This VPI CLASSIC is a direct step-up from the One. This 'Classic' series includes three models that have a number of elements in common that depart from the Scout or HR-X range.
The huge motor is built into the plinth instead of being separate like for the Scoutmaster. It has sufficient isolation and damping to ward off vibration from the tonearm and platter. The tonearm is the 10 inch 'Classic special edition' unipivot tonearm to which a very accurate height adjustment (VTA) with micrometric screw has been added. It can adjust the tracking angle of the stylus in the groove depending on the recording in only a few seconds. It is a simplified variant of the JMW 10.5i. It has a very high purity silver-plated copper wire. The solid aluminium platter weighs 8.2 kg and is mounted to an impressive inverted bearing, VPI's flagship design. The base is made of solid 15 kg MDF material, which has been hollowed out, above which is a steel plate secured with long screws through the plinth and isolated with a silicone seal. The vinyl turntable weighs 30 kg and is fully inert to vibrations. The output format is RCA, with XLR available upon request.
The first thing you notice as you lift the vinyl turntable out of its box is the build quality! Its weight and density are impressive. After placing the plinth on a level and hard surface, with platter and belt in place, let's take a closer look at the tonearm… It has an impressive weight and stiffness. The cartridge is quite easy to mount and set up. The lateral adjustment is not all that easy, but with a bit of patience…From the opening bars we immediately grasp why the world press was so interested in this VPI! The sense of rhythm is fabulous, the dynamics are amazing. The perspective brings the listener very close to the instruments and musicians. The playing stands out, very authentic and emotional. On French singer Barbara's 'l'Aigle Noir', the voice has amazing presence and subtlety, the drums are more physical than usual and the instruments are extremely detailed. On Harry Belafonte's 'Live in Carnegie hall' (1959), the sound stage is fully three-dimensional and reveals the atmosphere, reverberation and beautiful acoustics of this legendary Manhattan venue. The brass sections have incredible timbre and the silences are pure, with no surface noise interfering.
As with all great products, we just couldn't stop playing record after record, getting as excited and thrilled as a kid opening their presents on Christmas day…
So, in a word, this Classic Two definitely beats the One on almost all accounts. We consider it one of the best vinyl turntables in the segment… A true benchmark!
The Absolute Sound - Golden Ear - 2009 & 2010
The Absolute Sound - Editors' Choice Awards - 2009 & 2010
Tone Audio Magazine - Exceptional Value Award - 2012 Franck
Belt-driven rigid turntable
Unipivot 10" 255 mm tonearm
Wow: < 0.02%
Signal-to-noise ratio: > 80 dB
Speed precision: > 0.1%
33/45 rpm by changing the belt pinion
Screw-on record clamp
RCA outputs + ground
Dimensions: 530x400x250 mm
Weight: 29.5 kg
Options: dust cover, cable, SDS