VPI: Their new entry-level turntable, the VPI Player ….

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Greg Borrowman writes ....

VPI has released a new entry-level turntable, the VPI Player, which takes over from the VPI Nomad and comes with a cartridge, a built-in phono stage and a built-in headphone amplifier!

Despite being entry-level, the new VPI Player is a significant step up from the outgoing Nomad,’ said Cameron Pope, of Krispy Audio, which distributes VPI in Australia, ‘the main change being the aluminium platter, which rotates on an oil bath bearing with a PEEK thrust disc and machined graphite impregnated brass bushings using a Thompson Engineering 60 Rockwell case hardened shaft.’ The platter is driven by a belt that’s motivated by a pulley fitted to the shaft of a 24V synchronous a.c. motor. Two different pulley steps enable both 33.33 and 45 rpm speeds.

The VPI Player comes complete with a built-in phono stage that’s been designed to work perfectly with the Ortofon 2M Red phono cartridge that comes pre-mounted in the VPI Player’s tonearm, but it also comes with a headphone amplifier with its own volume control. The provision of a built-in headphone amplifier means you can plug a pair of headphones directly into the turntable, and listen direct from vinyl. ‘And if you’d prefer to use an external phono stage to link to your hi-fi system, you can bypass the one that’s built in,’ Pope told Australian Hi-Fi Magazine. The VPI Player turntable is available in two finishes: Hard Rock Maple and Mocha Walnut. Available now, it sells for $1,995.

Manufacturer’s Specifications: VPI Player

Wow: 0.06% (DIN)
Flutter: 0.04% (DIN)
Rumble: <–80dB (IEC-98A)
Power Consumption: 7.7-watts
Dimensions (WDH): 470×343×109mm
Weight: 5.9 kg

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