VPI Aries 2 -
Dark Knight - Extended
Note: The VPI Aries 2 is no longer in production but still has available upgrades.
The Aries 2 was the next evolution of the original Aries 1 where it embraced the use of an inverted bearing and offered the option of a clear or black acrylic platters (Aries 2 Dark Knight), or an extended chassis (Aries 2 Extended) to house a JMW 12 tonearm.
All-acrylic platter and inverted bearing
2" thick MDF/Steel chassis
1" thick acrylic armboard
Beautiful piano black finish
THE ARIES 2 IS THE PERFECT CHOICE FOR THOSE LOOKING FOR NEAR-TNT PERFORMANCE IN AN HW-19 SIZED PACKAGE.
The 1.75"-thick platter is comprised of clear or black acrylic and incorporates an inverted bearing similar to that used in the HR-X. The bearing shaft is 60 Rockwell hardness, ground and polished, and the platter rotates on a Teflon thrust plate for ultra low noise.
The solid steel motor assembly is almost 20 pounds and contains a low noise 300-RPM synchronous motor with Delrin motor pulley. This is a very low noise system as the fundamental resonance of the motor is at 5 Hertz. Well below the ability of a cartridge to pick it up.
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 plinth is supported by four aluminum tiptoes, the bottoms of which are composed of hardened steel balls. The Aries 2 tiptoes no longer incorporate the Neoprene rubber suspension previously used in the Aries. They are adjustable for leveling.
The Aries circular armboard is 1" thick black acrylic and mates well sonically with the MDF chassis.
The Aries 2 is available in three models:
The standard Aries 2.
Aries 2 Extended, which utilizes a wider plinth capable of accommodating the JMW-12/12.5 tonearm.
Aries 2 Black Night, which is a standard Aries 2 packaged with the JMW-9 tonearm, black platter, and priced at $2800 complete.
The Aries 2 can be taken to the next level by adding VPI's flywheel and Synchronous Drive System.