Pioneer PL 570 – XL A700s

The Pioneer PL-570 (or XL A700S in the Japanese version) was Pioneer’s top of the range in 1977-1979, and is, in my opinion, one of Pioneer’s best and most beautiful turntables. Big in size, looks and performance.

Quartz PLL Direct-Drive Motor Fully-Automatic Turntable.

The wood and chrome set is perfect, perfect when it’s working, unfortunately it is known to have some problems at the level of the plastic gears that move the arm, they break easily after a few years and getting parts for this mechanism nowadays can be a problem… and I know what I’m talking about…

Other than that, stable and reliable brushless direct drive Hall Motor, with Quartz Synchro Pulse with serious electrical and stability specs, optional controls for manual speed adjustment, strobe light and VTA adjustment.

Selection of 3 record sizes or manual, repeat function, a good S-shaped tonearm, with performance specs of 70dB signal-to-noise ratio, while wow/flutter is around 0.025%.

In terms of sound, very, very good!

A sample of what high-end audio engineering of the 1970s was all about.


Type: direct drive
Motor: quartz PLL Hall motor
Platter: 324mm aluminium alloy diecast
Speeds: 33 and 45rpm
Speed control range: +-6%
Wow and flutter: 0.025%
Rumble: 70dB
Tonearm: static-balanced type, s-shaped pipe arm
Effective length: 237mm
Overhang: 15mm
Cartridge weight range: 4 to 13.5g
Dimensions: 490 x 390 x 200mm
Weight: 13.5kg

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