Review: Pioneer PLX-1000 Turntable

There is a significant part of the DJ world in which vinyl will never die. From turntablists, to reggae jocks spinning 45s, and techno DJs like Sven Väth, the lure of black plastic is inescapable for many. So here we find ourselves, in 2014, with Pioneer, a company long associated with pushing the digital revolution, releasing a traditional analogue turntable. But is it a suitable replacement for the venerable Technics SL-1200? We tested one to find out.


The Good

  • Very similar features to a 1200
  • Great isolation
  • Excellent build quality

The Bad

  • Very similar features to a 1200
  • Other decks have similar performance for less money

The Bottom Line

  • If you want innovative performance features, look elsewhere. But if you want a new turntable which is as close to the Technics 1200 as possible, the PLX-1000 is the one. 

The PLX-1000 turntable is available in the DJTT store here for $697

A simple potted history of DJ turntables, ‘post-1200’, goes like this – once the Technics 1200, designed as a hi-fi deck, was adopted wholesale by DJs worldwide, companies scrambled to produce alternatives. Manufacturers like Gemini made 1200 clones, which were often cheaper, but lacking the patented motor design of the Technics, always fell short on performance.

Then Vestax came along with their own takes on the DJ turntable, innovating all over the place. Sometimes the technology didn’t quite match their ambitions, but they pushed the limit of what was possible with an analogue deck.

As vinyl began to wane as a mainstream format, Chinese company Hanpin produced the ‘Super OEM’ turntable, the most well-known model of which is the Stanton STR8-150, but which has been adapted and re-badged by numerous companies. What the Super OEM had in it’s favour, besides good build quality, was that it was the first deck to take advantage of the expiration of the Technics motor patent. So, finally, there was a Technics ‘clone’ on the market with truly similar performance.

The beauty of the Hanpin design is that, working from a solid base with that motor, manufacturers are free to then innovate around that. So bell & whistle features like line-level output, reverse play, pitch correction, and digital pitch readouts have all appeared on Super OEM decks, reaching a zenith with the Reloop RP-8000 and it’s built in midi controls

Whilst the PLX-1000 clearly shares some DNA with the Super OEM decks (a quick look at the motor confirms that), Pioneer have gone very much in the other direction when it comes to features.

Pioneer PLX 1000: Pitch Perfect?

Like the Technics 1200 series, the signal path on the  is pure analogue. With no line level pre-amp built-in, the audio signal is fed directly from the contacts in the tonearm through to the RCA jacks under the body – just like a 1200. There’s even a ground wire. This is all very ‘traditional’ stuff, and makes for great sound with real vinyl, and the right cartridge mounted.

It’s good to see the sockets recessed so far into the body, as that means you shouldn’t need right-angle plugs to comfortably use the decks in battle style against a mixer, although the pay-off there is that it’s quite fiddly to access them if you change your setup often.

Motor performance is excellent, as expected, with higher torque than a 1200, but nothing that will take your fingertips off when dragging along the platter edge. The startup time is very quick, and there’s no adjustable start/stop time, but the deck is preset to perform much like a 1200 in that area. There will forever be debate around wow & flutter, and other such things, amongst hardcore audio-heads, but for DJing, the motor does an absolutely great job. The Super OEM motor has proven itself for over a decade now, and with the Stanton I own being one of the earliest models manufactured, I can attest to it’s durability.

You can select between +/- 8, 16 or 50% pitch ranges, and at the 8% range the pitch feels very accurate – not precisely like the 1200 mk2, but much like the pitch on the Technics M5G. Easy enough to adapt to, if you are used to 1200s. There’s no click at zero, so no weirdness around that area, and there is a pitch reset button if you need it.

The second start/stop button found on many current decks is not present. I sometimes find myself activating that by mistake on my Stanton when using it battle-style, so no great loss for me, but some turntablists may miss that. It does mean there’s a hole for a 45 adaptor, which can also be used for Novation Dicers without any modding, a real bonus for some DVS users.

