechanism
- 3-phase brushless DC motor
- Electronic braking system
- 332-mm die-cast aluminum platter
- Universal S-type tone arm
- Gimbal-supported bearing structure with static balance
- +/- 8% tempo control slider
- 0-4 gram adjustable stylus pressure
- Plays 33-1/3, 45, and 78 rpm records
- At least 1.6 kgf-cm starting torque, starts within 1 second at 33-1/3 rpm
- VM-type cartridge
- Stereo RCA analog outputs
- USB type-B port for digital output
- Includes slip mat, hard plastic dust cover, adapter for playing 45 rpm records, head shell with cartridge, stereo RCA cord, and USB cord
- Unit weighs 23.59 lbs
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- Color: Black
- Width: 17.72"
- Height: 6.26"
- Depth: 14.49"
- Weight: 23.59 lb
- Drive Method: Servo-type direct drive
- Platter: Aluminium, die-casting diameter: 332 mm
- Motor: 3-phase, brushless DC motor
- Braking System: Electronic brake
- Rotation Speed: 33 1/3, 45, 78 rpm
- Rotation Adjustment Range: +/-8 %
- Wow and Flutter: < 0.15% WRMS
- Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 50 dB
- Starting Torque: > 1.6
- Start Time: Within 1 sec (at 33 rpm)

Arm Type:
- Universal type S-shape tone arm
- Gimbal-supported type bearing structure
- Static balance type
- Overhang: 0.63 in
- Effective Length: 9.07 in
- Tracking Error: Within 3*
- Height Adjustent Range: 0.24 in
- Stylus Pressure Variable Range: 0-4 g (1 scale 0.1 g)
- Cartridge Weight Single: < 9.5 g
- Cartridge type: VM
- Outputs: 1 PHONO/LINE (RCA)
- USB: 1 USB B port
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Shipping Weight: 30 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 22 x 19 x 11 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): PLX-500-K
Shipping Weight: 30 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 22 x 19 x 11 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): PLX-500-W
Black, with Odyssey FZ1200BL Case
Shipping Weight: 49.25 lbs
White, with Odyssey FZ1200 Case (White)
Shipping Weight: 52 lbs
For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 800-421-1404 or 800-782-7210

Pioneer PLX-500 Direct Drive Turntable

The PLX-500 inherits the layout of the PLX-1000 professional turntable and produces a warm, clear analogue sound. The perfect deck if you want to start playing with vinyl or if you just want to listen to your record collection at home.

Solidly built with excellent vibration damping and precise audio playback, this high-torque deck has a USB out so you can make digital recordings of your vinyl collection in our free rekordbox software. You can also combine the PLX-500 with the rekordbox dvs Plus Pack, a compatible mixer and the RB-VS1-K Control Vinyl to play and scratch with digital files.

Excellent Sound Design

Just like the PLX-1000, the PLX-500 is built to produce a high-quality vinyl sound. The shortest possible audio routing from the stylus to the outputs reduces distortion, while the phone/line output switch lets you connect directly to your sound system or to powered speakers with no need for an external amplifier.

Easy Digital Recording

Record your vinyl collection to high-quality digital files by simply connecting the turntable to your PC or Mac via the USB out.

Smooth DJ Play

Use the PLX-500 to mix and scratch your vinyl records or combine the turntable with rekordbox dvs, a compatible DJ mixer and the RB-VS1-K Control Vinyl to play and perform with your digital files.

Cover Art Display

Put your record covers on display while listening to your vinyl thanks to the sleeve stand inside the dust cover.

Included Accessories:
- Slip mat
- Dust cover with jacket stand
- Adapter for 45 EP records
- Head shell (with cartridge)
- Balance and shell weights
- Audio conversion cord:
- 1 Stereo pin plug (female)
- 1 Stereo mini plug (male)
- USB cord
(3 ratings)
Submitted August 21, 2017 by David Jones
"Pioneer PLX500 for DJ applications"
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Unless you are a world class turntablist you will have no problem DJing with this unit. The motor on the 500 is slightly weaker than the big brother PLX1000 but for normal mixing and scratching you will be fine. I use butter rugs and I'm not heavy handed either. So to each his/her own but i would rate these a strong 7.5 out of 10. The PLX 1000 a 9 and the 1200 of course a perfect 10. I use serato as well as REAL vinyl. Hope this helps someone
Musical Background:
DJ 30yrs pro dj club and mobiles
Musical Style:
im a mix dj. old school, hip hop, r&b, top 40 etc etc
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