Analog Reigns Supreme
VPI's Classic Companion turntable starts with the rock-solid walnut body from its hugely popular Classic 2 turntable and then just keeps getting better and better. This perfect companion for your digital gear proves that analog still reigns supreme. And the Classic Companion includes everything you need to begin rediscovering your vinyl collection right away. It comes not only with a premium tonearm, but it also includes a Grado phono cartridge specially made for VPI.
Massive Body and Platter
The Classic Companion is solidly built and impressively heavy, weighing in at a full 65 lbs. It provides an extremely stable platform for vinyl playback. Much of the Classic Companion's weight comes from its solid, non-resonating laminated one-piece chassis holding all components. This is not a wooden frame. It is a solid, walnut-laminated 2.5" thick MDF block with 11-gauge steel attached to the top with silicone and long bolts through all of the layers.
The Classic Companion combines this heavy body from the Classic 2 turntable with the 2"-thick cast aluminum Classic platter and silent inverted bearing, weighing in at 20 lbs. This massive platter contributes a significant flywheel effect to playback, which helps the 24-volt AC synchronous motor maintain precise speed.
The built-in 24-volt power supply feeds the motor a pure signal to avoid the fluctuations of a lesser power supply. The external step-down power supply keeps line voltage away from the turntable to lower noise and provide cooler motor running.
10.5" Gimbaled Tonearm
The Companion comes with a premium gimbaled tonearm with low friction ABEC-5 pre-loaded ball bearings. The arm is a full 10.5" long for very low tracking error and is solidly mounted to the base. It is VTA adjustable 'on the fly.' The arm is fast, clean, stable, very low in distortion, and dynamic like a master tape. When this arm is combined with the included Grado cartridge, you will be startled by the dynamic range and low level resolution that this arm can reproduce. RCA jacks accept the interconnect of your choice.
For those who require fine adjustment in an anti-skate mechanism, it comes standard on the Classic Companion. Speed stability is on a par with the original master tape. Due to the rigid mounting of the motor, platter, and tonearm, random motion is eliminated that might otherwise cause speed instabilities.
Grado Companion Phono Cartridge
The included Grado Companion phono cartridge is custom-made VPI. With its 1.5 millivolt output and very low inductance, it is compatible with the moving coil input of your phono preamp. The Companion cartridge borrows the stylus and cantilever from the acclaimed Grado Statement Sonata. Thanks to the replaceable stylus assembly, you can replace or upgrade as needed. The threaded aluminum mounting plate provides damping, mass, and ease of installation.
Classic Companion Turntable