Origin Live Aurora MK3-1 Turntable

Table does not include tonearm.
Shown with optional Origin Live Silver MK3a ($800) and optional cartridge

Origin Live Aurora MK3-1 Turntable – offers true high end performance at an extraordinarily low price point

New MK3-1 version includes motor, power supply  and transformer upgrades over MK3 version.

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Testimonials (on all Origin Live Turntables)

“Aurora” Reviews

“The Origin Live Aurora MK3 Turntable offers far more than entry level sound at a near entry level price. It works well with a variety of cartridges, even inexpensive ones, extracting every last bit of performance possible… It offers true high end sound at a reasonable price and has the ability to transport the recorded performance into your listening. I cannot part with it, so I purchased the review sample. Keep up the good work OL!”
– Todd Bromgard, TNT-Audio.com (read the review)

“Excellent value turntable with high quality sound… Natural, open and three dimensional sound with organic rhythms and fine dynamics offering fierce competition to rival turntable designs.”
– David Price, HiFi Choice (read the review)

“Enticing looks and celestial sounds…Superb attack, rigid bass, excellent dynamics, all of which means continually engrossing performances and edge-of-the-seat listening!”
– What Hi Fi Sound & Vision (first review on the Aurora MK3)

“The Origin Live Aurora MK3 Turntable is a truly significant product. No other turntable near its price is even close to its sonic and music-making abilities… Considering that there are turntables on the market that demand a mortgage to buy, the Aurora MK3’s $1350 price is unusually rational. Mark Baker has done it again: the Origin Live Aurora MK3 Turntable sets the musical and sonic standard for its price range. It is capable of communicating the intent of all kinds of music and of triggering the deepest and most exalted musical ecstasy. My wholehearted recommendation!
– Paul Szabady, Stereotimes

“Surely the best £750 black disc spinner in outright sonic terms”
– Hi-Fi World (on the Aurora MK2)


“Clear precise presentation; realistic vocals; full-bodied attack; thrilling dynamics … The moment you spin some vinyl, the sound stuns… This is what vinyl is all about – close your eyes and you’ll believe the singers are in your room…delivers realism of the highest order… dynamics are excellent, which means continually engrossing performances and edge of the seat listening. You also get a vast, room filling soundstage… the sonic news couldn’t be better… It looks like a star and sounds like heaven – a class leader in every respect.”
– What Hi-Fi; Group Test Winner and 5 Star Rating for Aurora Mk 1

“The musical and sonic resolution of this Origin Live pair results in a deep aesthetic reaction to music, the most satisfactory and consistent I’ve yet experienced. A Most Wanted Component of the Year? Yes.
– Stereo Times

“This is one of the few turntables I could listen to for days at a time with no hint of listening fatigue. It presents the music as it was recorded… Pace is second to none along with precision and an extremely believable sound stage. Even with the least expensive pick up arm, this turntable projects an image that is frighteningly realistic…”
– Hi-Fi World

Winner of Stereo Times most wanted component of the year Award 2004 in combination with the Illustrious tonearm. “Simply stated, the Origin Live Illustrious tonearm/Aurora Gold turntable produce the best musical results of any turntable I’ve ever heard, regardless of price. The level of musical communication available from the Illustrious/Aurora Gold is in a class by itself. It sets a new reference.”
-Stereo Times, Most Wanted Components

Origin Live Aurora MK3 Turntable

Sovereign Reviews

“With all forms of music it remains effortlessly composed, giving tremendous insight into the original recording’s emotion. Detail levels stun, revealing subtleties we had never noticed even in some of our personal faves. The separation of instruments is fantastic too: the sound appears to be huge and beautifully spread through the vast soundstage, while bass is deep, tuneful and punchy… We can’t recommend this Origin Live deck highly enough: it has the power to stop a herd of wildebeest with it’s authority – yet it can also bring a grown man to his knees in tears.”
– What Hi-Fi Magazine

“The trio (Sovereign Conqueror Lyra Olympos) made me forget the walls of my listening room. Fed by well produced records you felt immediately transported into the recording location. In terms of speed, the combination not only gets from zero to one hundred in record time, but also gets back to standing in the same time. So much detail, so much speed, so much space and such a full presentation should be hard to get anywhere else at this price. For me ORIGIN LIVE in the analogue sector is the discovery of the year!”
– Dirk Sommer, Image Hi-Fi

An astounding table that always performs to the highest levels and in the most balanced, musical way possible. Even when compared against benchmark tables at double the price it’s always beautifully compelling and fully competitive. What more can you ask? Note: I’ve had more than one customer who shopped here and heard all/most of my best tables and say that if they weren’t going to buy the near $20,000 Brinkmann or Avid Reference the Sovereign would be their choice.
– Jay, Audio Revelation

Resolution” Reviews

“The new Resolution MK2 is one of the quietest turntables I have yet heard ….now comes part assembled and is much easier to set up than many suspended types. The Resolution MK2 and Encounter MK3 are superbly designed and built, and proved a pleasure to use…….The result then was breathtaking power and passion, without the need to turn up the volume particularly high… It was thumbs aloft then for the latest Origin Live Resolution MK2 and Encounter MK3 tonearm.”
– Hi-Fi World

Most companies would be thrilled to receive a review with just one of the amazing quotes below from Michael Fremer – Origin Live got three. These reviews were of the original Mk1 version – the Mk2 is very much better.

