Plug-and-Play Simplicity, Stellar U.S.A.-Made Build, and Engaging Entry-Level High-End Sound: VPI Cliffwood Turntable Features Pre-Mounted Phono Cartridge and Aluminum Platter
Named after the New Jersey city that has been VPI's manufacturing base for decades, the Cliffwood turntable serves as both a tribute to made-in-the-USA superiority and proof that entry-level high-end analog is still done best without any inferior outsourcing. True to VPI's storied heritage and simplified to strictly focus on sonics, the plug-and-play Cliffwood exudes value and plays vinyl LPs with engaging, dynamic sound. It comes complete with a pre-mounted phono cartridge, which complements a nine-inch gimbaled tonearm with a lateral bearing, damped machined-aluminum armtube, and pure copper wiring.
Cliffwood's 1.25-inch-thick non-resonant MDF chassis, hearty aluminum platter, 600RPM motor, and PEEK thrust disc bearing with graphite-impregnated brass bushings further speak to the engineering prowess of a 'table whose price point strives to bring front-to-back audiophile quality to a wider audience. Craftsmanship aside, Cliffwood's greatest overall achievement is really what matters most: This beautiful, audiophile-quality turntable is an inviting, accessible entry point into the warm, organic, and downright addictive experiences that only come from hi-fi vinyl.
If you're new to the world of vinyl, or if you're looking to upgrade your current turntable, Cliffwood deserves your attention. Backed by our 100% Music Direct Satisfaction Guarantee.
"The Cliffwood's arm is a piece of perfect outward simplicity that works as well as any I've tried. The motor is silent and turns at exactly the right speeds. The turntable's appearance is also totally innocuous—a plus as far as my wife is concerned. And despite its lack of suspension, I never had a problem with the arm jumping out of the groove when I walk by it.... This turntable would suit not only a newcomer, but also an experienced vinyl lover on a budget who wants something outstanding."
—Thom Moon, SoundStage! Access, Reviewers' Choice Turntable
"You have to admire VPI's accomplishment here: They designed a turntable with some very high-precision mechanical parts, build it themselves in New Jersey alongside their much more expensive turntables instead of subcontracting production, and sell it through a dealer network for [a reasonable price].... I was also very impressed that VPI was able to ship a turntable with a cartridge premounted and have it work—and well!—out of the box without needing to 'tweak' anything."
—Jay Haider, Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity
Type: Belt drive
Motor: 600 RPM AC Motor – 2-Speed Pulley
Turntable Platter: Solid Aluminum
Turntable Speeds: 33 1/3 RPM and 45 RPM
Cartridge: VPI/Grado Green
Dimensions (WDH): 18.5" x 13.5" x 4.3"
Weight: 13 lbs.
Pivot to Spindle: 223mm
Effective Length: 240.7mm
Offset Angle: 22.85 degrees
Average RMS Distortion: .36%
Output voltage at 1000 Hz: 5cm/sec. 5.5 mV
Channel balance at 1 kHz: 1.5 dB
Channel separation at 1 kHz: 22 dB
Channel separation at 15 kHz: 15 dB
Frequency range at - 3dB: 20-22.000 Hz
Frequency response: 20-20.000 Hz + 3 / - 1 dB
Tracking ability at 315Hz at recommended tracking force: 70 µm
Compliance, dynamic, lateral: 20 µm/mN
Stylus type: Elliptical
Stylus tip radius r/R: 8/18 µm
Tracking force range: 1.6-2.0g (16-20 mN)
Tracking force, recommended: 1.8 g (18 mN)
Tracking angle: 20°
Internal impedance, DC resistance: 1.3 kOhm
Internal inductance: 700 mH
Recommended load resistance: 47 kOhm
Recommended load capacitance: 150-300 pF
Cartridge color, body/stylus: black/red
Cartridge weight: 7.2 g
Replacement stylus unit: 2M Red