Pioneer's PLX-500 direct drive turntable is affordable and versatile

Pioneer has announced a new direct drive DJ turntable that seems to be aimed at the 'vinyl lover' who might also want to dip their toe into DJing waters.

More affordable than the PLX-1000, which was unveiled in 2014, the PLX-500 benefits from a line output, which means you can plug it straight into your speakers without the need for an external amp.

There's also a USB audio output, and if you couple the deck with Pioneer's rekordbox software and dvs Plus Pack - plus a compatible DJM mixer and RB-VS1-K Control Vinyl - you can play and scratch digital files.

Indeed, the high-torque deck is said to be ideal for scratching, and includes a cartridge, stylus and slipmat. It's available in black and white.

Expect to see the PLX-500 in stores in September priced at €349. Find out more on the Pioneer DJ website.

In other news, Pioneer has announced that it's DM-40 desktop monitors are now available in white.

The DM-40-Ws features the same technology as the original black version, including the soft dome tweeters with DECO convex diffusers produce a 3D stereo sound and a wide sweet spot.

The monitors are available from mid September 2016 at an SRP of €169 (per pair), including VAT. More information can be found on the DM-40-W webpage.

DM-40-W features

  • New white body
  • Front-loaded bass reflex system with grooves for uninterrupted, rich bass
  • ¾-inch soft dome tweeters with convex diffusers for a wide sweet spot
  • Class AB amps
  • 4-inch fibreglass woofer
  • Curved front edges reduce resonance
  • Volume control dial is on the front panel for ease of use
  • RCA and stereo mini jack inputs
  • Headphones output
Ben Rogerson

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it.