Welcome to our VPI page.
VPI produces the most popular & best reviewed U.S. made turntables. For over 30 years, VPI has made the leading U.S. record cleaning machines. The Traveller is VPI's most affordable 'table, $1399 without a cartridge or $1599 with a $200 Grado cartridge. AV SHOWROOM, 6/2012, awarded the Traveller, "Best new product."
STEREOPHILE, 4/16/12, "The biggest, most exciting & most inspiring news [is] VPI's latest & least expensive turntable, the Traveler [which] takes ideas from VPI's popular Scout & Classic models. It has an aluminum platter & plinth, a new 10" tonearm & is available in a variety of colors (at no extra cost). The 'table weighs a hefty 24-lbs & is a cinch to setup. All you need do is install the platter."
The VPI Classic has received more great reviews than any other $2000+ turntable & is the most popular U.S. made turntable. The Classic was named HI-FI+ "Turntable of the Year" & twice received ABSOLUTE SOUND's "GOLDEN EAR AWARD." ABSOLUTE SOUND's editor, Harry Pierson, called it "the turntable best buy"; "holds its own against $150,000 Clearaudio Statement."
In January 2010 Stereophile, page 32, Michael Fremer has two paragraphs on Gold Sound's 2009 Rocky Mountain Audio Fest display with a good photo of our VPI Classic turntable.
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VPI TURNTABLE REVIEWS
U.S. MADE; Models below include tonearm & base; cartridge & dust cover are optional
TRAVELER, $1399; $1599 with $220 Grado Gold cartridge. The Traveler is the most affordable U.S. made 'table. Features include:
1] 10" tonearm for reduced tracking error
2] 24 lb. total weight, reducing feedback or unwanted resonance
3] 8 lb. platter weight, for better speed consistency. 4] RCA jacks, allowing easy cable upgrades.
5] Four 2" high conical aluminum feet, reducing feedback or unwanted resonance.
No other turntable anywhere near the Traveler's price has all these features [except for other VPI models]. A Rega RP3, for example, has none of these features. The Traveler has a piano black finish or is available in a gloss red, white or blue for an extra $100.
"The Traveler combined delicate highs, a clean midrange, outstanding low end control & awesomely silent backgrounds with an overall ease & fluidity that we found intoxicating. The Traveler offered greater clarity, prescence & rhythmic authority than a Rega RP3."
"Best new product." AV SHOWROOM, 6/2012,
"Piano sounded far more delicate, natural & controlled than I'd ever heard. Outstanding low end control & awesomely silent backgrounds. I began sending delirious text messages to audiophile friends. Intoxicating, almost magical."
"Better clarity, prescence & authority than Rega RP3. The Traveler was easily the best; spacious, open, silky smooth & well controlled, a wide, deep soundstage. VPI kept time perfectly. I can't imagine a happier way of listening to LPs than with the Traveler. The Traveler isn't merely reasonably priced - it's a remarkable bargain, built to last a lifetime. And it's made with love, right here in the U.S." STEREOPHILE, 11/12
SCOUT, $1800, "I turned to the Scout to see if a table could truly outperform digital counterparts costing many times more - a statement I'd often heard. There was never a question of being able to differentiate the CD/SACD from the record, the record being fuller, more organic & 3 dimensional. Individual instruments embodied more reality & distinguished themselves from one another more clearly. Trumpets & other brass had all the "blare," but none of the "glare" I was used to hearing. A more defined & solid sound stage emerged time after time, due to the LP's higher information density. I was pleasantly surprised by the lack of "clicks" or "pops" & the very quiet background. The VPI's less complicated design (basic black plinth, hidden motor, translucent acrylic platter & unobtrusive silver tonearm) was my wife's aesthetic favorite." HOME ENTERTAINMENT
SCOUT /JMW9 Tonearm
GOLDEN EAR AWARD, 2008 "If you want to experience a huge taste of analog heaven without the formidable pricetag, this deserves your attention. This simple, affordable table has an exceptionally quiet background & high signal-to-noise ratio, so music leaps out of silence into the room." ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE 3/11
"My first turntable, a Linn LP12, had a somewhat congested sound that bogged down when passages became extremely complex. The Scout did nothing of the kind. It zipped through crescendos with depth & authority. Nuances & inflections were captured with eerie precision. I was impressed by its clarity. The Dynavector is one of the best cartridges available. The Scout is a frighteningly good performer." ABSOLUTE SOUND 6-7/07
"The VPI Scout proved to be embarassingly good. It performed very well in bass detail, power & extension down to the lowest frequencies. The
Scout is noticeably better in these areas than many turntables in its price range. The Scout proves that affordable analog is a very good deaI without any expensive bells & whistles." Tony Cordesman, THE AUDIOPHILE VOICE 6-7/07
ARIES SCOUTMASTER, $2500, EXCEPTIONAL VALUE; RATED IN SAME CLASS AS $8,250 TURNTABLES "Impressive transient clarity & speed, low level resolution & rhythmic authority; a genuine bargain." STEREOPHILE RECOMMENDED 10/09
CLASSIC with JMW10.5i Tonearm, $2800 GOLDEN EAR AWARD, 2010 "VPI's best work is now relatively simple & easy-to-set-up, combining an excellent chassis, built-in motor & tonearm. Out-performing many units at stratospheric prices, it puts a premium on reliability. Remarkably neutral with a wide range of cartridges & even better with the SDS speed control & Outer Ring Clamp. The latter makes a major difference in getting the best out of used, badly stored & lighter-weight LPs." ABSOLUTE SOUND 6-7/10
GOLDEN EAR AWARD, 2009 "A steal at $2750, it does not suffer by direct comparison to the $150,000 Clearaudio Statement." The VPI Classic & Clearaudio Statement [costing 60 times more] are the only 'tables he awarded "Editor's Choice".
