VPI 40th Anniversary & Turntable Launch Party

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In January of 2018, VPI Industries held a wonderful homey event (party) for high-end audio lovers as an alternative to the annual Computer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Now, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the company, VPI created a 40th anniversary turntable, and better yet organized (for October 21, 2018) a smaller event (party) to launch it at the now fully completed VPI Listening House in New Jersey, close by to the factory.

Here we would not only be able to experience the new turntable, and learn about VPI’s plans for 2019, but also have access to four different listening rooms each set up with a unique fine high-end audio system (with of course a VPI turntable) and music; bring your own LPs encouraged. Of course there would also be fine food, booze, and a great mix of friends, associates, VPI staff—and the ever so gracious Weisfeld family (with a special young new member who is already taking over!). How could I not accept attending?

Upon arrival by train from Manhattan (a 1-hour ride), I was picked up at the station by the always friendly Marc Boyle, VPI’s Customer Service Director, and taken right to the Listening House.

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  Main listening room:  VPI HW-40, Audio Technica Art-1000, VPI Voyager, Moon by Sim Audio amplification and pre-amp, KEF Blade Loudspeakers, Nordost Cable,

Main listening room: VPI HW-40, Audio Technica Art-1000, VPI Voyager, Moon by Sim Audio amplification and pre-amp, KEF Blade Loudspeakers, Nordost Cable,

 Marc Boyle (VPI Customer Service Director) on right with John McGurk (AudioShield) and a friend. AudioShield makes fine clear acrylic protective covers for VPI turntables; I use one myself. This was my first time meeting John outside of email.

Marc Boyle (VPI Customer Service Director) on right with John McGurk (AudioShield) and a friend. AudioShield makes fine clear acrylic protective covers for VPI turntables; I use one myself. This was my first time meeting John outside of email.

 Father and son. Together for the cutting of the cake, Tony West at left.

Father and son. Together for the cutting of the cake, Tony West at left.

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 Delicious Greek food a plenty was supplied after an initial snack of bagels, donuts, cookies—and even home made smoked chicken wings brought by Tony West.  And then came the delicious Anniversary cake.

Delicious Greek food a plenty was supplied after an initial snack of bagels, donuts, cookies—and even home made smoked chicken wings brought by Tony West.

And then came the delicious Anniversary cake.

  The brand new HW-40 Direct Drive Turntable.  $15,000 (with arm). ‘Over 40 years of refinement all leading up to this turntable. A tasteful combination of aluminum, solid wood, and 3D printed technology. Featuring an updated and upgraded version of our Award Winning Direct Drive Motor.’

The brand new HW-40 Direct Drive Turntable. $15,000 (with arm). ‘Over 40 years of refinement all leading up to this turntable. A tasteful combination of aluminum, solid wood, and 3D printed technology. Featuring an updated and upgraded version of our Award Winning Direct Drive Motor.’

  Room 1. “Good” / Entry level Audiophile System:   VPI Cliffwood Turntable, Totem Signature One Speakers, VPI Cliffwood Phono, Ortofon 2M Red, Moon by Simaudio Integrated, Transparent Cable.

Room 1. “Good” / Entry level Audiophile System:

VPI Cliffwood Turntable, Totem Signature One Speakers, VPI Cliffwood Phono, Ortofon 2M Red, Moon by Simaudio Integrated, Transparent Cable.

  Room 2 .  “Better” / Middle of the Road Audiophile System:   VPI Prime with Gimbal 3D arm, Ortofon Quintet Bronze, VPI Voyager Phono, Roger’s High Fidelity Integrated, Wilson Audio Sabrinas, Transparent Cable.

Room 2. “Better” / Middle of the Road Audiophile System:

VPI Prime with Gimbal 3D arm, Ortofon Quintet Bronze, VPI Voyager Phono, Roger’s High Fidelity Integrated, Wilson Audio Sabrinas, Transparent Cable.

 From top: Michael Trei, Myles Astor and Michael Fremer listening to Jeff Beck (apologies to 4th reviewer. Can somebody ping us his name? Thx.)

From top: Michael Trei, Myles Astor and Michael Fremer listening to Jeff Beck (apologies to 4th reviewer. Can somebody ping us his name? Thx.)

  Room 3. “Best” / High-end Audiophile System:   VPI Avenger with Fatboy JMW 12 arm, Lyra Etna, VPI Voyager Phono, Krell amplification and pre-amp, Genesis Maestros, Transparent Cable.  This was a beautiful and very fine sounding room; Krell Industries was showing off its new XD technology (Class A) in its stereo amplifiers; coupled with a Krell preamplifier; clean sounding with nice body and soundstage. Walter Schofield, COO of Krell was on hand to explain the improvement of sound offered by the XD technology.

Room 3. “Best” / High-end Audiophile System:

VPI Avenger with Fatboy JMW 12 arm, Lyra Etna, VPI Voyager Phono, Krell amplification and pre-amp, Genesis Maestros, Transparent Cable.

This was a beautiful and very fine sounding room; Krell Industries was showing off its new XD technology (Class A) in its stereo amplifiers; coupled with a Krell preamplifier; clean sounding with nice body and soundstage. Walter Schofield, COO of Krell was on hand to explain the improvement of sound offered by the XD technology.

 Mat with Shyla.

Mat with Shyla.

What an exceptional get together once again hosted by VPI. It was a wonderful celebration of VPI’s 40th anniversary and the introduction of a turntable very close to Harry Weisfeld’s heart. My thanks to Michael Trei for the kind ride home. Much appreciated. A request has been made to review the HW40.