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Oracle Origine CT Turntable with Ortofon Blue MM Cartridge

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Oracle Origine CT Turntable with Ortofon Blue MM Cartridge

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    MY TAKE: It’s for sure eye candy, but the Origine is much more than just a pretty façade; this ‘table sounds every bit as good as it looks! For $2k - with an Ortofon Blue installed and aligned at the factory - it’s a bargain. Prefer a different cartidge? Oracle offers free installation and alignment of any cartridge sent to them. Sweet! – Galen Carol
     

    The new Origine turntable was created with one goal in mind; to answer the historical demand for an affordable, quality built and long-lasting record player from Oracle Audio! Just like for all Oracle products, the Origine turntable is 100% designed, crafted and assembled at their factory in Sherbrook, Canada. Although the Origine is at the entry point of their line up, it maintains the high standards of excellence that is expected from Oracle Audio.
     

    The ingenious design features a main plinth constructed of three layers of sandwiched acrylic. The middle layer can be ordered in various colors for a unique and very attractive highlight. Additional acrylic layers can be added for both visual and sonic enhancement. The one-piece machined Acrylic platter (the same material used on the Company’s Paris turntable) provides an accurate and non-resonant support and the supplied Delrin clamp insures optimal coupling with the LP for maximum vibration dissipation.
     

    With its outline shaped like the footprint of our flagship Delphi turntable, with isolation footers derived from our CD players and with the platter inherited from the Paris turntable, the Origine carries the signature of Oracle’s design. It harbors a two-bushing spindle holder which is a direct descendant of the vintage Delphi’s main bearing, which are still functioning well today after 30+ years!  The Origine is equipped with an outboard synchronous AC motor (housed in a solid aluminum enclosure) and features a two-step pulley allowing for easy speed change from 33-1/3 to 45 rpm.
     

    The turntable comes equipped with the new Origine tonearm and with or without a supplied Ortofon 2M Blue phono cartridge. This unipivot tonearm is cleverly designed with its pivot contact point set on the same plane as the record contact point with the stylus and with the tracking force counterweight for added stability while tracking the grooves. The compliance of a phono cartridge, or the “springiness” of the cantilever/motor suspension assembly, plays an important role with unipivot tonearms.  We address this issue by using a movable arm tube weight that we nicknamed “the olive” which allows to vary the tonearm’s effective mass. This adjustability enables to make a better match of compliance and effective mass, thus allowing the use of a very wide range of phono cartridges with the Origine. The Origine tonearm has internal wiring from Cardas Audio!
     

    We are sincerely hoping that you are as excited as we are about this new record player!

     

    REVIEWS –
     

    Son and Image Magazine - “From the first notes, I could not believe my ears; I almost fell over from the surprise. Without going into details, I listened in rapid succession to a dozen of my reference albums to confirm my initial impressions. I even called Jacques Riendeau to ask him how he had come to such an astonishing result. Here’s his response, summarized in a few words: “We worked hard, we used all our passion, expertise, experience and intuition.” In retrospect, I understand why Jacques Riendeau had not lauded the sound qualities of the Origine. He knew that he did not need to because it would be obvious upon the first audition. I’m sure he’s chuckling as he reads this!
     

    “Let’s look at the details. What is striking at first is the precision, the definition of layers of sound, the absence of any parasitic resonances, and the clarity of the music, record after record. The Origine does so many things right! As I mentioned at the beginning of this article, this new masterpiece owes its exceptional qualities to forty years of experience and lessons learned. Of course, the Origine does not deliver everything a Delphi can deliver, which is good news for those who have the Delphi or other high-end turntables. On the other hand, what the Origine delivers, it delivers well. I cannot remember such a lengthy listening marathon for a review article. The Origine offers such a high-quality listening experience that it outperforms many decks retailing at twice its price.
     

