Basis SA9 Superarm

Basis SA9 Superarm

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    MY TAKE: I believe that the tonearm is the most important part of the of the turntable "system." and is often overlooked in favor of the turntable or phono cartridge. If you are a Basis owner, the single biggest upgrade that can be made to your replay rig is upgrading to the SA9 Superarm. - Galen Carol


    The philosophies underlying Basis designs are sound principles of physics; provable concepts that result in the most accurate replay of records possible. Precise execution of those principles is critical, and you’ll find Basis turntables are made with exacting care and precision machining unsurpassed in the industry. Without question, some of the finest analog gear on the planet.

    SA9 History -

    Basis designer A.J. Conti began investigating tonearm design in 1984 when he designed the original Basis turntable, the Debut. From that start Conti has tested over 125 tonearms on the Debut and subsequent Basis turntables. Basis introduced its Vector tonearm 14 years ago, which was quickly received as a state of the art product. The physics of tonearm behavior continued to be an obsession for Conti, with research and testing constantly progressing.

    The Basis Superarm 9 is the result of A.J.’s continued research, his experience in turntable, tonearm, and cable design and manufacturing, along with his education in engineering and pre-audio background in the aerospace/defense field.

    Mission-

    The goal for the Basis Superarm has been simple, clear, and direct from the beginning:  - To fully maximize the extraction of every detail from LP records, the full dynamics available from the grooves, without editorializing in the process.

    Most tonearms fit the description “tonearm” quite well: they have their own “tone” and character. The Basis Superarm is designed to be as free as possible from any tone, character, or coloration in order to recapture the original recorded event as closely as possible.
     

    Beyond a very literal extraction of the music from the grooves of the record, special attention was paid to the extremely delicate signal from the vertical modulation of the record grooves which contains the small “difference signal”, the left channel minus right channel information. The stereo width is revelatory, along with very precise focus of the locations of each instrument, voice, and sound source.


    Performance -

    As stated in the “Mission Statement”, the goal for the Basis Superarm has been simple, clear, and direct from the beginning: “To fully maximize the extraction of every detail from LP records, the full dynamics available from the grooves, without editorializing in the process”.
     

    Yet, there really was no way to know just how much more dynamics, imaging, and fine detail the records grooves really contained. The Superarm clearly shows that there is a significant increase in dynamics, bass depth, bass power, clarity, and imaging information within the grooves that we have never heard before from any tonearm.
     

    Those who have heard the Basis Superarm agree: the vinyl playback game has changed. Hearing is indeed believing. Vinyl and music lovers will be especially excited to hear the lifelike dynamics, truly opening up a new level of realism in vinyl playback.



    REVIEWS:

    The Absolute Sound: "If you own a Basis turntable with a Vector ’arm, I can’t imagine a greater sonic upgrade than switching to the Superarm. If you are thinking about buying a Basis and a Vector ’arm, you should seriously consider stepping down a level in the Basis’ turntable line so that your budget can accommodate the Superarm. And if you’re thinking about buying any turntable around this price, you must audition the Superarm regardless of which turntable you choose.

    "Spending money to upgrade a hi-fi system should result in a clear step forward in sound quality, not simply a lateral move that trades one set of colorations and compromises for another. The Superarm 9 delivers a real upgrade, significantly improving sound quality in just about every criterion, and with those improvements, offers greater musical engagement. Moreover, removing a source of distortion at the very front of the playback chain will allow all your other components to sound their best. The Basis Superarm 9 is truly a reference-quality tonearm that has elevated my system’s sound quality from superb to transcendental." - Robert Harley. Full Review

     

    SPECIFICATIONS:

    Effective Length: 239mm

    Pivot to Spindle Distance: 222mm

    Total Mass: Approx. 1200g

    Accessories Included: Integral 4 foot (1.2 meter) tonearm cable (RCA or XLR balanced wiring), Engraved alignment gauge, Cartridge mounting screws and washers, all necessary tools for mounting and all adjustments.

    Optional Accessories: Mounting flange for mounting on non-Basis turntables, Machined aluminum mounting jig to position the Superarm correctly on non-Basis turntables.

    Turntable Compatibility: Any turntable with platter height of 30mm or more above armboard surface. If the turntable is suspended it must be able to support a 1200g tonearm.

