Product Comparison: Pioneer PLX-500-K vs Technics SL 1210 II

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General Specifications
PLX 500
SL 1210 II
About the Product
The PLX-500 inherits the layout of the PLX-1000 professional turntable and produces a warm, clear analogue sound.
The precision Diecast Aluminium Cabinet and rubber base ensure total stability and vibration damping and the Quartz Direct Drive Motor means precision and reliability in mixing, proven and sworn by Djs the world over.
Key Specs
Drive Type
Direct Drive
Direct Drive
Operation Type
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Pioneer PLX-500-K 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.
Technics SL 1210 II Turntable
  • It is an all time great turntable, and it looks great in black. Sounds fantastic through my system real build quality.
  • The turntable works perfect not one problem i would highly recommend this product.
  • The SL-1210 ii turntable represents an amazing value for audiophiles that want to get back into the fun and charm of spinning vinyl.
  • The 1210 ii is impossibly smooth; turn it on and watch as the platter gets up to speed in a single rotation, the platter speed is incredibly accurate, again, this sets the standard.
  • Can't say enough good about the quality, durability and value of this product.
Size & Weight
6.26 in.
6.38 in.
17.72 in.
17.83 in.
14.49 in.
14.17 in.
23.6 lbs.
27.6 lbs.
What customers say about "Size & Weight"
Pioneer PLX-500-K 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.
Technics SL 1210 II Turntable
  • Heavy and built like a tank. Every dial and widget is high quality and seem to be made to last.
  • The solid cast aluminum body makes the table feel heavy and professional. Good size and weight.
  • The weight keeps the table from vibrating, and the feet are adjustable to accommodate not-so-even surfaces.
  • Compact and motionless turntable due to its weight. Great clear sound.
  • The turntable is heavy so it is designed for a permanent location, it will be difficult to move.
Record Sizes
7, 12, 10
Playable Record Speeds
33 ⅓, 45, 78
33 ⅓, 45
VM cartridge
Moving Magnet (MM)
Integrated Preamp
What customers say about "Audio"
Pioneer PLX-500-K 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.
Technics SL 1210 II Turntable
  • Sounds great and everything's working fine. There was no auiliary weight for the tonearm.
  • Stunning sound from a beautiful record deck. Great product, well packed.
  • The decks work beautifully with a high compliance cartridge.
  • It's great sound quality as well as its perfectly accurate speed and pitch control.
  • The only problem was that the arm holding the cartridge was not properly secured and the needle got damaged during the transportation.
Speed control switch, On/Off switch, Start/Stop, Pitch select
Pitch slider, Speed button, Start/Stop, On/Off switch
Vinyl player
Vinyl player
Platter Material
Aluminum die-cast
Aluminum die-cast
Dust Cover Included
Speaker(s) Included
Stereo RCA audio out, USB type B
Stereo RCA audio out
No need for an external amplifier, Smooth DJ play, Cover art display
Detachable headshell, Detachable dust cover, Brushless DC motor
What customers say about "Features"
Pioneer PLX-500-K 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.
Technics SL 1210 II Turntable
  • The pitch fader is smooth is a baby's bottom and very stiff - fantastic for precise mixes.
  • Love this turntable. Great sound, accurate as all get-out. All the old records in my collection are enjoying new life!
  • The speed is dead on accurate and the sliding speed adjuster is easy to use. Tracking weight is light enough for audiophile vinyl.
  • I play a lot of hip hop records and the bass is there with force along with the highs and mids.
  • The cover was cracked and the needle was broken. It is very Disappointing.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year(s)
1 year(s)
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