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ToneAudio Product of the Year 2013





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Classic Direct Drive Turntable

The VPI Classic Direct Drive Turntable is the newest turntable in the VPI Classic line. Our design takes advantage of 21st Century motor technology for accurate speed control utilizing a servo motor controller coupled with an active feedback loop to control the motion of the platter. It is a true measure of design and engineering excellence. The Classic Direct Drive Turntable is precision manufactured and painstakingly handmade entirely in the USA. It is simple to set up and is free from any shift in factory settings over time. Some of the VPI Classic Direct Drive Turntable key features are:

  • Direct drive with no mechanical contact in the horizontal plane. The lowest noise drive and bearing design architecture possible.
  • A precision inverted bearing and PEEK bearing surface for minimum friction.
  • Servo controlled with an active feedback loop that measures and controls the speed of the platter directly to yield the most consistent and accurate playback possible.
  • A high mass billet aluminum platter weighing 18 lbs (8 Kg).
  • Speed accuracy of .01% or 5 Sigma  from 33.3 RPM and from 45.0 RPM.
  • A proprietary non-cogging drive system that uses the platter as the rotor and a printed circuit board stator.
  • A ½" thick machined aluminum plate bonded to 2" of MDF creating a plinth which is so massive and well damped it virtually eliminates resonance.
  • An external universal power supply that is internationa lly approved to remove line noise generating components from within the turntable.           

VPI produced a superior design by using fundamentally sound engineering coupled with innovative applications of new technologies. By bringing together a team of engineers and companies with proven track records of engineering achievements we have established a new level of performance in turntables that reach the limits of analog technology. The revolutionary design, the ground breaking direct drive system, the most accurate speed control achieved to date, the outstanding industrial design, the list goes on and on substantiating why the VPI Classic Direct Drive Turntable is the most advanced and technically superior turntable design ever.

Classic Direct Drive Specifications

Motor & Platter
Drive Type                                            Direct Drive (Manual Turntable)              
Motor Type                                           Custom Slot-Less Synchronous Electronically Commutated Motor (SSECM)                   
Turntable Platter                                    Machined Billet Aluminum                                 
Platter Diameter                                    12.0" (304.8 mm)
Platter Thickness                                   1.960” ( 49.8 mm)         
Platter Mass                                          17.6 lbs. (7.98 kg)                                
Turntable Speeds                                  33-1/3 RPM and 45 RPM                                   
Wow and Flutter                                    0.02% WOW (In accordance with DIN specification)
                                                            0.01% Flutter (In accordance with DIN specification)
                                                            NOTE: WOW and Flutter of the test record is higher than the turntable.
Rumble                                                 <-80 db
                                                            NOTE: Cartridge and preamp noise are higher than any rumble.
Tone Arm
Tone Arm Type                                      3D Printed Epoxy
Pivot to Spindle Distance                      11.81” (300 mm)                       
Effective Arm Length                             12.323" (313.0 mm) Lofgren A   
Overhang                                              0.512" (13.0 mm)                                  
Offset Angle                                         17.37°                                      
Effective Arm Mass                               7.4g                 
Arm Height Adjustment Range               0-1/2” (0-12 mm)                                               
Stylus Pressure Adjustment Range         0 - 3g (with 5 g cartridge)                                              
Applicable Cartridge Weight Range        4g - 12g (larger counter weights available)         

Dimensions                                           23.5" (596.9 mm) W x 17.5" (444.5 mm) D x 9.4" (238.8 mm) H
                                                            (Height does not include wire loop)
Weight – Motor & Platter                        27.2 lbs. (12.3 kg)
Weight – Complete                                72.5 lbs. (32.9 kg)

Power Supply                                     
Type                                                     External Switching
Input Voltage                                        90 to 260VAC at 47 - 63Hz                                
Power Consumption                              75W     
Efficiency                                             70% Typical
Safety Approvals                                  UL 60950, EN 60950
EMI / EMC                                            EN 55022-B, EN 61000-4-4        
Dimensions                                           6.25" (158.75 mm) W x 9.2" (233.7 mm) L x 4.6" (116.8 mm) H
Weight                                                  (TBD)


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