PIONEER: PL-30-K turntable

Steve Guttenberg .....

Pioneer has been making turntables for ages, and this model, the PL-30-K is a strong budget-priced contender.

The ongoing surge in LP sales shows no signs of slowing down, but not everybody gets "it" -- they don't understand what the fuss is all about. Why has this ancient format not only stuck around long after digital should have buried it? What the hell is going on?

The answer is simply this: at its best, vinyl draws me into the music more than digital ever does. Vinyl listeners are more engaged, LPs somehow make music more enjoyable, but all bets are off if the turntable and/or phono cartridge are lacking. That's where the new Pioneer PL-30-K turntable (US $299, UK £299) comes into play: it kept LP surface noise down to a minimum, speed stability was good, and it's a fully automatic design. What does that mean? After you place a LP on the platter, press the start button, and the metal platter starts turning, the tonearm ....

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