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Turntable Motor & Power Supply Upgrade Overview2018-11-14T12:04:52+00:00

Turntable Motor & Power Supply Replacement & Upgrade Overview

Issues discussed on this page

  • You have a noisy or broken turntable motor
  • You have a faulty motor power supply
  • You wish to upgrade the performance of your turntable massively

Origin Live manufacture a complete dc motor drive system kit which addresses all of the above issues in a highly cost effective manner.

What’s included in the kit

The kit includes ALL you need to replace the complete motor drive system on all belt drive turntables:

  • Mains voltage reducer
  • Electronic Speed control Box (33 & 45rpm)
  • High grade DC Motor, Pulley and Mounting Plate

A more detailed list of items included is at bottom of page

Why use this kit?

Fully Repairs all Motor Drives and Restores performance to better than new

Many turntables could easily last 70 year or more if it were not for the motor or electronics failing. Replacing the motor system with the one offered here will result in a virtually new deck with improved performance. This new lease of life will allow you to enjoy your deck for many more years. The only other potential cause of deck failure is excessive wear of the platter spindle bearing. However in reality most of these will last a very very long time without problems providing they are kept oiled.

Massively Upgrades all belt driven turntables

Many owners of fully functioning turntables have transformed the performance of their decks by installing the Origin Live DC Motor Kit. The motor drive of your turntable contributes a large proportion of it’s performance (approx between 20% and 40%). This makes it a worthwhile area to upgrade and many are shocked at the improvement this kit makes.


“nothing can prepare you for the total shock of going DC, in a word GOBSMACKING…. There are details in recordings that I have never imagined as being present, there is tuneful subsonic bass, and new heights that were previously unscaled, the whole music experience has taken on a new meaning, my humble Systemdek record player competes and in many cases far outperforms some of the dearest and best engineered record decks ever conceived.” Read More >
Common Ground Magazine

“this is an effective and substantial upgrade that rejuvenates a classic and well respected turntable (the LP12 in this case) – and as such comes highly recommended” Read More >
Hi-Fi World

“Seriously, this is one of the best upgrades I have ever heard” Read More >
Michael Knight

“I’ve been listening to the DC motor kit for about two weeks. WOW!! The degree of improvement over the Valhalla’d table is nothing short of astounding. I now feel that the Linn bearing and sub chassis design, as well as the arm and cartridge, are performing at their full potential now. Gone is the ‘dry’ character, and the naturalness, detail and dynamics just pour forth. I’m currently listening to a Dutch all-analog pressing of Roger Waters ‘Amused to Death.’ Can it possibly sound better, I wonder?” Read More >
J. Schaefer, USA

All Turntable Motor Kit Reviews

Other considerations

Is it worth replacing the motor drive or purchasing a new turntable?

The answer to this question depends on the value and performance of your deck. Many many modern decks are no better than older designs and a modern budget deck will not outperform a reputable elderly mid-market deck. Having said this there are a very small handfull of turntables (our own included) which will far surpass older designs. However these generaly start at the £1300 price point.

Should I not just replace the motor or power supply alone?

At first this may seem the most cost effective and simple way to get your deck working again. However there are a number of unseen pitfalls with this approach and these are expalined on the link – Replacing a noisy / faulty turntable motor or power supply

Should I get the Motor or Power Supply repaired by the manufacturer?

If you have a midmarket deck or above, it’s highly likely that a repair to your drive system will cost more than our motor kit. Not only this but the opportunity to vastly improve the performance of your deck will be lost. This is explained fully if you visit the link Replacing a noisy / faulty turntable motor or power supply

Is the kit suitable for my turntable?

This is the first question people often email us with. Before you do the same, please visit the link below which has our full answer this question.
Is the kit suitable for my turntable

How do I get a quote?

The kit is offered in various grades of performance to suit all budgets. These are outlined below and once you know what you wish to order please go to the ordering page (link below). Once you have entered your address details, this will give you a full quote, including carriage and export price (if applicable). You are not committed to an order till you press the “submit order” button but the system must know what country you live in to process carriage cost.

Add to Cart


  • Option 1     Standard Speed control box    |  DC100 Motor  |  Wallwart mains voltage reducer £255
  • Option 2    Advanced Speed Control Box  |  DC100 Motor  |  Wallwart mains voltage reducer  £345
  • Option 3   Advanced Speed Control Box   |  DC200 Motor  |  Wallwart mains voltage reducer = total £475
  • Option 4    Advanced Speed Control Box  |  DC200 Motor  |  Fully balanced round Mains transformer £595
  • Option 5    Advanced Speed Control Box  |  DC200 Motor  |  Fully balanced, low noise Large Upgrade Transformer  £815
  • Option 6    Advanced Speed Control Box  |  DC300 Motor  |  Fully balanced, low noise Large Upgrade Transformer £960
  • Option 7    Ultra Speed Controller Box      | DC300 Motor  |  Fully balanced Upgrade transformer = £1185

Note that it’s possible to upgrade each of the items individualy at a later date – See Products > Spares & Upgrades > DC motor kits. Be aware that you can only use these items in the context of the Origin Live Motor kit as they are incompatible individually with other brand motor drive systems.

For details of the above Options visit:Link to “Options”

The 3 Grades of Speed control box are shown below.

Standard Motor Speed Control Box

Advanced Motor Speed Control Box

Ultra DC Motor Kit

Ultra Motor Speed Control Box

The most important part of your deck.

Keeping your platter at an even speed without microscopic jitter and vibration is the fundamental task of your record player. For the best possible sound, you need the best possible motor. Our Low vibration, Ironless core DC motors were not available when many older decks were designed. In today’s manufacture there is an emphasis on the smooth rotation. Mechanically our kits are superb, but what separates the Origin Live motor kits is a focus on electronics. Over 15 years of continuous research and development have been invested in order to bring an expertly made supply kit on to the market.

Good DC motor kits always outperform AC kits, ours outperform kits that are five times the price. Owners of every turntable tried have reported outstanding results, and you are welcome to test the kit for yourself.

The kit works for US, Far East, Europe or UK, we will make sure you get the right Voltage reducing transformer for your country.

This is an upgrade for all decks, however:

  • you fit the kit yourself. find advice here on fitting for all decks upgraded so far : Link to fitting advice

A more detailed list of items included in the kit is below:

  • Electronic speed control switch box for 33 & 45rpm, dimensions 50 x 110 x 180mm

  • All leads and plug connectors

  • Transformer for either 240/230V, 50Hz or 110V, 60 Hz mains supplies

  • Strobe card for easy and accurate speed setting

  • High grade DC motor with precision bored, high grip special plastic pulley designed for flat and round belts.

  • Motor plate adapter enabling a “drop in replacement” fitting to your deck. Laser cut from stainless steel with mounting hole to coincide with the standard synchronous motor used on most decks. The single bolt fitting enables belt tension to be adjusted by rotating the motor.

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