Sovereign mk. III
Sovereign MK3 High End Turntable
"We can't recommend this Origin Live deck highly enough: it has the power to stop a herd of wildebeest with its authority - yet it can also bring a grown man to his knees in tears..." read more - What Hi Fi Magazine
"I would recommend this turntable and arm without reservation to other music lovers looking for a turntable or arm upgrade. This will be my final turntable but one that I know I will be very happy with." read more John Kopec
"In essence, this is a high end turntable/arm combination flies close to the ultimate in terms of performance level. I cannot (perhaps due to the limited time available for the test), detect any serious, medium or even small flaws. I'd like to discover more, ...... to realise the true extent of it's ability to provide musical pleasure.Meanwhile, the Sovereign sits at the pinnacle of current turntable production unless you pay crazy money. As for the arm, all I can say is "superb and well done". "Fedeltà del Suono" magazine Full Review
The award winning Sovereign deck is a favorite with experts and owned by 2 editors and several reviewers. This turntable is more highly specified than lower decks in the Origin Live range with improved decoupling of the main bearing and armboard. The plinth has high mass and includes a special energy dissipating design. The superior motor power supply improves the performance of this deck even further. The upgrade transformer is included as standard with the deck which means a fabulous sense of effortless power is always felt.
Options include a 12 inch arm mount, or dual armboard which can be ordered using the option button below..
You may be asking yourself whether the differences between turntables are really that significant, and also wondering how much you should invest in a good front end. To make an informed choice on how a better deck will dramatically improve your system performance, please see What makes a deck better? This also reveals the story behind our cutting edge performance and introduces many aspects that apply to our decks, saving repetition that would otherwise occur on every turntable page.
Arm Mount - The deck includes an arm mounting to fit all Origin Live 240mm (9.5") arms. For full details on which arm geometries are the same as Origin Live and Rega see link "Compatible tonearm geometry ". We suggest only mounting our arms because they are world class leaders and you also have an easy upgrade path. If hypotheticaly, you were to order an Origin Live deck to fit an existing non compatible arm then we would suggest that this is a false economy because the modification costs are unviable to ever change back to Origin Live arms in the future. Also it is well reviewed that even our £675 Silver arm outperforms almost every arm in the £2500 bracket. Bear in mind that the new Onyx arm at £450 outperforms the original Silver MK1 refferred to in the revews which may be found on the side menu.A mounting option to fit our 12" arms is also available in the order options, but this is not in addition - it is an "either" "or" choice. You can change over to a 12" option at a later date but there is a considerable saving if you order it with the deck in the first place.
Beautifull style with chrome pods and polished black plinth make this deck a design showpiece.
High Grade Parts
- High mass plinth using low resonance sandwich construction increases bass performance and overall definition.
- Triple plinth decoupling helps isolate the deck from it's surroundings.
- Low resonance high inertia platter is deeper than others in the range and adds a sense of power to the music.
- Platter is further de-coupled from the bearing with an inert sub-platter which gives greater transparency.
- Highly specified bearing to give lowest friction and least vibration.
- Special high grade oil
- Rigid sub-chassis with low resonance and unique centre point support arrangement along with damping devices.
- High mass and specially damped motor housing.
The highly developed power supply feeding the motor is load compensating and stable across a wide range of temperatures. It uses more sophisticated circuitry, higher grade components and a top grade transformer. Speed control is switched electronically between 33 rpm and 45 rpm. This supply is an evolution of many generations that have taken decades to develop.
There is nothing to go "out of tune" on the Sovereign. The deck is a non-suspended design using our unique single point cantilever suspension system, which requires no setting up and is fuss free. VTA adjustment is convenient due to easy access under the armboard. Many arms do not even need this.
450mm wide, 380mm deep, 160mm height.
Weight is 32kg
Heavyweight platter is an additional 2.1kg.