VPI Prime 21
Designed for hassle-free setup, simple operation, and transfixing sound, the U.S.A.-made VPI Prime 21 turntable epitomizes all that’s endlessly addictive, fun, and tangible about high-end analog. Start with the pre-mounted, 10.5-inch 3D-printed gimbal-bearing tonearm, which equals the acclaimed performance of VPI’s older uni-pivot arms all the while granting dramatic improvements in ease of use. VPI’s famed adjustable VTA on-the-fly mounting base? It’s here, too. The updated hit list continues with a steel top plate for superb dampening and a substantial ground plane, both of which translate into phenomenal focus and dark-black backgrounds during playback. Equally formidable, the same isolation feet found on VPI’s $15k HW-40 turntable add resolute stability and sleek looks. Speaking of the latter, the name of the ‘table comes silk-screened on the top to add an additional touch of class.
As for the remainder of this audiophile champion? Pure inspiration all the way. Housed inside an eight-pound steel-machined chassis, a 300RPM motor drives a 20-pound Classic platter with inverted bearing, producing reference-grade speed stability. Wow and flutter, as well as rumble, remain well below audible levels. An advanced cylindrical motor housing and a platter/bearing with high tolerances help round out Prime 21. Ditto an instructional video placed on a supplied USB stick and all the tools you’ll need to get Prime 21 up and running in just 20 minutes time.
Once you do, prepare to experience your favorite music blossom with detail, dynamics, tones, textures, and depth that will place the artists in your room – and which will continue without having to constantly tweak your deck. Beyond all the meticulous parts and technology, such convenience and immersion are what Prime 21 signifies.
Available in Black or Walnut.