Listen to Your Vinyl Collection With a Pioneer Turntable

Odds are you have a collection of old vinyl records that are just collecting dust in your house because you do not have a working turntable that will play them. There are various new turntables still being made by Pioneer and other companies, but to achieve optimum quality sound, it is often best to use a high-performing turntable that was made around the same time period as in the heyday of vinyl records. Pioneer turntables were well-known for their rich sound and dependable performance, and there are many vintage models on the secondhand market today.

What are some vintage Pioneer models?

Pioneer produced mass-marketed but quality turntables in the 70s and 80s that ranged in functionality and quality from budget to high-end models and possessed slight differences in aesthetic materials. These are some of the more well-known and popular models:

  • PL-12 series - The PL-12 series have a 4-pole synchronous motor and a belt-drive and were manufactured in the 70s. They were popular, mid-priced, manual turntables that were quality models.
  • PL 17 series - These models have a 4-pole synchronous motor and a belt-drive and are fully automatic.
  • PL-15 - The PL-15 series have a 4-pole synchronous motor and a belt drive. They are fully automatic.
  • PL-510 - The PL-510 series have a 4-pole synchronous motor and a belt drive. They are manual and not automatic.
  • PL-550+ - The PL-550+ series are a more premium series of turntables from Pioneer and feature a bigger platter, a quartz motor, and other high-end components.
  • PL-L - The PL-L series are linear tracking arm turntables instead of pivoting arm turntables. They are more expensive models due to the more advanced technology required for linear tracking.
Can you replace parts in a Pioneer turntable?

You can replace the parts in a Pioneer turntable either with new, universal components or by removing parts from a Pioneer or another manufacturer's turntable system. These parts are readily available from various sources. You can also add components to modify the original specifications of these turntables.

What is the difference between a linear and pivot turntable?

A linear arm turntable tracks every record groove at a 90-degree angle as opposed to a pivot arm, which has a slight change in angle for each subsequent groove. The sound remains stable throughout with a tangential linear tracking arm because it does not lose precision from a changing arc. The Pioneer PL-L series are linear tracking turntables that were more expensive because of this demanding technology.