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ENCOUNTER MK3C
Our most affordable dual-pivot design

"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  full review
"Sounds like nothing that I have heard or owned before. The tonal quality is accurate and clear, bass notes have no overhang. The arm is astonishingly transparent and neutral.” Derek Abrahams  full review
“It says volumes for the excellence of this arm that it could put two such different pickups through their paces so even-handedly." The Absolute Sound, Editors Choice Award 2012

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Performance

Encounter builds on the outstanding performance of the Zephyr by improving the design and quality of many critical components. This is not just a development, but a complete redesign.

The entire yoke and base are different from the fully gimballed tonearms below it in the range. These structures contain the horizontal and vertical bearings and so play a large part in determining the sound.

The result is appreciably tighter, deeper and more authoritative bass allied to increased focus, stability and resolution across all frequencies. Tonal balance is more neutral and the soundstaging more realistic, bringing a wonderfully tactile and ‘live’ feel to the music, with a superlative sense of air and space.

To understand how much a high end tonearm can improve the sound of your system, see  “Why Tonearms really matter”.

This explains why Origin Live products have cutting-edge performance and provides an in-depth explanation of many facets of their design. Scroll Down for online ordering and product information.

For more information, click on the relevant sidebar links. ‘Key Information’ gives a detailed overview of all Origin Live tonearms.


Features

• carbon-fibre and ebony hybrid armtube

• revolutionary dual-pivot bearing to handle vertical arm movement

specially decoupled, low friction bearings in the base to handle horizontal arm movement

• high-grade Internal Litz wiring with 6mm upgrade external cable and RCA plugs

• integral VTA adjustment

• fits all Rega armboard cutouts – old style threaded base or new 3-point mounting

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"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  full review


"It says volumes for the excellence of this arm that it could put two such different pickups through their paces so even-handedly.”

The Absolute Sound Magazine, Editor’s Choice Award 2012


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  1. incredible Review by Claudio
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    I must say.... WOW! What an incredible piece of audio history you guys have created. I'm just thrilled with it!!
    Claudio (Posted on 19/10/2013)

  2. Absolutely everything was there Review by Mike
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    The TT/arm arrived and has been given a first-time (hasty boy-with-new-toy) set up. I began to run through some of my records. The improvement in resolution was immediately apparent. Prior to this I had clarity. sound staging, precise imaging, all the usual positives from my 1982 vintage Planar 3/F9-E and Acoustats. However I was unprepared for Ton Koopman playing Bach. Massive. The difference was like the old 4X3 TV versus, not High Definition, but IMAX. Absolutely everything was there, every note was clear with its natural timbre, distinct from its companions even in the loud and complex portions. The low level information was all retained, that ambience that marks out one acoustic venue from another, and yes the Acoustats found another octave of bass. Piatigorsky's playing had the fullness, sonorousness and body a cellist of his stature is famous for (RCA Victor LDS-2513, original Soria series.) As you note, the highs will really need time to settle in, but are already starting to sweeten out. And yes, the small ensemble music of Elizabethan England (Two Renaissance Dance Bands, Angel HQS 1249) is faithfully rendered in all its renaissance character (reedy, racous, rhythmic).
    All in all I had the feeling of listening to what the musicians were hearing when playing. The combination of your base level turntable with the Encounter arm was not something recommended (price ratios all out of whack), but from my reading of your attention to so many little details I was will to bet your Littlest Engine was one that could. My ears and Acoustat III's say yes. And this was from my back-up cartridge, a decade old Rega Elys. As some reviewers have noted on your equipment, even an inexpensive cartridge will become a vast over-achiever. I eagerly await what this combination can really do. I am one very pleased owner. (PS Very consciously set up by my dealer as much as possible as I did the final arm/cartridge set-up with the Elys. Still trying to unmount the Grace!)
    Mike Cinanni
    (Posted on 07/09/2013)

  3. Mighty Fine Tonearm Review by macabre1993

    I purchased an Encounter Mk2/Mk3 hybrid. from an auction site. It went on a homemade plywood/mdf Lenco idler drive with a Shelter 501 w/a fresh Soundsmith retip. Like the clumsy idiot I am, I snapped the ruby cantelever. After robbing the Lyra Lydian from my VPI, I now listen to the sweetest music of my experience. Jazz, orchestral, rock, metal...it doesn't matter what I throw at it, it responds with beauty & elegance. Five emphatic stars!!! (Posted on 21/05/2013)

  4. Highly Recommended Review by rob

    Mine's the Encounter MK3 (2007) Very transparent sounding arm, meaning you get all the speed, detail and holographic imaging that comes with it. (Posted on 17/05/2013)


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