The tonearm is excellent, in terms of both usability and isolation. The geometry appears to be almost identical to that of a 1200, and the extra isolating material inside the arm, combined with the large amount of isolation in the base, made for pleasing results when tested in a club booth. Not remarkably better than a 1200 in the same booth, but then the 1200 was always pretty astonishing in that regard anyway, despite it’s hifi roots.

Attack of the Clones

There’s no escaping it; Pioneer have clearly looked at the now discontinued Technics 1200, and said “let’s make one of those”. So much of the PLX is designed with the 1200 in mind – unlike many Super OEM style decks, the platter is sunk into the body like a 1200, and the tonearm base looks almost identical too. Even the target light is a pop-up job, rather than a removable one (that was always an issue on the 1200s, as the bulb would be a pain to replace, but the LED in here should last a long time).

Fundamentally, that similarity is a good thing. The SL1200 is dead and buried, and it’s not coming back. Sure, they last for eons, and can be repaired by countless technicians around the globe, but if you want a brand new turntable, you’ll be very hard pushed to find a pair of box-fresh 1200s at this point (and you’ll pay a fortune for them).

So who is this deck for? It feels like these are really aimed at venue owners/installers, who aren’t wanting to buy second-hand kit for their systems. They get the confidence of knowing that they’ve got a warranty, and after-sales support from a brand they know and trust. And with the PLX, they can feel confident that any vinyl-using DJ who crosses their path will have no problems using them.

As for regular DJs, should you buy the PLX? If you already have a pair of Technics (or Super OEMs) that you are happy with, then no, you shouldn’t. It’s not like you’ll practice at home on those, then play at a club with PLXs and get thrown off your game. You’ll be just fine. And there are really no features (save for the expanded pitch range options) which will make any difference to your sets.

If you don’t own a pair of turntables, though, or are wanting to buy a brand new set, with warranty and so-on (like club installers), then the 1000s are definitely a safe purchase. They aren’t the cheapest around, with a street price of around $700 per deck (because, Pioneer), but the build quality and performance are excellent.

Some people will be looking for more features and innovations from their turntables, but with the PLX-1000, you can be absolutely assured of a very ‘1200-like’ experience, which is, fundamentally, all that a lot of DJs want from a turntable. If that’s you (and you can afford them), then the PLX-1000 will serve your needs very nicely.

The PLX-1000 turntable is available in the DJTT store here for $697

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    The DJ quality 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.

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  • www.runningtrainingclub.com

    I really like the pioneer Plx-1000. Think its one of the best turntables for around $1000
    check this review Pioneer PLX-1000 Review

  • RL

    To all of you wanting to get a set of turntables, please do not listen to fanboys and spend money that you don’t need to spend. If you are looking for a pair of turntables to dj with using Serato(that 100% of you are using, because no one is carrying around 10 crates of records to a show anymore), a 1200, 1240, plx1000, ttx, reloop, st150, or vestax, or gemini will do. I currently have 8 turntables(including a unmark portable). I can get the job done with any of them djaying. I djay in absolute mode so I can pick the needle up and cue my points manually. I just can’t break that habit. The st 150 DO NOT SKIP!!!!! I can my beat juggle routines with the st 150s without having to put paper in the tonearm or turning the counterweight around. I have the curved tonearm. The plx’s are good from what I’ve seen. Pioneer does not pay me a salary(and they don’t pay most of you either) so please stop deceiving these up and coming DJ’s with the nonsense. I’ve had to put up with this for over 2 decades and in 2015 the same argument over , ‘you can’t DJ without 1200s” garbage is still going on. I remember parties when an associate of mine would bring his Gemini xldd50 and rock out. Same exact torque as the 1200s. And back then we were using real vinyl. Serato, Trakktor or Final Scratch wasn’t around. I still have my techs, but I don’t dj with them because I have moved on. I keep one plugged in so that I don’t have to use serato whenever I want to hear a record. Anytime someone says something like, “this turntable is equal to 1200” or “It’s better”, the fan boys come out in packs as if they are employed by the company. It’s sad. I just hate seeing people deceive others. If you like 1200s, fine. I like them too, but people move on. If Roc Raida can do a turntable test and say the Gemini’s worked the best for him out of 3 turntables, then they should work for anyone else. (Sorry for long post)

