Posting news and updates from the music industry is definitely not part of our ethos, but when it comes to such a cornerstone announcement, even we can't ignore it. You might remember a certain video teaser shot earlier this year at Musikmesse, portraying a turntable prototype from Pioneer and after months of secrecy, the company finally let the official press release loose today along with a promotional video featuring the ever-present DJ Qbert and DJ Shortkut. What is interesting is that Pioneer seemed to have been listening to the user market and taking notes so that they implemented some nice features on their device to set them apart from the Technics king of all TTs.
The most important feature is a variable pitch fader with selectable range of ±8%, ±16% and a whopping ±50% for those out there that like to mix gabber with trip hop. Cable management has been taken into account so you can say goodbye to the usual mess of phono, ground and power cables that makes every other TT out there a pain to store and carry. This also means that you can forget opening the unit and soldering various cables and connectors and can simply hook up your best RCAs right at the venue. The design is basically the same tried-and-tested layout that worked for the past 40 years, the only difference is that it features the company's trademark cirlce play/stop button you find on their CDJ line and gorgeous blue lighting, a very popular hack among 1200 users. For a full spec list, please read the official press release.
Priced at $700 per unit, the PLX-1000 is targeted mainly to professional users such as heavyweight vinyl DJs and clubs or to rich kids with plenty of daddy's cash to burn. Amateur wax lovers or upcoming bedroom DJs will be better off hunting Technics auctions on ebay as there will be quite an influx of 1200 and 1210 in the following months.