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VPI has re-introduced the famous Scout model as the Prime Scout with upgraded cosmetics and improved performance at the original Scout price of $2200. They have also added three new models, the Prime Signature at $6000, the Player at $1500, and the Cliffwood at $999.
The Prime Signature is the next step up from the Prime, which was received very favorably two years ago during its initial release. It features an upgraded JMW 10-3D Reference arm in a “metallic black” gloss finish with Nordost Reference wire. The chassis consists of an aluminum plate sandwiched between a composite material for improved damping. Because of the large increase in the weight of the Signature, VPI upgraded its feet to the Classic Signature version. In addition, both the motor housing and all Delrin posts and arm boards were upgraded to a heftier stainless steel. Key features of the Prime Signature include:
The Scout has been one of the world's best-reviewed turntables for many years. Now the evolution to the Prime Scout strives to push the envelope even further with improved performance and cosmetics. Some of its features include:
The Player is the first all-in-one, entry-level, high-end turntable. Complete with a headphone amplifier, a phono stage, and a pre-mounted Ortofon 2M Red cartridge on a 9 inch gimbald yoke bearing tonearm, it is the perfect solution to enjoying your records. The headphone amplifier allows you to listen to music directly through your favorite headphones without any additional components. It also has RCA jacks for connection to a standard amplifier and bookshelf or floor standing speakers. The Player turntable is a precision instrument that has been thoroughly designed to create an optimal musical experience. For example, unlike many modestly-priced turntables, the cartridge alignment is adjustable for Vertical Tracking Angle (VTA) so that cartridge performance can be optimized for many different models. The bearing assembly is also very high-quality, similar in design to those used in VPI's much more expensive models. It is available in two finishes, Hard Rock Maple and Mocha Walnut.
For almost 30 years VPI has built their turntables in Cliffwood, New Jersey. While the Cliffwood is aimed at a more entry level market, VPIinsists on continuing to make this product in Cliffwood, New Jersey as opposed to what most companies do, which is to source the manufacturing of their entry-level products outside their country of origin. This is because off-shore manufacturing is usually the only way to keep the price low enough for such products. Naming this new turntable Cliffwood emphasizes that VPI insists on keeping control of the manufacturing process to ensure that the quality remains at the expected level.
The construction of this model is very similar to other VPI models with a less massive platter and plinth than its bigger brothers. Nevertheless, the parts quality still meets the same high standards set for other models. The tonearm has a 9-inch, damped, machined aluminum arm tube and a gimbaled yoke/lateral bearing and is both robust and easy-to-use while providing top level sonic performance. The Cliffwood comes complete with a dust cover at the $900 price and also includes a Grado Green cartridge. In fact, VPI engineered a cartridge shell specifically for the Green to make it easier to mount and optimize its sound. We expect this package to be the turntable of choice for those looking for VPI-quality sound at a very affordable price.
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