  • Gilson Souza

    Hanping (Voxoa)makes the best turntable and high end dj equipment on planet, they make for most of famous Brand, like reloop ,American,audio,citronic ,stanton ,and many more ,even Pioneer turntable use hanpin super torque motor. I’ve tryed and compared the PLX 1000 with the VOXOA T80, now i can tell you guys ,this voxoa t80 is one of best turntable on the market , amazing quality, super high torque, not cheap plastic , its a super
    heavy and very solid house.

  • Richard 'Richie T' Talmage

    As an engineer, it baffles me when people state ‘excellent build quality’ for the pioneer units…. when I can verify this is not the case.

    The plx IS a mass produced unit, using a company called Hanpin. The machined tolerances are nowhere near as precise as Technics, and many of the electronic components used have poor tolerances.

    This video gives a good explanation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNzMcH2ZbtU

  • orge

    Appologies for dragging up an old thread but I was unable to find much information about the pitch resolution on these decks and, having bought a pair, thought I would share my experience here. For reference, I also own Stanton ST 150’s and I’ve played on Technics 1200s.

    The “issue” I am referring to is the finite resolution of the digital pitch fader on some Super-OEM turntables. In the case of the Stantons the fader resolves to around 0.08-0.11 BPM @ 130BMP. Whilst this is a small amount and should result in a good mix, it can mean more manual platter adjustment for longer mixes. Additionally, the discrete nature of the fader increases the possibility of overshooting (e.g. the fader is right on the “edge” of a step and a very small movement either does nothing or “jumps” a extra step). It is quite easy to see this by enabling the BPM readout in Traktor and playing timecode.

    I don’t think I have ever used the mk5g decks but I have tried older technics with my setup – I found the pitch fader to be linear and there was no discretisation. In theory, bearing in mind the limits of analogue technology, any motor speed is possible and this is reflected by the BPM readings you receive in Traktor.

    The PLX 1000 is not quite analogue in its behaviour but it does appear to be better than the Stanton’s. It’s difficult to say exactly what the limit is, but I would guess it is around 0.02-0.04 BPM @ 130. This is somewhere between 2-4 times the resolution of the Stanton decks, so I am expecting this to result in a reasonable improvement.

    Other observations are that the wow and flutter is maybe twice the ST150 – the ST150 I compared with is really stable (+/- 0.01BPM). The build feels a little better than the ST150 though; bearing in mind my Stanton is around 10 years old and has been used a fair bit at home. As you would expect, torque and platter response feel very similar – PLX is maybe a little stronger/smoother, but this could again be age related. I will miss the line/digital outputs on the ST150 but this is the only negative for me – I never used key lock, reverse or adjustable start stop.

    It’s worth noting that I didn’t pay full price for these and bought in the knowledge that I would be able to return them or sell my ST150’s without a significant loss. If this wasn’t the case, I would probably have thought twice about this purchase as this is clearly fairly nit-picking detail and may not be important to everybody.

    For me, I am a fan of the high torque decks and I’m pleased that Pioneer have released a turntable that resolves the only issue I had with the ST150. This is especially relevant considering the current market price of Technics.

    Hope this helps somebody else make a considered decision.

    J

    P.S. FWIW, this is what Pioneer had to say about the resolution. It’s a bit vague, but it gave me enough confidence to give these a shot:

    “Basically the pitch control mechanism for each model including Technics,PLX, CDJ are the same. The part for PLX-1000 has a higher resolution than
    the ST-150 and has almost the same resolution as Technics. But, as for
    centre area near +/-0%, CDJ-2000NXS has a higher resolution than the
    PLX-1000.”

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    • Poinzy

      On the other hand, Stereophile did a review of this deck in its March 2015 issue and loved it. For better or for worse, that review is probably going to carry a lot more weight than this one.

