"The Traveler's main platter bearing comprises a high-tolerance Thomson shaft, a chrome-hardened steel ball, and a thrust plate of polyeretherketone (PEEK), an extremely durable thermoplastic with outstanding creep resistance – perfect for high-stress applications."
"Aluminum, stainless steel, and Delrin are used 'in the right places'[of the tonearm] for strength and rigidity. Pins of hardened steel fit into V-shaped bearings of sapphire, permitting motion in the vertical and horizontal planes, while springs maintain tension on the bearing during play."
"I can't imagine a happier way of listening to LPs than with the VPI Traveler. At $1299, the Traveler isn't merely reasonably priced – it's a remarkable bargain, built to last a lifetime. And it's made with love, right here in the US."
- Stephen Mejias, Stereophile, November 2012
"Because the arm is easily removable, VPI's Mathew Weisfeld was able to carry it as onboard luggage on his flight from New Jersey to Orange County's John Wayne Airport."
- Michael Fremer, AnalogPlanet.com, June 3, 2012
"I'm not giving this review sample up. I think that says more than any five dollar word I can dream up to try and show you how much I like this little turntable. I'm also honored to be able to write about this product from a company whose principles I have a long history with. That said: I had very high expectations for the VPI Traveler. It exceeded them all, and did so in a way that still has me reaching for records that I have to blow the dust off of in order to play them! I cannot offer the table a higher recommendation.
"If you're getting into vinyl and you need a step-up in clarity on the player side, look no further than the VPI Traveler. You're getting a piece of the VPI magic at a fraction of its previous cost. It's like buying gold at silver's price. Happy listening everybody!"
- Michael Mercer, Positive-Feedback.com, May/June 2012
"Made in Cliffwood, N.J., the Traveler will probably be still going strong long after the CD format bites the dust. I've heard it at hi-fi shows, and it's really impressive. VPI was founded in 1978 and only introduces new models every few years. The new Traveler has already developed a buzz with the vinyl-centric crowd, and I love that it's one of the most affordable turntables ever offered by the company. The Traveler is sold with a VPI-designed and manufactured-in-the-U.S. tonearm. I've used a VPI Classic turntable for three years and absolutely love it."
- Steve Guttenberg, CNET.com, September 29, 2012
"Whether you are just getting into the world of vinyl, adding a second turntable to the stable or are replacing a turntable that has left you wondering if there’s more to be had for your money, I highly recommend the Traveler."
- Jerold O'Brien, TONEAudio magazine, Issue 51, December 2012
"We not only recommend the Traveler highly, we have purchased the review sample. It will become a reference component in gear editor Bailey Barnard’s new system, so we can indoctrinate him in the ways of the LP."
- Jeff Dorgay, TONEAudio magazine, Issue 51, December 2012