VPI - The Scout II Turntable
In only five years, the VPI Scout became the industry standard as the best-reviewed turntable on the planet! In 2009, we saw fit to bring some big improvements to its best-selling turntable. You may recognize the outboard motor and the plinth, but you will do a double take at the exquisite platter and tonearm.
Every VPI Scout II comes standard with the JMW 9T! This incredible tonearm features a redesigned armtube that is tapered and filled with a proprietary damping material. This revolutionary design greatly reduces internal resonance, yielding a full and rich sound, with a vast soundstage and increased resolution and detail. The added mass also produces deeper bass response and fantastic compatibility with moving coil cartridges.
For maximum stability and damping, which always yield the truest possible analogue sound, the platter is made from 1 7/8" thick machined 6061 aluminum and is attached to a nonmagnetic 303 stainless steel damping plate. The entire piece weighs in at an impressive 20 pounds! Because the aluminum is grounded to the steel, there is virtually no static buildup or sonic degradation. What's in the grooves is what comes out of your speakers.
The VPI Scout II's plinth is made from 1 1/8" thick MDF bonded to a 12 gauge steel plate giving a rigid, non-resonant plinth. The massive platter sits on chrome-hardened ball bearing held by a 60 Rockwell-hardened shaft, below which is a black delrin nut. The VPI Scout II generates absolutely no additional noise for a pristinely quiet spin.
The AC synchronous motor is contained in a separate steel housing and drives the platter via an Aries belt. This combination produces quiet yet stable running with extremely accurate speed. Speeds are 33 and 45 standard, while 78 is optional.
Picture by Scott Foglesong
2002 Hi-Fi+ Product of the Year and Editors Choice
Scout Manual (Word Format)
JMW 9 Manual (PDF Format)
- JMW 9T tapered tonearm
- 1 7/8" thick aluminum platter
- 1 1/8" thick MDF/steel plinth
- 600 RPM AC synchronous drive motor in isolated steel housing
- Aluminum cone feet with stainless steel ball bearings
- Solid Delrin Deluxe One-Piece Record Clamp
- Beautiful black satin finish
Dimensions: 19" x 14" x 8"
Foot Print: 16 1/2" x 11 1/2"
Platter Height: 1 7/8"
Platter Weight: 20 pounds
Total Weight: 40lbs