MK3 vs MK2 vs MK1  Origin Live Turntables differences

The MK2 Origin Live decks ran for over 5 years (2007 - March 2013) with few updates or price increases. After making a number of new discoveries, the time came for these to be included in what we called the MK3 turntables. The MK3 decks represent a significant increase in performance and value to an already superb sound. Music is replayed with particular improvements in

  • Rock solid imaging

  • Reduced colouration,

  • Refined presentation of low level information.

  • Easy to follow separation of individual stands in the music and vocals

Improved features over previous MK2 models are

  • New type of Acrylic platter material with reduced internal stresses.

  • Increased thickness of platter due to changes in overall design.

  • New Bearing hub designed for faster energy transmission.

  • Lower friction bearing.

  • Increased size of plinth for improved aesthetics and stability.

  • Improved power supply.

  • New belt Material now hand made delivers better sound.

  • Quieter motor from additional pod damping.

  • The Aurora MK3 now includes the upgrade platter mat.

The increases of performance are so substantial that the Aurora MK3 outperforms the Calypso MK2. We think you will agree that this level of performance increase makes the higher material and build costs well worthwhile as represented by the modest price increases listed as:

It is not possible to upgrade MK1 or MK2 decks to the new specification as so many parts have changed. However trade in for part exchange is always an option with ourselves or a dealer. This is carried out to the best assessment of the parties concerned as many factors come into play.

MK1 Differences to later models

On Mk1 decks the belt runs on a sub-platter

Power supplies are not as advanced

Motor pods are much smaller and electronics are housed in a seperate box

The Aurora and Aurora Gold (renamed Calypso) used metal plates for the plinth

No platter mat existed

Bearings are not as advanced in terms of low friction or sound quality

Motor Pulley was metal




Origin Live Ltd. Unit 5, 362B Spring Road Sholing, Southampton SO19 2PB, UK