PIONEER PLX-500 – Direct drive turntable
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 you plug it into your sound system or powered speakers with no need for an external amplifier.
Drawing on our heritage in making high-quality decks, the PLX-500 inherits the layout of the PLX-1000 professional turntable and produces warm, clear analogue sound. The high-torque deck is ideal for scratching and comes with everything you need including a cartridge, stylus and slipmat, and its USB out means you can easily make high-quality digital recordings of your vinyl collection in our free rekordbox software. You can use the PLX-500 and the rekordbox dvs Plus Pack to play and scratch digital files when you combine them with a compatible DJM mixer and the RB-VS1-K Control Vinyl. And you can choose between the black (PLX-500-K) and white (PLX-500-W) versions to match your set-up or the design of your home.
The PLX-500-K and PLX-500-W are available from September.
PLX-500 KEY FEATURES
High-quality analogue vinyl sound
The PLX-500 series inherits design features from the PLX-1000 professional turntable to produce the high-quality sound you expect from vinyl. The shortest possible audio routing from the stylus to the outputs reduces distortion, and the phono and line outputs mean you can connect directly to your sound system or powered speakers to enjoy warm sound.
Easy digital recording
An in-built 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. Digitising your tracks is easy using our free rekordbox application and, once they’re in your rekordbox collection, you can play them using the PLX-500 and a rekordbox dvs set-up, or on a DDJ controller, or on CDJs via USB. You can also enjoy them on your mobile devices whenever you 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:
Connect the PLX-500 to your computer with a USB cable.
Open our free rekordbox application (version 4.2.1).
Click the record button in the software and it enters Record Standby mode.
Press play on the PLX-500. rekordbox begins recording when the music starts.
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.
High-torque direct drive turntable for DJ performances and rekordbox dvs
The high-torque, direct drive PLX-500 is ideal for mixing and scratching on. You can also combine it with the rekordbox dvs Plus Pack to play and perform with your digital files when using a compatible DJM mixer and the RB-VS1-K Control Vinyl (available separately).
Dust cover with record sleeve stand
You can 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.
Layout inherited from the PLX-1000 professional turntable
The PLX-500 inherits its slick design from the professional PLX-1000 turntable and you can choose between the black (PLX-500-K) and white (PLX-500-W) versions to match the colour of your gear or the interior of your home.
How to use rekordbox dvs:
Buy the RB-VS1-K Control Vinyl from a Pioneer DJ authorised dealer or directly from our website (limited countries only). Visit rekordbox.com to download the latest version of rekordbox for free, then buy rekordbox dj and rekordbox dvs licence keys. Alternatively you can subscribe to rekordbox dj and get rekordbox dvs as part of your subscription plan. Find out more about rekordbox dvs
The silver coloured PC-HS01-S headshell included with the PLX-500 will be available to buy separately from December 2016 in three colour 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.
Power consumption 11 W
Main unit weight 10.7 kg
Maximum dimensions (W x H x D) 450 x 159 x 368 mm
Output RCA x 1
Other ports USB x 1 (type B)
Included accessories Slip mat, Dust cover with jacket stand, Adapter for EP record, Headshell (with cartridge)
Balance weight, Shell weight
USB cord, Audio conversion cord (1 x stereo pin plug (female), 1 x stereo mini plug (male))
Power cord, Operating instructions
Drive method -Servo type direct drive
Motor 3 -phase brushless DC motor
Braking system -Electronic brake
Rotation speed -33⅓ 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
Start time Within 1 seconds (at 33⅓ rpm)
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)
Cartrigde type VM type
Weight 10 g
Shell length 52 mm
Finger length 21 mm