Vestax Upgrades PDX-3000 Turntable To MKII
Vestax has upgraded their PDX-3000 direct drive turntable to MKII status and given it MIDI implementation. The Japanese concern maintained their original Anti Skipping Tone-arm System to ensure high sound quality and stable playback by reducing the inner and outer force of the needle, suppressing horizontal vibrations. The strong high pressure foamed ABS plastic that constructs the body is advanced in durability, strong against feed back and is highly resistant to impact. The new insulators in the turntable’s “feet” are now filled with rubber for absorbing shock, and have airspace inside for better low frequency feedback absorption.
The PDX-3000 MKII’s direct drive DC motor has been upgraded and now has a claimed torque of 4.7CN/cm; it reaches a constant speed rate within 0.5 seconds from pushing the start/stop button. The PDX-3000 it is now digitally (32bit CPU) controlled with a digital servo.
With an advanced digital servo in combination, Vestax has cast a new mold to optimize the balance between the platter weight and rotary inertia moment. This enables the DJ to perform with higher stability and accuracy. Having the surface been lowered, DJs have more control over vinyl, along with carefully designed sides for precise pitch adjustment.
The digital servo firmware is the brain of the control circuitry. Over the past 10 years, it has advanced in order to provide better analog simulation of torque control to DJs. Two control modes can be selected for the DJs preference. Performance mode maintains the stabilized speed and rapid acceleration/deceleration, while MIX mode enables to control precise rpm with the slightest touch to the platter.
The PDX-3000 MKII can be controlled by MIDI note signals sent from other control devices. For example, hook up a MIDI keyboard with a single note vinyl and you can play musical scales. (There’s very little info from Vestax on this feature and Vestax has not provided definitive specs, but this could be very interesting. —Ed.)
» Turntable Motor: Direct Drive
» Quartz Start Time: 0.5sec. (33 1/3rpm) 70°
» Torque: Maximum 2.7kg/cm
» Breaking System: Electrical Breaking
» S/N ratio: 78dB (IEC 98WTD)
» RPM Speeds: 33 1/3rpm, 45rpm
» Fine Pitch: ±10? (100mm FADER)
» Ultra Pitch: ±50? (45mm FADER)
» Wow Flutter: Below 0.07??W.R.M.S
» Tone Arm: Anti Skipping Tone arm System
» Tone arm Balance: Tracing Hold
» Height Adjustment range: Maximum 9mm
» Needle pressure range: 0 – 7g
» Stylus Light: DC12V 20mA Replaceable
» Speed Lock: Quartz Lock
» Remote control: Start / Stop mini jack?
» MIDI Control: MIDI terminal
» Dimensions: 454(W)×162(H)×365(D)mm
» Weight: 9.5kg
» Power: AC100V 50/60Hz
» Power consumption: 10W
No pricing or availability has been announced. More information on the Vestax PDX-3000 MKII.