The best tonearm I’ve heard to date… brilliantly detailed yet utterly musical, this arm is set to join the ranks of the all-time greats. Wholeheartedly recommended.”- David Price, HiFi World
“The winner is the Origin Live Illustrious, a pick-up arm that is quite simply breathtaking…” -Albert Lee, Hi-Fi World
“Combining the sonic virtues of both unipivot and gimballed bearings in a fuss-free package, it should work exceedingly well with a wide variety of cartridges and turntables. It is certainly the best all-around tonearm I’ve ever had in my own system. Highly recommended!” -Bruce Kinch, Positive Feedback Magazine
This listing does not include a cartridge
This tonearm sounds astonishing, compared to Origin Live arms further down the range, and its commercial rivals. The ground-breaking design, and meticulous attention to detail results most noticably in an improvement of bass performance. However as always, when you go higher in the Origin Live range, every other aspect improves, notably definition, deep powerfull bass, transparency and dynamics.
The result is a tonearm that has been widely acclaimed as a performance benchmark. Both reviewers and enthusiasts love the Illustrious for its outstanding bass power, superb dynamics and consummate musicality. It has supreme transparency too, allowing the finest cartridges to be used. Few designs better this brilliant device.
- Hybrid arm tube, composed of 5 materials for superb energy dissipation
- Ultra low friction dual-pivot bearings for sweet, precise treble performance
- Dual-Pivot floating vertical bearings decouple the armtube from the deck, reducing coloration
- Higher mass Yoke than the Encounter results in a high definition tangible sound, particularly in the bass
- High strength aircraft alloy headshell for increased dynamics
- Superb quality copper conductor plugs eliminate signal degradation
- Integral VTA adjustment
About Origin Live
Origin Live is a privately owned British company with a fanaticism to reproduce music as played originaly, live – hence the name Origin Live. We design and manufacture in house which has many advantages for innovation, production costs and quality.
- Many Hi-Fi magazines consistently give Origin Live rave reviews, using superlatives such as “ultimate,” “best,” “truly special,” “highly recommended” and “the most addictive sound ever heard….”
- Origin Live has won magazine group tests for its isolating stands, loudspeakers, speaker stands, turntables and tonearms. We won the “best sound of the show” accolade at that International Austrian hi-fi show in Vienna.
- Dealers report that Origin Live products receive more rave feedback from their owners than any other brand they stock.
- Owners are our best representatives and strongly recommend us as shown on the owner comments pages.
We guarantee that Origin Live products will comfortably outperform anything else in their category, or we will give you your money back