      • Henry Geskes

        I’m not looking to convince you, or anyone on the validity of the review I shared. Shared for the sake of sharing info with my fellow vinyl community folks on factors that were compared. A magazine review, granted I didn’t have the opportunity to read it (please share if it’s posted out there), pales to witnessing a tech taking the unit apart, comparing tangible (and apparent) component differences. Or maybe it doesn’t, what do I know?

    • James

      When he switches channels towards the end of the video, he doesn’t switch the ground wire…….

  • Poinzy

    The way I see it, there are 2 things that distinguish the PLX-1000 from other Super OEM decks: 1) the rubber-lined tonearm and 2) the premium price. When all is said and done, what makes the PLX-1000 worth $300 more than the Audio Technica Super OEM? I sure-as-hell don’t know.

  • Poinzy

    I’d like to know how this think tracks warped or otherwise damaged records. I do archiving, not DJ’ing. I hear things like “never leaves the groove.” Wow, with 5 grams of stylus pressure? On a perfectly flat LP? Amazing.

  • maaraneasi

    Its funny to see how the DJTT reviews of Pioneer stuff lacks objectivity. I have read several other reviews of PLX and none of them was saying its “excelent” or whatever. Moreover all of them are saying that this is a quite crap when talking about the build and sound quality. As per the reviews, the motors are dying, the sound comparison is pointing to a very unbalanced sound etc… This really makes me not to trust much to your reviews… 🙁

    • Poinzy

      OK, let’s see a few links.

      • maaraneasi

        Try for example the one here… Not sure if google translate will give you some reasonable translation but basically that guy who is working in a guitar shop has made side by side comparison. he is basically said the same I mentioned earlier and what I read on other servers – the motor rotation is not stable and the higher frequencies are to aggressive that the sound representation is not “as recorded” https://www.facebook.com/damoonprague/photos/a.10152701893085616.1073741826.48192180615/10153546373360616/?type=1

        • Poinzy

          Looking for a link to text or video. All I get here is a picture.

          • maaraneasi

      • maaraneasi

        Some failures here

        • Poinzy

          Oh, yeah. This is my go-to guy for turntable reviews. Lol.

      • maaraneasi

        But only the time will show how they stand when comparing to 1200.
        I know there is quite hype around them because pioneer reinvented the wheel but I am skeptic and not going to throw my technics away to replace them with these… 😉

        • Poinzy

          Do you know what a “straw man” argument is? I didn’t say anything about Technics turntables.

          • Guest

            Ok I got a chance to see the PLX dismantled… Its great feeling to know that its being manufactured by Hanpin, and the technology inside is the same like in stanton, reloop etc.. In other words, PLX is nothing but a Pioneer branded OEM turntable.

  • wysiwygbg

    I’m looking everywhere over the internet and I am unable to find an adequate answer to the following questions:
    1. What cartridges are compatible with this turntable (a list of tested/verified to work cartridges)?
    2. Does this turntable support Plug ‘n Play cartridges?

  • SLG

    Although this is a nice review (thank you Chris), the thing I miss when turntable motors are being compared is how they actually react when you touch the platter.
    The technics have the motor-fighting-the-mix issue. You can see a demo of it here:

    I have a Stanton str8 150 and this turntable doesn’t have this issue. The synq xtrm 1 (I had one but sold it) didn’t have this issue either. It seems like OEM turntables have a motor that can handle finer adjustments.
    So how does the pioneer handles this?
    This motor-fighting-the-mix problem makes me prefer my Stanton over the Technics.
    Though I think the Technics is prettier 🙂

    • Mark Smith

      The Super OEM Turntables have a bit highewr torque than the Technics 1200’s do.

  • Tim Burrell

    I like the rubber insulated tone arm

  • Tim Burrell

    I wish the actual sound quality would be compared between Technics, Pioneer, OEM

    • RH

      “The two ‘tables look very similar, and had near identical feature sets, but they didn’t sound the same. The SL-1200 MK2 had a warmer tonal balance, with better-defined bass; the PLX-1000 was brighter and clearer-sounding, so it was more fun to listen to. With my old Beatles albums, John Lennon’s vocals popped out of the mix more on the PLX-1000.”

