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New, improved "C" version of the Origin Live Enterprise tonearm with Carbon-Ebony hybrid armtube
Sheer realism approaching live music is what we promise and what you'll hear. Everything you could ever want from a tonearm? We think you'll say yes ...
New Origin Live Enterprise "C", now with carbon fiber and ebony hybrid armtube, upgraded wiring, and easily adjustable tracking force fine tuner, improves on top-tier design and is strongly recommended for those wanting an Ultimate Tonearm.
Enter a realm of performance that most can only dream about as no other arm offers such a musically real presentation as available from the Origin Live Enterprise. This radically designed arm is packed with innovation and a technological tour-de-force design that successfully elevates the Enterprise above any previous tonearm design. Audio Revelation invites vinyl lovers who want to experience this ultimate arm, and can't visit our extensive analog showroom, to arrange an in-home or audio club audition for just 5% of retail; applied to purchase of course. (Previous hi-end analog customers can audition the Enterprise for only $250.)
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)! Origin Live Enterprise (this image and images below are of previous version which looks identical other that having the old armtube)
Testimonials (on all Origin Live tonearms. Many of the reviews are on older versions - new versions are substantially improved)
"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
"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
Origin Live Enterprise Tonearm (with optional cartridge)
" 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
"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
"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)
Origin Live's Enterprise C features a breakthrough bearing housing that incorporates unprecedented Tungsten dual jeweled Sapphire pivots for vertical movement and ceramic fixed bearings for horizontal movement. Exactly the setup you want for best tracking and superior sound. Origin Live's Enterprise is the flagship that incorporates the highest implementation of this amazingly successful pivot/bearing system. This radical technological and ensuing sonic revolution mate the very best attributes of super-low friction pivots with the stability of a fixed bearing. VTA is built-in and easy to use (just raise cueing lever first and turn adjustment wheel).
The result is the most agile arm possible yielding the fastest, purest sound with far greater top to (very) bottom dynamics. Your soundstage will expand into a super-space; three-dimensional, holographic image while tightness and depth of bass is a revelation yielding all the weight and authority you could ever want. We challenge any arm to compete in either audiophile sonics or musical involvement and this includes all previous tonearm favorites on the market; obscure or popular. Origin Live's new line up of Carbon Hybrid tonearms
Enterprise MK3c, Conqueror MK3c and Illustrious MK3c (left to right)
The latest "C" evolution of the Enterprise incorporates two significant improvements.
1.) New Carbon-Hybrid Armtube
The arm tube is now comprised of a composite material including carbon fiber, ebony wood and a special coating. The result is an even more rigid structure with increased dampening of resonances which can be heard in an even purer tone, blacker background and greater resolution than ever before.
Surprising to many, the armtube is the most critical aspect in tonearm design. It affects performance more than any other single component of the arm. Many of us make the mistake of thinking bearings must be the most important aspect of an arm and while critical to keep the armtube stable and tracking, the effect of detrimental armtube resonance's, as amplified 8,000 times from the cartridge signal to the final speaker output, destroys sound quality in a way that can have devastating effects. The most powerful optical microscope can only magnify 1000 times. When one looks at an arm tube as it plays a record, all seems calm and serene, however at a microscopic level resonant waves in tonearm are like watching the Atlantic sea in a hurricane. The cartridge is held by this constantly heaving / rippling surface and its accuracy in reading the grooves of the record is directly proportional to the level of micro vibration in the arm. Origin Live maintains that for this reason alone the money performance ratio of using a superior tonearm can have very substantial paybacks.
Origin Live's new carbon-hybrid technology addresses this problem head-on and the result is an unprecedented reduction in unwanted and sonically compromising tonearm resonance.
2.) New Laminar Flow 2 Tonearm Cable
The second improvement is the use of a Laminar Flow 2 cable - the result of Origin Live experimenting with wide array of different cable types and then reengineering their own. This fully balanced design incorporates six dielectric insulators to ensure an even response across the audible frequency range and optimize the key electrical characteristics of impedance, capacitance and inductance. Experimentation with silver and silver plated strands was conducted and showed benefits, however, overall high purity copper was selected, especially for its more natural tonal balance. To protect against RF interference, the cable has a 95% nickel plaited copper shield with an attached earth lead.
A substantial improvement over most other tonearm cables, the Laminar Flow 2 delivers superb tonal rendering in a natural, resolving fashion. This is also available as stand alone in Din to RCA or RCA to RCA for $550.
3.) New Micro adjustable counter weight for easy and accurate fine tuning of Vertical Tracking Force (VTF). Origin Live's new line up of Carbon Hybrid tonearms
Silver Mk3c and Encounter MK3c (left to right)
Dual pivot bearing design - why?
The Enterprise arm is a performance leader, partly by virtue of it's innovative dual pivot bearing on the horizontal axle (which governs the arms vertical movement). This design is similar in many respects to uni-pivot designs - low friction and high decoupling which give excellent definition and transparency. However uni-pivots can be fiddly to set up and because of their relative instability exhibit a mediocre bass performance. Dual pivot design has all the advantages of uni-pivots but none of the drawbacks. Vertical movement of the arm is handled by the dual pivot and horizontal movement by our usual highly specified conventional bearings.
Handles like a conventional gimballed arms
You should handle the arm in exactly the same way as a conventional gimballed arm. In other words you do not need to worry about setting up azimuth and balancing the arm. The azimuth has already been set, such that the headshell is parallel to the arm mounting surface.
Understanding dual pivot
The below illustration shows the dual pivot bearing to give an understanding of why the horizontal axle is free to move a little in all directions except downwards. It is reassuring to know that the arm cannot be knocked off it's bearings or come loose in any way. You can turn the arm upside down and nothing will fall off as it would in the case of a uni-pivot!
The pivot bearings are designed to reduce friction to the absolute minimum practical level. In doing this there is a fine balance to achieve both a long lasting, robust design and realizing the potential of extremely low friction. In practice this means that the arm must have a tiny degree of movement due to a rounded tungsten point in a radiused sapphire jewelled bearing cup. The pivot points will "self centre" by sliding into the bottom of the low friction cup.
- New armtube of composite material including carbon fiber, ebony wood and a special coating to reduce resonance and increase rigidity
- Highest grade materials used throughout
- Low friction, completely stable dual pivot bearing design for vertical movement, 2 single points in sapphire cups, widely spaced to mimic gimbal bearing stability but with much lower friction
- High grade bearings for horizontal movement highly specified low friction and conventionaly oriented
- Easy VTA height adjustment
- Counterweight designed for low vertical inertial and high transverse inertia (advantageous to hold cartridge steady)
- New "Laminar 2" cabling for a more natural resolving tonal balance, RCA or DIN terminated
- Silver Eichmann bullet plugs
- Effective mass is 15 grams
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