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    Lot's of news to share about some new VPI products as well as pictures. Thought, though, I'd start out with a little fun. Does anyone know this celebrity rockstar/audiophile seen visiting the VPI House today? Right side (top picture); front center, intently listening (bottom picture). Click image for larger version  Name:	DSC_0205.JPG Views:	1 Size:	2.33 MB ID:	44739
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    Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
    Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
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    -Zellaton Plural Evo speakers
    -Goldmund Telos 300 stereo amp
    -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
    -Doshi EVO and Goldmund PH3.8 phonostage
    -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
    -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
    -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga Mk. 2, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
    -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
    -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 6, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
    -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz 3 racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA OHIO Class 2.1+ platforms.

  • #2
    Is it Ringo?
    Analog- VPIClassic3-3DArm,SoundsmithZephyrII+MiyajimaZeroMono, 2xAmpex ATR-102,Doshi3.0,Merrill Trident Master Tape Pre,Herron VTPH-2A
    Dig Rip-Pyramix,IzotopeRX3Adv,Mykerinos,PacMicroModel2
    Dig Play-mchNADAC, LampiPac, Roon, HQP, Oppo105
    Electronics-Doshi Pre,CJ MET1mchPre, Cary2A3monoamps
    Speakers-AvantgardeDuosLR,3SolosC,LR,RR
    Other-2x512Engineer/Marutani Symmetrical Power, AudioDiskVinylCleaner,AirTightRecordFlat, Scott Rust Interconnects,
    Music-15KRecs(90%classical),1.3KR2Rtapes,50TBrips

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    • MylesBAstor
      MylesBAstor commented
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      Fast forward about 20 years.

  • #3
    Tape head alert!

    Some non-VPI gear seen today!

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    Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
    Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
    ________________________________________

    -Zellaton Plural Evo speakers
    -Goldmund Telos 300 stereo amp
    -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
    -Doshi EVO and Goldmund PH3.8 phonostage
    -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
    -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
    -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga Mk. 2, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
    -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
    -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 6, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
    -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz 3 racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA OHIO Class 2.1+ platforms.

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    • MylesBAstor
      MylesBAstor commented
      Editing a comment
      In case you are wondering, the box to the left of the Sony deck is the machine's power supply. This was Nick Doshi's machine and Jonathan Horwich's tech Soren, since the Sony decks are known to overhead, moved the PS outboard.

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    And I couldn't help but think of our own DavidK when I saw this Avenger table being setup and readied for shipping.
    Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
    Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
    ________________________________________

    -Zellaton Plural Evo speakers
    -Goldmund Telos 300 stereo amp
    -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
    -Doshi EVO and Goldmund PH3.8 phonostage
    -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
    -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
    -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga Mk. 2, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
    -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
    -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 6, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
    -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz 3 racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA OHIO Class 2.1+ platforms.

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    • Analog21
      Analog21 commented
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      Is that a VPI arm or another manufacturer?

    • MylesBAstor
      MylesBAstor commented
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      Sme 3012r.

  • #5
    I'm still confused, whats the difference between the avenger and the vanquish?
    Magnepan 1.6 QR Loudspeakers, Amherst A-2000 MOSFET 150 WPC Amp, Conrad Johnson PV-10A Modded Tube Line & Phono Stage, Electrocompaniet MC II Class A Head Amp, Audio Technica AT-OC9XML Cart (Stereo) , Graham Engineering 2.2 Tonearm (Stereo) , VPI Aries-1 Turntable (Stereo) , VPI Clamp, Denon DL-102 Cart, (Mono) , Luxman Tonearm (Mono) , Kenwood KD-500 Turntable (Mpmp) , Michell Clamp, Marantz 20B Analog FM Tuner, Pioneer SACD, Onkyo DX-6800 CD Transport, DIY 24B/192K DAC, Sennheiser HD-650 Headphones, Headroom Max Balanced Headphone Amp, DIY Silver Interconnects

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      I'm vaguely recalling the Vanquish is an "HW Workshop" effort where it is custom built / made to order, circa ~$40k+ ??
      The Avenger is a production product with different drive options in the current line-up ?? Beyond that It is hard for me to keep the various product details sorted.

