VPI Prime Scout Turntable Features Gorgeous New Looks, JMW 9 Tonearm, and 300RPM Motor for Audiophile Performance: Immersive, Fast, and Detailed Sound Personifies High-End Analog
Don't call it a comeback. Redesigned with a sleeker look, the reintroduction of the multiple-time Absolute Sound Editors' Choice and Golden Ear Award winner – and most inexpensive turntable on Stereophile's Class B Recommended component list – the VPI Prime Scout ups the ante in high-end analog performance for a price that belies its ballyhooed reputation. You could spend more, you could spend less, but at this threshold, you simply will not do better. An aluminum platter, PEEK thrust-equipped bearing, 300RPM synchronous motor in separate housing, and JMW 9 tonearm are all standard on a world-beating device that's anything but and which you'll have up in running in minutes. A Scout Delrin record clamp and Scout Delrin feet also come standard, and further enhance both stability and accuracy.
Prime Scout plays vinyl with immersive detail, musical naturalism, and grand-scale dynamics, it is smooth, quiet and efficient. Eminently upgradable via a VPI Prime platter, VTA On the Fly Base, Periphery Ring Clamp, Stainless-Steel Center Weight, 3D-Printed Tonearm, and/or ADS Analog Drive System, all of which are available from Music Direct, we will happily set everything up for you. This is an audiophile 'table through and through. One which possesses an ease of use making it accessible to any music lover on the planet. 100% Music Direct Guaranteed.
"Rather, this is a flat-out, unconditional, 'Holy Mother of Crap, I can't believe how good this thing is' recommendation. It's hard to imagine another way of spending [$2,200] that will add this much to your system."
– Art Dudley, Stereophile
Stalwart U.S.-Made Build-Quality and Parts
For stability and damping, Prime Scout's chassis is made from 1.25"-thick MDF bonded to a 12-gauge steel plate. The massive platter is machined 1 3/8"-thick 6061 aluminum with stainless-steel damping mounted to an oil bath bearing by a number 2 Jacobs Taper. The bearing has a PEEK thrust disc and machined graphite impregnated brass bushings using a Thompson Engineering 60 Rockwell case hardened shaft. Prime Scout's 300RPM AC synchronous motor is contained in a separate steel housing and drives the platter with smooth, quiet operation.
VPI JMW 9 Tonearm the Icing on the Proverbial Cake
JMW 9 perfectly complements Prime Scout, offering all the advantages of a unipivot tonearm at a bargain price. It has an ultra-low friction bearing mounted onto a solid stainless steel rod with a knurled ring to set VTA (Vertical Tracking Angle). As with the more expensive JMW-10.5i and JMW-12.7 arms, the tonearm wand assembly can be removed and replaced in seconds. This allows quick cartridge changes by simply swapping the arm wands. An RCA junction box allows any RCA-terminated interconnects to be used.