Scout

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Price: Between S$3,000 to S$4,000

“Rather, this is a flat-out, unconditional, “Holy Mother of Crap, I can’t believe how good this thing is” recommendation. It’s hard to imagine another way of spending $****.** that will add this much to your system.” – Art Dudley – Sterophile

The SCOUT has become the worlds best-reviewed turntable! The SCOUT is the lowest priced turntable in STEREOPHILE’S Class “B” and has attained high performance records worldwide.

“The scout brought a soundstage that was far more precisely defined. Bass was tighter, with less mud and boom. Treble was more extended and detail retrieval was clearly superior. Music, which was very entertaining and listenable on the *******, simply sounded clear on the scout. Insert your favorite cliché about “veil removal” and “inky-black backgrounds,” but that’s what it sounded like.”-Scott Hull TAS

The Scout Turntable with a new version of the iconic 9” JMW Tonearm and new aluminum platter is a world standard at its $2,000 price.
Re-introducing the audio world to the best-selling VPI table of all time – better than the old one, better than it should be at this price! The Scout has become one of the world’s best-reviewed turntable! The Scout is so simple to set-up, you can have the table up and running in just minutes. The sound is fast and detailed, deep and wide with a natural midrange worthy of the world’s finest cartridges. And one of the easiest tables to upgrade!

The Table:

  • 1.25″ thick premium textured vinyl covered MDF bonded to a 12 gauge steel plate.
  • Machined 1 3/8″ thick 6061 aluminum platter.
  • Platter rotates on an oil bath bearing and fitted to shaft with a #2 Jacob’s Taper for a concentric rigidly mounted coupling.
  • The bearing has a PEEK thrust disc and machined graphite impregnated brass bushings using a Thompson Engineering 60 Rockwell case hardened shaft.
  • 600 RPM AC synchronous motor is contained in a separate steel housing and drives the platter with smooth, quiet operation.
  • Includes a screw down record clamp that eliminates warps

The Arm:

  • Newly redesigned 9” JMW Scout Tonearm.
  • Pivot to spindle: 223mm
  • Effective length: 240.7mm
  • Overhang: 17.7mm
  • Offset angle: 22.85 degrees
  • Average RMS distortion: .36%
  • Zero friction unipivot bearing mounted on a hardened solid steel shaft.
  • VTA adjustable arm mount so you can set your cartridge at the proper height.
  • Damped polished stainless steel armtube.
  • Black anodized head shell and bearing body
  • Removable arm-wands allows you to change cartridges in less than 30 seconds.
  • Precision adjustable counter weight lets you get the most out of every cartridge you mount using its azimuth and tracking force adjustments.  The only way to precisely mount a cartridge is with azimuth, height, and tracking force adjustments.
  • Adjustable Anti-skate option.

Available Upgrades:

  • Classic Platter
  • VTA on the Fly
  • Single Motor Flywheel
  • Periphery Ring (only compatible with Scout 2 Platter)
  • HR-X Center Weight
  • HR-X Feet
  • 3D Printed tonearm
  • Synchronous Drive System (SDS)

Reviews

6moons_VPI_Scoutjpg_Page1RALP WERNER, 6 MOONS
“… And the Scout never paints just black or white. It got too many intermediary values in its pocket and handles the microdynamic range with far too many nuances. This results in highly articulate and realistic dynamics. That was the quality I got stuck on – even the finest of shimmies and fades were extracted from the groove and playback remained very much alive during the quietest of passages.”

 

Enjoy_The_Music_VPI_Scoutjpg_Page1 ALFRED FREDEL, ENJOY THE MUSIC
“It is absolutely one of the best value in audio today and I would venture to say that this turntable bests others costing thousands of dollars more! With its simple straightforward design, it will be sure to offer years of satisfaction. Run to your VPI dealer and audition this turntable. You simply will not do better for $2000, a small price to pay to enjoy the music for years to come.”

 

Everything_Audio_Network_VPI_Scoutjpg_Page1JOHN GATSKI, EVERYTHING AUDIO NETWORK
“If you are a vinyl stalwart with a bit of disposable income, the VPI Scout 1.1 and Luminous Audio Arion are two worthy candidates for purchase. If you are moving up, or even as a first turntable system purchase, it might be the last vinyl system you need to buy.”

 

Stereophile_VPI_Scoutjpg_Page1ART DUDLEY, STEREOPHILE
“But if you’re just starting out in analog or upgrading an existing front-end, and if you can spend $1500 on a turntable and tonearm, here’s some advice: Go hear VPI’s new player right away. This is not a cautious, conditional, “for special tastes only” recommendation. (No offense to those things that are: Hey, I love my Lowthers, but God knows they’re not for everyone.) Rather, this is a flat-out, unconditional, “Holy Mother of Crap, I can’t believe how good this thing is” recommendation. It’s hard to imagine another way of spending $1500 that will add this much to your system.”

 

The_Absolute_Sound_VPI_Scoutjpg_Page1SCOT HULL, THE ABSOLUTE SOUND
“… Let me say it plain: the scout 1.1 is great turntable and an obvious, solid recommendation. While I can’t really see this as an entry-level product, I can see it as the object of lust after that first turntable. I think that for the majority of audiophiles, acquiring a scout means they can pretty much hang it up.”