Mark Baker started Origin Live back in 1986. After a career in design, management, and production engineering in the Warship building industry, Mark decided to get involved with something that he loved, - Hi Fi and listening to music.
The aim initially was to offer a new design of solid core cable called "Soli-Core". The design originated from new ideas and a compulsive nature to innovate and improve things. It was in fact the first commercial Solid core cable on the market. Up to that time, people had been raving about how good normal solid core mains wire was over exotic cables. The cable was a good design and met with a fantastic review. In spite of this it was not a great success because dealers found it's lack of flexibility a problem when doing demonstrations. Solid core is great for semi-permanent installations but constantly changing systems is not what it is designed for!
The next venture was a special isolating table to enable turntables to perform at a much higher level. After a large number of prototypes and capmarisons against the competition with friendly dealers, we finaly had a winner on our hands and went on to receive "Accessory of the year Award" from Hi Fi Review magazine who were one of the more critical magazines.
Over the years, Origin Live has developed Turntables, Tonearms, Amplifiers, Loudspeakers, Cables, and Support Stands. This wide expertise gives a holistic design approach which translates into products that are very system-friendly.
Over the years the company has grown steadily and now distributes its products through specialist Hi-Fi dealers and directly, to more than 40 countries worldwide. Due to the high value and relatively low cost of our products, we do not encourage discounting (in common with most quality manufacturers).
History of locality
Origin Live is based in the UK at Southampton, which has a great history of innovative engineering. The city boasts a considerable number of record-breaking achievements, from the early Schneider airspeed trophies to the building of the first gas turbined high-speed craft. The Schneider trophy-winning planes formed the basis of the Spitfire, which was designed and built in Southampton and became one of the world's most famous aeroplanes. This rich heritage has been passed down to a number of high quality local firms.