By Andrew Liszewski
So what does $2,600 worth of turntable buy you these days? Well if you’ve chosen the ScoutMaster II from VPI you’ll be getting a deck that attempts to minimize vibrations through sheer brute force. The belt driven platter is machined from a single block of aluminum and weighs about 20 pounds, with the whole turntable coming in at around 52 pounds. So in laymen’s terms it takes the ‘heavy things are hard to move’ approach to vibration dampening.
It also comes with the updated JMW-9T Standard tonearm which features a unipivot design which results in less friction, a tapered arm which reduces resonance and standing waves and it’s filled with a special dampening fluid to further reduce vibrations. And while $2,600 might seem like a lot to pay for a record player to most of us, if you’re an analog audiophile, it probably seems like a steal.