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Pioneer PL-12AC

2-Speed Belt-Drive Turntable (1972)

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Pioneer PL-12AC


The model PL-12AC achieves a very high standard of performance despite it's surprisingly modest cost.

It does this through the use of high quality parts such as the vitally important motor - it is a synchronous type, the only kind free from line voltage fluctuations, with the result that turntable revolution is always rock steady.

Correct musical pitch is ensured and this type of motor is also the quietest in operation.

The PL-12AC also features an effective measure against skating - the extra pressure of the stylus against the inner wall of a record groove.

It keeps the balance of the stylus in the groove and assures perfect tracking always at the best condition.

The long lasting polyurethane belt further contributes to the steady, reliable performance of the turntable platter.

The Pioneer PL-12AC is that rarity in the audio world - a true high fidelity unit that even a child can operate with complete safety.


Motor: 4-pole synchronous motor

Drive system: belt drive

Speeds: 33 and 45 rpm

Platter: 300mm aluminium alloy

Signal to noise ratio: 45dB or more

Wow and flutter: 0.1% or less

Tonearm: static balance type, pipe arm

Effective length: 221mm

Dimensions: 430 x 340 x 160mm

Weight: 6.1kg


instruction/owners manual (PV)  English

instruction/owners manual (KL)  English - Cummingsa

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