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LONG BEACH, Calif. (February 5, 2015) – Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. today formally launched the PL-30 turntable, designed for consumers who enjoy the warm, rich and accurate analog sound generated by vinyl records.  With the recent resurgence of vinyl, Pioneer developed the PL-30 to get the most out of any vinyl collection using key built-in features including a dual-layered chassis with a four millimeter thick metal plate, built-in phono equalizer, and a low center of gravity.

“There’s a resurgence of people who want to play records again, so we developed a turntable for this new generation of vinyl listeners,” said Chris Walker, director of AV product planning and marketing for the Home Electronics Division of Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc.  “The PL-30 has a very high-end look with very thick mats and a thick aluminum base.  The beauty of this player is that we built in the phono EQ, so no matter what type of receiver you have, the PL-30 will work for any vinyl enthusiast.”

Build Quality

The PL-30 employs a dual-layered chassis with a 4mm-thick metal plate for increased mass and rock-solid stability.  Its low center of gravity further provides stable playback and audio reproduction with little feedback and resonance.  The combined DC-servo-controlled motor and belt drive offer the most musical performance, with low wow and flutter (0.1% or less WRMS) and a signal-to-nose ratio of 60 dB (DIN B). Pioneer’s precision machined, aluminum die-cast platter supports a 5mm-thick rubber mat to suppress external vibrations.  The player is also equipped with a high-performance, high-output, moving magnet (MM) pre-mounted stereo phono cartridge.  Set with a built-in phono equalizer and On/Through selector, the PL-30 can be used with a preamp, integrated amp or receiver with or without a built-in phono stage.

Pioneer’s aluminum die-cast tone arm has a static-balanced design configured with a straight arm tube for optimum geometry.  The detachable aluminum die-cast headshell allows easy cartridge swapping and overhang adjustment. Its anti-skate dial enables precise adjustments to achieve the most accurate stylus tracking in the lateral plane, reducing tracking distortion on the inner grooves of a record.  With a fully automatic operation compatible for both 33 1/3 rpm LPs and 45 rpm 45s, the Pioneer PL-30 makes positioning the tonearm convenient and problem free.

The PL-30 comes with a tonearm cable fitted with gold-plated RCA connectors, a detachable AC power cord, and a clear acrylic dustcover with removable hinges to keep the turntable clean and pristine.

The Pioneer PL-30 vinyl turntable is currently available with a suggested price of $299.

Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. is headquartered in Long Beach, Calif., and its U.S. Web address is  Its parent company, Pioneer Corporation, is a preeminent manufacturer of high-performance audio, video and computer equipment for the home, car and business markets. 

PIONEER is a registered trademark of Pioneer Corporation.



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