The Air Force III turntable is designed as a system with excellent performance and upgradability. It has been developed by extracting the essence of our reference model Air Force One, and reworking these aspects into a more compact and affordable design. It is a true audiophile product in it’s own right.

Hideaki Nishikawa

The design concept behind the Airforce III

The TechDAS team is very pleased to present Air Force III, meeting a wide range of demands from many customers, while preserving almost the same qualities and performance of the reference model, Air Force One.

To achieve such a goal, this new model has been developed by extracting the essence and key features of the reference model so as to offer flexibility and allowing for system upgrades. It is also designed to operate with a wide range of equipment, from high-end to low cost.

The main frame where the platter is mounted has a minimum size and is made of solid aluminum by precision cutting, just like with the Air Force One. Up to 4 tonearms, ranging from short (9”) to long (12”) tonearms can be fitted to the frame.

The basic type platter is made of high mass solid aluminum. Other types of platters are to be developed and will be available as an option for customers who want a system upgrade.

Through a calibrated microcomputer adjustment circuit combined with a heavyweight platter, the turntable achieves a very high rotation accuracy beyond the boundaries of conventional belt-driven products and equivalent to that of a direct drive (DD) motor.

Air control technologies

Instead of having built-in insulators, the turntable sits on four feet using a pin point support method with a sufficient howling margin within an appropriate installation environment.

For an environment that needs a larger howling margin, an insulation table based on air insulation technology will be available.

Above all, the Air Force III has the core air control technologies of the Air Force One, which is the air bearing that enables the platter to float at 30µm above the base, and also has a vacuum hold down for securing the disc.

Major features of the Air Force III

Fulfils the reproduction of music with a silent background, achieved by thoroughly eliminating unwanted vibration.

Core air control technologies transmitted from the Air Force One:
● Air bearing that lifts up the platter to 30μm
● Vacuum hold-down of the disk
● Decoupling of the disc with air injection

Sits on four height-adjustable feet employing pin point support and lowering the center of gravity.
A high mass main frame that weighs 18kg despite of its small size and made of solid precision cut aluminum.
A high mass platter that weighs 9kg and is also made of solid precision cut aluminum as with the main frame.

Up to 4 short (9″) to long (12″) tonearms can be mounted, made possible by the compact size of the main frame.
Designed to offer flexibility for system upgrades with various accessories, different platter options and an exclusive insulation table to be released shortly.
A ripple free and low vibration silent air pump which has been developed from Air Force one.
Stable and accurate rotation speeds of 33 1/3 and 45 rpm can be achieved free from secular changes or temperature affects by a low rotation motor, where speed is controlled by a high precision oscillation circuit often seen in mobile phones.
Pitch control of ± 0.1 rpm is available for those who have a need for absolute pitch.

Drive System Belt Drive, Surface polished polyurethane fiber flat belt
Chassis Precision aluminum castings, weight 21 kg
Platter Solid aluminum, weight 9 kg
Motor size 188mm(W)x155mm(D)x140(H)
Motor Weight 4.6kg
Measurements 350mm(W)×270mm(D)×160mm(H)
Weight 9kg
ACCESSORIES SUPPLIED 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)

TechDAS TDC01 MC cartridge & TDC01 Ti MC cartridge.