Affordable high end performance

“Sounds more human, more analogue, and more musical… represents excellent value for money and comes highly recommended… offers a relaxing, expansive and musical sound hitherto unavailable at its modest price point.”  Hi-Fi World, August 2011

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Onyx was designed as an affordable performance benchmark – a tonearm that would flatter any budget or mid-price turntable and still be happy on a high end deck. Sonically, it marks a significant step up from the Alliance tonearm – and indeed from most tonearms on sale. It comfortably outperforms the original Origin Live Silver MK1, which was thought to be one of the best arms on sale, by several hi-fi reviewers and one magazine editor. Indeed, it still outperforms many arms in the £3,000 ($4,600USD) region.

A well made, attractive and economic package, Onyx was only possible thanks to Origin Live’s decades of tonearm design expertise. It’s difficult to design a great high end arm, but harder still to do a brilliant budget product. Knowing where to spend the money in the overall design is why Onyx sounds so good, and that knowledge doesn’t come easy.

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Onyx Tonearm

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"The Onyx is a great looking product. All parts appear to be made by Origin Live including the armlift, something only a mere handful of manufacturers will do these days… Even when fitted to a relatively humble deck and carrying one of Ortofon's most affordable MC cartridges, it never fails to let the music speak for itself. This high class but friendly priced tonearm is equally elegant in appearance and performance. Handmade in good old Blighty by a devoted company that knows a thing or two about getting good vibes from vinyl, the sonic performance the Onyx delivered in the context of a modest but carefully adjusted setup can be conveyed in three words: unforced, organic and airy. My conclusion needs but one word: recommended." 

Kilian Bakker  full review


The Onyx design philosophy – and many parts – come from the legendary Silver tonearm:

• Single-piece arm tube made from high-grade aircraft alloy

• Robust, highly specified bearings, housed in an advanced decoupled yoke

• High grade Internal Litz wiring with standard external cable and RCA plugs

• Integral VTA adjustment

• Fits all Rega armboard cutouts – old style threaded base or new 3-point mounting

For tonearm fitting guidance see side menu.

Origin Live recommends that you order a stylus force gauge (from £9.50), for the accurate setting of tracking force – see the options tab to the left.


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1 x Onyx 9.5" unless 12" is specified below   +£450.00

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  1. "Affordable excellence"? I think so! Review by Markc

    I've now been using the Onyx for over a year, and it continues to give superb results. It replaced a rewired RB250 with OL counterweight on my Ace Spacedeck. The immediate impression on installation was that it made the old arm sound pretty agricultural! There were no real set-up problems and everything is easy to adjust. My Onyx came with what appears to be one of the heavier counterweight options and has no problem balancing a heavy Ortofon MC Rondo. The smoothness and transparency, with startlingly low groove noise, remain a constant joy, so I'm in no hurry to change it. Mind you, that Zephyr looks pretty tasty... (Posted on 23/06/2013)

  2. Now I really enjoy playing LP Review by hoi

    It drops fit to my mod P-25 and boy partnering with Denon DL-103 it 's so quiet I can barely tell if the diamond tip is still riding the groove. Recording and mastering skills of the LPs are obvious before I dislike bad ones but unable to tell why. I like the Onyx surprised by its modest looking cable and connectors music still sounds that good. Upgrading them are the way to go but then there is the Silver Tonearm. (Posted on 19/05/2013)

  3. Transformational upgrade! Review by AB

    I have had one of the OL modified Rega arms for a long time, and was looking to upgrade cartridge. A phone call with Mark - who was both very helpful and knowledgeable - persuaded me to rethink. Rather than upgrading the cartridge, I ordered an Onyx.

    The results have been fantastic. Set up was pretty straightforward, and even before the arm cables were burned in, there was an immediate transformation compared with my former setup. Probably one of the very best upgrades I have done. Just changing this one component has improved the mid range, lifted noise and colouration, and even revealed the presence of a couple of instruments I had never heard before on recordings I know well.

    I'm still in the burn in phase, but am already delighted with the arm. Beautifully made, and in my view a match for most arms at much higher prices.

    (My deck is a Michell Gyro SE with Dynavector DV20 cartridge - a combination which seems really suited for the arm). (Posted on 19/05/2013)

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