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The VPI Scout II is an improved version of VPI's best-selling turntable. Demand for the Scout II is so great that VPI can barely keep up. The Scout II has all the features you want in a high-end turntable: an outboard motor, a precision machined 2" thick aluminum platter, and the new amazing JMW-9 tonearm. The Scout II is so simple to set-up, you can have the table up and running in just minutes. The sound is fast and detailed, closer than you might expect to the performance of VPI's reference HR-X at a fraction of its cost. The Scout II is worthy of the world's finest cartridges.
"The Scout 2 brought the performance wall to wall yet [kept] the layering of singers, guitar, drums and piano clearly separate. If I wanted to I could pick out any particular performer I wanted and listen to them play while hearing all the small details. This made the music much more enjoyable as it never seemed congested...Whether I put on jazz, rock, folk or orchestra the Scout 2 performed up to my high level of expectations."
– Anthony Nicosia, EnjoyTheMusic.com
The new version of the JMW-9 tonearm is the perfect complement to the Scout II, offering all of the advantages of a unipivot tonearm at a bargain price. The JMW-9T features a tapered armtube with a new damping material to reduce resonances. The JMW-9T has a low friction bearing mounted on a solid stainless steel rod with markings to set VTA (Vertical Tracking Angle). As with the more expensive JMW-10 and JMW-12 arms, the tonearm assembly of the JMW-9T can be removed and replaced in seconds, allowing instant cartridge changes with multiple armwands. An RCA junction box allows any RCA-terminated interconnects to be used. There are two versions of the JMW-9T, Standard and Signature.
The JMW-9T is an update of the award-winning stock tonearm for the Scout. A unipivot design, the JMW-9T's single point of contact causes less friction than standard gimbaled designs. The tapered arm tube reduces resonance and standing waves and the internal damping fluid reduces vibration even further. This means the JMW-9T is quieter, more dynamic and a better tracker than most other designs. No wonder it's so popular!
The JMW-9 Signature is identical to the JMW-10.5i, wired internally with Nordost Valhalla wiring from the cartridge pins all the way through to the cable junction box, with an additional 2.5 grams effective mass for greater cartridge compatibility (including lighter, low compliance cartridges), variable pivot fluid damping and mechanical anti-skate control