     

    ADD A CARTRIDGE AND QUALIFY FOR SPECIAL PACKAGE SAVINGS! CALL FOR DETAILS

     

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Basis SA9 Superarm

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Description

MY TAKE: I believe that the tonearm is the most important part of the of the turntable "system." and is often overlooked in favor of the turntable or phono cartridge. If you are a Basis owner, the single biggest upgrade that can be made to your replay rig is upgrading to the SA9 Superarm. - Galen Carol


The philosophies underlying Basis designs are sound principles of physics; provable concepts that result in the most accurate replay of records possible. Precise execution of those principles is critical, and you’ll find Basis turntables are made with exacting care and precision machining unsurpassed in the industry. Without question, some of the finest analog gear on the planet.

SA9 History -

Basis designer A.J. Conti began investigating tonearm design in 1984 when he designed the original Basis turntable, the Debut. From that start Conti has tested over 125 tonearms on the Debut and subsequent Basis turntables. Basis introduced its Vector tonearm 14 years ago, which was quickly received as a state of the art product. The physics of tonearm behavior continued to be an obsession for Conti, with research and testing constantly progressing.

The Basis Superarm 9 is the result of A.J.’s continued research, his experience in turntable, tonearm, and cable design and manufacturing, along with his education in engineering and pre-audio background in the aerospace/defense field.

Mission-

The goal for the Basis Superarm has been simple, clear, and direct from the beginning:  - To fully maximize the extraction of every detail from LP records, the full dynamics available from the grooves, without editorializing in the process.

Most tonearms fit the description “tonearm” quite well: they have their own “tone” and character. The Basis Superarm is designed to be as free as possible from any tone, character, or coloration in order to recapture the original recorded event as closely as possible.
 

Beyond a very literal extraction of the music from the grooves of the record, special attention was paid to the extremely delicate signal from the vertical modulation of the record grooves which contains the small “difference signal”, the left channel minus right channel information. The stereo width is revelatory, along with very precise focus of the locations of each instrument, voice, and sound source.


Performance -

As stated in the “Mission Statement”, the goal for the Basis Superarm has been simple, clear, and direct from the beginning: “To fully maximize the extraction of every detail from LP records, the full dynamics available from the grooves, without editorializing in the process”.
 

Yet, there really was no way to know just how much more dynamics, imaging, and fine detail the records grooves really contained. The Superarm clearly shows that there is a significant increase in dynamics, bass depth, bass power, clarity, and imaging information within the grooves that we have never heard before from any tonearm.
 

Those who have heard the Basis Superarm agree: the vinyl playback game has changed. Hearing is indeed believing. Vinyl and music lovers will be especially excited to hear the lifelike dynamics, truly opening up a new level of realism in vinyl playback.



REVIEWS:

The Absolute Sound: "If you own a Basis turntable with a Vector ’arm, I can’t imagine a greater sonic upgrade than switching to the Superarm. If you are thinking about buying a Basis and a Vector ’arm, you should seriously consider stepping down a level in the Basis’ turntable line so that your budget can accommodate the Superarm. And if you’re thinking about buying any turntable around this price, you must audition the Superarm regardless of which turntable you choose.

"Spending money to upgrade a hi-fi system should result in a clear step forward in sound quality, not simply a lateral move that trades one set of colorations and compromises for another. The Superarm 9 delivers a real upgrade, significantly improving sound quality in just about every criterion, and with those improvements, offers greater musical engagement. Moreover, removing a source of distortion at the very front of the playback chain will allow all your other components to sound their best. The Basis Superarm 9 is truly a reference-quality tonearm that has elevated my system’s sound quality from superb to transcendental." - Robert Harley. Full Review

 

SPECIFICATIONS:

Effective Length: 239mm

Pivot to Spindle Distance: 222mm

Total Mass: Approx. 1200g

Accessories Included: Integral 4 foot (1.2 meter) tonearm cable (RCA or XLR balanced wiring), Engraved alignment gauge, Cartridge mounting screws and washers, all necessary tools for mounting and all adjustments.

Optional Accessories: Mounting flange for mounting on non-Basis turntables, Machined aluminum mounting jig to position the Superarm correctly on non-Basis turntables.

Turntable Compatibility: Any turntable with platter height of 30mm or more above armboard surface. If the turntable is suspended it must be able to support a 1200g tonearm.

 

ADD A CARTRIDGE AND QUALIFY FOR SPECIAL PACKAGE SAVINGS! CALL FOR DETAILS