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Introducing the latest "a" version with new, improved bearing housing and built in VTA adjust!
Origin Live Silver MK3a
Tonearm cabling included but not shown
What is value? Constant improvement of products with a never ending thirst for perfection? Yes. Cost management that keeps pricing virtually unchanged over 8 years and a higher resale than any other arm on the market!
Yes. A never ending return on investment with satisfaction and pleasure? Yes. This is Origin Live and their renown Silver Tonearm.
-- Stereo Times Most Wanted!
-- 6 Moons "Best of" Award
This is why Origin Live arms are so popular and endorsed by dozens of reviewers, other turntable manufacturers and thousands of customers who love what they hear. Now with the MK3a
version the Silver has an even better armtube with significant improvements to the bearing housing, headshell and wiring
. This is value you can appreciate and
hear. Listen to the Silver MK3 and know you’ve got an arm built on not just one-time innovation, but evolution nearer and nearer perfection.
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)
"The new tonearm is a great improvement over my old SME 309 tonearm and will improve even further with additional tune up. It sounded great the minute I put on a LP and is very quiet and tracks the groves perfectly with no grain. The lows were solid with no over hang and the sound stage is wide and precise. The over all presentation is very lively compared with the old SME. It is a joy to listen to the music with your new tonearm! I am amazed this reasonably priced tonearm can track the LP groves so perfectly."
- David Lee, Silver MK3a customer and founder of ADC cartridge company
"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
" 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
"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
"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
"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."
- Michael Fremer, Stereophile
The Silver is a leading high performance tonearm offered at a bargain compared with the cost of other high-end arms. The arm builds upon the success of the other highly acclaimed Origin Live arms and Rega arm upgrades and uses the same wiring as the wonderful Origin Live Encounter and Illustrious arms. The bearings and its structure are considerably upgraded
providing lower friction and greater stability. To make a tonearm this musical, at such a reasonable price is terrific accomplishment. The Silver offers a superb blend of qualities and it’s this blend that makes it a truly great all round performer, able to excel in all aspects of music.
The Silver arm is now in MK3A
form, having undergone significant upgrading since its introduction in 2002. When first launched the arm received widespread acclaim for outperforming high end arms but at a fraction of the cost.
The Silver possesses a superb blend of performance attributes which make it a truly great all round performer, It’s inherent musicality allows it excels in all aspects of music to produce great dynamics, natural tonal balance, transparency and a host of other virtues. Unlike many arms, this arm does not have any obvious weaknesses.
All critical components in the Silver are upgraded using advanced alloys and innovative techniques. The result of these changes is great transparency with superb tonal balance. The sound produced is free from coloration allowing previously unheard low level information to be noticed clearly. The arm exhibits a clean dynamic sound coupled with a tight and powerful bass. Go ahead, compare this arm with some of the very best available!
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 resonant dampening technology addresses this problem head-on and the result is an unprecedented reduction in unwanted and sonically compromising tonearm resonance.
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- Aluminum armtube
- Effective length: 240 mm
- Effective Mass 14 grams
- 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
- Total weight: 448 grams
- Threaded VTA adjuster included
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