Origin Live Calypso MK4 Turntable

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...a really impressive performer. It has a big, spacious sound that's sound on dynamics, involvement and tonal purity, with excellent detail retrieval...on the smooth side of neutral with. a highly transparent feel. It's the combination of this tonally pure character, allied to impressive stereo soundstaging, that makes it such a strong performer.

Stage depth is strong too, and the result is an immersive sound. Pitch stability is very good, the deck timing really nicely...sounds completely natural...plenty of scale and grip.

This makes for a more beguiling, immersive sound...really impressive.

Clean; open; vivid; engaging sound.

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- Hi-Fi Choice - 5 Stars
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Pace is second to none along with precision and an extremely believable sound stage. Even with the least expensive pick up arm, this turntable projects an image that at times is frighteningly realistic.

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- Hi-Fi World - 5 Stars
Stock code: ORIGIN-CALYPSO


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    Product Information

    Please note the Calypso Turntable does not come with an arm.

    For out-and-out performance, this deck has all the attributes you could ask for. Strengths lie in superb transparency, timing, musicality, dynamics, and tangible soundstaging. Capable of outperforming much more expensive, respected decks, Calypso MK4 is not going to disappoint you. Also, being neutral and system-friendly, it suits most applications very well.

    The Calypso performance improves over Aurora in all aspects of music. In particular bass weight, definition and depth are increased. Resolution across the whole audio spectrum is significantly improved. Dynamics and the projection of voices take on a new realism. These improvements are made possible through the added specific features listed lower down.

    Features

    Arm Mount
    The deck mounts all Origin Live 240mm (9.5″) tonearms. A mounting option to fit 12″ arms is also available, but this is an either/or choice, rather than an addition. Customers can change over to the 12″ option at a later date, but there’s a considerable saving if you order it with the deck.

    Superb Styling
    The elegant simplicity Calypso MK4 sculpted curves, along with its deep polished finish and top quality machine parts make it a highly attractive design.

    Performance Features differentiating this deck from the Aurora
    • Heavy inertia disc for mounting the sub-chassis reduces vertical modes of vibration.
    • Inertia discs positioned at extremities of Plinth resist rotational forces arising from ground and airborne vibration.
    • Higher grade Swiss Motor with double the Torque of Aurora Motor.
    • Higher tolerance Bearing

    Ultra Low Friction Bearing
    The MK4 Bearing made in house improves on the already extremely high grade bearing of the MK3, renowned for it’s low friction. The new bearing has ultra low levels of vibration thanks to further development. The spindle rotates on a Tungsten carbide ball bearing centred on a hardened thrust pad for low friction and long life.

    Unlike decks which “float” the platter using air or magnetic bearings, Origin Live believe “earthing” the energy out of the platter is essential for sound purity. To this end Origin Live employ a single low contact bearing tip which acts as the energy transmission point.

    Low bearing friction is essential to avoid vibration but even high end turntable bearings seldom achieve this. The problems Origin Live often notice are flawed design, imperfect straightness, eccentricity, tolerances, surface finishes and even the use of grease.

    Oil
    Oil is made to their own specification and upgrades nearly all other brands of deck which use non-inverted full immersion bearings. This is a clear indication of it’s outstanding quality for turntables.

    Light Speed Controller
    The MK 4 introduces the Light Speed Controller (LSC) on all decks with it’s rock steady speed (better than most direct drives) and improved sonic performance. More on this important feature can be seen below.

    Motor
    All decks use powerful, smooth running, Swiss motors. These high grade motors demonstrate the exceptional qualities needed in a good turntable motor such as low cogging, low vibration and ironless cores for elimination of eddy currents which detract from speed stability.

    Motors are decoupled using a compliant pad and rubber O rings to minimise vibration and reduce audible noise.

    Suspension
    All Origin Live Decks use a single point cantilever suspension where the sub-chassis is mounted at a single semi-flexible point to isolate it from vibration.

    The unique Origin Live suspension system avoids softening leading edges in music – which is observed in suspended designs and also avoids the hardness noticed in many non-suspended designs. The results are:

    • Superior pitch, rhythm and timing
    • Great musicality which Origin Live products are renowned for (see reviews)
    • Rock solid imaging
    • Reduced colouration
    • Refined presentation of low level information
    • Easy to follow separation in the music and vocals

    Belt
    Surprisingly belt material has a significant influence on sound quality. Origin Live use a unique material which dramatically improves on widely used neoprene rubber. This is substantiated by reviewers and clients who use their upgrade belt to upgrade many other brands of belt driven turntables.
    The belt is manufactured in house using special material which increases grip and reduces stretch under instantaneous loading – benefits include increased dynamics and deeper bass performance.

    Pulley
    Instead of the pulley being made from conventional metals and plastics, a well researched special plastic pulley enables maximum belt grip, resulting in increased definition and dynamics over

    High Quality Materials
    In the same way great singers have better voices, all materials resonate differently and have a “voice” in micro-vibration. This factor is often dismissed by theoreticians who prefer to work conceptually and short cut the laborious process of evaluating the sonic signature of different materials.

    Monitored Speed Accuracy
    Speed control is electronically switched between 33rpm and 45 rpm. A smooth powerful motor drives the platter at constant speed with no measurable deviation from absolute speed. The remarkable speed accuracy is achieved using advanced speed control. This is not only accurate but avoids introducing the serious motor jitter prevalent in most turntables.

    Technical Specifications

    Speeds 33rpm & 45rpm
    Wow & Flutter 0.05%
    Absolute Speed
    Stability
    0.0001%
    Motor DC300
    Sub-Chassis
    Inertia Disc
    Yes
    Support Surface
    Dimensions
    400 x 290mm
    Overall Dimensions
    (W x D x H)
    9.5" Arm: 490 x 360 x 170mm
    12" Arm: 550 x 360 x 170mm
    Weight 11.5 kg
    Shipping Dimensions
    (W x D x H)
    600 x 450 x 160mm
    Shipping Weight 13.3 kg

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