"The Classic, correctly named, has been made even better with a few quite small changes, which give it an even smoother sound. The motor is grounded with an aluminum heat sink, the platter was changed to one piece of aluminum rather than two pieces with a damping ring attached to its bottom [to make it quieter] & the arm increased by 6mm for lower tracking error & better tracking. The price stays the same. I recommend the $200 stainless-steel arm for cleaner sound & the $700 stainless-steel record clamp that fits over the LP's outside edge." Harry Pierson, editor of ABSOLUTE SOUND, EDITOR'S CHOICE 3/10
GOLDEN EAR AWARD, 2009 "If ever there were a best buy in turntables, this is it." ABSOLUTE SOUND RECOMMENDED 6-7/09
2009 TURNTABLE of the YEAR, "Vinyl's retro master-piece; the turntable to take on even the top of the high end; a true audio bargain, a rare & wonderful thing; stability of pitch that is almost impossible to find elsewhere; excellent conveyor of musical flow; warm, rich & dynamic performer." HI-FI+, #68
"A very real part of the Classic's appeal lies in its inherent upgradability. Even a fully loaded Classic is remarkably affordable, as it plays in a league with five figure decks."
"The $1200 SDS power supply is a double whammy that attacks speed variation & motor noise. [It works with every VPI.] As well as electronically switching between 33 & 45rpm, it offers incredibly fine control of speed, a poise & focus, from a lower noise floor & a far more positive sense of exactly where each note is placed (& spaced.) It brings a level of refinement & precision that makes a mockery of its cost. Vocals are held more separate, with enunciation & inflexion much, much clearer, their meaning more direct. Musical phrases are more coherent & the "sentences" fit together better into a more comprehensible & effective overall shape."
"The $700 peripheral clamp, a precision machined ring of stainless steel that has a narrow lip running around its inner edge that adds a real sense of stable solidity & clarity, anchoring images & helping define the space between & around them. Delicate instrumental detail really shines, with the texture & shape of notes much more apparent. As good as the basic Classic is, the add-ons are much more than just icing on the cake. Record lovers & collectors alike owe it to themselves to hear just how much performance their money can buy." HI-FI+, #69
TOP TURNTABLE & one of the top 10 Products of 2010. "With the Classic I explored the deepest recesses of my vinyl collection & found a new appreciation for my oldies but goodies. There's something about the way the Classic does bass that gives the music a vitality that CDs never have. The rhythmic pulse is better, groovier & has more get-up-and-go. It's eerily quiet so records have signficantly lower surface noise, even compared to exotic tables for double or triple the Classic's price. If you never heard a high-end table before, you'll be amazed by the difference. I'm listening to records I bought as a teenager & they're damned quiet. No, not CD quiet, but background clicks & pops don't intrude the way they do on lesser turntables."
"Switching between LP & CD, there's no comparison! The CD sounds like a good hi-fi, but the LP breathes life into the sound, a far-from-subtle difference. Vinyl communicates the music's emotional pull better than any digital format. You enjoy the music more on LP. One of the great Audiophile Truths: The best way to enjoy digital is never listen to analog. You need a great turntable, tonearm & cartridge to fully decode the magic in the grooves. If you want to know why vinyl is still going strong nearly 30 years after the CD's introduction, listen to a great turntable. The VPI Classic is the best place to start." HOME ENTERTAINMENT
"I put the Linn aside & hooked up the VPI. Wow, what a difference a turntable can make! One record led to the next & night after night I stayed up late, listening to LPs. That hadn't happened in years. I was smitten & thrilled to get into vinyl again; a great turntable. The real clincher for the VPI: It's a lot more fun to listen to." STEREOPHILE 3/10
CLASSIC III, $6000, CLASS A, RATED IN SAME CLASS AS $175,000 turntables; clean, fast, lively sound marked by masterful attacks, outstanding microdynamics & lifelike textures. One of todays great values in analog audio. I don't hear how you can go wrong buying one." STEREOPHILE 10/13
GOLDEN EAR AWARD, 2013 "The regular Classic III with the VPI Stainless Steel Ring Clamp, VPI Record Center Weight & Classic Arm is one of the most neutral, accurate & musical turntables ever made & competes sonically with units three to four times its price." ABSOLUTE SOUND 9/13
GOLDEN EAR AWARD, 2011 "The Classic III has gotten some of the best & most deserved buzz for neutral, highly musical sound quality of any turntable / tonearm combo. The Classic is so simple that it is likely to be reliable & sonically consistent for years. Its tonearm is fully compatible with any modern cartridge & you can easily switch tonearm wands without having to readjust tangency each time. One more indication that the best analog can still compete with even highest-quality digital sources." ABSOLUTE SOUND 9/11
