New-Jersey-based VPI has just announced the lauch of its Prime Scout turntable. As demand for vinyl grows, VPI continues to develop turntables that it claims produce a revelatory level of audio detail.
The original Scout was one of the world’s best-reviewed turntable and was designed to be easy-to-use and featuring technology from VPI turntables higher up in the company’s product range. The new 2017 Prime Scout re-defines and solidifies the direction and performance of a VPI turntable. Fitted with improved isolation, a more robust motor, thicker chassis, and improved precision throughout, the Prime Scout claims to push vinyl cuts to a new level.
The Scout’s curvy table features the aesthetics of VPI’s multi-award-winning Prime and Prime Signatures. On the more technical side, for improved stability and damping, the Scout’s chassis is made from 1 1/8” thick MDF bonded to a 12-gauge steel plate. The large platter is composed of 1 3/8’’ aluminium and is mounted to an inverted bearing of Teflon and brass on a 60 Rockwell case hardened shaft. The 500RPM AC synchronous motor ha been chosen especially for the European market and is contained in a separate steel housing and drives the platter with a quiet and smooth efficiency.
The JMW-9 tonearm offers all the advantages of a unipivot tonearm at a competitive price. The arm has a low-friction bearing mounted onto a solid stainless steel rod with a knurled ring to set the VTA (Vertical Tracking Angle). As with the more expensive JMW-10.5i” and JMW-12.7” arms, the tonearm wand assembly of the JMW-9 can be removed and replaced in seconds. This allows instant cartridge changes with multiple arm wands. An RCA junction box enables any RCA-terminated interconnects to be used.
The VPI Scout is available in the UK for £2,650
For more information visit: www.renaissanceaudio.co.uk