    • MylesBAstor
      MylesBAstor commented
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      Yes, the Vanquish is made to order. I think Harry makes two a month.

      VPI's Avenger line--and Mark is covering the three models in PF--consists of three models and they can be upgraded. Avenger (belt drive), Avenger Plus (rim driver) and Avenger Reference (magnetic drive plus belt or rim drive). There are also some differences when it comes to the feet and length of arm wand. I think the first two come with 10.5 inch arm while the Reference comes with 12-inch arm.

  • #6
    Originally posted by MylesBAstor View Post
    Lot's of news to share about some new VPI products as well as pictures. Thought, though, I'd start out with a little fun. Does anyone know this celebrity rockstar/audiophile seen visiting the VPI House today? Right side (top picture); front center, intently listening (bottom picture).
    Chris Barron, best known as the lead singer of the band Spin Doctors.

    Will I get a cookie ?

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    • MylesBAstor
      MylesBAstor commented
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      Pot brownies ok?

  • #7
    Originally posted by Elberoth View Post

    Chris Barron, best known as the lead singer of the band Spin Doctors.

    Will I get a cookie ?
    Myles obviously has a pretty broad definition of "rock star".
    PROGRESSIVE SOUNDS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
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    Rockport Aquila, Boulder 2010, Boulder 2008, Boulder 2060, Transparent Audio Reference XL, Nordost Quantum QBase8, TW Acustic AC Anniversary, TW Acustic Raven 10.5 arm, Lyra Atlas, Bricasti M1 Special Edition, SRA Scuttle3 rack + various SRA/Symposium stands

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    • Johnny Vinyl
      Johnny Vinyl commented
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      Haha! Now that's funny!

  • #8
    Based on the attendance it looks like CNN, MSNBC, The Washington Post, and Politico were banned from this press conference.
    PROGRESSIVE SOUNDS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
    www.lasercd.com
    www.lasersedgegroup.com

    Rockport Aquila, Boulder 2010, Boulder 2008, Boulder 2060, Transparent Audio Reference XL, Nordost Quantum QBase8, TW Acustic AC Anniversary, TW Acustic Raven 10.5 arm, Lyra Atlas, Bricasti M1 Special Edition, SRA Scuttle3 rack + various SRA/Symposium stands

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    • 1morerecord2clean
      1morerecord2clean commented
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      Now that's funny!

    • Johnny Vinyl
      Johnny Vinyl commented
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      I refrained at first, but this is funnier.

    • MylesBAstor
      MylesBAstor commented
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      No invitations were withheld.

  • #9
    Originally posted by lasercd View Post

    Myles obviously has a pretty broad definition of "rock star".
    And here he is a long time ago

     
    Chris
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    Kef 201/2, Pass xa30.5, W4S STP-SE, Manley Chinook, VPI Classic, Dynavector DV20x2L, ExaSound e32, Acoustic Zen cables. (Office): Vincent SP331 Mkll, Quicksilver Pre, Lumin D1, (Ken Lau Signiture Edition PSU), Bryston BCD-1, Vapor Audio Breeze, WooAudio W6se,Questyle Audio CMA800R LCD-3,HD800s, HD600, Mr Speaker Ether C Flow,

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    • #10
      Myles, don't hint and run. Spill the beans: what was yesterday's VPI news?
      Analog: Holbo Turntable, Transfiguration Proteus; Forsell Air Reference, Transfiguration Phoenix S; Rega RP-8, VdH Crimson XGW; VPI Prime Signature, VAS Nova Mono, VAS Nova Signature, Symphonic Line RG-8
      Digital: Mac mini 6,2 with YFS PS-12M LPS; Exogal Comet Plus, Exogal Ion PowerDAC
      Electronics: Aurorasound Vida, Channel D Lino C; Merrill Cara, Gryphon M-100 Mkii (pair)
      Cables: Morrow, Gryphon interconnects; YFS USB cable; Morrow, XLO, Channel D phono cables; Morrow, Gryphon, Goertz speaker cables

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      • MylesBAstor
        MylesBAstor commented
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        I will today. Left at 7:30 am to get the train down to Matawan and didn't get back until 8:30 last night. Long day and I was exhausted.

