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"The Origin Live Illustrious MK3 is "an addictive solution to extracting music from vinyl".
Origin Live Illustrious MK3c (tonearm cable included but not shown in photo above).
At just over $2k the Illustrious MK3c is in a league of it’s own with performance in range of the very best. Superior performance and more musically involving than some arms with retail prices over $5000, the Illustrious delivers near state-of-the-art at half the price!
Audio Revelation is a full line Origin Live dealer with many Origin turntables and 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 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, (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
"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." Origin Live Illustrious MK3c, ConquerorMk3c and Enterprise-C tonearms,
- Hi-Fi World review
all with Carbon Hybrid armtube technology
"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" 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." Origin Live Silver MK3c and Encounter MK3c tonearms,
- Jeff Day, sixmoons.com (read the review)
with Carbon Hybrid armtube technology
Origin Live Illustrious MK3c Tonearm
Ground-breaking design is behind the astonishing performance of the Illustrious arm. This award winning arm has been highly acclaimed as a true performance leader.
Origin Live's MK3c version of this tonearm is an arm that easily compares 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.
New "c" version:
The newest "C"
version now comes with an arm tube 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.
Wiring has been upgraded from what was already outstanding (I'd already replaced my Graham Phantom, Brinkmann and all 4 SME arms with Origin tonearm cables after comparing to many of the best tonearm cables on the market).
High rigidity arm tube accounts for tight, powerful and completely natural bass. The yoke and arm base house a revolutionary design to decouple the bearings and thus effectively isolate the armtube. The yoke offers high inertia in the horizontal plane for cartridge stability but minimizes inertia in the vertical plane to enable excellent tracking. Highly specified bearings improve on the already amazing level of tonal and sound-staging of the Encounter arm. Holographic images of headshells taken during record playing reveal that most headshells flex and twist significantly. To prevent this microscopic twisting the Illustrious headshell is machined from a solid block of high strength alloy incorporating side flanges.
- New armtube of composite material including carbon fiber, ebony wood and a special coating to reduce resonance and increase rigidity
- Arm uses the standard Rega mounting geometry
- Effective length: 240 mm
- Overhang: 17.24 mm
- Offset angle: 23 degrees
- Mounting distance: platter centre to arm hole centre 223 mm
- Diameter of mounting hole: 24 - 25 mm
- Size of base mounting nut: 32mm A/F (across flats)
- Maximum armboard thickness: 27mm
- Length of external cable: 1.2m except for DJ option of 2m
- Capacitance in uF: 120 pF per channel
- Resistance in Ohms: 0.002 ohm
- Effective mass in grams 14.5g
- Total weight in grams 820g
- Stylus Force gauge included
- Threaded VTA adjuster included: built-in
- 10" or 12" versions also available (add $525)
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