Rega Planar 2 vs Pioneer PLX 1000

For those who prefer pure sound - Rega Planar 2 vs Pioneer PLX 1000

Rega Planar 2 vs Pioneer PLX 1000

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Features & Performance

The Rega Planar 2 vs Pioneer PLX 1000 features comparison shows that the PLX 1000 comes with a built-in phono pre-amp – 2.5 mV nominal at 1 kHz. However, both models use the same cartridge type - moving magnet, but the Rega Planar 2 headshell is lighter – 3.5 g compare it with the 4 g headshell used in the PLX 1000. Both have replaceable styluses.

These two models have good motors installed and they support 2-speed options – 33.3 and 45 RPM, but the Rega Planar 2 uses the belt drive method, while the Pioneer PLX 1000 uses the direct drive technology.

Design & build quality

The Pioneer PLX 1000 vs Rega Planar 2 design comparison shows two different approaches.

The Rega Planar 2 looks very modern with its glass platter and a straight tonearm. The input ports can be found on the back panel.

The Pioneer PLX 1000 looks complex – it has various knobs, buttons, and a slider. The S-shaped tonearm is quite lightweight. It comes with a transparent cover. Overall, both models are easy to operate.

The dimensions are 17.6x14.2x4.6 in for the Rega Planar 2 versus 17.8x13.9x6.6 in for the Pioneer PLX 1000. The weight is 12.1 and 41.4 pounds respectively.

Rega Planar 2

Pros:

  • The output sound is extremely clean and deep – you get no distortion or resonance. The isolation is great, so you get not humming sound.
  • The setup process is quite easy. The customers do not have any problems with the anti-skate technology.
  • It is built-well, so it stands still and you get not any noise from ports.

Cons:

  • Some customers had issues with the anti-skate technology – it pulls the arm away.
  • The tonearm may swing back to the resting point when you lower the tonearm on a specific track in the record.
  • Some units have problems with speed.

Pioneer PLX 1000

Pros:

  • It is built-well – the construction is stable (it is quite heavy), the direct drive motor with high torque and the tonearm assembly is solid, plus it is lightweight. The construction prevents any resonance.
  • The output sound is clean and pure. You also have various adjustments, like multi-tempo control.
  • It is compatible with various devices and this model is flexible in terms of connectivity.

Cons:

  • Some customers find the tonearm bearings to be too loose. Plus it may be challenging to balance the tonearm.
  • It has basic turntable features, which are not enough for professional musicians.

Rega Planar 2

Rega Planar 2 review

Mar 29, 2019

This audiophile-grade turntable has everything to make the sound flow naturally. Its heavy build ensures the flat vibration and no resonance going through the speakers. It is belt-driven and features...

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Pioneer PLX 1000

Pioneer PLX 1000 review

Mar 29, 2019

Legendary manufacturer of the audio electronics Pioneer has presented the PLX-1000 model. This is a top-class professional analog turntable for DJs, which is also designed for domestic use. See price...

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Product

Rega Planar 2
Pioneer PLX 1000

Model

Planar 2
PLX 1000

Brand

Rega
Pioneer

Rating

4.0 of 5
0

Reviews

34
0

Cartridge

Type

moving magnet (MM)
moving magnet (MM)

Appropriate needle pressure, g

2,5
0

Supplied headshell weight, g

3,5
4

Stylus

Replaceable

Type

diamond

Model

Rega Carbon
PN-X10

Motor

Drive method

belt
direct

Platter type

acrylic
aluminum diecast

Speed, RPM

33.3, 45
33.3, 45

Torque

>1.6 kgf-cm
>4.5 kgf-cm

Wow & flutter (WRMS), %

0.1
0.1

Sound

Frequency response, Hz

20 - 20000
20 – 20000

Signal to noise ratio, dB

65
70

Gain

54-60

Output level

Pre-amp

Controls

Operation type

full manual
manual

Pitch control

Pitch variation, %

+/-8, +/-16, +/-50

Braking system

electronic
electronic

Connections

USB

0
0

RCA

1
1

Other

has not
has not

Features

Dust cover

45 RPM adapter

Other

has not
has not

Power

Motor type

DC
DC

Power consumption, W

3
9

User manual

Manual

N/A
N/A

Dimensions

Size, cm/inches

11.7 x 44.7 x 36 x/4.6 x 17.6 x 14.2
15.9 x 45.3 x 35.3/6.6 x 17.8 x 13.9

Weight, kg/pounds

5.5/12.1
16.6/41.4

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