New Project RCMs

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by daytona600, Aug 13, 2019.

  1. daytona600

    daytona600 Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Shown at munich this year

    VC-S2 ALU

    New cabinet made out of aluminium composite panels (0,4mm alu, 4mm PE, 0,4mm alu) for quieter operation
    Aluminium surface is able to withstand cleaning fluid spill without compromising the chassis
    Superfast & superstrong cleaning
    Superior motor for long lifetime
    2,5l tank that almost never needs to be emptied
    Removes cleaning fluid (Wash it) residue free in 1 - 2 rotations
    Eco-friendly non-alcoholic cleaning fluid effeciently cleans and removes static load of vinyl records
    New aluminium clamp prevents damage from cleaning fluid
    High-end build-quality for improved ease of use
    Compact, new cabinet made out of aluminium composite panels (0,4mm Aluminium, 4mm PE, 0,4mm Aluminium)
    Superfast & superstrong cleaning
    Removes cleaning fluid (Wash it) residue free
    0,5l tank for vacuumed cleaning liquid
    Completely dry record in 1 or 2 complete rotations
    Eco-friendly cleaning fluid effeciently cleans and removes static load of vinyl records
    Clamp seales record label from cleaning fluid and avoids damage on the label
  2. zombiemodernist

    zombiemodernist Forum Resident

    Northeastern USA
    MSRPs listed here, and more info on Pro-Ject's webpage.

    Personally I'd be interested in that VC-E as a replacement to the RDV I'm using now, as it looks to be a pretty similar footprint as a RDV / Nitty Gritty style cleaner while having the VPI style wand. Pretty nice combo IMO.

    Interested to see how loud the little thing is though. I noticed they're mum on that subject for the VC-E. The VC-S2 description notes the aluminum body and extended cabinet size make it quieter than the VCS. I've always thought the RDV was partially so loud due to the small cabinet size.
  3. OneChance

    OneChance Forum Resident

    Seattle, WA
    I've been thinking about getting the Clearaudio Smart Matrix for over a year now, but it's been hard to justify the $1600 price tag. Will definitely be picking up the VC-S2 ALU as soon as it's available.
  4. classicrocker

    classicrocker Life is good!

    Worcester, MA, USA
    Nice looking machines! really like the all metal construction and the fact it does not have a full platter to contaminate the already cleaned side when you dod a flip. Pretty price compettive with the other similar brands.
  5. Kristofferabild

    Kristofferabild Forum Resident

    Looks good.
  6. IGD Positive

    IGD Positive Forum Resident

    Inner groove
    I've been interested in the VC-S for awhile and now I'm going to have to heavily consider this VC-S2.
  7. wbass

    wbass Well-Known Member

    Chicago, IL
    Interesting. I'd been considering the VC-S as a replacement to my Record Doctor, but perhaps I'll wait on these new models. The Record Doctor works fine, but it's a bit slow/tedious, and I'm getting a bit sick of how loud it is. Looks like these Pro-Ject models might be quieter and, if reviews of VC-S are accurate, more powerful and faster cleaning.
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  8. wbass

    wbass Well-Known Member

    Chicago, IL
    Wonder if they've addressed the velvet lips coming loose, which seem to be an issue with some VC-S units.
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  9. Ray Parkhurst

    Ray Parkhurst Forum Resident

    Santa Clara, CA
    Hmm, I just bought one of their original machines. If I had waited I would have bought the VCE. Compact is better in my house.
  10. shadowlord

    shadowlord Forum Resident

    if only they had the compact one available when i bought mine 2 years ago. (assuming it cleans as well as my VC-S)
  11. tiller

    tiller Forum Resident

    These are very nice looking units, particularly the VC-S2. Wonder if it'd be a noteworthy upgrade over the VPI 16.5....
  12. dudley07726

    dudley07726 Forum Resident

    Was very disappointed in the quality of the VC-S and Sumiko’s customer service. Defective right out of the box and they made me pay the freight to ship it to them. Thank God, Upscale did the right thing and reimbursed me. Was a 3 month long debacle. Never again will I purchase a Project/ Sumiko product. Had a problem out of the box with the nice Music Hall machine. They at least paid the freight back to them. Called Upscale and said that’s it, send me the VPI 16.5 and it’s been working beautifully since I received it unlike the other 2.
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  13. dougotte

    dougotte Vague Waste of Space-Time

    Washington, DC
    I wonder when these will be available. I can't find anyplace that lists them yet (e.g. AudioAdvisor).
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  14. Old Zorki II

    Old Zorki II Storm Watcher

    Tampa, FL
    I owe VC-S, and while it does superb job cleaning it is loud and butt ugly. Glad they addressed those issues, as well as longevity, as after a year MDF started to slightly expand (nothing too bad). Somethin* to look forward when it is time to change my original VC-S.
  15. wbass

    wbass Well-Known Member

    Chicago, IL
    Yeah, I'm hoping these release Stateside relatively soon. Will probably go for the VC-SE. I'm looking for something quieter and, most importantly, quicker than the Record Doctor V.

    Looks like you can use Pro-Ject dust covers on these, too? I've got an old entry level Pro-Ject 'table I'll scavenge the lid from.
  16. RC2257

    RC2257 Active Member

    Kenosha, WI
    Music Direct is now shipping the VC-E and expects to have the VC-S2 ALU in December. You can also an S2 now from Amazon's UK site and they will ship it to you in the U.S. At the time I write this, the UK price of the VC-S2 ALU plus shipping to the U.S. is less than Music Direct's price.

    I bought an original VC-S three years ago. Mine has worked flawlessly. But I'll be picking up the S2 ALU. One of my favorite reviewers, Ashley from Audio Appraisal, was a big fan of the original VC-S and says the new one is better enough that she's buying one for herself. That's good enough for me. Her reviews of other gear I ended up purchasing have been spot on.
  17. dougotte

    dougotte Vague Waste of Space-Time

    Washington, DC
    Do you have a link to her review ot the VC-S2 ALU? Thanks in advance.

    Never mind - found it!
    Pro-Ject VC-S2 ALU Vinyl Record Cleaning Machine Reviewed - Audio Appraisal
  18. IGD Positive

    IGD Positive Forum Resident

    Inner groove
    The VC-S2 ALU sounds like it's exactly what I've been waiting for.
  19. dougotte

    dougotte Vague Waste of Space-Time

    Washington, DC
    I'm pretty happy w/ the Record Doctor V, except the noise. I don't really care about manual vs. automatic spinning of the disc. Maybe I would if I had ever experienced the latter, but I haven't.

    In the article she wrote the VC-S2 ALU is maybe slightly quieter than the previous version, but I wonder how it compares to the Record Doctor V?

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