SAT High Performance Pickup Arms:
The pickup arm plays a fundamental role in the overall performance of the vinyl playback system. Still unknown to many, this is a fact the SAT arm is going to prove. Their challenge is to make you realize why and how, an arm like the SAT, brings a level of performance which will make you wonder how vinyl can actually sound this good!
SAT pickup arms deliver the highest level of performance available today, using state of the art development and manufacturing methods.
SAT arms are the reference which the industry compares to, providing the ultimate analog playback experience.
The design of the SAT arm prioritizes the final performance of the arm rather than its appearance. SAT strives, though, to create designs which have an elegant, technical and attractive look without compromising their mechanical integrity.
Swedish Analog Technologies (SAT) provides products that will last a lifetime, even generations.
Swedish Analog Technologies is a family business, taking care of the complete product cycle, from the concept to the assembling and service to their customers.
Marc Gomez – SAT Chief Engineer & Owner
Marc Gomez, born in Barcelona (Spain) in 1972, moved to Sweden in 1999 and is currently located in Gothenburg. He has a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science. Marc’s entire professional career since 1996 has been devoted to the design and development of different kind of products in a number of industries.
He has extensive experience in the development and manufacturing of parts made of composites, which is crucial to achieve the high levels of rigidity and internal damping that the SAT arm has.
CAD and CAE tools are used to design the SAT arm, which enable exact calculation of the moment of inertia of the arms, their natural frequencies and modes. This reduces the guess work to achieve the desired performance and allows SAT to match the arm design to specific cartridges.
The importance of the pickup arm:
It is fundamental to understand that the turntable and arm are purely mechanical systems and are solely governed by the laws of Physics that apply to Mechanics. Acceleration and deflection in the record-platter and cartridge-arm systems will generate distortion as the stylus will not exactly reproduce what is in the groove.
The arm is potentially responsible for far more distortion than is the turntable. An improvement in the performance of the arm has a bigger effect on the overall reproduction accuracy of the system.
Read the Stereophile SAT Pickup Arm Review by Michael Fremer:
“With the very first record I played on the Swedish Analog Technologies tonearm, it was immediately obvious to me that the SAT was easily, and by a wide margin, the finest, non-sounding tonearm I have ever not heard. The SAT’s sound quality so far exceeded, in every parameter, that of any other arm I’ve heard—including the Continuum Cobra and VPI’s JMW Memorial arm.”
“I had never heard the Lyra Atlas sound as it did when mounted in the SAT—nor had I ever heard Ortofon’s Anna cartridge sound as it did when I heard it in Sweden in February, in the SAT arm on Rui Borges’s RB turntable. In fact, the SAT fundamentally and dramatically changed and improved the sound of my system in ways I had not imagined a tonearm could, because no other tonearm has. No other cartridge has produced this level of improvement.
I’d thought my days of “I’m hearing things I’ve never heard before” were way behind me. Wrong. The first week the SAT was installed, I was up late every night, playing very familiar records, laughing out loud in delight at what I heard. I’d thought that, at best, today’s best audio gear could produce only incremental improvements in sound quality, subtle shifts one way or another—never did I expect to hear the sonic seismic shift produced by this arm.” — Michael Fremer
“Tonearm specialist and engineer extraordinaire Marc Gomez, who was born in Barcelona in 1972, is a relative newcomer to the high-end scene. About a decade ago, he began haunting used record shops and amassed a collection of vintage LPs. After a while, however, he became dissatisfied with the state of analog playback. In particular he felt that tonearms were even more critical to vinyl sound reproduction than is generally assumed and that their quality could be significantly improved. In 2010, he started his own company Swedish Analog Technologies (yes, it’s based in Sweden) that produced the new SAT tonearm.
Recently, Gomez visited me to install it on my Continuum Caliburn turntable, where it replaced a Cobra tonearm. If the Caliburn turntable has a weak link, it always seems to be the tonearm… I had learned of the SAT tonearm several months ago and discussed its properties extensively with Maier Shadi, the affable proprietor of the Audio Salon in Santa Monica, who is the principal U.S. dealer for the tonearm (as well as an esteemed purveyor of many other exclusive high-end marques). I knew Shadi had already installed the SAT on a Brinkmann turntable and appeared to be quite smitten by its sonic prowess.” — Jacob Heilbrunn