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Pioneer PL-516

2-Speed Belt-Drive Turntable (1978-1979)

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pioneer pl-516 auto-return turntable
Pioneer PL-516


The Pioneer PL-516 is a 2-speed, belt-driven turntable with auto-return mechanism.

Other features include an anti-skating control, cueing device, fine speed adjuster, strobe light, insulator feet, plug-in type headshell and a 40mm thick particle board cabinet.


Type: auto-return turntable

Drive method: belt drive

Motor: FG servo DC motor

Speeds: 33 and 45rpm

Pitch control: +-2%

Wow and flutter: 0.045% WRMS

Signal to noise ratio: 68dB

Platter: 320mm aluminium alloy die-cast

Tonearm: static balance type, pipe arm (s-shaped)

Effective length: 221mm

Overhang: 15.5mm

Usable cartridge weight: 4 to 10g

Dimensions: 440 x 365 x 140mm

Weight: 7.2kg


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Arm Elevation Lever

The Arm Elevation Lever on my Pioneer PL 516 isnt working properly. It just remains in the down position. Is this something I can fix easily?

Anti skipping adjustment

Does anyone know how to adjust the Anti-Skipping beyond the "Anti Skip" knob? I have tried turning the Anti Skip knob left and right but the tonearm just keeps sliding from the ouside edge to the center. I tried also adjusting the weight but with no success. Any input would be helpful. Thanks.

Anti-Skatting adjustment

The Anti-skate is probably not working. Open the turntable up and see if the anti-skate spring has either broken or become detached.

Your stylus may be missing.

Your stylus may be missing. Have a look with a magnifying glass / jeweler's loupe.
This may be what's wrong:
Good luck.
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Pioneer PL-516 NOOB

well i just picked up a new for me Pioneer turntable and cant wait to get back into my vinyl
a few questions first i have seen on some places where you are going to need a phono amp for this
seeing i have a new Yamaha RXV receiver that i don't think has the set up needed
I have looked at few but not sure what to get i was thinking tube style because thats what Ive heard sounds the best but Im not sure and a need/cart I want pretty descent one but not one thats going to break the bank wide open Id like to get he most bang for the buck but done mind spending some cash i don't think i quite fall into the audiophile set t i mostly listen to 60 70 hard rock
Zep Stone Clash etc so any and all help would be great thanks
Ohim going to need a new belt also 23.5? i think thats the size

New Cartridge/Tonearm balancing for Pioneer PL-516

Happy Friday, folks. Sure hope someone here can help me out.

I gave this model Pioneer turntable to a relative (450 miles away) a few years back and--long story short--it needs a new cartridge. I located a good quality replacement cartridge, shipped it to her and now, need to walk her through--via telephone conversation--replacement and adjustment/balancing the tonearm to the new cartridge.

The original owner's manual is missing in action, and the manual here on the vinyl Engine website for the turntable doesn't seem to cover cartridge replacement and adjustment.

Can anyone refer me to a site where step-by-step procedures may be found? Many thanks!

Mike in NC

Adjusting Platter speed

My brother just got one of the 516 Pioneer turntables and I downloaded the manual but it seems page 7, the instructions for fine adjustment for the platter speed, is not included. Does anyone have this page or know the "how to" for adjusting this with the built in strobe?


Page 7 is there, but speed adjustment is on page 10 (also there). You basically set the pitch control to zero then adjust the pots on the motor control board for each speed.


thanks got it

thanks got it