By Scott T. Sterling
With the ongoing resurgence of vinyl records, Pioneer is set to introduce the PLX-1000 turntable into the world for the next generation of music lovers hooked on the warmth of wax.
For years, electronics manufacturer Technics maintained the DJ turntable standard, producing the legendary SL-1200 turntable upon which countless aspiring jocks learned how to master the art of mixing records. The company stopped making the iconic record players in 2010, as the advent of CDJs and various digital programs took over the DJ scene. With an increasing number of new DJs returning to the roots of the form with vinyl, Pioneer looks to fill that gap with the PLX-1000.
“There’s an entire DJ community that continues to use vinyl because they love the concept and feel of a moving platter associated with traditional turntables,” explained Pioneer’s director of marketing, David Arevalo, in a press release. “Existing turntable users will definitely appreciate what we’ve put into developing the PLX-1000, and that we’ve stuck to the true philosophy of vinyl.”
The PLX-1000 will make its retail debut in August, and will come with a suggested retail price of $699. Jocks will be able to check the turntables out up close and personally at this year’s International DJ Expo happening Aug. 12-14 in Atlantic City, N.J.
Watch DJs Qbert and Shortkut (both former members of the legendary Invisibl Skratch Piklz crew) cut it up on a pair of PLX-1000s in the video above