X
Sign-up for our weekly newsletter and receive the latest and greatest in high-end audio delivered right to your inbox!
No Thanks
VPI_-_CLASSIC_3_TURNTABLE"

VPI - CLASSIC 3 TURNTABLE

Price: $6,500.00 
Quantity:    
VPI Certified Dealer
This product can only be shipped to US addresses.
Brand: VPI ANALOG HARDWARE
Category: Analog Gear, Turntables, Featured Equipment, Best of the Best Audiophile Gifts, Top-Rated Turntables.
SKU: AVPITTC3PBA
Availability:
* All specified ship dates are estimates
Overview
Full Description
Specifications
Reviews
Downloads
30-Day Guarantee

The Ultimate Evolution of the Classic Concept

Incredibly Low Noise Floor, Extreme Low-End Control, and Unbeatable Speed Stability and Definition

Golden Ear Award from The Absolute Sound and a Stereophile Class-A Award Rating

VPI's Classic Turntable designs are an homage to the incredible VPI designs that have made VPI synonymous with state-of-the-art turntable design for the last 25 years. The top-of-the-line VPI Classic 3 is the final incarnation of this philosophy, representing a significant step forward in both performance and aesthetic design. The Classic 3 features a half-inch thick aluminum plinth which is so massive and well damped it virtually eliminates resonance. VPI updated the tonearm (now called the JMW-Classic Tonearm) with a new stainless steel armtube complete with Discovery wiring. The Classic 3 also includes VPI's stainless steel Record Center Weight, the same one fitted as standard equipment on the HRX. To complete the visual aesthetic of this state of the art design, VPI chose a deep Piano Black finish to perfectly counterpoint the silvery sheen of the top section. Gorgeous and glorious, the Classic 3 is an absolute triumph!

Pictured here with the extremely popular (and optional) Periphery Outer Ring Clamp. 

"The Classic 3 is the fastest, most coherent-sounding VPI turntable I've ever heard. Most significant, the Classic 3 played on the same field as the Continuum Caliburn ($149,995) and it costs $6,000…one of today’s great values in analog audio. I don’t hear how you can go wrong buying one!"
– Michael Fremer, Stereophile

“Every detail is there, rock-solid, immovable, and alive within the soundstage. The VPI Classic 3 is an exceptional effort by a company that knows the analog landscape like few others. With each spin it invites you to become reacquainted with every record in your collection. A class-leading product by any yardstick, and, simply put, a class act!”
– Neil Gader, The Absolute Sound

The sound of the Classic 3 Turntable is big, powerful, airy and shockingly quick. With a gorgeous tonal balance and deep powerful bass, the Classic 3 Turntable stands head and shoulders above most turntable designs, no matter the price. Thanks to VPI's efforts to eliminate vibration and resonance, the Classic 3 throws a cavernous soundstage with pinpoint image specificity and delivers a shocking level of resolution. This turntable should be on every serious analog lover's short list. All VPI 'tables come with our famous 100% money back guarantee.

“The VPI Classic 3 has gotten some of the best and most deserved buzz for neutral, highly musical sound quality of any turntable and cartridge combination. The Classic is so simple that it is likely to be reliable and sonically consistent for years to come. One more indication that the best analog front-ends can still compete with even the highest quality digital sources.”
– Anthony Cordesman, The Absolute Sound, Golden Ear Award

“This new version of VPI’s best-selling Classic 1 is twice as expensive and it’s worth it. Why? Because it is better…the new version sounds more stable, as if the speed control has been enhanced. The net effect of these changes is there is less detectable turntable between you and the music. The LPs seem to float on a cushion of air. It is a work of art, Harry Weisfeld’s best. Amen! Five Stars!”
– Harry Pearson, Founder of The Absolute Sound, Five-Star Review

Classic Evolutions
There are three versions of the Classic turntable, Classic 1, Classic 2 and Classic 3. Classic 1 is the standard model, offering outstanding overall performance, featuring the Classic Aluminum Platter, the JMW-10.5i and mini-H-RX feet. Classic 2 adds VPI's VTA Base, allowing fine on-the-fly adjustments of VTA. Classic 3 is the ultimate evolution of the Classic design in both performance and appearance. The Classic 3 is a much heavier design, with a resonance eliminating 1/2" thick aluminum plinth and a gorgeous piano black base. The JMW-10.5i is upgraded with a new Stainless Steel armtube and Discovery wiring from the cartridge pins all the way to the output jacks./p>

“The Classic, in my opinion, exceeds the performance of [VPI’s] ScoutMaster series and breaks new sonic ground… at a breathtakingly low price. I think this is Weisfeld’s best sounding design. If ever there were a best buy in ‘tables, this is it!”
Harry Pearson, The Absolute Sound, Golden Ear Award Issue

“VPI’s best work is now a relatively simple and easy-to-set-up player that combines an excellent chassis, built-ion motor, and tonearm. Outperforming many units at stratosphere prices, it puts a premium in reliability, rather than pushing the engineering envelope to gimmicks that do not survive engagement with reality. Remarkably neutral with a wide range of cartridges and even better with the SDS speed control and Outer Ring Clamp!”
– Anthony Cordesman, The Absolute Sound, Golden Ear Review

Audio Beat (PDF, 227 KB)

Lyric HiFi (PDF, 50 KB)

Audiophilia
At Music Direct, we offer our customers a 30-Day Money Back Guarantee on components, hardware and audio accessories. This allows you time to ensure you made the right choice. If you are not satisfied with your purchase, contact our customer service department or your audio consult directly to arrange for a return.
 
This guarantee is not applicable on all Fluids, Phono Cartridges, and some special order merchandise.
 
Music is only returnable if it has not been opened.

To view our full return policy, click here.
Contact us with any questions about this policy.
Upgrades and Related Items:

VPI - DELUXE DELRIN/STAINLESS STEEL CLAMP VPI - DELUXE DELRIN/STAINLESS STEEL CLAMP $150.00
VPI - SUPER MAGIC LUBE (BEARING GREASE) VPI - SUPER MAGIC LUBE (BEARING GREASE) $26.00
VPI - STROBE DISC VPI - STROBE DISC $30.00
VPI - STANDARD DELRIN CLAMP VPI - STANDARD DELRIN CLAMP $100.00
REGA - RP1 TURNTABLE REGA - RP1 TURNTABLE $445.00
SPIN-CLEAN - STARTER KIT RECORD WASHER SYSTEM Mk2 SPIN-CLEAN - STARTER KIT RECORD WASHER SYSTEM Mk2 $79.99
MUSIC HALL - WCS-2 RECORD CLEANER MUSIC HALL - WCS-2 RECORD CLEANER $749.00
DENON - DL-103R MC PHONO CARTRIDGE DENON - DL-103R MC PHONO CARTRIDGE $379.00
RECORD OUTER SLEEVES 6-MIL FOR 12 RECORD OUTER SLEEVES 6-MIL FOR 12" RECORDS (100) $52.99
VPI - 16.5 RECORD CLEANING MACHINE VPI - 16.5 RECORD CLEANING MACHINE $649.00
Customers Who Purchased This Item Also Bought:
GINGKO - DUST COVER FOR VPI CLASSIC PLINTH VERSION GINGKO - DUST COVER FOR VPI CLASSIC PLINTH VERSION $369.00