The Aries is the perfect choice for those looking for near-TNT performance in an HW-19 sized package. The platter, comprised of an acrylic/aluminum/lead sandwich, and the bearing, incorporating Rulon bushings, a stainless steel shaft, and a tungsten carbide thrust plate, is the same as that used in the TNT Mk.V. The motor assembly utilized for the Aries is the same as that used in the TNT, but is 1" shorter and weighs 4 lbs less.
For improved stability and damping, the Aries' chassis is made from two-inch thick MDF with a 10-gauge steel plate bonded to its underside. Three layers of polished black polyester provide a durable, attractive finish. The suspension is a combination of aluminum tiptoes and Neoprene, providing slightly less isolation than springs but resulting in greater focus and tighter bass. The bottoms of the tiptoes are hardened steel balls.
The Aries circular armboard is 1" thick black acrylic and mates well sonically with the MDF chassis.
The Aries can be taken to the next level by adding VPI's flywheel and Synchronous Drive System.