VPI Industries Prime 21 Turntable Review
September 27, 2021 § Leave a comment
I’ve been on a New Order kick lately, and I spent a lot of my time with the Prime 21 revisiting classic albums from their discography. 1988’s Technique is one of their most electrifying outings, and the 21 showed just how much meat there was on the bones of this dance rock classic. Analog synthesizers are always one of my tests for gauging how much flesh a component is capable of reproducing, and the Prime 21 did not disappoint here. Speaking of flesh, the kick drum had it in spades. Bass control and body is a serious merit of the VPI metal platter designs, it was always impressive on my Scout, and it was even more impressive here. But what my Scout never possessed was this degree of articulation below the midrange, making everything far more clear and separated. If you are a basshead, this is the turntable for you. That doesn’t mean other areas feel neglected though, as Bernard Summer’s airy, boyish vocals cut through with clarity and pure tone.