Origin Live Sovereign MK5 Turntable
The Sovereign deck is a true high-end design. Extremely well specified, it looks and sounds fantastic – simply a near-ultimate deck. The award-winning Sovereign Turntable is a favourite of many audio experts – and is owned by Hi-Fi magazine editors and reviewers alike.
Mk5 Motor Power Supply
The Mk5 Motor Power Supply introduces a new PCB in the PSU on all decks offering even more speed stability and improved sonic performance than the former Light Speed Controller. Common problems like speed drift, motor jitter and cogging are avoided. Speed settings for 33.33 and 45 RPM are operated through one knob with no need for belt/platter change.
The DC300 is our highest-spec’ motor. It is smoother, quieter and four times the power (Torque) of the Aurora’s DC100. Again this is a further improvement on the DC200s dynamics. You can hear further improvements in bass, depth and resolution across all frequencies improve along with all other aspects of music. Ironless cores eliminate eddy currents which result in low “clogging”, low vibration and speed stability. Motors are decoupled to minimize vibration and reduce audible noise.
Belt & High-Spec’ Pulley
The belt is manufactured in-house using special material which increases grip and reduces stretch under instantaneous loading, using a unique material which dramatically improves on widely used neoprene rubber – benefits include increased dynamics and deeper bass performance.
Our highest-tolerance plastic pulley enables maximum belt grip, resulting in increased definition and dynamis.
Using three high-mass layers in the plinth helps to decouple the attached platter, bearing and arm board from the deck’s environment. Multiple layers help to absorb and dissipate resonance through the destructive interference of vibrational waves.
Ultra-low Friction Bearing
Made in house, the new MK4 bearing has ultra low levels of vibration. The spindle rotates on a tungsten carbide ball bearing centred on a hardened thrust pad for low friction and long life. Low bearing friction is essential to avoid vibration. Unlike decks which “float” the platter using air or magnetic bearings, we believe “earthing” the energy out of the platter is essential for sound purity.
High Specification Power Supply
Carefully selected cables from premium suppliers are attached to motor circuitry that is designed to ensure the motor, the platter and your vinyl are running smoothly on a consistent power supply. (excluding the Upgrade Transformer which may be added as an option)
High-Performance Arm Board
The high-performance arm board is double the thickness of the standard arm board, but also features a weighty steel insert for the tonearm attachment. the added thickness, insert and mass help to minimize any unwanted vibration traveling through the tonearm Decoupled from the turntable plinth, the arm board is balanced in equilibrium with the platter and bearing house.
Decoupling the turntable from its environment is critical to high-end turntable performance. For this reason, The feet are housed within heavyweight pods attached to the central layer of the three-part plinth. This not only helps to decouple the plinth, but the mass of the plinths also helps the plinth to resist and manage any resonance from the platform and direct energy transfer from the bearing/arm board away from the platter.
The Sovereign is an arresting, centrepiece design. Like the name suggests, its has an authoritative aesthetic, to match the authority in its sound. The unmistakable profile and black polished finish make it an eye-catching asset for any décor.
Our unique suspension avoids both the softening of leading edges often found in suspended designs and the hardness in many non-suspended designs. The results are:
- Superior pitch, rhythm, and timing
- Rock-solid imaging
- Reduced colouration
- Refined presentation of low-level information
- Easy to follow separation in the music and vocals