Most arms don't come close
suffice to say that this is one of the very best tonearms yet made by anybody, and more importantly, it’s not voiced in a madcap, no-compromise way that prohibits it from pleasing only some of the people some of the time. Rather, the Conqueror is an immensely useable, versatile, realworld tool that works brilliantly no
matter what programme material you use or which partnering equipment.The best praise of all is to say that it’s a truly ‘fit it and forget’ design – whatever you play, it just dissolves away...
Arguably the very best tonearm yet made – a startlingly capable all rounder with none of the vices or quirks of rival super-arms.
- HiFi World full review
The Conqueror arm design is simply light years ahead of it’s time. Incorporating idealistic principles translated into engineering practice, the arm delivers a level of performance that is absolutely extraordinary.
Most noticable is the increase in presence, clarity and focus. Bass is even more defined and rock solid than the superlative Illustrious. Vocals take on total realism and freedom from any confusion. Imaging is also noticably better than the lower arms in the range. Why is the arm so good? Not only are the highly successful features of the Illustrious present but a number of new ideas are included that add a great deal to the performance.
Many people wonder how much to invest in a tonearm. The answer to choosing the right arm for your needs is directly related to the importance of a tonearm in system hierarchy. To understand how much, a better tonearm will dramatically improve your system performance please see our “analysis of leading arms” page. This also reveals the story behind our cutting edge performance and introduces many aspects that apply to all our arms, saving repetition that would otherwise occur on every tonearm page.
Hybrid arm tube composed of 5 materials has better energy dissapating qualities and higher rigidity than the Illustrious tube, yielding increased transparency, dynamics and bass performance
Ultra low friction dual pivot bearings yield vastly increased clarity and sweet, precise treble free from smearing.Dual pivot explained
Floating vertical bearings decouple the armtube from the deck and prevent it adding colour to the sound.
High strength aircraft alloy headshell for increased dynamics
External Linear Flow 2 arm cable, fully balanced and 95% shielded is up with the very best of expensive external cables at 3 times the price and delivers improvements to every aspect of the sound.
Pure copper WBT nextgen RCA phono plugs are among of the highest quality available to provide a precise, tight electrical connection that eliminates signal degradation.
"The Origin Live Conqueror arm is another masterpiece from the fertile mind of Mark Baker. It merits the highest of recommendations and is the obvious choice for Most Wanted Component of the Year. Simply, the Conqueror is in a class by itself."
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"It achieves a consistent and outstanding performance far in advance of anything possible with the Well Tempered Arm. I have bought the arm sent for review and am now in a seventh heaven of completely rediscovering my substantial, well looked after music collection."
-Chris Bruenig Read Full Review