"This is an extraordinary product. I expected an audible but marginal change. Nothing prepared me for it's effect. It needed about an hour to get properly 'run in' - during which there was a transformation in the sound coming out of my speakers: 3D and in the room. Everything claimed in the recent email announcing this product was evident and the comments of the reviewers reflect exactly what I heard. I am quite astounded at the difference this product has made - and all for thirty quid. Don't think about it - just give yourself at treat." IAIN from customer review
Before e-mailing us questions on whether we supply a belt for your particular turntable, please read the paragraph at end of this column "ordering an upgrade Belt".
If you wish to order a belt please read this section as it gives essential clarification.
It's easy to be skeptical that a seemingly insignificant item like a better turntable belt will dramatically improve the performance of your turntable. In fact most people who have tried the Origin Live upgrade belt started out not expecting much difference, only to be shocked by the improvement. The explanation for this phenomenon is hard to appreciate because we're not used to grappling with the colossal 8000X magnification delivered by the delicate movement of a stylus needle.
The turntable drive belt controls the level of unwanted vibration transmitted from your deck's motor, to the platter, then to the record where it finally feeds into your stylus. This chain directly influences your deck's performance. Upgrading your standard neoprene drive belt, to one of a superior rubber with textured surface finish has been proven to deliver results well beyond expectations.
This unique turntable drive belt works because it offers increased grip and reduces vibration transmission into your record. The dramatic improvements in performance over any official turntable drive belt has staggered users.
Sometimes it is those seemingly insignificant areas of a system that can yield a surprising upgrade. The idea that a belt does no more than enable the motor to rotate the platter at a constant speed, is superficial - this is a case where ignorance is bliss. Lurking beneath the seeming simplicity of a belt drive there is a host of unrecognized problems and opportunities to improve matters. As an innovative manufacturer, it did not take long to realize that different belts had an inordinate influence on sound quality. We therefore invested considerable time auditioning countless belt materials, shapes, thicknesses and configurations.
For the record, exploration included
i) Round belts in various materials
ii) Flat belts in various materials
iii) Cotton thread
iv) Nylon thread
v) Video & audio tape
vi) Multiple numbers of belts ranging from 1 to 3.
The result of this work culminated in the discovery of a material not used in conventional belts. The results speak for themselves with any deck that uses a flat belt. The new belt, named the "Upgrade Belt" can also also be used with any Origin Live DC Motor Kit.
This upgrade belt comes with a cast iron guarantee - if not delighted we will refund your money.
"I purchased this belt and TT oil for my heavily modified Ariston Rd 11 Superieur, Not only did the sound quality through the full range greatly improve, but there was also a dramatic reduction in surface noise! Best upgrade ever. All for £40." DAVE HALL from customer reviews
“ Cleans up bass remarkably and general improvement overall but removes static completely which was a real nuisance in the present hot dry weather. Amazing for a little belt and very good value for money” published with kind permission of Philip.
ORDERING AN UPGRADE BELT
There are over 1000 models of deck in the market place. Please assume that we do not know the details of your deck unless it's listed opposite. Rather, use the guidance below to order your belt.
Belt lengths are specified in mm using the circumference (i.e The TOTAL length of the belt).
Note that these belts are flat and will not work on decks with round belts such as Rega, Michell, etc unless they have an Origin Live motor kit fitted.
If your deck is not listed in the ordering section, you can order a custom length for no extra charge. To work out the length you need, use one of the following 2 methods.
To measure the circumference you can take your existing belt and lay it flat against a ruler - measure the length and then double the measurement - this will give you the circumference (i.e Total length). If you measure the belt this way please tell us "measured from belt" when you order. This can be noted in the ordering online process when you come to the box that says "custom length".
Alternatively you can use a length of thread or string looped round the sub-platter (or platter if belt runs on this) and pulley. This mimics the belt path - Measure the thread length to give the circumference of the belt i.e the total length of the belt. If you measure the belt this way please tell us "measured from thread" when you order. This can be noted in the ordering online process when you come to a box that says "custom length"For an upgrade over conventional flat neoprene belts, we use a special material that produces the most superior results of any material we have tried ( and there are a lot). These belts are not only remarkable in producing noticeably better sound, especially in deeper and more precise bass but they also eliminate static problems that sometimes occur on decks.