Pioneer PLX-1000 need a good cart match

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Pioneer PLX-1000 need a good cart match

Post by Maine Pup » 25 Feb 2016 07:18

I am looking at the Pioneer PLX-1000 table. There are a couple of cartridges I am am thinking about for it.
The Audio Technica AT150MLX, AT440MLB, AT33EV or AT-F7 are ones in my price range. Which one, if any would be the best match?
Thanks for the advice!

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Re: Pioneer PLX-1000 need a good cart match

Post by Alec124c41 » 15 Mar 2016 01:42

You have a couple each of MM and LOMC. If you have a phono preamp that can handle LOMC, go for it. If not, your list got shorter.

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Post by ehanson077 » 03 Apr 2016 03:32

Hi Maine Pup and greetings from Maine. I'm not sure what your budget is or what style of music you prefer, but I just picked up an Ortofon 2M Bronze for my PLX-1000 and it is phenomenal. I have used the 2m red and 2m blue and was never really impressed with either. The 2m bronze however it is a completely different animal. I also have a Grado Platinum which is great for many genres but not particularly strong with hard rock, and not recommended for metal or hardcore if you listen to anything in those genres. My tastes and collection are very eclectic from Earth, Wind, and Fire, to Buena Vista Social Club, to Johnny Cash, to the Cro-Mags, Neko Case, John Coltrane, Rush, Zero 7, and many others across many spectrums and genres. I am currently listening to a rare vinyl copy of Soundgarden's "Louder Than Love" and am blown away by the detail and energy of the 2m bronze, it's like I've never heard this album before, despite the reality that I've listened to it hundreds of times. Highly recommend the 2m bronze for the PLX-1000, to my ears this is about as good as it gets. Best of luck on your journey.

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Post by irwan37 » 10 Jun 2016 09:17

ehanson077 wrote:Hi Maine Pup and greetings from Maine. I'm not sure what your budget is or what style of music you prefer, but I just picked up an Ortofon 2M Bronze for my PLX-1000 and it is phenomenal. I have used the 2m red and 2m blue and was never really impressed with either. The 2m bronze however it is a completely different animal. I also have a Grado Platinum which is great for many genres but not particularly strong with hard rock, and not recommended for metal or hardcore if you listen to anything in those genres. My tastes and collection are very eclectic from Earth, Wind, and Fire, to Buena Vista Social Club, to Johnny Cash, to the Cro-Mags, Neko Case, John Coltrane, Rush, Zero 7, and many others across many spectrums and genres. I am currently listening to a rare vinyl copy of Soundgarden's "Louder Than Love" and am blown away by the detail and energy of the 2m bronze, it's like I've never heard this album before, despite the reality that I've listened to it hundreds of times. Highly recommend the 2m bronze for the PLX-1000, to my ears this is about as good as it gets. Best of luck on your journey.

Hello, i also use ortofon 2m bronze and pioneer plx1000 with stock mat. Which alignment did you use and which number did you adjust for the VTA? thanks.

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Post by ehanson077 » 10 Jun 2016 11:20

Hello, excellent choice I've been using the Pioneer PLX-1000 with theOrtofon 2m bronze for months now and to my ears is perfect. I have mine set at 1.4 grams tracking and vertical at about 0.5 and get great results. For alignment I use the Baerwald pattern for Technics 1200, I couldn't find specific to PLX-1000 but pattern is dead on and a match for the table.

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Post by irwan37 » 12 Jun 2016 09:17

ehanson077 wrote:Hello, excellent choice I've been using the Pioneer PLX-1000 with theOrtofon 2m bronze for months now and to my ears is perfect. I have mine set at 1.4 grams tracking and vertical at about 0.5 and get great results. For alignment I use the Baerwald pattern for Technics 1200, I couldn't find specific to PLX-1000 but pattern is dead on and a match for the table.
@ehanson077 try it last night with vta just about 0.5 and sound very good. Thank you. the manual said set the vta at 0 if cartridge height is 19mm. the bronze height is 18mm so i never bother lifting the vta until yesterday :D

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Post by Garven » 21 Jun 2016 18:03

Maine Pup wrote:I am looking at the Pioneer PLX-1000 table. There are a couple of cartridges I am am thinking about for it.
The Audio Technica AT150MLX, AT440MLB, AT33EV or AT-F7 are ones in my price range. Which one, if any would be the best match?
Thanks for the advice!
I've been using several cartridges with my PLX-1000, including a 2M Bronze, 2M Black, Shure M97xE, OM20, but the one I keep coming back to is an AT150MLX. Works tremendously well with my tt.

