Just Announced: Pioneer DJ PLX-500

The Pioneer PLX-500 direct drive turntable is perfect DJs and vinyl lovers, offering a more versatile vinyl solution for DJing and leisurely listening. 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 Pioneer’s 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.

You might be wondering what differences are between the PLX-500 and the big brother model PLX-1000.

  • Removable RCA cables (the PLX-500 are built-in)
  • Selectable variable pitch fader length
  • Slightly more heavy (we suspect some of the isolation weight in the PLX-1000 is missing on the 500)
  • Lower tolerance for wow + flutter (0.15% or less WRMS on PLX-500, 0.1% or less on PLX-100)
  • Quartz lock direct drive (PLX-500 has a servo type direct drive)

With the release of the PLX-500 Pioneer have Created a versatile home set-up with the DM-40 active speakers – the desktop monitors that produce a rich, balanced sound fit for DJing, producing and general playback. The Pioneer DM-40.

Pioneer have packed the compact DM-40s with high-quality speaker technology from Pioneer’s pro-audio sub-brand TAD and our S-DJ X Series of pro-DJ monitors, including a front-loaded bass reflex system to deliver a tight bass kick you’ll feel. Soft dome tweeters with DECO convex diffusers produce a 3D stereo sound and a wide sweet spot; so you’ll enjoy a clear, energetic sound whether you’re sitting to produce, standing to DJ or listening to music from your smartphone.

With a choice of inputs – RCA and stereo mini jack – you can easily connect the speakers to your DJ or production kit, making the DM-40 a versatile all-rounder ready for any home set-up.

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