I am using two vintage models, the Denon 100M and the JVC Victor T-101. Today I would like to write on the new models published by Technics and VPI and on one other brand.
As the Technics is currently reviewed by almost every magazine the VPI HW-40 was presented in the last weeks.
From what I hear some reviewers praise the Technics, nevertheless argue on the plinth, actual isolation by the feet (VPI) and tonearm (no null points delivered in case of the Technics). Fremer doesn`t want to give a statement unless he receives an OMA slate plinth putting his SAT arm on the deck.
While Technics goes for a new development with nine air core coils embedded into an aluminum bed VPI uses a motor from Thingap, https://www.thingap.com/ironless-composite-stator/
These motors are used in my Continuum Criterion as well as in the VPI Classic. I guess that Fremer did a mistake on calculating the costs. It shouldn’t be 4K on each unit but for 10 units delivered. Otherwise VPI wouldn’t order that much. The motor controller on top is most likely the $495 development board PMD sells to demonstrate their chips. I think it is a good choice.
Top notch analogue playback-like much of audio-involves the truism that everything matters. You can’t reach the peaks of vinyl playback with a mediocre drive system, a mediocre arm, a mediocre cartridge, or mediocre tonearm wire. It all matters. When it comes to the combination of plinth, arm, cart and internal wiring I rather would go different ways to combine my dream DD set up. But that´s me.
As I did not listen to both units we have to wait for others` feedback. What I have my own experience with, besides of the vintage models, is the Brinkmann Oasis coming with the tube based PS. The motor comprises a different design approach than Technics and VPI putting away the cogging disadvantages by a slower start/stop function.
Brinkmann uses this motor in the Bardo too. When I listened to this unit I got excited. It is maybe the best turntable concept Brinkmann delivered so far. Of course I would go for an Acoustical Systems Aquilar tonearm coming with an ART 1000 or Palladium cart.