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Linn LP12 Upgrade Belt

Linn LP12 Turntable Belt Upgrade

“That innocuous looking piece of rubber has a far greater effect upon the sound of a turntable than most of us realise …..The Upgrade Belt … is one of the most cost effective changes that I have made to this deck (LP12)…..I suggest you buy one and try it. I am both amazed and impressed at the improvement it makes to the sound of my Sondek.”
Hi-Fi World Magazine

“This is an extraordinary product. I expected an audible but marginal change. Nothing prepared me for it’s effect. It needed about an hour to get properly ‘run in’ – during which there was a transformation in the sound coming out of my speakers: 3D and in the room. Everything claimed in the recent email announcing this product was evident and the comments of the reviewers reflect exactly what I heard. I am quite astounded at the difference this product has made – and all for thirty quid. Don’t think about it – just give yourself at treat.”
Iain, Owner Comment

The unique Origin Live Upgrade Belt is made from a special rubber far superior to that found in normal belts, providing a great opportunity to seriously upgrade the performance of your turntable. The dramatic performance increase derives from increased grip and less vibration transmitted into the platter.

It’s easy to be skeptical that a seemingly insignificant item like a better turntable belt will dramatically improve the performance of your turntable. In fact most people who have tried the Origin Live upgrade belt started out not expecting much difference, only to be shocked by the improvement. The explanation for this phenomenon is hard to appreciate because we’re not used to grappling with the colossal 8000X magnification delivered by the delicate movement of a stylus needle.

The turntable drive belt controls the level of unwanted vibration transmitted from your deck’s motor, to the platter, then to the record where it finally feeds into your stylus. This chain directly influences your deck’s performance. Upgrading your standard neoprene drive belt, to one of a superior rubber with textured surface finish has been proven to deliver results well beyond expectations.

This unique turntable drive belt works because it offers increased grip and reduces vibration transmission into your record. The dramatic improvements in performance over any official turntable drive belt has staggered users.

Sometimes it is those seemingly insignificant areas of a system that can yield a surprising upgrade. The idea that a belt does no more than enable the motor to rotate the platter at a constant speed, is superficial – this is a case where ignorance is bliss. Lurking beneath the seeming simplicity of a belt drive there is a host of unrecognized problems and opportunities to improve matters. As an innovative manufacturer, it did not take long to realize that different belts had an inordinate influence on sound quality. We therefore invested considerable time auditioning countless belt materials, shapes, thicknesses and configurations.

For the record, exploration included
i) Round belts in various materials
ii) Flat belts in various materials
iii) Cotton thread
iv) Nylon thread
v) Video & audio tape
vi) Multiple numbers of belts ranging from 1 to 3.

The result of this work culminated in the discovery of a material not used in conventional belts. The results speak for themselves with any deck that uses a flat belt. The new belt, named the “Upgrade Belt” can also also be used with any Origin Live DC Motor Kit.

This upgrade belt comes with a cast iron guarantee – if not delighted we will refund your money.

Ordering an Upgrade Belt

Belt lengths are specified in mm using the circumference (i.e The TOTAL length of the belt)

If you require a specific length which Origin Live does not offer, please visit our website and search for upgrade belt.

These belts are flat and do not work on turntables with round belts unless they have an Origin Live motor kit fitted.

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If your turntable model is not as listed above:

If your turntable model is slightly different from the one specified on this page you can measure the belt length you require and order the correct size using a link below.


There are over 1000 models of deck in the market place. Please assume that we do not know the details of your deck unless it’s listed below. Rather, use the guidance below to order your belt.

Belt lengths are specified in mm using the circumference (i.e. The TOTAL length of the belt).

Note that these belts are flat and will not work on decks with round belts such as Rega, Michell, etc unless they have an Origin Live motor kit fitted. We do not offer round or square belts.

If your deck is not listed in the ordering section, you can select the closest length to what you require from the list below . To work out the length you need, use one of the following 2 methods.

Method 1

To measure the circumference you can take your existing belt and lay it flat against a ruler – measure the length and then double the measurement – this will give you the total length.

Be aware that your current belt may have stretched significantly over time if it’s over 4 years old, in which case use method 2

Method 2

Alternatively you can use a length of thread or string looped round the sub-platter (or platter if belt runs on this) and pulley. This mimics the belt path – Measure the thread length to give the circumference of the belt and multiply this by 0.98

You multiply by 0.98 to ensure that the belt is 2% shorter than it’s path length as it needs to stretch a little.

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