Michael Fremer of Stereophile Reviews the HW-40

Michael Fremer of Stereophile Reviews the HW-40

Postby Jbelben » Thu Dec 12, 2019 3:44 pm

Hi

I received my digital copy of the January Stereophile a couple days ago......and in it there is a wonderful review of the VPI HW-40 by Michael Fremer. Check it out. I tried to copy a link to the story without success. Kudos again to the VPI team for building the table that has resulted in the rave review by Michael Fremer.

I purchased Serial number 25, sight unseen, so Michaels findings confirmed what my ears have already told me along with my faith in the VPI team.

Seasons Greetings To All

Jerry
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Re: Michael Fremer of Stereophile Reviews the HW-40

Postby MMMC » Fri Dec 13, 2019 4:27 am

Jbelben wrote:Hi

I received my digital copy of the January Stereophile a couple days ago......and in it there is a wonderful review of the VPI HW-40 by Michael Fremer. Check it out. I tried to copy a link to the story without success. Kudos again to the VPI team for building the table that has resulted in the rave review by Michael Fremer.

I purchased Serial number 25, sight unseen, so Michaels findings confirmed what my ears have already told me along with my faith in the VPI team.

Seasons Greetings To All

Jerry


Congratulations Jerry!!! I have not read M.Fremer's review, but judging by the components list, and knowing Harry, Matt, and the VPI team are responsible for it's building, I'm very sure you are all smiles!!! Which VPI table has it replaced? Please post what you are spinning in the Forum, along with "your" review of the HW-40.

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Re: Michael Fremer of Stereophile Reviews the HW-40

Postby tom collins » Fri Dec 13, 2019 7:59 am

in the original review, he raved about the first iteration. in this review, he believes that this version is improved in nearly every way and of course at 1/2 the price is a very good value. when you consider that his reference tone arm by itself costs 3 times what the entire vpi with arm costs, that is high praise.
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Re: Michael Fremer of Stereophile Reviews the HW-40

Postby suntea » Fri Dec 13, 2019 3:10 pm

I see in the review it is stated that after the limited edition of 400 tables are sold there will be a "standard HW-40" that will not be a limited run. For that version the Fatboy tonearm will be an option, allowing "the buyer can use the tonearm of his or her choice".

Does this mean that 10 inch unipivot arms can be used on the HW-40 models released after the limited run is sold out? Or it be just 12 inch arms? Or just Fatboys?
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Re: Michael Fremer of Stereophile Reviews the HW-40

Postby Jbelben » Sun Dec 15, 2019 3:18 pm

Hi Suntea

Michel Fremer described the HD 40 attributes far more eloquently than I can, but I quickly and similarly noticed the increased quietness, d
Low level detail along with the improved bass and imaging (depth and width)

I will say though, that even with the VPI HD 40 improved feet.... they are no match for the Isoacoustics GIA11’s. I used the GIAA’s on my VPI Classic 4, and found similar improvements when I replaced the standard (newly improved) HD 40 feet with the GIAA’s. If you own any VPI table, its performance will be significantly Improved with the addition of the ISoacoustics feet.

As for what I am spinning, I just received a significant vinyl shipment from Elusive Disc that includes Jennifer Warnes new album, Robbie Robertson’s new album , ++++. I am waiting for the New Thelonous Monk Mobile Fidelity ..one step and the new Dire Straights.....Love Over Gold.

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Re: Michael Fremer of Stereophile Reviews the HW-40

Postby Bill Stevenson » Tue Feb 11, 2020 7:22 pm

Jerry,

Are your Isoacoustics GIA feet model I, good for up to 70 lbs., or model II, good for up to 120 lbs.? I have used these with great success under both speakers and turntables too, and certainly intend to order them for my HW-70 based on your post. Thanks,

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Re: Michael Fremer of Stereophile Reviews the HW-40

Postby Brf » Tue Feb 11, 2020 7:52 pm

suntea wrote:I see in the review it is stated that after the limited edition of 400 tables are sold there will be a "standard HW-40" that will not be a limited run. For that version the Fatboy tonearm will be an option, allowing "the buyer can use the tonearm of his or her choice".

Does this mean that 10 inch unipivot arms can be used on the HW-40 models released after the limited run is sold out? Or it be just 12 inch arms? Or just Fatboys?


I don’t know the answer to your tonearm option question, but for clarity, the HW 40 uses neither the 12” or 10” Fatboy tonearm. The tonearm used on HW 40 is slightly less than a 12”
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