    “My first vinyl record of choice for a comprehensive review is Oregon by Oregon. It goes from deep bass to extreme treble. From the depth and width of the sound stage, to instrumental timbre and dynamics, this album is revealing from every point of view... or rather point of listening. This album can be difficult, especially the last two tracks on side A, that can become strident and even unlistenable. The Origine deck smooths the passage; it flows and we can listen without apprehension and let ourselves get carried away by the music. I attribute this largely to the tonearm which seems totally devoid of any resonance or rattle that can make certain passages irritating. There is a solidity to the musical foundation and an absence of any form of parasitic resonances that I found totally seductive.
     

    “You may ask what difference there is between the Origine and a high-end reference turntable using a moving-coil cartridge. The shimmering of cymbals is one example, that the Origine in its current form will not reproduce with as much detail, air and space. However, its lack of resonance makes listening easy, which I prefer by far to a loss of detail, air and space. This is a turntable that one can listen to for hours.
     

    “Back to listening. Michel Petrucciani has always been one of my favorites and here, the sound of his piano is right on, without smearing and solidly anchored. Again, the most impressive aspect is the total absence of any resonance in the piano’s high notes. I recently bought the Boston Pops Orchestra’s version of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue (directed by Arthur Fiedler), a Living Stereo disc recorded in 1960. It replaced my Philharmonic Orchestra of Monte Carlo version recorded in 1981. The Origine provides space travel at a friendly price. Its precision lets me clearly hear the layers of sound and navigate the twenty or thirty feet that separate the conductor in front from the percussion at the back of the stage, with an almost surgical precision. The Origine cheerfully negotiates the busiest passages and nothing falls apart.
     

    “A little surprised with these spectacular results, I wanted to confirm them by installing the Origine in an audiophile friend’s system, which is more revealing than mine in terms of resolution. I knew that by changing many parameters, the methodology would not be perfect, but I wanted to be sure and see how the Origine would behave in a different high-end environment. Surprisingly, in this new environment, the Origine lost its lustre in terms of detail, air and space, but not its precision. I could only attribute this to the phono preamplifier used. I should have brought the Paris phono preamp, but I had no time to repeat the test. Once back home, the Origine shone again, proving how much it benefits from revealing electronics.
     

    “Let us return to the distinctive qualities of the Origine and their implications. Its solidity ensures that once the record begins, one enters a three-dimensional musical space. I have never listened to so many records in my tests as with the Origine, since it offers a quality of presence that makes the listener more of a participant than a spectator. And that’s not all! Several times I heard my partner exclaim, “Wow!” spontaneously, without my asking her opinion and without her knowing if it was the Origine or my reference turntable that was playing.


    “Can I find any fault with the Origine? Oracle Audio has worked hard to achieve this level of sound quality at this price point and some compromises were certainly needed, for example in the handling of the arm and its cuing mechanism. Placing the needle on the disc may at first seem a little precarious. The arm is not equipped with a fluid damped cuing device and care must be taken when handling it. Motor noise is audible, but does not affect the sound signal. Finally, some will find it strange to have to manually move the drive belt to switch from 33 to 45 rpm.
     

    “That said, there are still a few things that I would have liked to investigate, notably the Origine’s performance when equipped with a high-end moving coil cartridge. I’m convinced that it would give a lot of cold sweats to many competitors. I know that the Origine is still far from having revealed all that it can deliver.


    VERDICT


    To conclude, if you intend to buy a turntable in this price range, do not hesitate to buy it before soaring demand pushes up the price. The Origine is a highly effective music-making machine. Oracle strikes again, big time!” – Michael Berard

     

    SPECIFICATIONS -
     

    Drive: AC synchronous outboard motor, belt driven, external power supply.
    Platter: One-piece acrylic platter derived from the Paris MkV.
    Tonearm: Unipivot with adjustable effective mass to accommodate various phono cartridge compliances.
    Phono Cartridge: Ortofon 2M Blue (optional). Pre-installed and calibrated at the factory using Dr. Feickert Adjust+ alignment software.
    Isolation: Adjustable delrin feet system.
    Tonearm effective length: 240mm
    Platter spindle center to tonearm mounting hole center: 225 mm
    Power supply: 18V AC
    Dimensions: (19 x 14 x 5) inchs
    Weight: 17 pounds (including the motor)

