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Origin Live Conqueror MK3c - Award winning arm in a class of its own. Incredibly natural, highly dynamic and yet beautifully refined.
"The Stuff of Vinyl Legend" - HiFi World
Origin Live Conqueror MK3c - tonearm cable included but not shown
"... Singularly the most addicting piece of gear I have ever heard"
"definitively surpassed what many consider to be the best tonearm in the world (Graham Phantom)"
"the Conqueror is in a class by itself"
"The Final Arm - I'm selling my SME V and Graham"
"light years ahead of its time"
Awarded "5 Globes" by Hi Fi World
Awarded "most wanted component" by STEREO TIMES
Audio Revelation is a full line Origin Live dealer with four Origin turntables and six tonearms ready to play. Remember, we specialize in analog with twelve tables, fourteen arms, sixteen cartridges and twelve phono preamps up and running from $3,000 to over $30,000 (table, arm & cartridge)!
Testimonials (on all Origin Live tonearms. Many of the reviews are on older versions - new versions are substantially improved)
"I'd say I've yet to hear few 'real world' tonearms as nice as the Conqueror MK3c ......this is a brilliant all round pickup arm with a relaxed yet confident and enjoyable sound. .....The result is a wonderfully easy, open and even sound that has the uncanny ability to pull you to the music...... "It's the stuff of vinyl legend...... comes strongly recommended for those wanting the ultimate "real world" tonearm ."
- David Price, Hi Fi World (read the review)
"This is a review about a component that is the singularly most addicting piece of gear I have ever heard... Before the Conqueror arrived, I would listen for two or three hours and then want to take a break. Now, I actively dislike turning off the music... Having definitively surpassed what many consider to be the best tonearm in the world, I expect the Conqueror to be in permanent residence in my reference system."
- Rated 10 LPs by 10audio.com, see full review.
"The arm transcends its artificial mechanical aspect and seems a part of nature. These are heady regions to inhabit. The Origin Live Conqueror arm is another masterpiece from the fertile mind of Mark Baker. It merits the highest of recommendations and is the obvious choice for Most Wanted Component of the Year. Simply, the Conqueror is in a class by itself."
- Stereo Times
"The trio (Sovereign Conqueror Lyra Olympos) made me forget the walls of my listening room. Fed by well produced records you felt immediately transported into the recording location. In terms of speed, the combination not only gets from zero to one hundred in record time, but also gets back to standing in the same time. So much detail, so much speed, so much space and such a full presentation should be hard to get anywhere else at this price. For me ORIGIN LIVE in the analogue sector is the discovery of the year!"
- Image Hi-Fi
"The Conqueror in my mind is THE FINAL TONEARM: I decided already to sell my SME V and the Graham 2.0 has been sold to UK already. The reason is the sound (or speak about no sound) the arm is providing. Definitely hard to explain the amount of improvement I achieved with this masterpiece of engineering."
- B. Timmerman, Germany
"it was a shock to find out that the years with the SME were lost years. Your product betters the SME in each aspect. It is outstanding!"
- Andreas Winter - Bochum, Germany
"Arguably the very best tonearm yet made - a startlingly capable all rounder with none of the vices or quirks of rival super-arms."
- Hi-Fi World review
"Overall, this is a superb pick up arm with a grippingly musical sound and lovely rhythmic ability. It has wonderful tonal shading (an SME Series V sounds monochrome, by comparison) and deep sound staging with masses of detail - one which offers a brilliant mix of tonality and rhythmic grip."
- David Price, Editor, Hi Fi World
"a new benchmark for musical communication, natural detail and timbral truth. All at a price that, considering the quality of its performance, can only be called a bargain."
- Stereo Times
"I have owned about 60 different tonearms so far, including Immedia, Wheaton, SME V, Forsell, Mission Mechanic, Linn Ekos, Naim Aro, the above mentioned Audio Note and many others. And what counts more: it [the Encounter] is the best conventional (gimballed) one in that class, and the best UK tonearm, too ... At its price point I consider the Origin Live a best buy."
- TNT Audio
"One of the truly special products I've reviewed in the past 18 years... Overall the Encounter's look, feel and fit-n-finish are exceptionally high for its modest price of $1495."
- Michael Fremer, Stereophile
Conqueror MK3c arm shown above
" I suspect the Mk III Illustrious is now the value-for-money sweet spot in the Origin Live lineup, and if not the world's best, it is certainly world class ... it is an elegant - and addictive solution to extracting music from vinyl. Combining the sonic virtues of both unipiviot and gimbaled 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."
