“Origin Live has been making tonearms, turntables and accessories for over 25 years. Based in Southampton, UK, their products have earned nearly every possible award from a variety of print and online publications, including our ‘10 LP’ award for the Origin Live Conqueror tonearm. Mark Baker and the crew have developed another superb product in the new Agile tonearm.
Every detail of this tonearm is the result of many years of refinement and attention to detail by an experienced team dedicated to delivering the highest value analogue playback equipment available today. One key design feature is the use of “Dual Pivot Bearings” for vertical arm movement. These are not ball bearings in any sense of the term, but “Ultra-hard tungsten carbide points sitting in hardened and burnished steel cups”. Jewelled bearing points are avoided as they can shatter under unusual stress. The points are decoupled from the arm itself. Ultra-low friction ceramic bearings are used for horizontal arm movement. The VTA adjustment is accessible above the armboard on this model.” – View Full Review >