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VPI HW-40 Price — Between $22,000 to $24,000

Designing VPI’s Next Generation Direct Drive Motor Technology

Harry Weisfeld’s 2012 CLASSIC DIRECT direct drive turntable was an outstanding technical achievement, earning Stereophile Magazine’s Class A+ rating. This award-winning table was loosely based on the VPI Classic Series table technology and included a thick aluminum plinth and armboard and an inverted platter bearing riding on a PEEK thrust disc. Combined with a cutting-edge BLDC direct drive motor, the CLASSIC DIRECT was created. The Classic Direct provided a stable, solid foundation for the music, allowing the listener to hear deeply into the recorded grooves to the treasures buried with-in!

Designing a new turntable to celebrate VPI’s 40th anniversary provided VPI an opportunity to update the direct drive motor technology to incorporate advances in motion control and materials technologies.

Upon celebrating 40 years of manufacturing, they are happy to announce the VPI HW-40. There will be a limited edition version limited to 400 turntables featuring wooden side panels and the Fatboy Anniversary Tonearm.


  • Fatboy Anniversary Tonearm
  • Wired with Nordost Reference Wire
  • Direct Drive Motor
  • New VTA Base on the Fly
  • Dustcover Included
  • Internal Circuitry and Power
  • Made in the USA


Chassis Composition: Aluminum and Solid Black Walnut (Stained)

Platter Type & Size: 12″ Aluminum Platter, 25LBS

Tonearm Included: JMW-12- Fatboy Gimbal

Motor Type: Direct Drive

Motor Torque: 2.68 Nm/sec

Star/Stop Time: 1 Second

Speed Monitoring: 2,500 pulses/revolution

Footprint: 21¾” x 16 ¾”

Overall Size: 22″ x 17″ x 10″

Total Weight: 70 lbs


VPI HW-40 White Paper



Hi-Fi News - VPI HW-40 Audiophilia - VPI HW-40 Hi-Fi Plus - VPI HW-40
The Audiophile Man - VPI HW-40 Tone Publications - VPI HW-40

“[NOTHING] fazed it… To say the VPI 40th Anniversary turntable is impressive is an understatement. Sonically, if it were twice the price, it would still be beating the competition.”
– Hi-Fi+, 
2019 Turntable of the Year Award

“This deck is simply magnificent, and a delight in so many ways. It’s easy to set up, painless to use, a joy to listen to and with a physical presence to savor. If perceived value is going to save the high-end, then VPI has nailed both the sound and the presentation.”
– Ken Kessler, Hi-Fi News, Outstanding Product review

“I’ve heard several direct drive turntables but the HW-40 Anniversary surpasses them all. It’s simply glorious. It’s the best direct drive design that I’ve ever encountered. It’s also quite possibly the best turntable I’ve ever heard.”
– Paul Rigby, The Audiophile Man, Golden Groovy Award\

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