Need Help Choosing My VPI. Clasic 2se or Aries 3

Need Help Choosing My VPI. Clasic 2se or Aries 3

Postby Pilrem » Thu Aug 03, 2017 5:09 pm

Hello,

For many years I have been enamored with VPI turntables but have not been able to afford one. Now I have a couple of opportunities that I could swing and I am looking for sage advice. My Options:

Demo VPI Classic 2 SE - about $2600.00

Used VPI Aries 3 completely upgraded, platter, motor, ring clamp, etc. About $3400.00

I don not see much online about the Aries 3 and I am wondering if this a great table or is it over-engineered? I will be mounting my very low hours Lyra Delos on what I decide to buy. BTW, I am upgrading from a Music Hall mmf 9.1if this matters any. My phono pre is a ARC PH-8 and my Pre is a ARC LS-27 so I think that my system is up to these tables. Any advice is greatly appreciated.
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Re: Need Help Choosing My VPI. Clasic 2se or Aries 3

Postby Brf » Fri Aug 04, 2017 7:21 am

Well, there is really no wrong answer, they are both great tables, but if it was my money, I would go for the Aries 3 hands down.
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Re: Need Help Choosing My VPI. Clasic 2se or Aries 3

Postby mreeter » Fri Aug 04, 2017 7:31 am

Aries all the way. Good luck!
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Re: Need Help Choosing My VPI. Clasic 2se or Aries 3

Postby SubVet » Fri Aug 04, 2017 8:40 am

I have an Aries 3 with a Classic III arm, it's great.
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Re: Need Help Choosing My VPI. Clasic 2se or Aries 3

Postby 10ovr » Fri Aug 04, 2017 9:54 am

Aries 3 ,last of the great Turntables made by Harry ,Add a single flywheel motor and you well be set for life,,You can't go wrong,,, :D
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Re: Need Help Choosing My VPI. Clasic 2se or Aries 3

Postby Marc » Fri Aug 04, 2017 9:56 am

Aries 3! I love mine :D
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Re: Need Help Choosing My VPI. Clasic 2se or Aries 3

Postby Letsmakeadeal » Fri Aug 04, 2017 11:51 am

Aries all the way!
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Re: Need Help Choosing My VPI. Clasic 2se or Aries 3

Postby suntea » Fri Aug 04, 2017 12:09 pm

Marc wrote:Aries 3! I love mine :D

I don't see the Aries 3 on the VPI site as a production table. Is this one "out of print" so to speak? Thanks.
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Re: Need Help Choosing My VPI. Clasic 2se or Aries 3

Postby Marc » Fri Aug 04, 2017 12:30 pm

suntea wrote:I don't see the Aries 3 on the VPI site as a production table. Is this one "out of print" so to speak? Thanks.


Correct, we are no longer making the Aries 3 or Aries 3D. We recently came out with the Aries 3D FE (Final Edition) that was limited to a certain amount of tables and those all sold this year.
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Re: Need Help Choosing My VPI. Clasic 2se or Aries 3

Postby suntea » Fri Aug 04, 2017 3:06 pm

Marc wrote:
suntea wrote:I don't see the Aries 3 on the VPI site as a production table. Is this one "out of print" so to speak? Thanks.


Correct, we are no longer making the Aries 3 or Aries 3D. We recently came out with the Aries 3D FE (Final Edition) that was limited to a certain amount of tables and those all sold this year.

So the powers to be must not have thought that much of the Aries? Or is there a different reason it is no longer made? It really looks like a cool table and people seem to like it's performance.
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