TechDAS Air Force III turntable and SAT tonearm

TechDAS Air Force III

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)

Weight: 4.6kg

Dimensions (WxDxH): 35x27x16cm (Air pump/PSU)

Weight: 9kg

Price: £18,998

Manufactured by: Stella Inc.


SAT tonearm

Type: carbon fibre pick-up arm

Length: 9”

Arm tube construction: carbon-fibre

Pivot-to-spindle distance: 212.2mm

Overhang: 22.8mm

Effective length: 235mm.

Price: £28,000

Manufactured by: SAT


Distributed by: Absolute Sounds


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