If you want to set up a home audio system, you should look at getting a turntable. Yes, it’s time to dust off your records. Vinyl is making a comeback. Actually, it’s been doing that for a while now. However, instead of trying to find needles for your old, rickety record player, Pioneer Electronics wants to put a new spin on your old collection. The company just introduced the PL-30 turntable.
The PL-30 is designed to be a sturdy piece of your AV setup, thanks to a dual-layered chassis with a 4mm-thick metal plate. It also boasts a low center of gravity to further provide stable playback and audio reproduction with little feedback and resonance. It even has a DC-servo-controlled motor and belt drive, with low wow and flutter (0.1% or less WRMS) and a signal-to-nose ratio of 60dB (DIN B). Other features include a 5mm-thick rubber mat and an aluminum die-cast tone arm, as well as a high-output, moving magnet (MM) pre-mounted stereo phono cartridge.
Also worth mentioning is that the PL-30 turntable has a built-in phono equalizer and On/Through selector, so it can be used with a preamp, an integrated amp or a receiver, both with or without a built-in phono stage.
The PL-30 comes with a tonearm cable that has gold-plated RCA connectors, a detachable AC power cord, and a clear acrylic dust cover to keep the turntable from getting all funky like your last one.
“There’s a resurgence of people who want to play records again, so we developed a turntable for this new generation of vinyl listeners,” said Chris Walker, director of AV product planning and marketing for the Home Electronics Division of Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. “The PL-30 has a very high-end look with very thick mats and a thick aluminum base. The beauty of this player is that we built in the phono EQ, so no matter what type of receiver you have, the PL-30 will work for any vinyl enthusiast.”
Pioneer is shipping the PL-30 vinyl turntable now, priced at $299.99.
Rod Pera says
Why in Beelzebub’s name did they not include a USB port on the darn thing so we could also use this $300 puppy to digitize our precious vinyl with a single micro-etching pass of the needle?