Pioneer unveils back-to-basics PLX-1000 turntable

Some gear porn to start your day.

Pioneer is better known in the industry for its professional quality CDJs, so when the company teased a classic vinyl turntable at Germany’s Musikmesse technology showcase earlier this year, our curiosity was piqued.

And here it is: the direct-drive PLX-1000 is a fully analogue bit of kit with a back-to-basics set of knobs – start/stop and tempo controls on one side, tempo fader on the other.

The tempo controls are the only unusual bits, as RA reports, allowing you to switch from plus/minus 8 all the way up to 50. There’s also a tempo reset button, removable power, ground and phono cables and some clever stuff about damping, isolation and feedback.

Watch it in action in the video below. The arrival of the PLX-1000 seems very well-timed, with vinyl sales at their highest for over a decade and a swathe of new vinyl specialists opening across the UK.