The Kuzma SAFIR 9 tonearm is the best result of our attempt to extract more music from vinyl records that has, unitil now, been heard.
The heart of the tonearm is a very rigid and stiff, sapphire conical tube which allows the cartridge to perform to its maximum potential. The bearings are our own unique design of 4 spikes set in sapphire cups similar to those used in 4Point tonearms. All four points have minimal starting and moving friction and zero play in all directions thus ensuring that the headshell with the cartridge moves precisely and with minimal vibration across the record.
The sapphire tube is fitted into massive block of solid aluminium and brass, giving inert support and further disspating vibrations which occur during playback and bearing motions.The counterweight with lock mechanism balances the tonearm. Azimuth and VTA can be adjusted in small repeatable increments with zero play, by means of an Allen key.
The tonearm is fixed on the turntable arm board via the Kuzma arm base. VTA is adjusted by raising or lowering the tonearm’s pillar in the arm base with a VTA screw which controls its height, thus still allowing precise VTA changes when required.
Internal wiring is of superior special alloy silver wires. A set of 4 wires runs unbroken from the cartridge pins via a 1.5 m long tonearm cable with silver RCA bullet connectors.
SAFIR 9 shows the ultimate potential of your cartridge and will reveal music hidden in the grooves, effectively, giving you a new record collection!
Release date was mid May 2022. Price : 20.000 EUR
230530: The Absolute Sound review by M. Fremer: Link
230520: High End Munchen show 2023: Rockport/Absolare room Stabi R+Safir 9
Link to Stereophile report.
HIFI+ May 2023 Vinly Special #219
TAS-May/June 2023 review by M. Fremer:
“Had I not spend previous eight or so years owning and using as a reference the remarkable and costly SAT CF1-09, I’d declare the Kuzma Safir 9, the most accomplished and best-performing tonearm I’ve yet heard.”
HIFI+ winner 2022:
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|229 mm (9 inch)
|Mounting Distance From Spindle
|Yes ( be sure to level tonearm horizontally in both directions!)
|Overall Mass (Weight)
|Projected List Price
|EUR 20.000 EUR
|*Suitable for cartridges with CU below 25- tonearm resonanes will be in range of 5-7 Hz which is preferable
BIAS ADJUSTMENT- be sure to level tonearm horizontally