Origin Live Illustrious MK3C Tonearm
"Quite simply breathtaking..."
- What Hi-Fi
"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 Prince - HiFi World
"...and the winner is... the Origin Live Illustrious, a pick up arm that is quite simply breathtaking."
- Albert Lee - HiFi World (Group comparison test of 7 tonearms)
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. The outstanding features that yield this are similar to the Encounter.
Hybrid arm tube composed of 5 materials has better energy dissapating qualitites and higher rigidity than the Encounter, yielding increased transparency, dynamics and bass performance.
Ultra low friction dual pivot bearing decouple the armtube from the deck and prevents it adding colour to the sound.
Floating vertical bearings yield vastly increased clarity and sweet, precise treble free from smearing.
High strength aircraft alloy headshell for increased dynamics.
High grade internal Litz cable with Pure copper bullet plugs on upgrade external cable for reduced signal degradation.
Arm Tube - High ridgidity accounts for tight, powerful and completely natural bass.
Dual Pivot Bearing
Yoke Design - The yoke offers high inertia in the horizontal plane for cartridge stability but mininmizes inertia in the vertical plane to enable excellent tracking.
Highly Specified Bearings - Enable excellent tracking and rock solid imaging.
Headshell - Holographic images of headshells taken during record playing reveal that most headshells flex and twist significantly To prevent this microscopic twist the Illustrious headshell is machined from high strength alloy.