Product Comparison: Pioneer PL-30-K vs Pioneer PL-990

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General Specifications
About the Product
The new Pioneer PL-30-K turntable allows seasoned vinyl lovers to upgrade their existing phono system, while new-generation music listeners can explore the thrill of collecting and engage with music in a way unique to the vinyl experience.
Sometimes you can' t beat a vinyl classic. This fully automatic stereo turntable features a low-mass straight tone arm, precise DC servo motor and built-in phono equaliser. Simply connect to any auxilliary/line input on our amplifier or mini system.
Key Specs
Drive Type
Belt drive
Belt drive
Operation Type
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Pioneer PL-30-K Audiophile Stereo Turntable with Dual-Layered Chassis and Built-in Phono Equalizer
  • It's a very fine fully automatic record player. I highly recommend this to anyone who's looking for an inexpensive unit.
  • It's a beautiful turntable with fully automatic operation, a feature I really like.
  • I fell in love with automatic start with a push of a button and automatic stop when the record ends.
  • It delivers a good sound quality, is fully automatic, and it is an affordable way to enjoy both old and new records without sacrificing too much sound quality in the process.
  • Not a bad price and a beautiful turntable. Nice automatic return. Very happy with this purchase.
Size & Weight
4.25 in.
3.9 in.
17.19 in.
16.5 in.
14.69 in.
13.4 in.
12.3 lbs.
5.84 lbs.
What customers say about "Size & Weight"
Pioneer PL-30-K Audiophile Stereo Turntable with Dual-Layered Chassis and Built-in Phono Equalizer
  • Speaking of plastic body, this thing is really light weight and easy to carry around. I consider that a pro because it makes moving it around the house easy.
  • It having a plastic lid and case, I don't expect not desire anything different, and it keeps it lightweight.
  • Very nice turntable, decent weight and solidly built, compared to 70's models it seems a lot more plastic.
  • The table is also quite lightweight and doesn't feel as sturdy as I would like it to be.
  • It is a compact looking deck but with a cheaper, lightweight feel compared to my old seventies machine.
Record Sizes
12, 7
12, 7
Playable Record Speeds
33 ⅓, 45
33 ⅓, 45
Moving Magnet (MM)
PZP1004 / MM type
Integrated Preamp
What customers say about "Audio"
Pioneer PL-30-K Audiophile Stereo Turntable with Dual-Layered Chassis and Built-in Phono Equalizer
  • Great internal preamplifier! Record sounds like a CD or MP3 but with the warmth of a Record. Very crisp and clean!
  • The sound quality is great, to hear the crack of the vinyls is really a welcome experience.
  • The magnetic cartridge that it comes with sound really good.
  • It has a build in preamp so it's output is line level. That makes it a lot easier to connect it to speakers.
  • Audio is very crisp and clear, and there is no humming or undesirable feedback.
Speed button, Start button, Stop button, Size select lever, Equalizer amplifier switch
Arm-elevation button, Stop button, Start or Play button, Speed button, Speed adjust knob
Vinyl player
Vinyl player
Platter Material
Aluminum die-cast
Rubber mat
Dust Cover Included
Speaker(s) Included
Stereo RCA audio out
Stereo RCA audio out
Double-Layered Chassis, Built-in phono equalizer, Unobtrusive Design, Straight tone arm
Universal-type cartridge connector, Built-in Phono EQ, Low-mass straight tone arm
What customers say about "Features"
Pioneer PL-30-K Audiophile Stereo Turntable with Dual-Layered Chassis and Built-in Phono Equalizer
  • It sounds great! The automatic arm is a nice way to listen to records! It even works with the lid closed, so you don’t have to worry about dust.
  • The pitch control with the strobe light is really easy and convenient to use. I haven't seen this feature on any other table within this price range.
  • It's extremely good, and the tonearm seems to have very minimal weight, helping to preserve the quality of records.
  • Plastic body looks relatively basic. Not fancy at all. So if you’re looking for a very nice looking turntable this is not one of its strengths.
  • The body is made out of plastic. Some might not like this.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year(s)
1 year(s)
Other Information
299.99 $
179.00 $

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