Vinyl Revolution: Introducing the PLX-500 – Direct Drive Turntable for DJs and Vinyl Lovers

TORRANCE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Extending the family of Pioneer DJ’s turntable models, 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 users plug it into their sound system or powered
speakers with no need for an external amplifier.

Drawing on our heritage in making high-quality players and turntables,
the PLX-500 inherits the layout of the PLX-1000 professional turntable
and produces warm, clear analog sound. The high-torque deck is suitable
for scratching and comes with everything DJs need, including a
cartridge, stylus and slipmat; and its USB out means users can easily
make high-quality digital recordings of their vinyl collection in our
free rekordbox software. Users can use the PLX-500 and the rekordbox dvs
Plus Pack to play and scratch digital files when combining them with a
compatible DJM mixer and the RB-VS1-K Control Vinyl. DJs can also choose
between the black (PLX-500-K) and white (PLX-500-W) versions to match
their set-up or the design of their home.

The PLX-500-K and PLX-500-W will be available in the U.S. and Canada
from September 2016, with a retail price of $349.00.

the PLX-500 introduction video.
about the PLX-500


1. High-quality analog vinyl sound
PLX-500 series inherits design features from the PLX-1000 professional
turntable to produce the high-quality sound expected from vinyl. The
shortest possible audio routing from the stylus to the outputs reduces
distortion, and the phono and line outputs mean users can connect
directly to their sound system or powered speakers to enjoy warm sound.

2. Easy digital recording
built-in 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. Digitizing tracks is easy using our free rekordbox
application. Once tracks are in the rekordbox collection, users can play
them using the PLX-500 and a rekordbox dvs set-up, on a DDJ controller,
or on CDJs via USB. Users can also enjoy them on their mobile devices
whenever they 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:

  1. Connect the PLX-500 to your computer with a USB cable.
  2. Open our free rekordbox application (version 4.2.1).
  3. Click the record button in the software and it enters Record Standby
  4. Press play on the PLX-500. rekordbox begins recording when the music
  5. 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.

3. High-torque direct drive turntable
for DJ performances and rekordbox dvs

The high-torque,
direct drive PLX-500 is ideal for mixing and scratching. Users can also
combine it with the rekordbox dvs Plus Pack to play and perform with
their digital files when using a compatible DJM mixer and the RB-VS1-K
Control Vinyl (available separately).

4. Dust cover with record sleeve stand
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.

5. Layout inherited from the PLX-1000
professional turntable

The PLX-500 inherits its slick
design from the professional PLX-1000 turntable, and users can choose
between the black (PLX-500-K) and white (PLX-500-W) versions to match
the color of their gear or the interior of their home.

How to use rekordbox dvs:
Buy the RB-VS1-K Control Vinyl
from a Pioneer DJ authorized dealer or directly from
(limited countries only). Visit
to download the latest version of rekordbox for free, then buy rekordbox
dj ($129.00) and rekordbox dvs ($99.00) license keys. Alternatively, you
can subscribe to rekordbox dj for $9.90 per month and get rekordbox dvs
as part of your subscription plan. Learn more about rekordbox dvs.

The silver PC-HS01-S headshell that is included with the PLX-500 will be
available to buy separately from December 2016 in three color 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. Our PC-X10 cartridge or
other cartridges can be attached to the headshells (all will be sold


Power Requirements               AC 100 V, 50 Hz/60 Hz
Power Consumption               11 W
Unit Weight               10.7 kg (23.6 lbs)

Maximum Dimensions


              450 mm x 159 mm x 367 mm (17.7 in x 6.3 in x 14.4 in)
Output               RCA × 1, USB (type B)
Drive Method               Servo type direct drive
Motor               3-phase brushless DC motor
Braking System               Electronic brake
Rotation Speed               33 1/3 rpm, 45 rpm, 78 rpm

Rotation Speed
Adjustment Range

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 or more
Start Time               Within 1 second (at 33 1/3 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

              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)
Cartridge Type               VM type
Slip mat, Dust cover with jacket stand, Adapter for EP record,
Balance weight, Headshell (with cartridge), Shell weight, Power
cord, USB cord, Audio conversion cord, Operating instructions
Weight               10.0 g
Shell Length               52 mm
Finger Length               21 mm

About Pioneer DJ
Pioneer DJ Americas, Inc. is the subsidiary
of Pioneer DJ Corporation responsible for sales and marketing in North,
Central, and South America. For more than 20 years, Pioneer DJ has been
a market leader in the design and production of innovative DJ equipment
and software. The company works closely with DJs and clubs to deliver
next generation products that inspire and shape the global dance music
community. Its portfolio includes brands such as Pioneer Professional
Audio and Pioneer DJ Radio, rekordbox dj software, as well as social
platforms KUVO and DJsounds. Pioneer DJ Corporation is a privately held
company headquartered in Yokohama, Japan.

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