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VPI Classic 2 Turntable - Walnut
Classic 2 - Walnut

VPI Classic 2 Turntable - Walnut
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Product Code:
VPII-CL2W
Make:
VPI Industries
Model:
Classic 2
Description:
Classic 2 - Walnut
UPC:
032292825347
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Golden Ear 2009 Golden Ear 2010 Editors Choice 2009 Editors Choice 2010

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The Classic, in my opinion, exceeds the performance of [VPIs] ScoutMaster series and breaks new sonic ground at a breathtakingly low price. I think this is Weisfelds 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

The VPI Classic 2 turntable comes standard with everything on the Classic 1 plus the addition of the micrometer adjusting "VTA on the fly" base. This is the ideal turntable for music lovers who want to really dial in the proper Stylus Rake Angle for different thickness records and even different cutting stylus angles in the same companies series of records.

There is no doubt, and especially after long listening tests, the records made in the late 50's and the 70's were cut differently, with different thicknesses of vinyl. For those who want to extract every last drop of information from those amazing grooves and to get the noise level as low as possible correct SRA is required.

With the Classic 2 you can adjust the SRA/VTA while you are listening, reference the numbers on the record jacket, and the next time you play that favorite record you can dial in your setting exactly. This is serious stuff and really makes for amazing retrievel of low level information. For the died in the wool cartridge swapper you can use multiple arm tubes with the carridges completely setup (VTF, Azimuth, alignment) change cartridges in 30 seconds and dial in the correct height. Think about it, a dedicated mono cartridge, a cartridge for vocals, a classical cartridge, a jazz cartridge, all completely setup and ready to play in 30 seconds.

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: Classic 2 tonearm with "VTA on the fly", wired with silver coated pure copper wire, 10.5" long armtube made from aluminum and stainless steel, critically damped in the armtube to keep the arm and wires from vibrating.

New 6061 machined aluminum 18 pound high inertia platter with precision inverted bearing and stainless steel damping plate. Speed stability on par with a master tape - Due to the rigid mounting of motor - platter - tonearm there is no 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 challenging the world's great turntables and 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 steel attached to the top with silicone and long bolts through all the layers.

The chassis weighs 30 pounds and is totally non-resonant. Now with solid black oak or solid walnut wood finish on all four sides. 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 Classic 2 tonearm.

Features:

Turntable Features:
Anti-skate mechanism.
Anti-static mat.
2 inch Delrin feet with 3 ball bearing bottoms.
2 inch thick MDF walnut veneer bonded with 11 gauge and dampening fabric.
Inverted bearing - hardened stainless steel shaft, 60 Rockwell chrome hardened ball, spinning in a phosphor bronze bushing and sitting on a PEEK thrust disc.
Counter weight standard 140 gm + 10 gm outrigger weight.
Left rear mounted 600 RPM Motor.
60 Hertz power supply generator providing a pure sign wave to feed the motor.
20 x 15 x 9 (top of the wire loop).

Tonearm:
Tapered arm tube of 6061 aluminum critically damped internally.
Bearing to Unipivot distance 258MM
Unipivot design allowing easy freedom of motion with near zero friction.
Dropped counterweight for tracking force and azimuth adjustments plus lowering the center of gravity.
Solid aluminum headshell pressed onto the arm tube for a rigid mounting.
10.5 Unipivot tonearm with adjustable VTA (not on the fly).
Solid construction of the base assembly guarantees solid bass performance.

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The Beast12/13/2013
By John Thomas
Coming from a Rega P25 the Classic 2 is about 4X the weight at 65lbs., and several inches wider and taller making a formidable presence on the audio stand. Everything about the engineering of this table says quality from the 25lb. aluminum/steel platter to the intricate VTA on the fly unipivot Classic 10.5 arm. The P25 is a great table and sounds very good, but the Classic 2 reminds you that you are playing with big boys toys now. The sound is well controlled with tight defined bass and a lot of slam. I won't go into all the fluffy audiophile terms to describe how this table sounds and it doesn't "blow away" the P25 (in my opinion no component blows away another unless of course you are coming from a 1960's transistor radio), but it does take it up a few steps in every category. Audiophiles don't just want to hear great sounding gear, they like to play with and admire their gear and the Classic 2 fits the bill in spades.
 
Dimensions:
20 1/2" x 15 1/2" x 10"
Footprint: 19 1/4" x 14 1/4"
Diameter of single foot: 2 1/4" D
Platter Height: 2"
Platter Weight: 20 pounds
Total Weight: 65 pounds
Reviews:
"What I particularly liked about the 'table, aside from its excellent immunity from feedback, was its character, or rather lack of an easily identifiable one. Instead of the sound of older VPI tables, a dark (yin) character, we now have something approaching the completely neutral. I haven't yet been able to put my finger on its specific character, that is, if it has any. But it has allowed a kind of freedom in the sound of LPs being played back on it, one that closely resembles one aspect of the Clearaudio Statement."
- Harry Pearson, TAS June/July 2009, Issue 193

"VPI's best work is now a relatively simple and easy-to-set-up player that combines an excellent chassis, built-in motor, and tonearm. Outperforming many units at stratospheric prices, it puts a premium on reliability, rather than pushing the engineering envelope to weights, loads, and 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. The latter makes a major difference in getting the best out of used, badly stored, and lighter-weight LPs."
- Anthony H. Cordesman, TAS 2010 Golden Ear Winner

SoundStageDirect Glossary

VINYL RECORDS

Vinyl records are able to capture the purest quality of recorded music in true form. This is possible because the initial recording is captured on an analog source (usually tape) for the ultimate in High Fidelity sound, it is then pressed onto virgin vinyl. Analog recordings capture the bottom end (or bass) while adding sweetness to the high end (or treble) better than any digital recording ever could. Analog systems are still commonly used before they are digitally transferred to CD. This means that the sound then is altered in the transfer process when CD's are produced. The word fidelity means accuracy and faithfulness. High Fidelity sound is faithful to the original sound made by the artist, capturing maximum accuracy of what was intended for the listener to hear. Vinyl records capture those sounds for the ultimate High Fidelity listening experience!

180/200 GRAM Vinyl LP

These vinyl records are produced with 180 or 200 grams of high definition premium grade virgin vinyl. This is a higher quality audiophile pressing than the typical vinyl record of 100-120 grams. These limited edition LP's are manufactured with the hi-fi enthusiast in mind. A 180 or 200 gram LP is sometimes also referred to as an audiophile pressing, there is a higher bass response and an even warmer High Fidelity sound. 180 or 200 grams LP's are typically manufactured in limited amounts and are considered collectables, commanding a higher price.

VINYL REISSUES

Typically, a vinyl reissue is a repressing of an original LP, usually extracted from the recording's master-tapes. In some cases, reissues are remastered to lower surface noise and improve overall sonics. Reissues help preserve the music of an original recording, especially when original LPs become unavailable or can no longer be found. Reissues can be pressed on a variety of thickness from 150 gram to 200 gram and offer a great opportunity for records collectors to own many classic recordings.

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