Has anyone seen or heard this in person yet? It looks like a sweet table from the pictures on the VPI web-site.
Sunday, thank you for your contribution to this and other blogs and sharing your views and knowledge. on the classic specifically. Thanks.
Some people completely ignore reviews assuming they know better than everyone else. Some people rely exclusively on reviews not having the confidence or experience to go without the support of others. Most fall somewhere in between. Many of us check reviews to see if they reinforce or refute what we have observed ourselves. Sometimes a reviewer has tastes and experiences very similar to your own so he/she can save you lots of time getting you to a point that would take longer on your own. Some people take a long time getting around to buying or replacing a major piece of audio gear. There can be many reasons for this including the bank account. When this occurs people frequently browse many reviews before taking the plunge. Sometimes they are close to the edge on a decision but aren't sure if they want to go over. Some people are perpetually looking for new equipment with no intention of ever really buying something expensive or unusual. What I am really getting at is why harp so strongly on those who feel a desire to know what others think even if it is only for conversation, evrybody's different. I doesn't really move the conversation forward. As to new versions, why not? Look at how many upgrades exist for the LP12 and many still contend it was perfect from day one. I think without reviewers it would have been near impossible to keep track of all the versions.
I am also not considering the classic 3. Neither am I considering the magico q5. But am still looking forward to the reviews of these exciting new products in our ever-changing audioworld. I also read an old marklevinson transport/DAC review and greatly enjoyed it even though it's an old and discontinued product. Sorry I will not be purchasing any of these but I surely am guilty of looking them up out of interest in the hobby.
Just get a Thorens, LOL !!!
According to some reviews (am I allowed to say that?) Thorens is alive and well in the high end world. Case in point, Acoustic Sounds has a demo TD550 going for nearly $12K. Guessing from the price I would think this is not your fathers Oldsmobile! At that price point it hangs out with some heavy hitters and I think a person might need a review (gasp!) to sort the wheat from the chaff before going further.
or to keep everyone happy, whatever sounds good just purchase it.:)
If possible, I would like H.W/brooklynboy to jump in again and clear some things up. H.W. in the past you brought up a few things like the classic gets you to 97% of the best tables out there at any price. you also mentioned would the classic perform better if we threw money at it?...well it looks like the new classic 3, more than double the cost of origional has money thrown at it. How has this improved over the regular classic? Have we now gone above 97%? what is double the cost for? is it for new upgrade parts and materials or what? Also the website claim is pretty bold that "the best got even better"!!! If this is true then why sell lower quality products at multiples of its price? why not discontinue the inferior much more expensive products and make the classic the reference line? Doesn't make sense to me. Anyhow please comment if you can.
Remember when HP wrote about the "Classic?" It was fully loaded, with Nordost wiring, outer ring, etc, and not just a stock model.
Yea but still doesn't add up to $6k. I hope that doesn't include healthinsurance costs for vpi staff. Lol
Sorry Sam, wrong answer. Good people deserve good treatment and if you want consistancy and quality in a product employee benefits are part of the mix. Now if you had said, I hope part of the 6 bills isn't going to pay off reviewers you might have had a point :)
I was joking. Lol. If things don't change soon the general public will be broke and on the streets on whom the massive costs are thrown back at. I have faaaar more tolerance of a cheating reviewer than drug and insurance companies. They will bring this country down. Even the worse reviewr will not cause a fraction of the damage to our nation as the healthcare system we have. Old bag like me have been around for a while.
I knew you were :)
There are three versions of the Classic turntable, Classic 1, Classic 2 and Classic 3. Classic 1 is the standard model, offering outstanding overall performance, featuring the Classic Aluminum Platter, the JMW-10.5i and mini-HRX feet. Classic 2 adds VPI's VTA Base, allowing fine on-the-fly adjustments of VTA. Classic 3 is the ultimate evolution of the Classic design in both performance and appearance. The Classic 3 is a much heavier design, with a resonance eliminating 1/2" thick aluminum plinth and a gorgeous piano black base. The Classic 3 also includes VPI's Ring Clamp and HR-X Weight for improved record coupling. The JMW-10.5i is upgraded with a new Stainless Steel armtube and Valhalla wiring.