Origin Live CALYPSO MK4 Turntable
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 dissapoint 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.
Calypso Specific Features
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.
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 tolearance Bearing
Features in all MK4 Turntables
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 centered on a hardened thrust pad for low friction and long life.
Unlike decks which “float” the platter using air or magnetic bearings, we believe “earthing” the energy out of the platter is essential for sound purity. To this end we 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 we often notice are flawed design, imperfect straightness, eccentricity, tolerances, surface finishes and even the use of grease.
Oil is made to our 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.
All decks use powerfull, 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 minimize vibration and reduce audible noise.
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, rythm 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
Surprisingly belt material has a significant influence on sound quality. We use a unique material which dramatically improves on widely used neoprene rubber. This is substantiated by reviewers and clients who use our 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.
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
Adjustable Feet for easy leveling
Specifications included on all turntables
- Speed 33rpm & 45rpm
- Wow and Flutter 0.05%
- Absolute Speed Stability 0.0001%
- Mains Voltage can be 220 – 240V or 110V (Deck is configured for your country of residence).
- Armboard will accept 9.5″ and 12″ Origin Live Arms (to order). Rega arms also accepted.
- The Voyager deck will accept any brand of tonearm (to order).