Sovereign MK3-1 High End Turntable
"We can't recommend this Origin Live deck highly enough: it has the power to stop a herd of wildebeest with its authority - yet it can also bring a grown man to his knees in tears..." What Hi-Fi read more
"I would recommend this turntable and arm without reservation to other music lovers looking for a turntable or arm upgrade. This will be my final turntable but one that I know I will be very happy with." John Kopec read more
"In essence, this is a high end turntable/arm combination that flies close to the ultimate in terms of performance level. I cannot (perhaps due to the limited time available for the test), detect any serious, medium or even small flaws. I'd like to discover more… to realise the true extent of its ability to provide musical pleasure. Meanwhile, the Sovereign sits at the pinnacle of current turntable production unless you pay crazy money. As for the arm, all I can say is, ‘superb and well done.’” Fedeltà del Suono" magazine Full Review
The award-winning Sovereign deck is a favourite of many audio experts – and is owned by hi-fi magazine editors and reviewers alike. Better specified than lesser decks in the Origin Live range, it boasts improved decoupling of the main bearing and armboard. The high mass plinth is of a special energy-dissipating design, and the superior motor power supply improves the performance further still. The Upgrade Transformer is included as standard, giving a uncanny sense of effortless and ease to its musical performance.
Sovereign is hand-built in Britain to extremely high standards, making the user experience all the more special. Its unique styling is purposeful yet elegant.
Options include a 12 inch arm mount, or dual armboard which can be ordered using the option button below.
For more information about turntable buying, and how choosing a better deck can transform the sound of your system, see 'Why your choice of deck really matters'.
The deck includes an arm mounting to fit all Origin Live 240mm (9.5") tonearms. For more details on which arm geometries are the same as Origin Live and Rega, see ‘Compatible tonearm geometry’. Origin Live strongly recommends its own tonearms for optimum sound quality, not least because Sovereign was designed for these and there is a clear upgrade path. The deck can be supplied for use with other tonearms, but the cost of changing back to Origin Live arm compatibility at a later date is considerable. Even the £675 Silver tonearm outperforms most others at five times its price, whereas the £450 Onyx is an excellent entry-level design.
The 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.
Sovereign is a visually arresting turntable, beautifully hand finished with a polished black plinth and chrome suspension pods and accenting.
High Grade Parts
- High mass plinth using low resonance sandwich construction increases bass performance and overall definition
- Triple plinth decoupling helps isolate the deck from its surroundings
- Low resonance, high inertia platter is deeper than lower range models
- Platter decoupled from the bearing with an acoustically inert sub-platter
- Origin Live’s most highly toleranced bearing for the lowest possible friction
- Ultra rigid subchassis with unique centre point support and damping devices
- Specially damped, high mass motor housing
- Special high grade oil
Sovereign’s load-compensating power supply is the culmination of work done over several decades, and is designed to feed clean power to the motor across a wide range of temperatures. It uses highly sophisticated circuitry, higher grade components and a top quality transformer. Speed control is switched electronically between 33 rpm and 45 rpm.
Thanks to its unique design, there is nothing to go out-of-tune. A non-suspended design, it is simple to set up for years of fuss-free performance. VTA arm adjustment is convenient, with open access to the underside of the armboard.
450mm wide, 380mm deep, 160mm high
32kg (heavyweight platter is an additional 2.1kg)
1 Year Warranty
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