Award winning arm in a class by itself
The Conqueror arm design is simply light years ahead of its time. Incorporating truly idealistic principles translated into engineering practice, the arm delivers a level of performance that is absolutely extraordinary.
Most noticable is the increase in presence, clarity and focus. Bass is even more defined and rock solid than the superlative Illustrious. Vocals take on total realism and freedom from any confusion. Imaging is also noticably better than the already remarkable other arms in the range.
Why is the arm so good? Many of the highly successful techniques used in the Illustrious are present. More importantly, a number of new ideas are included and it is these that make the big difference. Its performance demonstrates the level of inspiration and engineering involved.
Hybrid arm tube composed of 5 materials has better energy dissapating qualities and higher rigidity than the Illustrious tube, yielding increased transparency, dynamics and bass performance
Ultra low friction dual pivot bearings yield vastly increased clarity and sweet, precise treble free from smearing.Dual pivot explained
Floating vertical bearings decouple the armtube from the deck and prevent it adding colour to the sound.
High strength aircraft alloy headshell for increased dynamics
External Linear Flow 2 arm cable, fully balanced and 95% shielded is up with the very best of expensive external cables at 3 times the price and delivers improvements to every aspect of the sound.
Pure copper KLE RCA phono plugs are among of the highest quality available to provide a precise, tight electrical connection that eliminates signal degradation.
"The arm transcends its artificial mechanical aspect and seems a part of nature. These are heady regions to inhabit. The Origin Live Conqueror arm is another masterpiece from the fertile mind of Mark Baker. It merits the highest of recommendations and is the obvious choice for Most Wanted Component of the Year. Simply, the Conqueror is in a class by itself".
The trio (Sovereign Conqueror Lyra Olympos) made me forget the walls of my listening room. Fed by well produced records
you felt immediately transported into the recording location. But the three excel not only in spatial recreation. No matter if you play old blues records, grooving Jazz or big orchestras, the music goes straight under your skin. Even with the most exacting test records it was absolutely impossible, not to get caught up emotionally and to only analyse the sound reproduction. If there is program material the Origin Live loves most, it is fast and percussive music. Here the combination could present their speed best. In terms of speed, the combination not only gets from zero to one hundred in record time, but also gets back to standing in the same time. So much detail, so much speed, so much space and such a full presentation should be hard to get anywhere else at this price. For me ORIGIN LIVE in the analogue sector is the discovery of the year!
Review IMAGE HIFI July/August 2004 Nr.58, Dirk Sommer:
"The Conqueror in my mind is THE FINAL TONEARM: I decided already to sell my SME V and the Graham 2.0 has been sold to UK already. The reason is the sound (or speak about no sound) the arm is providing. Definitely hard to explain the amount of improvement I achieved with this masterpiece of engineering."
B Timmerman, Germany
"it was a shock to find out that the years with the SME were lost years. Your product betters the SME in each aspect. It is outstanding!"
Andreas Winter - Bochum, Germany
"Arguably the very best tonearm yet made - a startlingly capable all rounder with none of the vices or quirks of rival super-arms"
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