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VPI's Classic 1 Turntable is an homage to the incredible VPI designs that have made VPI synonymous with state of the art turntable design for the last 25 years. The VPI Classic comes standard with the incredible new stainless steel version of the JM...
Winner of 2009 & 2010 Golden Ear Awards from The Absolute Sound
VPI's Classic 1 Turntable is an homage to the incredible VPI designs that have made VPI synonymous with state of the art turntable design for the last 25 years. The VPI Classic comes standard with the incredible new stainless steel version of the JMW-10.5i unipivot tonearm in rigid mount mode. The JMW-10.5i uses VPI's pure copper wire, a solid plinth with either a real wood finish, a solid fixed mounted AC synchronous motor, silent inverted bearing, and new Mini HR-X isolation feet.
"…take note: Match the Classic 1 with a great phonostage, and a solid cartridge (I suggest the Lyra Kleos), and relax. Price be damned, the Classic 1 is one of the most engaging turntables I’ve had the pleasure to use. For [this price], it’s a steal. The Classic 1 is highly deserving of our Exceptional Value Award. It exemplifies the concept!"
– Jeff Dorgay, Tone Audio
The sound of the Classic 1 Turntable is fast, clean, wide open, with deep powerful bass, and unparalleled speed stability. The Classic 1 Turntable gives any turntable made regardless of price a serious run for the money. When we heard this table being played at the 2009 CES Show in Las Vegas we were all bowled over with its incredible bass definition, soundstaging and incredible pace and timing. The table was not at all out-of-place in a $300,000 system.
There are three versions of the Classic turntable, Classic 1, Classic 2 and Classic 3. Classic 1 is the standard model, offering outstanding overall performance, featuring the Classic Aluminum Platter, the JMW-10.5i and mini-H-RX feet. Classic 2 adds VPI's VTA Base, allowing fine on-the-fly adjustments of VTA. Classic 3 is the ultimate evolution of the Classic design in both performance and appearance. The Classic 3 is a much heavier design, with a resonance eliminating 1/2" thick aluminum plinth and a gorgeous piano black base. The Classic 3 also includes VPI's Ring Clamp and HR-X Weight for improved record coupling. The JMW-10.5i is upgraded with a new Stainless Steel armtube and Discovery wiring.
- Speed stability on par with a master tape.
- Noise rejection that lets the Classic Turntable sit near four 15” subwoofers cleanly.
- Lack of random motion between the motor, platter, and tonearm giving the ultimate in low level resolution.
- Absolutely solid, non-resonating laminated one-piece chassis holding all components.
“The Classic, in my opinion, exceeds the performance of [VPI’s] ScoutMaster series and breaks new sonic ground… at a breathtakingly low price. I think this is Weisfeld’s best sounding design. If ever there were a best buy in ‘tables, this is it!”
– Harry Pearson, The Absolute Sound, Golden Ear Award Issue
“VPI’s best work is now a relatively simple and easy-to-set-up player that combines an excellent chassis, built-ion motor, and tonearm. Outperforming many units at stratosphere prices, it puts a premium in reliability, rather than pushing the engineering envelope to gimmicks that do not survive engagement with reality. Remarkably neutral with a wide range of cartridges and even better with the SDS speed control and Outer Ring Clamp!”
– Anthony Cordesman, The Absolute Sound, Golden Ear Review
Drive Principle: Belt drive
Speed drift: < 0.1%
Tonearm: VPI 10.5
Dimensions: 53 x 40 cm
Weight: 20.5 kg
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