- Bruce Kinch, Positive Feedback Online, 2008 (read the review)
"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, Hi-Fi World
" and the winner is... the Origin Live Illustrious, a pick up arm that is quite simply breathtaking. Its ability to display a three dimensional stereo image is above criticism, as is its transparency and lack of artifice. It also has amazing tonal accuracy, which lets the "flavour" of each instrument or voice flood out of the speakers. This is the respect in which it is most obviously superior to the SME.... on any deck ... this is surely the best."
- Albert Lee, Hi-Fi World, Group test of 7 tonearms
Won Stereo Times "Most Wanted Component of the Year Award" in combination with the Origin Live Resolution Turntable
"There's a lovely airy quality about the treble. It's very clean too ... The bottom end is tight and clean. Low frequencies ... when they're present, boy are they present ... A gorgeous tonearm."
- Hi-Fi + Magazine
"the Silver is...the very best tonearm I've ever heard... awesomely tight bottom end... the midband - glass clear, incredibly liquid, fantastic image precision, walkaround soundstaging and incredible timbral realism... the treble is shockingly open and airy up top... the 599 price tag is laughably low...could probably charge 5 times this amount...words can't express how good this is - one of the designs of the decade."
- Hi-Fi World
"A terrific arm, a terrific bargain, and obviously, the highest of recommendations."
- Stereo Times
"There may be better value propositions around to upgrade your system but if there is I haven't heard them... A fantastic product then from Origin Live and this particular audiophile's dream review tool."
- TNT Audio
6 Moons "Best of 2005" award for the OL Silver: "the Origin Live Silver tonearm is phenomenal and makes me realize what a bargain it truly is at its asking price ... I couldn't find a nit to pick with the Origin Live Silver arm. It was a beautifully emotive as well as a great-sounding presentation of the music."
- Jeff Day, sixmoons.com (read the review)
The Origin Live MK3c Conqueror tonearm is attracting appreciation from reviewers and owners around the world. The arm builds on the success of the MK3 but has 2 significant upgrades. The first is a new hybrid arm tube employing carbon fiber and specially selected metal alloy. The second upgrade is a brand new, in house designed, external cable. The new cable is discussed Origin Live's newsletter 18 and is a major upgrade in its own right - a surgeon who installed this cable in his Silver arm wrote that it was the biggest upgrade he had ever had (yes, it does beggar belief but this cable really is something else).
In terms of performance, the sound of this arm is incredibly natural, highly dynamic and yet beautifully refined. To quote Hi Fi World - "It's the stuff of vinyl legend...... comes strongly recommended for those wanting the ultimate "real world" tonearm"
The Conqueror arm design is simply light years ahead of its time. Incorporating truly idealistic principles translated into engineering practice, the arm delivers a level of performance that is absolutely extraordinary. Origin Live has just introduced a new MK3 version of this tonearm, an arm that in the past easily compared to arms that cost double and more - and that is without exaggeration but based on real listening comparisons.
The MK3 features a completely redesigned bearing housing (yoke) that utilizes an unprecedented dual jewel pivots for vertical movement while enhancing the fixed bearing in the horizontal plane. The result is a more agile arm with greatly reduced friction yielding a faster, purer sound and greater dynamics. Soundstage has expanded into a considerably more three-dimensional or holographic image while the bass response is a touch enhanced.
Most noticeable is the increase in presence, clarity and focus. Bass is even more defined and rock solid than the superlative Illustrious. Vocals take on total realism and freedom from any confusion. Imaging is also noticeably better than the already remarkable other arms in the range. Why is the arm so good? Many of the highly successful techniques used in the Illustrious are present. More importantly, a number of new ideas are included and it is these that make the big difference. Its performance demonstrates the level of inspiration and engineering involved.
- Carbon Hybrid Armtube subjected to specialized treatment for complete freedom from brashness and harshness
- Highest grade materials are used throughout
- Yoke incorporates a newly developed de-coupling design to increase transparency
- Superlative ceramic bearings to Origin Live design
- Effective length: 240 mm
- Overhang: 17.24 mm
- Offset angle: 23 degrees
- Mounting distance (platter to armhole centers): 223 mm
- Mounting hole diameter: 24 - 25 mm
- Maximum armboard thickness: 27 mm
- Length of external cable: 1.2 meters
- Cable capacitance: 0.002 uF
- Cable resistance: 0.002 ohms
- Effective mass: 14.5 grams
- Total weight: 820 grams
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