ORIGIN LIVE HISTORY
Started in a garage with two people over thirty years ago, Origin Live has grown to a respected British hi-fi manufacturer with its own factory, running modern CNC machines and with a number of highly trained and skilled staff, suppliers and interns. The company now exports up to seventy percent of its products to over forty countries around the world. Here are some landmarks, along the way…
1986 Company founded and called Cable Design. First product is solid-core cable, the first of its type specifically designed for hi-fi applications.
1987 Equipment supports launched, and the name changed to Origin Live to encompass everything hi-fi related – it is short for “hearing the original source as played live”.
1989 Skyline Platform wins first major award for the company, from Hi-Fi Review magazine.
1990 Origin Live speaker stands win Hi-Fi Choice group test, beating nineteen other brands.
1991 Turntable production begins. Modified Rega tonearms are produced for Avondale Audio. Award-winning amplifiers are assembled for Kelvin Laboratories.
1993 Origin Live Rega tonearm modification service begins. DC turntable motor upgrade kit offered.
1995 Origin Live standmounting and floorstanding loudspeaker ranges launched, including Sovereign, Resolution, OL1, OL1A, OL2 & OL2A2002 Silver Tonearm MK1 launched and hailed as “the best arm ever heard” and “design of the decade”.
2004 Origin Live turntables and tonearms begin winning major magazine awards.
2008 Work on phono stage commences, using a design by David Rusby, formerly of Lynwood Electronics.
2009 Astute loudspeaker development begins…
2010 First commercial phono stage launched, the Origin Live Ultra.
2014 Astute loudspeaker launches.
2016 Origin Live’s Voyager and flagship Voyager S turntables launch…