Hey everyone! If you are here in Chicago here are the rooms/areas our product will be in.
Today is Day 1 of AXPONA Audio Expo North America! If you are in the Chicago area make sure to check out a whole lot of VPI turntables on active display throughout the show! Here are the places to hit this weekend and be sure to catch out videos on live stream throughout the weekend.
Nirvana A with Convergent Audio Technology - HW-40
Nirvana B with AudioShield, Credo Audio - of Switzerland DSA, and Van den Hul USA - Avenger Direct
Schaumburg F with Nordost Cables, Stenheim, VTL, WADAX - HW-40
The Market with Elusive Disc, Inc. and more - Player
316 with Sweat Vinyl and more - Prime
558 with Krell Industries, Alta Audio and more - HW-40
714 with House of Stereo, TAD, T+A North America, and more - Avenger Direct
1440 with Raidho Acoustics and more - Avenger
16th floor with American Sound of Canada - Titan
We are proud to be part of this fantastic event for International Women's Day. Especially since our company was built by VPI founder Harry and Sheila Weisfeld, but everyone knew Sheila kept the office and customer service going while Harry was on the floor designing and building turntables! Sheila Weisfeld was very active in the Girl Scouts and was a "Trainer of Trainers". She traveled internationally to be part of Girl Scouts events and activities to help create educational opportunities to build strong women!
We lost Sheila/Mom to cancer but keep her memory alive through VPI and our continued dedication to our customers and any opportunity to give back to the community.
Years later we know mom would be proud to have our Plink Player part of this fundraisers for WAGGS!
Thanks to Renaissance Audio for putting this together!
We are excited for International Women's Day! Especially since so many strong women have helped build and continue to keep VPI going. This first shoutout goes to our passes Office worker and Grandma, Shirley Greene.
Meet Shirleyshe is a VPI icon. For over 30 years Shirley along with VPI Founder Sheila, were the first voices you would hear when calling VPI. Shirley would handle customer service phone calls, small parts/assembly, PO's, and filing. Even when she was 92 she still popped by from time to time to make sure everyone was staying on their toes!
Meet Jane, VPI Office Manager. Jane originally came on part-time but immediately started to organize and improve efficiency in the office. Jane unintentionally followed the foot steps of VPI Founder Sheila Weisfeld (Sheila/Mom would be very proud!) Jane handles the organization of VPI purchase orders, accounting, and process shipping out products. Jane has also improved relations with our Asian market by being bi-lingual and able to communicate better with our distributors and Asian customers.
Two children later, Jane is still the heart of the VPI office and keeping us moving forward on our day to day!
Meet Claire, our VPI Operation's Manager. Claire has helped raise the bar on efficiency and customer service. She manages our inventory and supplies as well as communicates with all of our vendors. She was also instrumental in coordinating and delivering PPE supplies to hospitals during the height of COVID-19. Claire is also an audiophile outside of VPI and loves spinning her music! Shout out to Claire on National Women Day.
Meet our Floor Manager Carla who leads and guides our production team in build our quality turntables. Besides managing the production she personally is part of the build of our Direct Drive and Prime 21 turntables. We are proud to have her leading the team!
Nothing more exciting than mixing a solid direct drive turntable with some fine tube equipment. OK, maybe we can find more exciting things but this is still worth talking about! We were proud to spin at the Florida Audio Expo with our friends at Convergent Audio Technology (CAT), Magico Speakers, Essential Sound Products, and Van Den Hul Cartridges.
This was actually a world debut since we have finally gotten through the HW-40 Anniversary Limited Edition 400 tables. We are now ready with plans to keep our Direct Drive Technology going in a standard piano black finish model, standard serial plate, easier ability to change the arm, and dust cover as an option.
Paired on the front end was the Van Den Hul Master Signature Cartridge. One of AJ's finest and it truly sang this past weekend. We have found the Van Den Hul combo to be a great one with our Fatboy tonearms.
Connected together with ESP power cords the CAT amplification gave the music a kick while still being quiet between the notes. Ken Stevens plays some pretty wacky and weird music, but it sure sounded great while it was playing! We have always enjoyed using his product in the VPI House.
Fun fact, this room was the only one where my whole family (wife and kids) came in, sat down and stayed and listened. I can only assume it's because only children can understand and appreciate Ken’s choice of music (I’m kidding it wasn’t that bad!) Regardless, there is nothing more amazing than having a whole family with children being captivated by music. Especially when that music is coming from a top shelf system!
We appreciate and love having the opportunity to be part of this system paring for the Florida Audio Expo and can't wait to see this team spin together again at future shows.
As long as I can remember the MBL room at audio shows was considered a full blown audio listening experience. However, I never had a chance to fully appreciate and enjoy the room because of how busy things get at a show. When I had the opportunity two opposing magazine reviewers got into a “fistie cuff” fighting situation over who has the best ears and it all went from there. Needless to say I was still hungry to sit in the hot spot and really listen to the system.
This year at the Florida Audio Expo 2022 I stumbled into the MBL North America with United Home Audio room after hour listening and decided I was going to make it happen! Even if a Mad Mag Reviewer brawl broke out I was going to listen to this system! Jeremy Bryan was kind enough to get the hot spot open for me to fully immerse into the listening experience. I MELTED! I absolutely melted into that couch and thought I would never leave that spot! It was natural, the sound was surrounding me, the impact of the bass could be felt right in the middle of my chest. You had no idea there was a speaker in the room, and (most importantly) they were playing fantastic music!
They played the Wall, some Blood Sweat and Tears, and much more. At one point the music sounded so real I had to open my eyes to break the illusion because for a split second I actually thought a helicopter was about to crash through into the listening room.
From a visual standpoint I personally love the look of Radialstrahler mbl 101 X-treme. They look industrial and modern with almost a tesla coil feel! I believe we were listening to four Mono / Stereo Power Amplifier mbl 9008 A. I love the visual of multiple mono blocks when working with a top shelf system. And clearly with four of these babys this system was not going to run out of gas. Greg Beron, from United Home Audio, was slinging reel-to-reel and making it look easy. His latest product is certainly doing something right!
Picture borrowed from TAS Facebook page by Lee Scoggins
I’ve heard people comment how past MBL rooms were bright but that 100% was not the case for this setup. No one wants to admit it because the system has a heck of a price tag, but with the price tag comes highest level of performance. This room was one of the best rooms at the show! I'm saying (typing) that and there wasn't even a VPI table in there.
This system has certainly given us a lot to think about and we hope everyone had a chance to experience it during the Florida Audio Expo 2022!
Picture borrowed from TAS Facebook page by Lee Scoggins
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