Turntable Drive Belt
A Turntable Drive Belt That Wins Over Skeptics
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.
"That innocuous looking piece of rubber has a far greater effect upon the sound of a turntable than most of us realize .....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 . See Full Review here
"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 from customer reviews.
Amazing - cleans up bass remarkably and general improvement overall but removes static completely which was a real nuisance in the present hot dry weather.
Amazing for a little rubber belt and very good value for money (Posted on 03/08/2013) PHILIP
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 upshot of all 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 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.
We stock Upgrade Flat Belts for most turntables or build to order as listed in the ordering section. If your deck is not listed you can work out the length you need using 2 methods. Belt sizes are specified using the circumference which is the TOTAL length of the belt.
- To measure the circumference you can take your existing belt and lay it flat against a ruler - measure the length and then double the measured figure - this will give you the circumference (i.e Total length). If you measure the belt this way please tell us "measured from belt" when you order. This can be noted in the ordering online process when you come to a box that says "additional notes".
- Alternatively you can loop a length of thread or string 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 i.e the total length of the belt. If you measure the belt this way please tell us "measured from thread" when you order. This can be noted in the ordering online process when you come to a box that says "additional notes".
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Origin Live's high quality Round Belts (2mm diameter) for older Origin Live decks that use a grooved pulley rather than crowned with flanges. You can order a tall pulley on our website (see motor kits then spares on side menu) that will take the upgrade flat belt we offer. If you have the slightest difficulty in pulling off your old pulley without excessive force, then gently cut away the old plastic pulley with sharp wire snips, taking care not to exert undue force on the motor spindle.Learn More & order online
"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 .
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.Learn More & order online