2-Speed belt drive turntable
The PL-12D motor drives the platter not via a system of trouble prone idlers but via the tried and true Pioneer belt transmission, shutting out motor vibrations and rumble while improving the overall signal to noise ratio.
The belt, made of a durable polyurethane, resists temperature changes as well as ageing remarkably well.
The 4-pole synchronous motor features highly accurate and stable speed and revolves with practically no vibrations.
Stability is further improved by the fine machining of the zinc-alloy platter.
To keep the stylus tracking perfectly along the centre of the record groove, a specially developed spring activated anti-skating device is provided - it's effect is to guarantee fine channel separation when playing stereo records.
The lightweight and light tracking tonearm is shaped for almost perfect geometry and minimum tracking error.
What's more, it is equipped with an absolute lateral balance weight so that vertical stylus movement will not lead to lateral unbalances.
With it's dark brown, walnut finished base and balanced black-silver colours, the PL-12D looks like the precision instrument it is.
Motor: 4-pole synchronous motor
Drive: belt driven
Speeds: 33 and 45rpm
Speed accuracy: 1.0% or less
Wow and flutter: 0.1% WRMS
Platter: 30cm aluminium alloy
Tonearm: s-shaped pipe
Effective length: 221mm
Dimensions: 430 x 160.5 x 349mm
instruction/owners manual (de) - pehajope
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Submitted by Jimiz
I bought this PL-12D Mk II from a seller off of eBay and was in excellent condition. I took the time to completely tear it down and do a complete rebuild. Reconditioned the foam rubber spring inserts and motor dampers with Lacrosse rubber conditioner, cleaned out the platter bearing housing and spindle and oiled the motor. Gave it a new belt, Nagaoka MP-110 MM cartridge and Litz wire headshell leads with the stock headshell. I didn't use the lateral weight like many on this forum have suggested. I upgraded the stock interconnect cable and AC power cord bundle by replacing these with a separate plate for RCAs for the outputs and Cardas ground lug as well as installing an IEC AC power connector in the plinth where the motor is located.
I agree with the previous reviewer about isolating this turntable from vibration, the plinth is nothing but a resonator for airborne and system coupled vibrations. I am using a Mapleshade Vibration Control System to completely decouple and isolate this turntable from my equipment rack. The result is excellent sound stage, imaging and faithful reproduction of the music. My rating of 9/10 is based on using this turntable with the Mapleshade VCS.
Submitted by mfsibbald
Vibration isolation is key with this player. Once you have this unit setup so it is nicely isolated from vibration and noise she plays beautifully. For what it was intended to be it really has no business sounding this good. You could easily pay 2 to 3 times for a better deck but setup correctly and with a decent cartridge it really deserves and 8/10, it just exceeds what its suppose to be. GREAT VALUE! and GREAT SOUND!
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Submitted by desertdog
Well liked in the 70s as a cheap belt drive, not bad to listen to, looked on as a poor mans Thorens TD 160