Which one is right: does the turntable or the arm make the most difference? Judging by the performance of the SAT, I’d say the arm, but the deck isn’t just along for the ride. So, the answer is probably... both! Fences are comfy to sit on sometimes!
These are not cheap devices. The TechDAS Air Force III might be the company’s entry level, but it still costs as much as a car. So does the SAT arm, and you aren’t going to penny-pinch elsewhere at this level. But the crazy thing is when you get to hear them, you might think that is money well spent!
Tech DAS Air Force III
Rotational speed: 33.3 rpm & 45 rpm
Tonearm length: 9” to12” (up to 4)
Platter: high mass solid aluminum, 9kg
Platter type: Vacuum hold-down
Bearing type: Air bearing that lifts up the platter to 30µm
Pitch control: ±0.1rpm steps
Accessories supplied with Air Force III: Tonearm base wood x 1 (drilled for specified tonearm). AC power cable x 1 (180cm length)
Optional items & Accessories: Additional Tonearm Base for Short (9/10 inch) and Long (12 inch). TechDAS Disc Stabilizer (highly recommended to use with Air Force III)
Dimensions (WxDxH): 31.2x36x16cm (Air Force III)
Weight: 21 kg (Air Force III), 9kg platter
Dimensions (WxDxH): 18.8x15.5x14cm (motor)
Dimensions (WxDxH): 35x27x16cm (Air pump/PSU)
Manufactured by: Stella Inc.
Type: carbon fibre pick-up arm
Arm tube construction: carbon-fibre
Pivot-to-spindle distance: 212.2mm
Effective length: 235mm.
Manufactured by: SAT
Distributed by: Absolute Sounds
Tel: +44(0)208 971 3909