New Kuzma Safir 9 Tonearm

After five-years of concerted research and development, an effort that has refined Kuzma existing designs and practices as well as introducing entirely new and unique materials, the revolutionary Kuzma SAFIR 9 tonearm is finally ready for launch. 

A significant step forward in performance, new flagship tonearm will be shown for the first time at the Munich High-End Show in May 2022. The Safir 9’s most obvious feature and the heart of the design is its conical sapphire arm tube. This provides the cartridge with unprecedented stability, delivering optimum electro mechanical performance from the generator. Extremely rigid, this tube is stiffer and offers a higher resonant frequency than any arm tube ever previously used. It's first break-up mode occurs at over 5KHz, providing the cartridge motor with a true mechanical ground. 

Due to the use of a sapphire tube, this is a high effective mass tonearm!

The bearings are a further development of our own, proprietary 4Point design, the four contact spikes being located in sapphire/ruby receptacles. These ensure rigid, friction-free coupling of the tonearm to its mount, allowing the headshell to move, freely and precisely on the optimum path across the record.
The sapphire tube and bearings are fitted into massive solid aluminium and brass blocks, whose inert support helps dissipate the mechanical vibration generated during playback. The double brass counterweight (with locking mechanism) allows extremely precise application of VTF, while azimuth can also be precision adjusted in small, repeatable increments with zero play. The use of the sapphire armtube makes this an high effective mass tonearm, suitable for low compliance cartridges only.

The tonearm is mounted to the turntable's arm board using the Kuzma arm base. Arm height is adjusted with a fine VTA screw which controls the height of the tonearm's pillar in the arm base, allowing allows precise and repeatable adjustments whenever required.

The internal wiring uses special silver alloy wires that run, unbroken from the cartridge pins via a 1.5 m long tonearm cable to the silver RCA connectors.

SAFIR 9 reveals the ultimate potential of your cartridge, revealing musical detail, nuance and expression previously hidden in your record's grooves. Move up to the SAFIR 9 and you suddenly discover not just a whole new record collection, but that the music and musicians you've always loved are even better than you realized! 

Technical data

  • Effective length:                    229 mm (9 inch)
  • Mounting distance:                212 mm
  • Offset angle:                          23 deg
  • Effective mass:                      60 g! (Suitable for cartridges with CU below 25)
  • VTA adjustment:                   yes 
  • Azimuth adjustment:             yes
  • Bias adjustment:                    yes
  • Cables:                                  silver (Kondo) 
  • Arm mount:                           Kuzma arm base 212 mm
  • Mass:                                     1250 g
  • Informative price:                 20.000 EUR