The VPI Avenger Reference turntable is unlike any other ‘table in the world. Offering the ultimate in customization and versatility, plus life-altering sound, Avenger Reference allows you to mount up to three tonearms of any make and size. But that's just the beginning. Its multi-layer chassis boasts a massive bearing assembly, superlative control, and adjustable posts. Avenger Reference is bolstered by VPI's advanced Magnetic Drive System – a groundbreaking plater assembly with tremendous damping, ridiculously low noise, and superb playback. VPI's JMW-12 3DR tonearm, SDS speed controller, VTA on-the-fly tonearm base, stainless-steel record weight, Periphery Outer Ring clamp, and 300RPM Prime motor come standard. Better still, Avenger Reference's ability to handle any tonearm/cartridge combo in the world gives you truly unlimited options. And remember, this ‘table boasts life-altering sound that will maximize the potential of your vinyl collection. When you're ready for an analog adventure that will last a lifetime, Avenger Reference is your ticket.
Reference-Level Construction: Three-Layer Chassis, Tremendous Bearing, Adjustable Armboards
Avenger Reference's chassis is comprised of three layers of bonded acrylic/aluminum/acrylic, with damping material between layers. It's locked in by three isolation steel corner posts, three bolts, and the massive bearing assembly. The corner posts that hold the tonearms (up to three will fit) have adjustable machined knobs, giving the user the ability to easily raise and lower the height to level the table. In addition, the corner posts connect to the cone stabilizers, which sit in a machined Delrin/ball-bearing isolation base reminiscent of that used on the Prime turntable. Fully adjustable armboards are made from 5/5" 6061 aluminum for rigidity and grounding. The table can mount up to three arms, of any manufacture's brand, and of any length.
VPI's Latest Breakthrough: The Magnetic Drive System
VPI's magnetic drive system is unique to Avenger Reference. The drive platter is mounted to the 5/8" center shaft, which goes through both platters and deep into the bottom of the bearing assembly. The bottom bearing is an oil bath, and the PEEK thrust disc on the bottom bearing takes the full 30 pounds total of both platters. Hence, the thrust disc is replaceable and should be changed every year so constantly get the sound of a new 'table. The top platter, or slave platter, rests in a PTFE Super Lube inverted bearing with almost zero rotational motion so that there is no wear on the thrust disc. Powerful magnets from the drive platter grab the magnets in the slave platter and send it rotating noiselessly with a beautifully damped motion. Wow and flutter levels are exceptionally low. The Lyra Atlas cartridge, which touts very powerful Alnico magnets, has no reaction at all to the platter magnets. Neither does the Ortofon A95, Shure Ultra 500, Soundsmith Hyperion, or any other top cartridge VPI has tried.
The Culmination of More Than 12 Years of Dreaming and Designing
The Avenger was originally started by VPI founder Harry Weisfeld more than 12 years ago. In the process of the design, the project was dropped in mid-production due to excessive demand for other existing VPI ‘tables, leaving the prototype chassis mothballed. Harry shifted his focus into starting and completing the VPI Classic turntable. Shortly after the development of Prime, while cleaning out the warehouse in preparation for a training event, Harry re-discovered the Avenger and its designs. The working name was the "Tri-Pod Project." Newly motivated, Harry finally put Avenger and Avenger Reference in motion.