The Turntable for the Analog Fanatic Seeking Seemingly Limitless Customization Options, Head-Turning Sonics, and Superb Build: VPI Avenger Reference Accommodates Up to Three Tonearms
Get the ultimate in customization, versatility, and build quality – to say nothing of stop-you-in-your-tracks fidelity – with the VPI Avenger Reference turnable. If you're seeking a component that will provide you decades of musical bliss, never become obsolete, and allow you to mix and match options at will, Avenger Reference cannot be beat. Once you experience its ridiculously quiet operation, staggeringly precise imaging, front-to-back dynamics, and essentially nonexistent noise floor, you'll understand why this 85-pound juggernaut sounds three times as good as it looks.
Designed to mount up to three tonearms of any make and size, and developed alongside the company's flagship Titan model, this U.S.A.-made and Stereophile Class A Recommended analog superhero features a chassis comprised of three layers of bonded acrylic/aluminum/acrylic with damping material inserted between each layer. It's all locked in place by three steel corner posts complete with adjustable machined knobs that raise and lower the ‘table height for leveling as well as three bolts and a humongous bearing assembly. Cone stabilizers, which sit in a machined Delrin/ball-bearing isolation base, connect to the posts. Fully adjustable armboards – constructed of 5/5" 6061 aluminum for superb rigidity and grounding – complement a 25-pound aluminum magnetic drive platter, perfectionist-accurate motor pulley, and a 300RPM 24-pole AC synchronous motor housed in a machined aluminum Rim Drive Motor assembly.
Avenger Reference also comes with VPI's famous JMW 12-3DR 3D-printed tonearm with Nordost Reference wiring throughout. The manufacturer's Periphery Outer Ring Clamp (unmatched in reducing warp), Analog Drive System (for paramount speed control and adjustments), and Avenger Reference Feet (knurled, machined aluminum cones set in a machined Delrin isolation pad that rests in a machined aluminum isolation pad for wowing isolation and noise cancellation) are here, too. So is VPI's five-year manufacturer warranty and Music Direct's 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. Time to get spinning.
"It has a remarkable ability to reveal all the musical detail in a given record and to get the best out of very different cartridges."
—Anthony Cordesman, The Absolute Sound, Golden Ear Award
"When I consider the high build quality and excellence of machining in VPI's Avenger Reference, its heavy metal mass, its design ingenuity, its rugged American blinginess, and its more than reasonable price, it's not at all surprising that, judging by what I've seen traveling abroad, this model is America's goodwill ambassador to the world of turntables."
—Michael Fremer, Stereophile, Class A Recommended Component
Reference-Level Construction: Three-Layer Chassis, Massive Bearing Assembly, Adjustable Armboards
Avenger Reference's chassis is comprised of three layers of bonded acrylic/aluminum/acrylic, with damping material between layers. It's locked in by three isolation steel corner posts, three bolts, and the massive bearing assembly. The corner posts that hold the tonearms (up to three will fit) have adjustable machined knobs, giving the user the ability to easily raise and lower the height to level the table. In addition, the corner posts connect to the cone stabilizers, which sit in a machined Delrin/ball-bearing isolation base reminiscent of that used on the Prime turntable. Fully adjustable armboards are made from 5/5" 6061 aluminum for rigidity and grounding. The table can mount up to three arms, of any manufacture's brand, and of any length.
Exclusive to Avenger Reference: The Magnetic Drive System
VPI's magnetic drive system is unique to Avenger Reference. The drive platter is mounted to the 5/8" center shaft, which goes through both platters and deep into the bottom of the bearing assembly. The bottom bearing is an oil bath, and the PEEK thrust disc on the bottom bearing takes the full 30 pounds total of both platters. Hence, the thrust disc is replaceable and should be changed every year so constantly get the sound of a new 'table. The top platter, or slave platter, rests in a PTFE Super Lube inverted bearing with almost zero rotational motion so that there is no wear on the thrust disc. Powerful magnets from the drive platter grab the magnets in the slave platter and send it rotating noiselessly with a beautifully damped motion. Wow and flutter levels are exceptionally low. The Lyra Atlas cartridge, which touts very powerful Alnico magnets, has no reaction at all to the platter magnets. Neither does the Ortofon A95, Shure Ultra 500, Soundsmith Hyperion, or any other top cartridge VPI has tried.
Available Upgrades Available at Music Direct:
Additional JMW Tonearms