I'm happy to say that Saturday night I did some swapping back and forth between the VPI and the Rp-1...and now the VPI seems to have the upper hand. I'm guessing the break in period was/is a real thing. I know break in exists, it's just difficult to gauge and keep the faith when I'm underwhelmed right out of the box. I think my adjusting the VTF was when the real break thru started.
Thursday and Friday I was noticing more detail from VPI then Saturday I went from 180gram OK Computer on RP-1 then played it again on the VPI and it was more engaging, across the full spectrum. I started to notice more separation and some filling out of the lower mids. I think it still has a ways to go but I'm glad it has started trending in the right direction.