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VPI Prime 21 Plus Turntable


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VPI Prime 21 Plus Turntable

The original Prime turntable redefined and polished with a new fit and finish and improved performance. Upgraded with HW-40 feet, 3D Gimbal tonearm, and new machined top plate with additional bracing and isolation. The Prime 21 is bringing 2021 in on a high note.

“The new VPI Prime 21+ (the number signifies the model year) aims to build on that solid foundation with a series of well-considered changes aimed at improving performance, ease of use and cosmetics.” -What Hi-Fi



The Shyla cartridge has been a labour of love to bring a high-performance MC cartridge for under £2,000 with the VPI name on it. A cartridge that captures the sound, experience and quality VPI listens for in their music.

The journey began when listening to the ART series of Audio Technica cartridges. It caught our attention and punched above its price point. The collaborative conversation began the two companies to create a product with the foundation of AT’s long history of cartridge design, with VPI’s voicing and sound natural/musical sound. VPI founder Harry and current owner/son Mat first met the AT design team in Munich and the sketch pads and engineering wisdom came pouring out. An initial prototype was born from that meeting which brought us most of the way there. Mat followed up with a second trip out to AT’s home base in Japan to continue the communication and design for the cartridge. During that visit, VPI had a chance to visit the AT sound room and research and development facility where the new cartridge would be subjected to the highest level of quality and compliance testing.

The result was a powerhouse cartridge that was able to musically stand up to cartridges in the £10,000 range! The VPI focus of the voicing was the midrange while still making sure to accomplish strong lows and detailed highs. When hearing the cartridge in action we knew the perfect name to match its powerhouse sound was after the Weisfeld firstborn, Shyla Weisfeld.

• VPI voiced with modified internal dampening and suspension

• Premium magnetic core moving coil type cartridge

• Special line contact stylus and solid boron cantilever with a 0.26 mm diameter

• Neodymium magnet and permendur yoke significantly increase magnetic energy

• PCOCC used for coils and terminal pins

• Very high-quality magnetic circuit

• VC mold design ensures stability and rigidity, limiting unnecessary coil movement and reducing distortion

• Hybrid body of machined aluminium and hard plastic reduces unnecessary resonance

• Machined aluminium base

• High-separation, wide-response dual moving coil

• Threaded body for easy mounting



• 4 x 28 AWG, Solid core OFC Conductors.

• Uses Nordost’s revolutionary FEP (Fluorinated Ethylene Propylene) extrusion.

• Twisted Pair cable construction to eliminate inter-channel crosstalk.

• Individual shielding of the Left and Right channel for maximum defence against EMI/RFI.

• Separately shielded, silver-plated bond wire running parallel to the signal channels for optimum grounding capabilities.

• Terminated with high quality, low mass, gold-plated connectors.

• Made in the USA.

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Black, Walnut

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