      Source: http://www.cnet.com/news/pioneer-plx-1000-a-dj-turntable-an-audiophile-can-love/

      • Tim Burrell

        Cheers, thanks for that

  • s3ltzer

    When was the last time that Pioneer created something innovative. All they’ve been doing for the past few years is either direct clones or mashed-up clones from other companies. Pretty lame IMO.

    • wysiwygbg

      It is better to clone something that many people like, fixing possible bugs, instead of creating something entirely new and modern that possibly someone will like or not. Look at Microsoft’s “Metro” interface, look at iOS7/8, etc. The new isn’t always better than the old.

  • DJAK47NYC

    …it’s a reincarnation of the 1200… We knew that already. Thank you, Captain Obvious.

    …Right on Pioneer! I will get a pair!
    …Tried the Stantons… eh. Tried Re-Loops… eh. Audio Technica? Don’t make me laugh.
    …Tried the PLX-1000s, they win.

    • Santa Creek Furrows

      Can you elaborate on your experience with the other decks? I’m on a fairly tight budget, and I don’t play my sets on turntables, I use a controller. I’m wanting one good deck to replace my aging and well used TT1625 tables from Craigslist. Mainly for listening to real vinyl, although someday I mad dabble with DVS and add a 3rd platter to my setup via the turntable, and a 4th via a media player such as the Denon SC2900/3900. This would give me versatility at home, to play just about any media type, and also to practice using different gear in case the need to play a set on tables or CDJs ever came up. (not likely, I live in a county without a stoplight) I have on top of my list, the Audio Technica 1240 and the Reloop RP7000. Any input from anyone would be most welcomed.

      • Nick

        Hey Santa! For what you are looking to do with it this pioneer plx should be the top of your list! It feels and plays like the industry standard tirntables!

    • Blake Felice

      Are you…are you serious? They all use the exact same motor and pitch control Some even the same tone arm. How can the PLX-1000 “win” when it’s basically the same as the others? It’s like saying “I’d totally sleep with you, but not your identical twin sister…she’s ugly.”

    • DJ sureshot

      you bit the “pioneer” apple didn’t you? i had one of those POS PLX, the tone arm was shit out the gate. Sent it right back. An over priced OEM turntable that can’t do any more than the LP1240 can.

  • Mark G

    After doing a little bit of research, I found that the audio-technica Turntable LP1240-USB
    Professional DJ Direct-Drive Turntable (USB & Analog)
    http://audio-technica.com.au/products/lp1240-usb/

    Has the same motor as the Pioneer and the torque is almost the same as a SL1200 and it’s cheaper, My advice maybe try them both and work out which better suits your individual needs.

    “Personal choice is everything”

    • Diesel

      Looks so ugly though!

    • QAMRONparq

      I’ve played on a pair of those quite a bit – I love them.

      They feel great and I wish Technics had all their features.

    • Moren0

      They’re not, bad, although wouldn’t recommend them for scratching, with identical cartridges it seemed to skip a bit more than the technics, and i tried many different settings, otherwise very good feature wise, especially that killer rewind.

    • Santa Creek Furrows

      The AT table is at the top of my list, not for playing out, just at home. If I play out it will be on a controller with backups in place, such as Djay 2 on an iPad, run into the aux input. I’m looking at the AT for a value purchase, to replace cheap Numark TT1625. It also has the cover, which is a plus, as I live in a log cabin, with wood heat, miles from a paved road…. dust is an issue always.

  • teknik1200

    Does the MK5G have the digital pitch fader? I’ve not played on a 1200 with one yet.

    • QAMRONparq

      The SL-1210M5G has a digital pitch – I have one and it rocks.

  • polromeu

    Reloop RP-8000

    • TheQuakerOatsGuy

      I’d agree if they didn’t have that weird upswing in speed and absence of sound when they are powered off. Not saying I’d buy these either, though.

      • QAMRONparq

        Numark decks do the same when powered off.

