The Basis Superarm...not to be confused with---

DaveyF

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The arm that I happen to believe is currently the most resolving arm I have ever heard, is called the Basis Superarm 9. Since there is considerable interest in tonearms on this forum, and the fact that so many are so enamored of one arm in particular, that being the SME 3012R; I thought a more modern alternative might be of interest. Unfortunately, the Basis Superarm is priced at a cost that is more commensurate with its design and current competition.
There are two versions available of this arm...the Superarm 9 and the latest-Superarm 12.5. Each of these arms was designed by AJ Conti before he passed and took him several years to bring to fruition. Having heard many of the competing arms on the market, including the more expensive SAT and the various SME's and others, I think this arm is at the top of the heap. For those who are looking to try a new arm...and have the budget, I would put this design on my very short list.

Here's a link: https://www.basisaudio.com/super-arm-9/

If you like increased resolution and precise and superb imaging, check it out.:D
 

Ron Resnick

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Guess I have to ask...has anybody, besides me, actually heard the new Basis Superarm 9 or 12.5??
I have heard the Superarm 9 several times on the Inspiration and on the Work of Art.
 

Ron Resnick

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I think it is a great tonearm but nothing intelligent can be said about it in comparison to the 3012R, so I don’t know why you keep fishing on this subject.

Have you auditioned a Superarm 9 and a 3012R on the same turntable, with the same cartridge on each tonearm, and with each cartridge aligned by the same person?
 

DaveyF

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I think it is a great tonearm but nothing intelligent can be said about it in comparison to the 3012R, so I don’t know why you keep fishing on this subject.

Have you auditioned a Superarm 9 and a 3012R on the same turntable, with the same cartridge on each tonearm, and with each cartridge aligned by the same person?
Not sure i asked you to compare the SME arm to the Basis arm??

Having owned the SME in the past, I personally think that the Basis arm is in a totally different league, but yes, you are right...auditioning both for a valid AB would be extremely difficult--to say the least
 

bonzo75

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Guess I have to ask...has anybody, besides me, actually heard the new Basis Superarm 9 or 12.5??
Gian will soon install the basis 9 on his AF3 premium
 

gian60

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I have superarm 9 in his box
Wayting AF3P that will arrive I think end is August
They delay from may to early September I hope
I am very curious to listen it on AF3P and in comparison with Vyger
 

PeterA

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I met AJ Conti once and he showed me his latest projects in the back room. One was an extremely long, perhaps 16" arm that he was working on. I have not heard the SuperArm 9. Is it a uni-pivot like his other designs? Some find fault with uni-pivot arms unless they are well stabilized like the Graham or Durand with magnets or heavy damping. Ack wrote about the experiments with and modifications to his VPI uni-pivot arm. How did AJ address this issue with his new arm?
 

ack

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The arm that I happen to believe is currently the most resolving arm I have ever heard, is called the Basis Superarm 9. Since there is considerable interest in tonearms on this forum, and the fact that so many are so enamored of one arm in particular, that being the SME 3012R; I thought a more modern alternative might be of interest. Unfortunately, the Basis Superarm is priced at a cost that is more commensurate with its design and current competition.
There are two versions available of this arm...the Superarm 9 and the latest-Superarm 12.5. Each of these arms was designed by AJ Conti before he passed and took him several years to bring to fruition. Having heard many of the competing arms on the market, including the more expensive SAT and the various SME's and others, I think this arm is at the top of the heap. For those who are looking to try a new arm...and have the budget, I would put this design on my very short list.

Here's a link: https://www.basisaudio.com/super-arm-9/

If you like increased resolution and precise and superb imaging, check it out.:D
I had a long conversation with the local dealer a couple of weekends ago about it, the 12, and the Transcendence and Inspiration tables plus accessories. I am due to audition them in the coming weeks and will report back.
 

DaveyF

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I had a long conversation with the local dealer a couple of weekends ago about it, the 12, and the Transcendence and Inspiration tables plus accessories. I am due to audition them in the coming weeks and will report back.
I know you are in for a treat. Pocket book...not so much!:D
 
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"Some find fault with uni-pivot arms unless they are well stabilized like the Graham or Durand with magnets or heavy damping... How did AJ address this issue with his new arm?"
The Superarm or Vector has a secondary bearing. It's a ball bearing wrap around a spike so the arm can lean on that ball bearing. Majority of the mass rests on the spike while the offset counterweight, hollowed on one side, forces the arm to lean on one side so it makes contact on the ball bearing. Basically it has TWO contact points so it's no longer your father's old unipivot anymore. Strictly speaking, it doesn't qualify to be a unipivot anymore. One can even called it dual-pivot. The creativity in unipivot designs is indeed in finding ways to stabilize the azimuth wobble. The design is ingenious, simple and elegant. It belongs to a genre of unipivot with secondary bearing that does NOT have the azimuth rocking. Similar designs can be found in the Continuum Cobra/Copperhead, Graham Phantom, Durand Telos, Simon Yorke, ProJect Signature, et al. In this YouTube video, you can see how the bearing system works. No, I do not own a Superarm so I can't tell you how it sounds. I just like studying tonearm designs for fun.
 

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