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Oracle Origine CT Turntable with Ortofon Blue MM Cartridge

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MY TAKE: It’s for sure eye candy, but the Origine is much more than just a pretty façade; this ‘table sounds every bit as good as it looks! For $2k - with an Ortofon Blue installed and aligned at the factory - it’s a bargain. Prefer a different cartidge? Oracle offers free installation and alignment of any cartridge sent to them. Sweet! – Galen Carol
 

The new Origine turntable was created with one goal in mind; to answer the historical demand for an affordable, quality built and long-lasting record player from Oracle Audio! Just like for all Oracle products, the Origine turntable is 100% designed, crafted and assembled at their factory in Sherbrook, Canada. Although the Origine is at the entry point of their line up, it maintains the high standards of excellence that is expected from Oracle Audio.
 

The ingenious design features a main plinth constructed of three layers of sandwiched acrylic. The middle layer can be ordered in various colors for a unique and very attractive highlight. Additional acrylic layers can be added for both visual and sonic enhancement. The one-piece machined Acrylic platter (the same material used on the Company’s Paris turntable) provides an accurate and non-resonant support and the supplied Delrin clamp insures optimal coupling with the LP for maximum vibration dissipation.
 

With its outline shaped like the footprint of our flagship Delphi turntable, with isolation footers derived from our CD players and with the platter inherited from the Paris turntable, the Origine carries the signature of Oracle’s design. It harbors a two-bushing spindle holder which is a direct descendant of the vintage Delphi’s main bearing, which are still functioning well today after 30+ years!  The Origine is equipped with an outboard synchronous AC motor (housed in a solid aluminum enclosure) and features a two-step pulley allowing for easy speed change from 33-1/3 to 45 rpm.
 

The turntable comes equipped with the new Origine tonearm and with or without a supplied Ortofon 2M Blue phono cartridge. This unipivot tonearm is cleverly designed with its pivot contact point set on the same plane as the record contact point with the stylus and with the tracking force counterweight for added stability while tracking the grooves. The compliance of a phono cartridge, or the “springiness” of the cantilever/motor suspension assembly, plays an important role with unipivot tonearms.  We address this issue by using a movable arm tube weight that we nicknamed “the olive” which allows to vary the tonearm’s effective mass. This adjustability enables to make a better match of compliance and effective mass, thus allowing the use of a very wide range of phono cartridges with the Origine. The Origine tonearm has internal wiring from Cardas Audio!
 

We are sincerely hoping that you are as excited as we are about this new record player!

 

REVIEWS –
 

Son and Image Magazine - “From the first notes, I could not believe my ears; I almost fell over from the surprise. Without going into details, I listened in rapid succession to a dozen of my reference albums to confirm my initial impressions. I even called Jacques Riendeau to ask him how he had come to such an astonishing result. Here’s his response, summarized in a few words: “We worked hard, we used all our passion, expertise, experience and intuition.” In retrospect, I understand why Jacques Riendeau had not lauded the sound qualities of the Origine. He knew that he did not need to because it would be obvious upon the first audition. I’m sure he’s chuckling as he reads this!
 

“Let’s look at the details. What is striking at first is the precision, the definition of layers of sound, the absence of any parasitic resonances, and the clarity of the music, record after record. The Origine does so many things right! As I mentioned at the beginning of this article, this new masterpiece owes its exceptional qualities to forty years of experience and lessons learned. Of course, the Origine does not deliver everything a Delphi can deliver, which is good news for those who have the Delphi or other high-end turntables. On the other hand, what the Origine delivers, it delivers well. I cannot remember such a lengthy listening marathon for a review article. The Origine offers such a high-quality listening experience that it outperforms many decks retailing at twice its price.
 