        • Mark Smith

          The Stanton ST-150 has a separate power switch (On Top) off and complete power off (Where Wires Plug In) whereas the Reloop’s do not.

          • QAMRONparq

            I assume the top switch turns off the motor – that is handy.

  • Phil Gaitan

    Great Review! Thanks Chris, perhaps a revised look at needles wouldn’t hurt!

  • Shaun

    I actually felt sorry for Chris watching that video. Five and a bit minutes that could have been summed with him shrugging his shoulders and saying ‘it’s a 1200 with slightly more torque’.

  • Product tester

    “Quote” – “The SL1200 is dead and buried, and it’s not coming back.”

    Be careful with what you write…
    I am not going to state anything, but don’t be surprised around autumn / winter next year.

    • Nicky H

      Er, you kinda did just state something?
      Panasonic are relaunching the Technics brand soon but have said they aren’t making any more 1200’s, but never say never eh.

      • QAMRONparq

        I dig their headphones.

    • Blake Felice

      “I’m going to say something by pretending not to say something.”

      Lame

    • Scotty

      “Ny-ey-vah say neh-VAAAAA” – Justin Bieber.

    • Kenny Lopez

      And guess what’s coming back this year, the 1200s!

    • Will Harvey

      Well you’re right

  • audiomontana

    omg cutting edge at 19 seconds… crack me up

  • Elvebakk

    Would be nice if they bring out a mini version for 7 inch records. Maybe PLX-700. I would fit nicely in my living room, and it will also please my girlfriend since she is not a big fan of the size of the 1200.

    • WC

      Girlfriends come and go, 1200s are for life.

      • Blake Felice

        Sadly that’s the only pair known to exist.

      • mmp

        Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to have a pair, but I honestly can’t imagine why anyone would spin on these beyond the cool factor. If you actually know how to spin (and i mean spin, ie mix, scratch, beatjuggle, etc.) on 7 inches, this seems kinda terrible. most everyone I know who really gets down on 7 inches uses donuts or just puts their hand on the full size slipmats most of the time. plus I wouldn’t want straight tonearms fucking up my rare vinyl.

        But they do look cool as hell.

    • QAMRONparq

      I can see this being useful for me if Serato released control vinyl that size – So much lighter and easier to move. Plus, I’m fun sized too – It would be adorable.

      • audiojunk66

        Numark V7, Denon HS 5500.

        • QAMRONparq

          That’s not control vinyl.

          • mmp

            they do have control vinyl that size. They did a split 7 inch on Jazzman records, one side is control vinyl the other side is a cover of Marvin Gaye. Worth getting for the Marvin Gaye cover but not for the 7 inch control vinyl. why in the world would you do that?

          • QAMRONparq

            Like I said above, smaller platters and magnets/coils mean less weight. It would be a hell of a lot easier (to transport) than two 12″ decks with cases and it would feel more familiar than V7s or an NS6/7.

  • QCube

    I would like to hear a talk and review about the super OEM row, where the differences between the moddels are and why the pricing is different. Which you would highly recomend, which one winns in price to quality and so on. You could give a lot of input with an pretty decent Article there 🙂

  • Andrei Matei

    Great review. I can’t wait to get a pair. I checked one out at Guitar Center and it felt great. I’ve got some pristine 1210s but have been too scared to gig out with them, so now I’ll have the PLX’s to do so!

  • Robert Wulfman

    maybe they’ll release a PLX-500 with a bunch of bells and whistles

    • it’ll be the PLX-2000 and they probably will along with the XDJ-2000

    • calgarc

      no no, they go down to the plx-800, and if you want traktor support get the 850

    • Santa Creek Furrows

      why would the better version not be PLX-1200, then a 1210 later? I still can’t believe that the media players they come out with don’t have hot cues and many of the features that controller DJs enjoy. I’d consider a CDJ if it had even just the addition of cues, on a player under 1k USD. The R1 proves they can make players and a mixer at a decent price, so a little more than half that price, for a player, WITH CUES, would make sense. For now I’m considering a Denon player and an AT 1240 or an RP-7000.