Pioneer PL-30-K Audiophile Turntable

  • Model #: PL-30-K
  • Web Code: 10382474
Sold and shipped by: Best Buy
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Audiophiles rejoice. The Pioneer PL-30-K turntable makes listening to records easier and more rewarding than ever. This turntable comes equipped with a high-performance, high-output moving magnet stereo phono cartridge, pre-mounted and ready to play. The PL-30-K is also equipped with a built-in phono equalizer and On/Through selector.

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  • Comes equipped with a high-performance, high-output moving magnet stereo phono cartridge, pre-mounted and ready to play
  • Equipped with a built-in phono equalizer and On/Through selector
  • Ideal turntable for systems that use a preamp, integrated amp or receiver even without a built-in phono stage
  • Engineered with a dual-layered chassis that employs a 4mm-thick metal plate for increased mass and rock-solid sound
  • Designed with a low center of gravity that provides stable playback and sound that’s free from feedback and resonance
  • 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)
  • Precision machined, aluminum die-cast platter supports a 5mm-thick rubber mat that suppresses external vibrations
  • Aluminum die-cast tone arm is a static-balanced design configured with a straight arm tube for optimum geometry
  • Detachable aluminum die-cast headshell allows easy cartridge swapping and overhang adjustment
  • Anti-skate dial allows precise adjustment to achieve the most accurate stylus tracking in the lateral plane, reducing tracking distortion on inner grooves
  • Fully automatic operation with 33 1/3 rpm LPs and 45 rpm 45s so tedious positioning of the tonearm at the beginning of the record and lifting it at the end is a thing of the past
  • Tonearm cable is fitted with gold-plated RCA connectors
  • Convenient detachable AC power cord
  • Clear acrylic dustcover with removable hinges to keep your turntable in pristine condition

What's in the Box?

  • Turntable
  • Turntable Sheet
  • Dust Cover with Removable Hinges
  • Adapter for EP Record
  • Balance Weight
  • Headshell with Cartridge
  • Spare Lead Wires
  • Power Cord
  • Operating Instructions

Manufacturer's Warranty:

  • Parts - 1 Year(s)
  • Labour - 1 Year(s)

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  • Dimensions
    43.1 ( W ) x 10.16 ( H ) x 38.1 ( D ) cm
  • Headphone Jack
  • Playback Formats
    33/45 rpm
  • Remote
  • Weight
    5.6 kg
  • Warranty Labour
    1 Year(s)
  • Warranty Parts
    1 Year(s)



Customer Reviews

2.0 / 5
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  • from Calgary, AB

2 failed motors in a year

Just burnt out a second motor in under a year. When functioning, this turntable sounds great. However it has extremely poor reliability. Do not buy this turntable no mater how cheap it goes on sale for. It's not worth it.,

  • from Calgary, AB

Second motor in 10 months

This unit has blown its second motor in less than a year (highly inconsistent play speed for the last two weeks and now it won't spin at all)... The first was replaced under warranty (see my other review) but now I am going to demand that Pioneer give me my money back. Two motors in under a year is fully unacceptable and I have no interest in paying to have a motor installed once the warranty is up. That's not even to consider the annoyance of not being able to listen to my records with zero notice for several weeks while it is getting fixed. It's 60 year old technology and somehow Pioneer still managed to mess it up. I previously thought Pioneer was a good brand, but my experience with this unit has proven otherwise.

  • from Ontario

Motor Failure

I purchased this turntable online as it is not available in my store. Very easy to set-up and sounded great....for two weeks, then the motor slowly started to fail. Gradually, it slowed down to an unplayable speed so I returned it in store and ordered another (assuming I just had a lemon). Second turntable arrived and I had the same issue within a month. Do not waste your time with this turntable, there are better, similarly priced units out there.

  • from Scarborough, ON

Worked great... for about 3hrs

The speed is inconsistent. No pitch control. Made with a poor motor.

  • from Calgary, AB

Broke within 6 months

The turntable worked great for the first five months then the speed slowed dramatically and the stop/start buttons quit working. Since the TT was older than 30 days, Best Buy told me to go through Pioneer for warranty. Warranty work was completed within two weeks and the TT appears to work fine now. I like the TT but am put off that I paid decent money for technology that has been around since the 1950's that apparently can't make it half a year. I assumed that during the last 70 years they would have perfected the design. Hopefully it was a one off issue, because I will be even more put off if it happens one warranty is up!

  • from Halifax, NS

Good buy

Certainly better than my previous turntable. Ease of operation is great. As for value, it's great for its price range but little is available to compare it against. The only downside for me is trying to purchase a spare cartridge (needle) from a Canadian site. The Pioneer website was of little assistance.

  • from Saskatoon, SK

Great mid level tt!

The unit was easy to set up and has worked well for the last three weeks. The design looks much more modern than the similarly priced turn tables, the dust cover is much higher quality than any other turn tables I've used, and the sound is slightly better than my other turn tables. Despite what other reviews say I still find the unit lightweight but I hope to overcome this by moving the unit to a heavier table. I would definitely buy again!


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