“In fact, this arm-table combo is one of the finest performers I’ve heard at any priceI could make a case for preferring this $4465 spread to my $20,000+ rig… The Resolution Modern works brilliantly, is well-built, and its price is right. But regardless of price, this is one of the truly special products I’ve reviewed in the past 18 years.”
– Michael Fremer, Stereophile

“A beautifully crafted, superb sounding turntable that’s a smoother, more beguiling alternative to the best of the rest. If a turntable like Origin Live’s Resolution had come out twenty years ago, the whole hi-fi world would have gone bananas. Here’s a brilliantly designed thoroughly modern way to play music.”
– Hi-Fi World


“Via the Calypso, music sounds crisp and focused, with bags of individuality and presence. One got a clear idea of the various instruments occupying defined spaces, with a solid impression of ambience … The Calypso sounded very cohesive and “together”. Voices and instruments were separated and retained their individuality, but it always sounded like everyone was playing together … Surface noise is very low and the Calypso gives inky-black backgrounds … Quite certainly, while listening to the Origin Live Calypso, I thought “it doesn’t get much better than this“. But that’s a dangerous thing to say, given that the Calypso isn’t even Origin Live’s top model.
– Jimmy Hughes, hi-fi+

“This turntable gets the thumbs up it thoroughly deserves for the fine performance it provided”
– Malcolm Steward, HI FI CHOICE

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Origin Live Aurora MK3-1 Turntable

The Origin Live Aurora MK3-1 turntable offers true high end performance at an extraordinarily low price point, comfortably outperforming many expensive decks, even when fitted with inexpensive tone arms and cartridges.

Performance hallmarks are superb transparency, coherent timing, tangible sound staging and imaging. The Aurora’s inherent musicality and system friendly tonal balance guarantees many years of listening pleasure.

Now in New, Improved MK3.1 version!


Improvements over original MK3 version:


A costly new motor upgrade which has significantly improved performance. The new motors increase drive torque between 2 and 4 times that of previous decks. The sound improvement of this motor upgrade is dramatic with more punch, increased pace, dynamics and slam in the bass. Because the new motors are smoother running, resolution and all other aspects are also improved.


– The turntable power supply has also been improved to include temperature compensation so speed is now hardly affected by room temperature changes. Allied to this is an increase in load compensation.


– The upgrade transformer (optional) has also been dramatically improved using a fully balanced, noise reducing configuration, allied with a purpose built design to improve mains isolation. Marked improvements to all aspects of sound quality are immediately apparent when comparing this with the original transformer.


Options include a 12 inch arm mount, or dual armboard.

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MK3-1 tables:

Origin Live Aurora MK3-1 Turntable has introduced a number of major improvements in the MK3 and MK3-1 range of turntables dramatically improving on their design of award winning products. The new decks represent a significant increase in performance and value to an already superb sound.

Technical enhancements over previous models are:

•New type of Acrylic platter material with reduced internal stresses.
•Increased thickness of platter due to changes in overall design.
•New Bearing hub designed for faster energy transmission.
•Lower friction bearing.
•Increased size of plinth for improved aesthetics and stability.
•Improved power supply.
•New belt Material now hand made delivers better sound.
•Quieter motor from additional pod damping.

The result is music reproduction with particular improvements in:

•Rock solid imaging.
•Reduced colouration.
•Refined presentation of low level information.
•More refined separation of individual insturments and vocals.


The Aurora record player is sculpted in stylish curves with a black polished finish that will be an eyecatcher in most surroundings.

  • Dimensions: 16.5″ width, 16″ depth, 6″ height
  • Weight 24lbs
  • Advanced power supply assures consistent, stable speed
  • Easy speed adjustable 33 / 45
  • Platter made of proprietary material
  • Very high precision bearing, stable running on special oil film
  • Highly rigid sub-chassis exhibiting low resonance due to its unique, centre point support arrangement
  • Ironless DC 200 motor design with no ‘cogging’ effect

The regulated power supply of this motor is load compensating as well as being stable across a wide range of temperatures. Speed control is easily electronically switched between 33rpm and 45 rpm (78rpm is also available on request). Setting up – There is nothing to go “out of tune” on the Aurora record player. The record player is a non suspended design so the centre loading means that the deck is simple to set up and fuss free. VTA arm adjustment is provided for the Rega and Origin Live arms, which makes setting the arm height much easier.


Upgrade transformer – To significantly improve the performance of the deck you can easily add the Origin Live upgrade transformer anytime.

Different arm fitting – The Aurora can accommodate most arms by simply changing the sub-chassis plate. Subchassis plates are available for SME, Linn, Graham, Hadcock arms. – All Roksan arms can be fitted using an adaptor. Arms not listed in the above can be quoted individually.

Arm Mount – The deck includes an arm mounting to fit all Origin Live 240mm (9.5″) arms. A mounting option to fit 12″ arms is also available 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.