By the way, I highly recommend the KAB TD-1200 fluid dampener mod as well. I recently read comments by user vincei on audiokarma.org that his TD-1200 fit his PLX-1000 perfectly so I decided to try one. It REALLY made a difference for all my cartridges but especially my AT and 2Ms. The way it stabilizes the imaging and deepens the soundstage is stunning!

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Post by Tasebass » 14 Sep 2016 05:56

I have an Ortofon 2M Black mounted to a Zupreme headshell on my PLX 1000...

Very happy. :)

Cheers Tase

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Post by peter-dog » 24 Jan 2018 02:54

See my post at:
viewtopic.php?f=16&t=45649&start=405#p828608

I've since upgraded my phono preamp to the Emotiva XPS-1 Gen 2, and am very happy with the Denon DL-103R. I've spun over 50 hours of vinyl, and the response throughout the spectrum is superb.

Note that the DL-103R replaced a Nagaoka MP-110, not because it needed replacing, but because I wanted to experiment. The MP-110 was no slouch either - clear sound and responsiveness. Just wanted to maximize my results as I digitize my collection.

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Post by 4011021 » 11 Mar 2018 18:35

I'm also considering 2M Blue or Bronze just to see what happens. I use 2M Blue and Nagaoka MP-110 and like both.

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Post by DK1 » 13 Mar 2018 10:59

Been through the entire 2M range Red-Black and to my ears the Bronze is the sweet-spot in the range. Currently have a Black fitted to the Pioneer but I have always found it a noisy stylus. No worries as I don't use the Pioneer anymore, much prefer my Marantz-Nagaoka set-up.

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Post by lumholtzii » 15 Mar 2018 00:54

I've been using a PLX-1000 for around 5 months now, and have tried a number of cartridges including a Stanton 681eee, a Nagaoka MP-150, and now a re-tipped Clearaudio Virtuoso. The Stanton was considerably better than an Ortofon OM-10, the Nag was an excellent step up from that, but perhaps still 'thin' and little 'toppy' but not in a nasty way. And the Clearaudio ? well it sounds incredible .... it is rich & even across the freq. range, and has 'slam' that I've never experienced previously from vinyl.
As per some earlier comments, it is worth spending some solid money on a good cartridge for this table, as is so solid.

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Post by NaimNatNod » 26 Apr 2018 18:38

Hi there,

I've been using my gold Pioneer PLX-1000n for several years now. I've gone through many cartridges with this turntable (Shure M97XE, Ortofon 2M Red, Grado Blue, AT33ev, Paradox Pulse aluminum shell Denon 103, 103r, 103r SS Ruby, 103r Boron MR and yesterday I just put my trusty old AT-OC9MkII (which is more than 15 years old) on it and I really like the sound. The prephono is Naim StageLine K.

Here is a YouTube clip that I made yesterday.


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Post by NaimNatNod » 26 Apr 2018 18:55

Hi there,

I've been using my gold Pioneer PLX-1000n for several years now. I've gone through many cartridges with this turntable (Shure M97XE, Ortofon 2M Red, Grado Blue, AT33ev, Paradox Pulse aluminum shell Denon 103, 103r, 103r SS Ruby, 103r Boron MR and yesterday I just put my trusty old AT-OC9MkII (which is more than 15 years old) on it and I really like the sound. The prephono is Naim StageLine K.

Here is a YouTube clip that I made yesterday.




and some song clips that recorded with this PLX-1000n/AT-OC9MkII.

"Fields of Gold" from Eva Cassidy.
http://71.95.254.161:8080/musicstation/ ... pl_id=NDY2

"The Pretender" from Jackson Browne.
http://71.95.254.161:8080/musicstation/ ... pl_id=NDY3

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Re: Pioneer PLX-1000 need a good cart match

Post by naru1980 » 17 Nov 2018 17:01

For those of you who like the 2M Bronze (which I'm considering), did you install it to the stock headshell on the PLX-1000. Any other mods/adjustments recommended, or is stock going to be ok?

Turntablelab suggests buying an auxiliary weight: https://www.turntablelab.com/products/o ... -cartridge

I'm basically looking for plug and play with this turntable. Need convenience and durability right now, with a 7 month old and 2 curious cats.

Edit: Also looking for recommendations on carts. I have a Jolida JD-9 phono preamp, which I believe handles MC well.

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