CLASSIC III with JMW-3D Tonearm, $7500, "[The Classic] is now available with the JMW-3D epoxy Tonearm, the first "3D" printer product I know of in audio, which does a remarkable job of limiting vibration thanks to its seamless rigidity. Add a top of the line Grado cartridge & the end result is as close to any analog front end as I've heard." ABSOLUTE SOUND 9/13
SUPER SCOUT MASTER REFERENCE RIM DRIVE, $10,000,
CLASS A, RATED IN SAME CLASS AS $175,000 turntables; "The sound was fantastic with impressive bottom-octave heft; one of the best values of the true high end 'tables." STEREOPHILE 10/13
ANALOG COMPONENT of the YEAR "It's surprising to note that this costs nearly $24,000 less than the runner-up SME 20/12. The VPI won a decisive victory with more votes overall. It sounded fantastic with a punchy, aggressive bottom end & a precise top-to-bottom coherence." STEREOPHILE 12/09
HRX-X1, $13,000, CLASS A, RATED IN SAME CLASS AS $175,000 Turntables;
VPI TONEARMS U.S. MADE
JMW-9, $1000, STEREOPHILE RECOMMENDED, rated in same class as $2000 models 10/13
JMW-9 SIGNATURE, $1400 "Musical authenticity" ABSOLUTE SOUND 11/12
ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE 3/10
JMW-10.5i, $2300, "Beautifully made, highly revealing with some of the deepest, most powerful bass. Exceptional fine-tuning" ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE 3/10
JMW-12.5i, $2600, "Beautifully made, highly revealing with some of the deepest, most powerful bass. Exceptional fine-tuning" ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE 3/10
JMW-12.6, $3000, "Lush midrange, ultra-smooth top end & rock solid imaging & soundstaging. It seemed to have lower distortion than any other pivoted arm, but part of that might be the result of its smooooth frequency balance. Inner detail outstanding; ease of setup," CLASS A rated, in same class as $22,000 models; exceptional value STEREOPHILE RECOMMENDED 10/13
Classic JMW, $1600, "Upgraded version of VPI's JMW Memorial 10.5i, the Classic JMW, included & rock solid imaging & soundstaging. It seemed to have lower distortion than any other pivoted arm, but part of that might be the result of its smooooth frequency balance. Inner detail was outstanding; ease of setup," CLASS A rated, in same class as $22,000 models; exceptional value STEREOPHILE RECOMMENDED 10/13
VPI Record cleaning machines U.S. MADE. All are machines the size of a turntable with a gear driven platter & a record vacuum.
HW-16.5, $550, STEREOPHILE RECOMMENDED 10/11; PRODUCT of the Year
"Built to last; withstands great amounts of strenuous work over much time; made to satisfy its owner. After you've revitalized your prized record with a good scrubbing, your finished album is reborn & ready to be played, enjoyed & admired."
"All vinyl lovers need a record cleaning machine & there's no greater bang for the buck than this. Simple to use & highly effective, the 16.5 produces quieter surfaces from even heavily soiled LPs."
ABSOLUTE SOUND EDITOR'S CHOICE 3/11
"Essential for serious vinyl playback. Pays for itself: extends LP life; protects cartridge from damage from dirty records & marked improvement in sound quality. Extremely user friendly & takes all the awkwardness out of wet cleaning. Surface noise reduced to negligible level. Biggest gains are tangible sonic improvements: tonal qualities, sound stage, prescence & subtle background details. Images far more precise & transparent, playing more
cohesive, creating a far more credible illusion of realism." HI-FI+
"Outstanding performer. The record surfaces are so microscopically clean & so pristine they look new." AUDIO
HW-17, $1300, "Industrial-quality, reassuring quality; fast, convenient, beautifully constructed, best record-cleaning machine; true workhorse."
STEREOPHILE RECOMMENDED 10/11
HW-27 Typhoon, $2200, "Smaller, quieter & more attractive than earlier VPI cleaners. Clean, efficient. STEREOPHILE RECOMMENDED 10/11
"A good record cleaner is a vital tool for any good collection. The best combination of price, convenience & effective cleaning. Reduced noise, excellent fluid control, quick & reliable operation & pleasure to use." ABSOLUTE SOUND 11/12; EDITOR'S CHOICE 3/11
"The capable & efficient 16.5 remains the benchmark for affordable performance. The 16.5 trumps the competition. The Typhoon's vacuum pump is twice as powerful. Is the 27 quicker & easier to use? Absolutely. Am I cleaning more
records more often? Definitely. Is it going to last longer? No question. The 27 is one serious machine." HI-FI+ #69
VTA adjuster for Rega tonearm, $150, "Maintains desired rigidity while allowing a full inch of vertical adjustability. Nicely machined from aluminum & has a sturdy mounting collar."
STEREOPHILE RECOMMENDED 10/11
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