VPI's 30th Anniversary
"CLASSIC 1 TURNTABLE"
Picture courtesy of TONEAudio
"If ever there were a best buy in 'tables, this it it."
- Harry Pearson
The VPI “Classic Turntable” comes standard with the unipivot JMW-Classic 1 tonearm Special Edition in rigid mount mode. The “Classic Turntable” uses new VPI pure copper wire, a solid plinth with black oak or walnut finish (at no additional cost), a solid mounted AC synchronous motor, new cast aluminum platter, silent inverted bearing, and new isolator feet derived from the HR-X. .
The sound of the “Classic Turntable” is fast, clean, wide open, with deep powerful bass, and unequalled in speed stability. The “Classic Turntable” gives any turntable made regardless of price a serious "run for the money."
This completely new design has produced the simplest and one of the best sounding VPI tables to date.
VPI "Classic Turntable" Features:
New investment cast aluminum high inertia platter with precision inverted bearing.
Speed stability on par with a master tape - Due to the rigid mounting of motor - platter - tonearm there isn't any random motion to cause speed instabilities.
Noise rejection allowing the "Classic Turntable" to sit on a wood shelf near four 15" subwoofers and having virtually no feedback.
Lack of random motion between the motor - platter - tonearm gives the ultimate in low level resolution. Not only does this rigidity improve speed stability, it also allows the retrievel of low level information with the world's great turntables and pushing against master tapes.
Absolutely solid, non-resonating laminated one-piece chassis holding all comonents. This is not a wooden frame; it is a solid laminated 2.5" thick MDF block with 11 gauge vinyl laminated steel attached to the top with silicone and long bolts through all the layers. The chassis weighs 30 pounds and is totally non-resonant.
Real black oak or walnut wood veneer finish.
RCA jack termination so you can use the interconnect of your choice.
Tonearm anti-skate - For those that require the fine adjustment of anti-skate, it is standard on the JMW-10.5i SE.
Optional lift off full dustcover is available.
- Optional periphery ring clamp.
- Optional SDS power supply.
* 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, June/July 2009
“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, June/July 2010
The Classic Turntable is 20.75 wide by 15.75 deep, and weighs 45 pounds.
"The VPI delivered immense scale to the army of brass, the sharp blasting of horns sounding colourful and resonant as they projected beyond the plane of the loudspeakers. Again, the VPI Classic 1 delivered a holographic sound image inviting extended musical exploration, relaxed and free from listener fatigue."