The Fully Automatic Record Player
It’s an easy world with an automatic turntable. You simply slip on your favourite LP and hit the start button, the turntable does the rest. Simplicity equals elegance and elegance offers convenience, and there’s hardly a more convenient method of playing records than through an automatic turntable. It does the work while you do whatever the hell you want. Now, this equation is often met with the same old audiophile complaints, additional moving mechanical parts equal additional vibrations, which in turn affect audio quality. And in a perfect world this is perfectly true. But at five hundred odd dollary-doos for a turntable those affects are marginal at best, and what the audiophiles often miss are the aesthetic affects of the listening experience. From LP cover art to the careful arrangement of your home set up, playing vinyl is a physical medium. It’s not designed to hide in the background like a lot of digital offerings. It’s meant to be present, at the forefront of the listener’s experience. The method by which we listen to our music has a very tangible affect on the pleasure of that experience; therefore, the benefits of an automatic setup - if you’re so inclined - have the potential to counter any audiophile detractions.
It’s with this idea in mind that we’re now offering the fully automatic Pioneer PL-30 turntable at Vinyl Revival. With a fully automatic operation, 4mm metal plate double-layered chassis providing a low centre of gravity for greater stability, switchable inbuilt phono preamplifier, 5mm rubber mat and complimentary high-performance moving magnet cartridge, this latest offering from Pioneer is more than just a slick little unit, it’s also a serious entry level player with all the necessary mod cons to hook into almost anything you’re running at home. The switchable phono stage allows you to bypass the PL-30’s internal preamplifier when using an external unit or offers the convenience of connecting to any system or set of active speakers without a phono input. It makes the PL-30 a versatile option when considering your ideal home analogue arrangement. The tonearm design, with removable head shell and fully adjustable counter weight, allows for optional cartridge upgrades, continuing to improve the overall audio quality of your stereo system well into the future. And the thick, 5mm rubber mat further dampens resonate vibrations that work to diminish audio quality. All in all, it means this little baby’s certainly no slouch.
It’s a pretty simple decision for many to choose an automatic turntable. Convenience is king. You slap down a record and press play; that’s it! Hard to argue with, really. And I know what you’re thinking, the Pioneer PL-30 sounds like the lazy man’s turntable. I get it. But why exactly is that such a bad thing? None of us are immune to those late night LP sessions, drunk behind the wheel of our own turntables and passed out before we’ve had time to raise the tonearm from Jimmy Page’s 127sec mind bending blues solo on Tea For One, closing track from Zeppelin’s seventh album, Presence. Who the hell wants to sit up, straight, waiting around for that? I sure as shit don’t! Neither should you. And while the jury is still out (meaning the ongoing ping pong audiophile forum arguments) on exactly how bad that can be for your stylus, I think we can all agree it’s better to err on the side of caution here. So if flippin’ records without the frustration of cueing your stylus is something that speaks to you, if an inbuilt phono stage for the benefit of hooking up to powered speakers or phono-less amplifiers is a key ingredient for your setup, if the word audiophile induces violent stomach upheavals that lodge awkwardly between you teeth, perhaps the Pioneer PL-30 turntable is just the record player for you.
Photos taken at our friendly neighbours: OTC in Brunswick St. Thanks legends!