    • #11
      Alert the media. I understand to combat this important roll out Clearaudio has scheduled a press conference. John Popper will be attending.
      PROGRESSIVE SOUNDS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
      www.lasercd.com
      www.lasersedgegroup.com

      Rockport Aquila, Boulder 2010, Boulder 2008, Boulder 2060, Transparent Audio Reference XL, Nordost Quantum QBase8, TW Acustic AC Anniversary, TW Acustic Raven 10.5 arm, Lyra Atlas, Bricasti M1 Special Edition, SRA Scuttle3 rack + various SRA/Symposium stands

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      • #12
        Write this up for pf?
        Dave Clark
        Editor and Publisher, Positive Feedback
        www.positive-feedback.com

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      • #13
        VPI Press Open House

        Mat kicked off the morning’s festivities with a brief synopsis of what’s been happening at VPI Industries in the five years since his mom’s passing, his dads’ retiring from the business and his assuming the company’s helm. This transition was bound to happen sooner or later as those grandfathers of the high-end audio industry such as VPI (2018 marks VPI’s 40th anniversary and Mat promised some surprises to commemorate that achievement), Wilson Audio, Magnepan, ARC, cj, Grado, etc. have or are making the transition to the next generation of entrepreneurs. Make no mistake. It wasn’t always smooth sailing for Mat. Sometimes it was in fact a down right painful learning experience. But Mat persevered and in this time successfully revamped and streamlined VPI’s production and manufacturing process, rebranded the turntable product line, oversaw the launch of VPI’s Reference line of turntables and now popular Cyclone record cleaning machine and revised the popular Scout table. Some of these changes were introduced to simplify the product line and avoid customer confusion. Others to buy in larger quantity and hold costs down. Yet others to improve product quality and consistency and taking advantage of export certifications for overseas sales.

        In this time VPI has also doubled the size of their staff, tripled their floor space and added the “VPI” house (see part 2 of report). Out of all the changes, however, it was bringing engineer Mike Bettinger on board that’s arguably had the biggest impact. Mike has among other things significantly contributed to VPI’s research process, improving turntable Q/C and consistency, redesigning the rapidly aging SDS turntable power supply as well as designing the soon to be released $2000 VPI budget and $6000 Aurora phonostages.

        VPI’s turntable line (price also includes arm) now currently consists of:

        The Player ($1500)
        The Scout 2017 ($2200)
        Prime ($4000) and Prime Signature
        Avenger (Avenger, Avenger Plus and Avenger Reference going from around $9000 to $20,000)

        New product and Accessory Announcements

        Scout 2017: Price: $2200 with Ortofon 2M included. Hard to believe but VPI’s Scout has been in production now for 15 years. The Scout now features an all Al platter since the market wasn’t interested in MDF platter. The new Scout adopts the curves of the Prime and features a thicker chassis, new Delrin feet and same motor found in the Prime.

        Prime Signature: Arms now comes standard with Nordost internal wiring in 10.5-inch 3D arm, latest 3D arm finish, stainless steel corner posts and a new angled arm lift made in the US.

        Turntables made in cooperation with other companies

        Shinola Runwell turntable: This table fills the slot held by the now discontinued Classic table. Take home message: Shinola tables reaches a totally different market than VPI.

        Mark Levinson turntable: First shown in January at CES and designed and manufactured by VPI for Mark Levinson. The $10,000 Mark Levinson table comes with a new Harry Weisfeld designed, 3D printed, gymballed arm and outboard motor unit replete with built-in Mike Bettinger designed power supply.

