Pioneer PL-30-K review & specs

Pioneer PL-30-K: Automatic Turntable For Beginners

Pioneer PL-30-K

This vinyl player from Pioneer is designed to suppress anything that interferes with pure sound reproduction: noises, vibrations, and other mush. Pioneer claims that it was created primarily for music lovers who miss the warm analog sound, reproduced from old-fashioned vinyl audio records.

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Design

The Pioneer PL-30-K is able to fit in almost any interior thanks to its minimalistic style. The silver tonearm and matching cartridge contrast with the black metallic finish of the case. Its body weighs only 12 lbs. The controls are front-facing and minimized, and the platter is centered weighted, with a 5 mm thick rubber mat. The main disc is made of aluminum. Its solid construction stands on the anti-vibration feet. The model is equipped with a protective dust cover made of transparent plastic.

Setup

The Pioneer PL-30-K review is also aimed to help you with a setup. However, the PL-30-K setup is not an issue: place the metal disk over the turntable’s spindle, quickly tighten the drive belt over the engine pulley, attach the counterweight of the tonearm, adjust the tracking force, and you’re done. I had the player ready for playing vinyl records in less than five minutes. Besides, the Owner's Manual provides good information for beginners.

Features

Despite its low price and fairly simple design, this Pioneer turntable has all the standard functions: auto start / stop, two speeds (33.3 / 45 RPM), a plate size switch (17/30 in), and switchable built-in phono preamplifier. The player is equipped with a lifter and a statically balanced direct tonearm with a pre-installed MM-type needle. It’s worth paying attention to the low level of detonation that is less than 0.1%. For protection against unwanted vibrations, the PL-30-K is equipped with two-layer chassis. The presence of a standard preamp allows connecting the turntable directly to an amplifier, AV receiver, or music center. However, if necessary, it can be disabled. The complete set of the device includes some spare electric wires, the adapter for long-playing plates, and a removable power cord. The PL-30 uses a tonearm cable with gold-plated RCA connectors.

Conclusion

In addition to the Pioneer PL-30-K specs and discreet design, it is also characterized by a high-precision performance, primarily thanks to the built-in anti-skating control. Although this turntable is not about impressing audiophiles with fantastic sound reproduction, it is definitely a well-designed automatic vinyl player that has a pleasant sound. Of course, there is a defined group of people that prefer automatic turntables, so it may not be suitable for everyone. However, this solid player is definitely a suitable option for those who prefer strong and durable vinyl players with classic vintage sound.

Common features

Product

Pioneer PL-30-K

Model

PL-30-K

Brand

Pioneer

Rating

3.9 of 5

Reviews

492

Cartridge

Type

moving magnet (MM)

Appropriate needle pressure, g

3,5

Supplied headshell weight, g

10

Stylus

Replaceable

Type

diamond

Model

AT3600L

Motor

Drive method

belt

Platter type

aluminum diecast

Speed, RPM

33.3, 45

Torque

Wow & flutter (WRMS), %

0.1

Sound

Frequency response, Hz

20 - 20000

Signal to noise ratio, dB

60

Gain

Output level

2.5 mV/±3 dB, 1 kHz

Controls

Operation type

full automatic

Pitch control

Pitch variation, %

Braking system

electronic

Connections

USB

0

RCA

1

Other

has not

Features

Dust cover

45 RPM adapter

Other

has not

Power

Motor type

DC

Power consumption, W

2

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size, cm/inches

11 x 43.5 x 37.2/4.6 x 17.3 x 14.1

Weight, kg/pounds

5.6/12.3

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