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Pioneer PL-570

Quartz PLL Direct-Drive Motor Fully-Automatic Turntable (1977-1978)

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Pioneer PL-570


The Pioneer PL-570 is a 2-speed, direct-driven, integrated turntable system.

Features include a Warren motor for automatic functions, anti-skating force control, lateral balancer, stylus pressure direct-readout counterweight, arm height adjusting device, cueing device, headshell stand, strobe light, insulator feet and free stop hinges.


Type: direct drive

Motor: quartz PLL Hall motor

Platter: 324mm aluminium alloy diecast

Speeds: 33 and 45rpm

Speed control range: +-6%

Wow and flutter: 0.025%

Rumble: 70dB

Tonearm: static-balanced type, s-shaped pipe arm

Effective length: 237mm

Overhang: 15mm

Cartridge weight range: 4 to 13.5g

Dimensions: 490 x 390 x 200mm

Weight: 13.5kg


instruction/owners manual  English

service manual (HGT)  English

service manual  English - RTM

service manual (PXM-049)  English - RTM

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I just bought a PL570 turntable from eBay and it doesn't look like the one pictured here. My turntable does say PL 570 on it. Just wondering if they put out different turntables with the same model number. Maybe different years of the same model look different? Curious.

PL 570

Yep. There were two Pl 570's. The one from the late 70's was one of the best Pioneer turntables they made while the other one was from around the 80's sometime. Less desirable then the woodbase one from the 70's. Just my $.02 worth.

PL-570 differences

Weird that Pioneer would recycle model numbers. What's the difference between the two, other than cosmetics?


The original PL-570 was a top-model for the time and continues to be a desired model that retails for $200 or more, depending upon condition. It's a large turntable with quartz-lock speed control and a very heavy MDF base that's makes it much less prone to feedback than most lesser direct-drive models.

The newer PL-570 is a mostly plastic model that uses a lower spec motor and a shorter tonearm. It's platter and plinth are considerably lighter. The electronics are less sophisticated. It is a decent turntable, for sure, but its overall performance is far below that of the original model.

I don't know why, other than to cause confusion, that Pioneer chose to recycle model numbers for essentially dissimilar models.


I know that my PL-560 turntable that I bought new in 1979 is a different model than the one named PL-560 that was sold in the mid-80's. You are likely seeing the same issue with the 570.