REVIEWS & TECHNOLOGY
ORIGIN LIVE ILLUSTRIOUS
Mk4 Tone arm
PLEASE NOTE: We import OL Tonearms in to order, made to order means you
get the latest version with latest updates and any options you might want in
the one ready to go package. Our experience is OL often updates their designs
and everyone wants the latest version, it only takes around 2 weeks to get you
the latest and greatest!
Ground-breaking design is behind the astonishing performance of
the Illustrious arm. This award winning arm has been highly acclaimed as a true
The MK3 featured 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.
many, the arm tube 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 arm tube stable and tracking, the effect of
detrimental arm tube resonances, 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.
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
NEW: A Sleeved Rear-Stub with
larger diameter, higher strength and improved energy dissipation. This improves
counterweight stability in vibration – thus enabling the arm tube to hold the
cartridge more steadily.
NEW: A Rigidly Attached Counterweight.
The counterweight attachment has been carefully engineered to hold the armtube
more rigidly for cartridge stability whilst at the same time decoupling itself
to minimize energy reflection back down the tube.
NEW: Counterweight Fine
Adjuster allows you to easily set the tracking force with a high degree of
NEW: 1 Meter Upgrade External
Cable. (6mm diameter) Low resistance cable with high-grade Gold Plated RCA
plugs to fit directly into your phono-stage or amplifier.