Pioneer DJ PLX-1000 Direct-Drive Turntable

Scratch with confidence on this high-torque direct-drive turntable! With its familiar, classic layout, the PLX-1000 feels like the DJ industry standard.

Borrowing from a half century of turntable experience, Pioneer offers the PLX-1000 DJ Turntable, a professional-grade turntable that's affordable to the entry- to mid-level record collector, yet robust enough for scratch-heavy DJ sets. With a traditional control layout -- play/pause controls and stroboscopic RPM indicator on the left and speed controls on the right -- old-school DJs will recognize and appreciate the classic feel. Truth be told, the design of the DJ turntable hasn't really changed in the last few decades, you don't fix what ain't broken.

Note: The Pioneer PLX-1000 does not include a cartridge.

Learn more about the Pioneer PLX-1000 DJ Turntable:

From the Den to the DJ Booth -- You Need a Pro Turntable

Anyone with a serious addiction to vinyl collecting knows that not all turntables are created equally. Most entry-level USB turntables, while appealing in price, are notorious for their appallingly poor audio quality -- from low-quality digital-to-analog converters to belts that warp, causing your records to play back at the wrong speed. A vinyl enthusiast is not doing themselves any favors by trying to save a few bucks on a turntable. Whether you're a longtime turntablist looking to replace an aging instrument or you're a newcomer to the ongoing music format wars, no audio setup exudes aural superiority quite like your favorite records played on a quality turntable.

Quality Construction

Designed with a die-cast aluminum platter, die-cast zinc read more chassis, vibration-dampening materials, and rubberized insulation, everything about the construction of the PLX-1000 says quality. Weighing in at nearly 30 pounds, the PLX-1000 turntable is one piece of electronics which hasn't been value-engineered into obscurity.


- High-torque direct drive analog turntable
- Three-phase brushless DC motor
- Die-cast aluminum platter
- Electronic braking system
- Classic button layout
- Plays 33 1/3 and 45 rpm records
- Tempo control slider with variable range (±8, ±16, ±50) and reset button
- Starting torque of 45kg-cm or more
- Can achieve rotational speed (33 1/3 rpm) in 0.3 seconds
- S-shaped tone arm
- Output via stereo RCA cables
- Anti-theft Key Lock port included
- Detable audio and power cables for easy setup/teardown
- Pioneer slipmat and 7-inch record adapter included
- Power consumption: 9W
- Weight: 28.88 lbs

What's In the Box?

- PLX-1000
- Power cord
- Audio cable
- Ground wire
- Adapter for EP record
- Turntable sheet
- Slip mat and sheet
- Dust cover
- Head shell
- Weights (balance, sub and shell)
- Operating instructions

Note: Some assembly required.
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- Power Requirements: AC 110-120V/220-240V, 50 Hz/60Hz
- Power Consumption: 9W
- Output: RCA x 1
- Main Unit Weight: 28.88 lbs.
- Maximum Dimensions: (W x H x D) 17.83 x 6.25 x 13.89"
- Drive Method: Quartz lock serve type direct drive
- Wow and Flutter: 0.1% or less WRMS (JIS WTD)
- Motor: 3-phase brushless DC motor
- S/N Ratio: 70dB (DIN-B)
- Braking System: Electronic brake
- Turntable: Aluminum die-casting diameter: 13.07"
- Rotation Speed: 33-1/3rpm, 45rpm
- Starting Torque: 4.5kg-cm or more
- Rotation Speed Adjustment Range: +/-8%, +/-16%, +/-50%
- Start Time: 0.3 seconds (at 33 1/3rpm)
- Arm Type: Universal type S-shape tone arm, gimbal-supported type bearing structure, static type balance
- Tracking Error: Within 3o
- Effective Length: 9.05"
- Arm Height Adjustment Range: 0.23"
- Overhang: 0.59"
- Stylus Pressure Variable Range: 0oz to 0.14oz (1 scale 0, 0.03oz)
- Proper Cartridge Weight: Single cartridge: 0.12oz to 0.45oz
- Included Accessories: Turntable sheet, Slip mat, Dust cover, Head shell, Balance weight, Sub weight, Shell weight, Adapter for EP record, Power cord, Audio cable, Ground wire
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 40.25 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 22 x 19 x 11 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): PLX-1000
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Shipping Weight: 40.25 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 22 x 19 x 11 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): PLX-1000
with Odyssey FZ1200 Case
Shipping Weight: 62.25 lbs
with Odyssey FZ1200BL Case
Shipping Weight: 59.5 lbs

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: 800-421-1404

Pioneer DJ PLX-1000 DJ Turntable

The Pioneer DJ PLX-1000 direct-drive analog turntable is designed for DJs who enjoy the look, feel, and performance of vinyl for music playback. The model offers a highly familiar, user-friendly control layout, high-torque direct-drive mechanism, and exceptional audio playback quality. Combine the PLX-1000 with a Pioneer professional series DJM mixer for an ideal system for true vinyl enthusiasts.

User-friendly Control Layout

The PLX-1000 provides a user-friendly layout familiar to top DJs of the past and present, providing quick tempo control capability on the right side of the player, start/stop button on the left side, and a high-torque platter with a lighted speed guide.

High-Torque Direct Drive System

The direct drive mechanism of the PLX-1000 provides high-torque resulting in stable rotation and exceptional control. The turntable can achieve a starting torque of at least 4.5kg/cm and can reach its fixed rotation speed within 0.3 seconds (at 33 1/3 rpm).

Sound Quality Design

To create an extremely stable player and prevent vibration, Pioneer utilized a heavy-mass zinc die-cast chassis for the top section of the player, reinforced with a bottom section made of 8-mm thick resin. The base of the unit was further enforced with 9-mm thick vibration-damping material that results in extremely stable playback. The tone arm also received great attention in build quality and design to maximize performance, using rubber insulation to minimize howling effects during audio playback. The RCA jacks feature gold-plated machine-cut parts for low impedance for excellent sound quality output.

Tempo Control

The player provides a range of tempo adjustments from +/-8% and +/-16% to +/-50%, giving users a range of pitch speeds. A "RESET" button for tempo sits next to the tempo slider for instant +/-0% fixed rotation speed.

Detachable Power and Audio Cables

The PLX-1000 is built with a detachable power and audio cable connection for increased convenience, especially at times when the unit is being moved around. Users are also able to interchange cables to further customize the sound quality.


- User-friendly control layout
- High-torque direct drive system
- Designed for optimal sound quality
- Tempo control with variable width levels
- Detachable power and audio cables

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 5 out of 5 stars. (8 ratings)
Submitted April 29, 2017 by Jeff L in Huntsville, AL

"Love it. Prefer it Over my SL-1200MK5"

Overall: 5 out of 5 stars
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First off, I'm not a DJ. Just a simple vinyl listener that has tried numerous belt drive turntables but prefer direct drive turntables. I have owned both an SL-1200MK2 and SL-1200MK5. The PLX-1000 is a steal at $699. I prefer the sound over the SL-1200's I owned. I was going to try out the new Denon Prime but got tired of waiting and the release date getting pushed back. I'm glad I went with the PLX-1000. No loose tonearm bearings as I've heard has happened to some. And no big text plastered on all sides like the new prime turntable...big turn off. The PLX is one helluva a turntable. zZounds delivered it in a rapid way! Great service!
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