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Pioneer PL-4

2-Speed Direct-Drive Turntable (1981-1982)

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pioneer pl-4 auto-return turntable
Pioneer PL-4


The PL-4 is an auto-return turntable. All its essential controls - speed, pitch control (with strobe), record size and cut - are grouped on the slanted front edge.

Placing a record on the platter and moving the tonearm over to it is all that is necessary to enjoy record play.

There's no need to physically touch the tonearm at any time; the arm automatically returns to its rest when play is over.

Even arm cueing is provided by an arm elevation device located at the base of the arm.

With hall-type motor and straight pipe Tonearm


Type: direct drive

Motor: coreless DC servo, stable hanging rotor, hall motor

Speeds: 33 and 45rpm

Wow and flutter: 0.025%

Rumble: 78dB

Tonearm: static-balanced low mas polymer graphite straight pipe arm

Effective length: 221mm

Overhang: 15.5mm

Cartridge weight range: 3 to 8g

Dimensions: 420 x 108 x 367mm

Weight: 5.8kg


flyer  English

instruction/owners manual  English

service manual  English - nickocaudieus

service manual (additional)  English - nickocaudieus

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Pioneer PL-4

Just bought this turntable; lights up but doesn't spin. When I try to move arm, it just springs back...strange.