VPI Industries JMW 9t Tonearm
VPI'S JMW-9T Tonearm Is The Perfect Complement To Most MC cartridges!
The JMW-9T offers the advantages of a unipivot tonearm with build quality that belies its affordable price. The JMW-9T was updated in 2009 to feature a full tapered armtube filled with a proprietary damping material, which greatly reduces resonanceand improves resolution and soundstaging and increased effective mass of 2.5 grams.
The JMW-9T makes use of a no friction unipivot bearing, mounted on a solid stainless steel rod with markings to set VTA (Vertical Tracking Angle). As with the more expensive JMW-10.5i and JMW-12.7 arms, the JMW-9T armwand can be removed and replaced in seconds, allowing instant cartridge changes with multiple armwands. An RCA junction box allows any RCA-terminated interconnects to be used.
The JMW-9T is an update of the award-winning stock tonearm for the Scout. A unipivot design, the JMW-9T's single point of contact causes less friction than standard gimbaled designs. The tapered arm tube reduces resonance and standing waves and the internal damping reduces vibration even further. This means the JMW-9T is quieter, more dynamic and a better tracker than virtually every other design. No wonder it's so popular!
The JMW-9T uses the same geometry and mounting as the Rega RB300 tonearm and can be dropped right into a Rega armboard with no modifications.
The quotes below show reviewers love it as much as we do and the Scout/JMW-9 is one of the best reviewed tables in the world.
“It’s a sound that runs through the range of JMW tonearms: A sound that gives you the shape and flow of the musicaldynamic. It’s a sound that I once described (in reviewing the original TNT) as meaty, beaty, big and bouncy, and I find it remarkable that a ‘table that uses such different technology and materials can still display such a heavy print of the company DNA. What I also find fascinating is the sophistication of the musical presentation. Using the JMW 12.5 on the Recovery tells me where that internal intricacy comes from. The impressive thing is the extent to which that capability is embodied in the cheaper arm and released by the simpler deck.”
“If you obey the instructions for the JMW-9, you can get arm set up that is accurate to the practical limits that the geometry of the stylus assembly in your cartridge makes relevant.”
“I do know that I haven’t enjoyed playing and listening to my records this much in many, many years. I can’t put a price on that, and considering what else I have to spend my money on (things that offer me no enjoyment — car insurance for one) then the Scout/JMW-9 has to be viewed as a bargain. Think of it as a long-term investment and a way to give your vinyl collection new life.”
“The JMW-9 unipivot tonearm features a machined cup on one end that rests upon a super-sharp tungsten-carbide point — sort of like balancing on the head of a pin. It works great and makes it a breeze to exchange arms if you like experimenting. An RCA junction box, which accepts any interconnects with RCA terminations, sits to the left of the tonearm. The tonearm also comes with a wire and connector (Lemo) that line up a red dot on a receptacle on the junction box. Align the Lemo connector, connect it and the cables to a pre-amp or receiver and you’re in business.”
- Tapered armtube
- Low friction bearing
- Mounted on solid stainless steel