“My first vinyl record of choice for a comprehensive review is Oregon by Oregon. It goes from deep bass to extreme treble. From the depth and width of the sound stage, to instrumental timbre and dynamics, this album is revealing from every point of view... or rather point of listening. This album can be difficult, especially the last two tracks on side A, that can become strident and even unlistenable. The Origine deck smooths the passage; it flows and we can listen without apprehension and let ourselves get carried away by the music. I attribute this largely to the tonearm which seems totally devoid of any resonance or rattle that can make certain passages irritating. There is a solidity to the musical foundation and an absence of any form of parasitic resonances that I found totally seductive.
 

“You may ask what difference there is between the Origine and a high-end reference turntable using a moving-coil cartridge. The shimmering of cymbals is one example, that the Origine in its current form will not reproduce with as much detail, air and space. However, its lack of resonance makes listening easy, which I prefer by far to a loss of detail, air and space. This is a turntable that one can listen to for hours.
 

“Back to listening. Michel Petrucciani has always been one of my favorites and here, the sound of his piano is right on, without smearing and solidly anchored. Again, the most impressive aspect is the total absence of any resonance in the piano’s high notes. I recently bought the Boston Pops Orchestra’s version of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue (directed by Arthur Fiedler), a Living Stereo disc recorded in 1960. It replaced my Philharmonic Orchestra of Monte Carlo version recorded in 1981. The Origine provides space travel at a friendly price. Its precision lets me clearly hear the layers of sound and navigate the twenty or thirty feet that separate the conductor in front from the percussion at the back of the stage, with an almost surgical precision. The Origine cheerfully negotiates the busiest passages and nothing falls apart.
 

“A little surprised with these spectacular results, I wanted to confirm them by installing the Origine in an audiophile friend’s system, which is more revealing than mine in terms of resolution. I knew that by changing many parameters, the methodology would not be perfect, but I wanted to be sure and see how the Origine would behave in a different high-end environment. Surprisingly, in this new environment, the Origine lost its lustre in terms of detail, air and space, but not its precision. I could only attribute this to the phono preamplifier used. I should have brought the Paris phono preamp, but I had no time to repeat the test. Once back home, the Origine shone again, proving how much it benefits from revealing electronics.
 

“Let us return to the distinctive qualities of the Origine and their implications. Its solidity ensures that once the record begins, one enters a three-dimensional musical space. I have never listened to so many records in my tests as with the Origine, since it offers a quality of presence that makes the listener more of a participant than a spectator. And that’s not all! Several times I heard my partner exclaim, “Wow!” spontaneously, without my asking her opinion and without her knowing if it was the Origine or my reference turntable that was playing.


“Can I find any fault with the Origine? Oracle Audio has worked hard to achieve this level of sound quality at this price point and some compromises were certainly needed, for example in the handling of the arm and its cuing mechanism. Placing the needle on the disc may at first seem a little precarious. The arm is not equipped with a fluid damped cuing device and care must be taken when handling it. Motor noise is audible, but does not affect the sound signal. Finally, some will find it strange to have to manually move the drive belt to switch from 33 to 45 rpm.
 

“That said, there are still a few things that I would have liked to investigate, notably the Origine’s performance when equipped with a high-end moving coil cartridge. I’m convinced that it would give a lot of cold sweats to many competitors. I know that the Origine is still far from having revealed all that it can deliver.


VERDICT


To conclude, if you intend to buy a turntable in this price range, do not hesitate to buy it before soaring demand pushes up the price. The Origine is a highly effective music-making machine. Oracle strikes again, big time!” – Michael Berard

 

SPECIFICATIONS -
 

Drive: AC synchronous outboard motor, belt driven, external power supply.
Platter: One-piece acrylic platter derived from the Paris MkV.
Tonearm: Unipivot with adjustable effective mass to accommodate various phono cartridge compliances.
Phono Cartridge: Ortofon 2M Blue (optional). Pre-installed and calibrated at the factory using Dr. Feickert Adjust+ alignment software.
Isolation: Adjustable delrin feet system.
Tonearm effective length: 240mm
Platter spindle center to tonearm mounting hole center: 225 mm
Power supply: 18V AC
Dimensions: (19 x 14 x 5) inchs
Weight: 17 pounds (including the motor)