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HW-40 Anniversary

The HW-40 is a refined version of the costlier Classic Direct and Vanquish turntables and celebrates VPI's 40th anniversary. The new table uses the same costly ThinGap direct drive motor as the original but benefits from 2018 motion control circuitry/software and vibration isolation technology designed by VPI's Mike Bettinger.


VPI was able to reduce the production costs by buying 400 motors to achieve economy of scale. This will be a Limited Edition of 400 units. It comes complete with the new 12" Fatboy 3D Printed arm, with hidden wiring instead of VPI's usual wire loop/LEMO plug termination. It's a much cleaner look and works nicely with the included dust cover. Creating not only a solid improvement in musical performance but a visually stunning record playing system reminiscent of the original VPI designs.



Multi-layer Chassis

Top of chassis, front, and back made from solid machined 3/4" thick 6061 aluminum painted textured black and damped internally with an MDF damping plate. It is very heavy! Every part mounted with machined screws into blind tapped holes for a clean and sleek appearance. Beautiful Limited-Edition gloss wood sides.


Direct Drive Motor

The HW-40 motor coils are constructed of a solid copper square cross-section wire embedded in a composite structure. This facilitates a high precision high efficiency motor, with high torque, excellent cooling, and near optimal interaction of the electromagnetic conductors within the magnetic rotor circuit. Providing an easy to drive, powerful, quiet next generation direct drive motor. The unique ironless coil assembly avoids the use of magnetic materials its construction, combining this with overlapping V-shaped coil construction, eliminates the cogging that accompanies traditional Direct Drive motors, resulting in an unprecedented rotational smoothness.


The HW- 40 direct Drive system achieves 93% efficiency and a torque of 2.68 Nm/sec. Accelerating the 25lb platter assembly to full speed and decelerating to a stop in 1 second. Mechanically the HW-40 motor assembly is milled from a solid billet of 6061 aluminum, and precision mated to the rotor, stator and platter bearing to create an integrated drive system minimizing vibration and noise. The motor assembly uses a 5-point mounting to secure it to the top panel.


Precision Platter

25# 6061 Aluminum Platter is removable for easier shipping.


Inverted Bearing

Has a hardened stainless steel shaft, 60 Rockwell chrome hardened ball, spinning in a phosphor bronze bushing and sits on a PEEK thrust disc and near zero teeter-totter effects.


Motor Control Feedback and Firmware

Motor speed feedback utilizes a ring encoder providing 2500 pulses/revolution, monitored by cutting edge motion control software and motor drive circuitry. The motor control programming utilizes the same hardware/software used in many state-of-the-art/precision manufacturing tools and inspection systems.


Simple Speed Controls

Start, 33, 45 buttons. All power supply and controls circuitry internal, no added-on boxes or power supplies.


Arm Board

Removable machined 6061 aluminum arm-board.


12" Fatboy Arm & New VTA Base

VPI's latest 12" 3D printed Fatboy tonearm with Nordost Reference wire and new on-the-fly adjustable VTA Base.


Newest version of 12" gimbal 3D printed Fatboy arm with triangular to circular resonance canceling design. The robust gimbal bearing used ABEC 9 bearings made in Japan for ultra-low friction. Adjustable counterweight on a threaded shaft for fast perfectly accurate VTF setting. New VTA Base design with finer adjustment and more robust machined aluminum and steel knob.


 New Isolation Feet

Provide isolation from vibration and give the user the ability to easily raise and lower the height to level the table.


Signature Clamp

Disc clamping is known to reduce the affects of external vibrations from acting upon the stylus. This action improves minute details and overall sound quality. The stainless steel Signature Clamp uses its substantial mass to clamp the record. By using the clamping action, you can reduce (and in some cases eliminate) record warps and create a much tighter seal between the record and platter.


Periphery Ring Clamp

The Periphery Ring Clamp provides vacuum-like hold down without the problems inherent in a vacuum system, for maximum stability of record playback and the ultimate in record warp reduction.


Dust Cover

The new anniversary includes a removable hinged dust cover. Hopefully no more damaged phono cartridges by inquisitive fingers or dusting.




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HW-40 Anniversary



Estimated shipping

February 2019

Pre-orders accepted,

Down payment required.


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206-878-3833 or email sales@kosmic.us if you have any questions or would like to place an order.