Product Comparison: Audio-Technica AT-LP120-USB vs Pioneer PLX 500

General Specifications
PLX 500
About the Product
This professional stereo turntable features a high-torque direct-drive motor for quick start-ups and a USB output that connects directly to your computer. Other features include: forward and reverse play capability; cast aluminum platter with slip mat and a start/stop button; three speeds 33/45/78; selectable high-accuracy quartz-controlled pitch lock and pitch change slider control with +/-10% or +/-20% adjustment ranges; and removable hinged dust cover. A selectable internal stereo phono pre-amplifier allows the turntable to plug directly to components with no dedicated turntable input. A USB cable and adapter cables are included along with Mac- and PC-compatible Audacity software to digitize your LPs.
The PLX-500 inherits the layout of the PLX-1000 professional turntable and produces a warm, clear analogue sound.
Key Specs
Drive Type
Direct Drive
Direct Drive
Operation Type
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Pioneer PLX 500 Turntable
  • Pioneer well built direct drive turntable. It looks really nice.
  • The feature I like is being able to leave the unit on but stopping the platter to change records.
  • Plays 45's,33's and 78's. This turntable has amazing sound
  • It was easy to set up and it's easy to use. Plus, did I mention that it sounds great?
  • So far this is great works with my whole pioneer set. Love listening to my old records.
Size & Weight
6.1 in.
6.26 in.
17.7 in.
17.72 in.
13.9 in.
14.49 in.
23.5 lbs.
23.6 lbs.
What customers say about "Size & Weight"
Pioneer PLX 500 Turntable
  • I've been waiting for years for Pioneer to come out with a new higher end turntable with all the features I want for an affordable price.. and this is it! This thing is very well built.
  • This is a very good choice for a regular vinyl listener also who just wants a new,well built turntable. Highly recommend!
  • After doing research I found this to be an excellent option for the price point, with a great mix of features and a robust build.
  • One thing really noteworthy about the Plx-500 is the high quality (large) sound isolating feet and sturdy mechanical design. At its price point, its a true value.
  • Just received my new turntable today, seems to be excellent build quality for this price range of turntables.
Record Sizes
7, 12, 10
Playable Record Speeds
33 ⅓, 45, 78
33 ⅓, 45, 78
Magnet phono cartridge and long-life diamond stylus
VM cartridge
Integrated Preamp
What customers say about "Audio"
Pioneer PLX 500 Turntable
  • It is absolutlie brill the sound is great and quality aswell
  • This turntable delivers amazing sound.bass and treble sound great and very clear good sound on my newer records
  • Very little background noise and hiss, clear precise sound
  • I don't know if it scratches or how it links up with a dj rig but I know it sounds great hooked up to my Onkyo system.
  • Audio playback quality is also excellent and should satisfy the average audiophile.
Power dial, Start/Stop, Speed control switch, Pitch control, Quartz Speed Lock, Voltage Selector Switch
Speed control switch, On/Off switch, Start/Stop, Pitch select
Vinyl player
Vinyl player
Platter Material
Aluminum die-cast
Aluminum die-cast
Dust Cover Included
Speaker(s) Included
Stereo RCA audio out
Stereo RCA audio out, USB type B
Mac- and PC-compatible Audacity software digitizes your records, Professional anti-resonance, die-cast aluminum platter with slip mat
No need for an external amplifier, Smooth DJ play, Cover art display
What customers say about "Features"
Pioneer PLX 500 Turntable
  • I DO love pioneer,and ths turntable is great.and doesnt have all that other garbage that those djs love to play with there fingers.
  • It has pitch control, conterweight, anti-skate, s shaped tone arm, removable cartridge and headshell, built in preamp
  • Bought it for my husband's birthday, he loved it! He used to DJ now he can play all his vinyls. All his oldies collection.
  • I recommend this turntable to any one who wants to learn how to DJ with vinyl or those who just want to play records on a cool looking peice of equipment.
  • I do like also the USB feature to digitize my records into MP3.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year(s)
1 year(s)
Other Information
299.00 $

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