Just when you thought turntables were a thing of the past, even in the midst of what professionals would find as poor versions or imitations of the one and only Technics 1200 turntable, comes what may be a formidable competitor; even to the king of the platter. Stepping up from the crowds is Pioneer, long-time manufacturer of high-quality audio products here attempting their bid at keeping one of the most iconic musical instruments of all time: The mighty 1200! ladies and gentlemen, meet the Pioneer PLX 1000, a nearly identical clone featuring a slightly revisited 21st century design that makes this beauty a real treat as we continue to venture back into the analog world, where even modern forms of DJ'ing are being put into question.
Retaining all of the features that made the 1200 a must-have for any DJ or nightclub owner, the PLX 1000 delivers a high-torque Direct Drive system with a Quartz lock servo for ultimate precision, getting the platter up to speed in just .3 seconds. Noise has been all but eliminated thanks to rubber tubing inside of the Tone Arm, not to mention the use of the best available electronics to maximize clarity.....the reviews? Great! Clear sound, no humming, and even the Start/Stop button has been redesigned to get rid of almost all the noise when pressing it.
The build of the machine is impressive, not unlike its predecessor, yet it has been revised to include a few 21st century design features that would have served the original 1200's very well. While it retains the original look and layout for the most part with a high-mass zinc body, sitting on 8mm of resin, and a 9mm dampening surface; it has also been modernized with blue LEDs that light up the show with style, while 3 buttons above the pitch control allow for the selection of three tempo ranges (+/- 8/16/50%), also including a Pitch Reset button for precise control over your decks and vinyl. Lastly, underneath this rugged beast we find recessed cables that stay within the footprint of the turntable (great for travel cases), while rough undersides allow for greater security while carrying them from place to place.
Nature has an interesting way of rectifying itself over time, and its intriguing how after the last 15 years of digital technologies dominating the music industry, and after much argument and debate, analog machines seem to be making their way back in; taking us back to our roots and proving one of the main points that many tried to make over the span of this whole time period: sometimes it is simply better when there is true human interaction with an instrument, allowing for full creativity that is born from true originality. Sampling, plug-ins, and sync buttons might be good ideas in some instances, but if not looked at objectively and with a critical point of view, they could themselves become the thing that disconnects us from the ebb and flow of music that for many centuries brought us masterpiece after masterpiece that was truly born from within and from that connection between man and machine.
Get this if you are serious about becoming a DJ, or are a seasoned veteran looking to go back to the wheels of steel! There really is nothing like putting the needle on the record and letting the music play.
Written by: Santino Fernandez