From the Renaissance Audio press release
VPI’s stunning new Prime 21 turntables build upon the success of the award-winning Prime series to deliver a vastly improved performance and offer a super-simple set-up procedure. The Prime 21 and 21+ are designed for music lovers who demand high-end performance but do not want to have to learn hi-fi technician skills to get their vinyl spinning.
All Prime 21 turntables are carefully packaged so that they can be easily removed from their box, calibrated, and connected in well under twenty minutes. No specialist hi-fi assembly skills are required, and all set-up tools are supplied. An instructional video is supplied on a USB stick for those owners who would like assistance.
The Prime 21 turntables offer a big step up in sound from that of the outgoing Prime model. Their performance is more musically engaging and expansive, with a deeper bass. VPI has achieved this by re-designing the deck and making major upgrades to the components.
A new aluminium top plate braces the turntable chassis to deaden any unwanted resonance that can confuse the sound. The addition of high mass aluminium casework to the motor improves its damping for a steadier performance. An all-new 3D-printed tonearm is pre-mounted and the unipivot of earlier Prime models has been replaced by a new gimbal system. The isolation feet are the same as those used in VPI’s anniversary edition HW40 turntable (RRP £15,000) and offer supreme balance and dampening.
The Prime 21+ model offers even more than the Prime 21. It features the VPI Shyla cartridge (custom made by Audio Technica) and the VPI Weisline tonearm cable (manufactured by Nordost), to give a superior performance.
• Solid machined 53mm thick chassis with aluminium plate. Painted textured black.
• 10 ½" gimbal 3D-printed tonearm
• Stainless steel motor
• Stainless steel and Delrin record clamp
• HW40 isolation reference feet
The Prime 21 is available for order from October. The Prime 21+ is available from November. In December, the Prime 21 and Prime 21+ will also be available in a walnut finish.
RRP Prime 21: £4,500. Prime 21+: £6,500
For more information: www.renaissanceaudio.co.uk