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Origin Live Onyx Tonearm

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The Onyx tonearm is a big step up from the Alliance. Surprisingly the performance is also a big step up from most arms on the market. This bold claim is made on the premise that the Onyx outperforms the Origin Live Silver MK1 tonearm which was reviewed as the "best arm ever heard" by a number of reviewers including a highly experienced editor. It still outperforms many arms in the £3000 ($4600USD) region. In summary the Onyx offers high end performance in a well built, highly attractive and economic package. This is only possible due to expertise gained from years at the forefront of high performance tonearm design. This experience has been refined to bring superb performance at extreme value for money. Hifi Magazine Review The Onyx is a great looking product. All parts appear to be made by Origin Live including the arm lift, something only a mere handful of manufacturers will do these days... Even when fitted to a relatively humble deck and carrying one of Ortofon's most affordable MC cartriges, it never fails to let the music speak for itself. This high class but friendly priced tonearm is equally elegant in appearance and performance. Handmade in good old Blighty by a devoted company that knows a thing or two about getting good vibes from vinyl, the sonic performance the Onyx delivered in the context of a modest but carefully adjusted setup can be conveyed in three words: unforced, organic and airy. My conclusion needs but one word: recommended.
  • The design philosophy and many items in the Onyx are derived from the legendary Silver tonearm.
  • High grade aircraft alloy, single piece armtube.
  • Well specified and highly robust bearings. These bearings are housed in an advanced yoke which includes highly developed decoupling techniques.
  • High grade Internal Litz wire and standard external cable with RCA plugs to fit into your amplification.
  • Integral VTA adjustment.
  • Fits ALL Rega armboard cut outs whether old style threaded base or new 3 point mounting.

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    I mounted this arm on a customized Thorens TD-316. I am extremely satisfied with the sound quality and overall performance of the Onyx arm and highly recommend it as an upgrade to many stock tonearms. I would prefer a little better bias (anti-skate) mechanism as this one is set using the trial and error method, but aside from that I am very pleased.

    Ethan K


    An extreme disappointment. Either a bad match for my table (TD160) or simply a poor arm. The sound, even after endless tweaking, had an overall "hollow" quality. There was fair detail, but treble was flat and bass "mushy." The mounting assembly stripped when I tried to remove it so I can't even return it.