The new premium model comprises improvements that result in further refining the sound, based on the compact Air Force III

Building on the success of a hugely popular model – the Air Force III, a turntable which has a compact sized chassis yet delivers very high performance and flexibility of installation. The new Air Force III Premium has integrated further new concepts for an even higher quality while retaining the same compact size.

The Air Force III Premium consists of two units: the Main Unit (including outboard motor) and the Pump / Power Supply / Air Condenser Unit.

Hideaki Nishikawa
THE DESIGNER

The design concept behind the Airforce III Premium

The weight and sound of an analog turntable have a strong correlation. In order to make a heavier turntable while keeping the chassis size to the original Air Force III, our team chose gunmetal for the platter of this model. This material is an alloy of copper and tin and was often used for audio equipment in the heyday of analog audio.

The platter for the Air Force III Premium is precision cast and surface polished with a solid structure, unlike most conventional gunmetal platters that have a hollow construction. This results is a heavy platter of 29 kg, more than three times heavier than the aluminum platter used in the original III which weighs in at 9 kg. With this new gunmetal platter, the total weight of the main unit is more than 50 kg.

As a result of the increase in total weight, an extended frequency range is delivered and dynamics are noticeably enhanced. At the same time it has achieved a significantly lower noise floor thanks to the use of our air bearing. Furthermore, as gunmetal is relatively a soft and tensile metal, you will notice that a subtle glow is added to the sound.

The chassis is made of solid aluminum just like the original model. The black anodized and highly polished surface contrasts very nicely with the gold colored gunmetal platter.

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.

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.

MAIN UNIT & MOTOR
Chassis

Precision machined aluminum alloy (A5056)
Black anodized and high gloss polished

Weight 21 kg
Platter Gunmeta.l
Surface protection coating.
Platter Weight 29 kg
Total moment of inertia 3,506 kg・cm2
Drive System Belt-drive, polished and nonflexible polyurethane fiber belt
Motor AC synchronous motor
Rotation speed controlled by DC amplifiers
Rotation speed 33.3 rpm / 45 rpm
Wow & Flutter below 0.03 %
Dimensions 473 (W) x 170 (H) x 363 (D) mm
Minimum Dimensions for setting up 564 (W) x 413 (D) mm
Total Weight 55 kg
PUMP / POWER SUPPLY/ AIR CONDENSER UNIT
Power consumption 50 W
Dimensions 430 (W) x 175 (H) x 370 (D) mm
Weight 14 kg
Minimum depth for setting up 430 (D) mm
ACCESSORIES
ACCESSORIES SUPPLIED Tonearm base x 1 (drilled for specified tonearm).
An extra cost may be required according to the tonearm.
Platter Cover x 1.
Cables, Air hoses, Platter setup tools, Users manuals.
OPTIONAL ITEMS & ACCESSORIES Extra tonearm base.
Disc Stabilizer.