Pioneer PL-530

 

Pioneer PL-530

 

The Pioneer PL-530 was offered from about 1976-1978. It was also known as the PL-A500s in Japan and the PL-530x in the U.S. which had a dark gray/black plinth as opposed to the wood plinth on the regular PL-530. It utilizes a DC brushless Hall direct drive motor and a separate motor for the tonearm as well. It's two speed fully automatic. It's probably considered a mid range turntable due to the fact that when it was issued in 1976 there were two other Pioneer turntables above it in price and quality. The PL-570 which was a automatic quartz model and the PL-550 which was a manual quartz model.

 

Pioneer PL-530

 

Still, the Pioneer PL-530 is a reliable, good looking turntable. One weakness is its plastic tonearm base which does have a tendency to crack over time. The PL-530 is pretty common and can be purchased relatively cheaply. It will generally sell from $150 for an average unit to over $400 for a restored unit. The unit pictured above has a custom dustcover as opposed to the original slightly lower dust cover.

 

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Pioneer PL-630

Pioneer PL-630

Pioneer made some good turntables during the vinyl heyday and this is one of their better ones. The Pioneer PL-630, produced in 1978 and 1979, is an excellent turntable. It is a quartz locked direct-drive turntable fitted with an S-shaped, static balance type tonearm and is fully automatic. It has two speeds, 45 and 33, and utilizes optical detection for the tonearm. Basically you just push the button and the tonearm lifts and swings over to the record and starts playing. When it's done the tonearm lifts and goes back to the rest. The automatic feature can be turned off in case you need to drop the needle on a non-standard record.

Another nice feature of the PL-630 is that the dustcover does not cover the controls so that you can operate the turntable with the dustcover closed.  The PL-630 basically had the same specs as Pioneer's top of the line PL-C590 turntable and used the PA-5000 tonearm.

Pioneer PL-630

Some of the other features of the Pioneer PL-630 are:

 

  • Direct drive
  • Quartz PLL Hall motor
  • Speeds: 33 and 45 rpm
  • 330mm aluminium alloy diecast platter
  • Rumble: 75dB
  • Wow and flutter: 0.025%
  • Cartridge weight range: 4 to 12.5g
  • Tonearm: static-balanced type, s-shaped pipe arm
  • Size: 470 x 148 x 418mm
  • Weight: 26.5 pounds



The PL-630 is a very popular turntable and therefore sells for a premium for vintage turntables. One in excellent condition with a Stanton 681 eee cartridge recently (9-11-2011) sold for $555.00. If you're looking to restore a PL-630 there is an excellent thread at AudioKarma.org covering a full resto.

 

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