VPI Cliffwood turntable

Manual vinyl turntable
9 inch tonearm in aluminium
Manual 33 RPM and 45 RPM
VPI MM cartridge
Dustcover and phono cable not included
Made in USA

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For more than 40 years, the brand VPI has been offering high end turntables each of which are considered as references in their range all over the world. But although the American manufacturer offers products worth thousands of euros, it had not yet adventured in the world of “affordable” audiophile vinyl turntables.

With this new Cliffwood turntable, VPI finally offers an entry level product making the brand accessible to a greater number of music lovers.

As with every VPI turntable, this Cliffwood is completely manufactured in the production unit located in New Jersey, and more precisely in Cliffwood! The majority of companies that offer entry level products purchase the components outside their country of origin... This is not VPI’s case!


The chassis is made out of non resonant MDF (medium density fiberboard) covered with a thick vinyl finish. This vinyl turntable is available in a black or chocolate finish.

VPI Cliffwood turntable

The aluminium platter rotates on an oil bath bearing. The bearing has a PEEK thrust disc and graphite impregnated brass bushings. It offers a hardness of 60 Rockwell.  


The platter is driven via a belt by a 600 RPM AC motor. It has a 2 speed pulley which enables a manual speed change (33 RPM and 45 RPM).

VPI Cliffwood turntable


The VPI Cliffwood is equipped with a 9 inch tonearm in aluminium. The horizontal rotation is ensured by a bearing and the vertical rotation by a gimbal. The manufacturing is excellent: precise, simple, and robust. This tonearm is cabled with very pure copper wires, twisted with a specific insulating jacket.

To offer a quality but affordable phono cartridge, VPI teamed up with their friends in Brooklyn, the company Grado! This cartridge is designed based on a Grado Green-2 cartridge. It has an aluminium casing for an easier assembly. This also increases the effective mass in order to make it fully compatible with the tonearm.

VPI Cliffwood turntable


Since this turntable does not include a phono cable, we therefore carried out tests with an Atlas Element Integra TT phono cable.

The restitution is faithful to the philosophy of the American manufacturer. The dynamics and impact of VPI's more ambitious models can be found in the bass. The soundstage is perfectly clear and solid, without being unreasonable. The midrange is present, with substance and enough details and precision. The overall listening experience is very “rock”. The VPI Cliffwood is perfectly adapted to modern music and “shines” on jazz, blues, folk or electronic music. It favours the dynamics, swing and substance.


The plug and play is of biblical simplicity, even if we can regret that VPI delivers this Cliffwood turntable without a phono cable.

This VPI Cliffwood turntable is a pleasant surprise and an unquestionable success. Its restitution and musicality make it a new rival against the leaders of the market.

A VPI turntable at this price is a real bargain. We highly recommend this product!


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Chassis: non resonant MDF covered with vinyl
Platter: 30 cm aluminium
Bearing: oil bath bearing
Tonearm: 9 inch Yoke type
Arm tube: damped machined aluminium
Effective length: 240.7 mm
Distortion: 0.36%
Conductor: very pure copper, twisted with a specific insulating jacket.
Armbase: compatible with JMW 9
Drive principle: belt-drive
Motor: 600 RMP AC
Speeds: 33/45 RPM (manual change)
Cartridge: Moving Iron (Grado Green)
Dimensions: 470 x 343 x 109 mm
Weight: 5.9 kg

Cartridge technical specifications:
Frequency response: 10 hz-50 Khz
Principle: Moving Iron
Channel separation at 1KHz: 30 dB
Load: 47 Kohms
Output at 1KHz (5cm/ sec.): 5mV
Tracking force: 1.5g
Stylus: Elliptical
Inductance: 45 mH
Resistance: 475 Ohms
Compliance: 20

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Coup de cœur !

Il était venu le temps de changer notre Rega RP1, notre chaîne montant en gamme (Wilson Benesch Square two et Atoll IN 300). Quelle platine pour nos vinyles pop rock des années 70 et + ? La VPI Cliffwood a été un coup de cœur immédiat. Coup de cœur pour son look mariant sobrement le noir et l’aluminium, pour sa superbe qualité de construction et de finition, pour son magnifique bras de 9 pouces aluminium, pour le charme craquant de son couvre plateau étoilé made in USA... un peu du rêve américain ! Nous l’avons choisie avec le câble Atlas. Coup de cœur musical : grave charpenté et consistant, médium riche avec matière et densité, aigu fin et naturel, sans agressivité. Belle transparence générale et cohésion des registres. Scène sonore large, très aérée. Totale cohérence platine / cellule Grado. En résumé : rapport qualité / musicalité / prix remarquable ! A chaque vinyle, nous sommes enchantés par cette platine. Et puis... Un immense merci à Franck qui a su nous conforter dans notre choix, en appréciant son professionnalisme hors pair et sa disponibilité !

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VPI Cliffwood turntable

VPI Cliffwood turntable

Manual vinyl turntable
9 inch tonearm in aluminium
Manual 33 RPM and 45 RPM
VPI MM cartridge
Dustcover and phono cable not included
Made in USA

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