The result of this ground breaking design is an entirely new level of performance not believed possible - highly transparent with great dynamics and musicality - this arm is set to redefine system heirarchy.
"a new benchmark for musical communication, natural detail and timbral truth. All at a price that, considering the quality of its performance, can only be called a bargain."
STEREO TIMES MAGAZINE 2003
Preference Audio used this arm at a large show in Vienna and were awarded "the best sound at the show award". The decision was made using voting forms handed out by the show organisers to all members of the public attending the show. Against very stiff competition such as Linn, JM labs, Kronos, Audio Physics etc this vote says a great deal.
There are literally thousands of possible materials and alloys that an armtube could be manufactured from. Because this choice alone has such a huge influence on the performance of an arm, Origin Live have conducted a great deal of research, resulting in the use of a highly specified alloy with the correct characteristics.
To achieve high strength / low resonance, the arm is specially profiled. This involves machining it from a solid alloy billet to give a tapered profile - the Silver arm is only manuctured from tube. The arm has a large diameter to provide massive torsional strength which manifests itself in superbly controlled deep bass along with increased focus, stability and resolution through all frequencies. The tight and powerful bass produced by this arm is absolutely outstanding. This alone adds so much to the musical experience since bass quality carries the hallmark of authority. The arm dramatically improves the great tonal balance and sound-staging of the Silver arm. It also produces a wonderful live feel to the music, with fabulous transient speed, air and no lag or overhang, yet always maintaining accurate decay of notes.
Differences over the Silver Arm
The Encounter builds on the specifications of the Silver in the following respects:
- Completely revised yoke with higher rigidity and inertia
- Dual pivot bearing
- Improved materials and bearing decoupling in arm pillar and yoke
- Integral vta adjuster
- Stylish arm rest plate
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