Pioneer PL-512X user reviews
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- Overall Opinion
- This is a really solid record turntable, one that has been in my family for many years. My dad has had this table since he was in high school, which was 1971-1975. All I've ever had to do to get it fixed and working again (beyond the obvious point of replacing the stylus), was to readjust the belt one time. And that only took a few minutes! I think one of the best features about this is the arm. It has a cool adjustable feature that prevents skating on the table. It's a bar that raises the arm and drops the needle as low as it needs to go, so that you aren't scratching records. One thing I wasn't crazy about was that it doesn't have the protective plastic cover for the table, which makes damaging it a little bit easier. However, that's a minor complaint.
As far as sound quality, this table is a pretty great-sounding one. Granted, 90% of the sound is because of the needle, but I've certainly heard record players that sounded far worse even with better needles. This is certainly a trusty table, assuming you have all of your needle issues figured out.
The needle on this table is one that I haven't been able to find. I'm still looking into replacing some parts and seeing if I can get a different needle. I'd rather not go online and pay a ton of money for it, if it'd be easier to just to find another way to do it.
All in all, a solid table that holds up well over time. As long as nothing on this table breaks and the cables are kept straight, it's a perfectly capable unit. The needles might be tough for you to replace, but you can get them online if you really need them.
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