        VPI Phonostage: Not a whole lot of details yet but the phonostage is essentially a phono section plus passive attenuator. The unit’s overall gain is around 68 dB and can directly feed an amplifier. VPI’s new phonostage is slated for release in two versions: a budget model retailing for $2000 and the Aurora that is targeted to retail for $6000.

        3D Arm Dual pivot adaptor kit

        After much trial and error and a few false starts, VPI has developed a new kit to convert current 3D arms in the field into dual pivot arms without any fuss or muss. All a 3D arm owner needs is a screwdriver to successfully complete the conversion. First a thin aluminum plate is placed and secured on the armboard area where the unipivot resides. Next, the dual pivot adaptor is placed over the ring beneath the pivot and tightened down. Then the user just uses a small screwdriver to lower the pivot until it reaches the VPI supplied plate. At this point, the owner just adjusts for correct azimuth using the contact between the dual pivot and metal plate attachment. So an added bonus is that the 3D tonearm’s VTF and azimuth are set separately. Hallelujah and praise the Lord! Personally—and I don’t know about you-- I hate tonearms that require using the counterweight to set VTF and azimuth. Yes using even in the case of VPI the Soundsmith Counter Intuitive. Is it worth the price? Time will tell. Price: $150.

        Down the road

        Look for some cosmetic, if not some minor functional changes to VPI’s long standing record cleaning machines that have been the benchmark since the ‘80s. Most of these changes are envisioned in relationship to the streamlining of the manufacturing process.

        Q4 may also see VPI releasing a stripped down version of The Player (table and arm san electronics) targeted to retail for $1000. No official name yet for the table.
        Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
        Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
        ________________________________________

        -Zellaton Plural Evo speakers
        -Goldmund Telos 300 stereo amp
        -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
        -Doshi EVO and Goldmund PH3.8 phonostage
        -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
        -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
        -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga Mk. 2, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
        -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
        -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 6, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
        -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz 3 racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA OHIO Class 2.1+ platforms.

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        • #14
          Part 1: Factory Tour

          Mat welcoming a bunch of sleepy press to VPI's renovated and reorganized digs! Luckily plenty of coffee, bagels and DD doughnuts. Click image for larger version  Name:	DSC_0120.JPG Views:	1 Size:	2.47 MB ID:	44845



          And explaining and showing off the new turntable line. Click image for larger version  Name:	DSC_0123.JPG Views:	1 Size:	2.28 MB ID:	44846
          Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
          Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
          ________________________________________

          -Zellaton Plural Evo speakers
          -Goldmund Telos 300 stereo amp
          -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
          -Doshi EVO and Goldmund PH3.8 phonostage
          -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
          -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
          -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga Mk. 2, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
          -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
          -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 6, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
          -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz 3 racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA OHIO Class 2.1+ platforms.

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          • #15
            Some of VPI's new products:

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            New Feet for Avenger line.

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            Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
            Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
            ________________________________________

            -Zellaton Plural Evo speakers
            -Goldmund Telos 300 stereo amp
            -Goldmund Mimesis 37S Nextgen preamplifier
            -Doshi EVO and Goldmund PH3.8 phonostage
            -VPI Vanquish direct-drive turntable
            -VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy dual pivot tonearm, VPI 12-inch 3D Fat Boy gimballed and SAT LM-12 arm
            -Lyra Atlas SL Lambda, Fuuga Mk. 2, vdh Colibri Master Signature, MutechHayabusa, MOFI Master Tracker, Sumiko Songbird cartridges
            -Technics RS1506 with Flux Magnetic heads, Doshi V3.0 tape stage (balanced)
            -Assorted cables including Transparent XL Gen. 6, Skogrand, Viero, Kubala-Sosna, Audience Au24SX, Genesis Advanced Technologies and Ensemble Power Cords
            -Accessories including Stillpoint Aperture panels, Cathedral Sound panels, Furutech NCF Nano AC receptacles; Silver Circle Tchaik 6 PLC, Symposium ISIS and SRA Craz 3 racks, Audiodharma Cable Cooker, Symposium Ultra and assorted SRA OHIO Class 2.1+ platforms.

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