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Sondek LP12

Unmatched over four decades, the LP12 is still the pinnacle of record player design. A revolutionary icon that’s still evolving. 

The LP12 is fully modular, so you can build it to your own unique spec. Too much choice? Don't worry, there are three pre-configured complete versions of LP12. 

Go for the ultimate Klimax version, entry level Majik, or upgraded Akurate. You'll hear more music than you thought possible from the groove of a record. Plus, you can upgrade any LP12 to the latest and best specification, piece by piece. 

Create your own revolving masterpiece by building your LP12 from scratch. Pick the components you want, and tune it it specially for you. With so many upgrades available, your journey towards vinyl perfection starts here.

Klimax LP12

Best of the best

 

The flagship Klimax LP12 turntable offers the pinnacle of vinyl reproduction today, setting the benchmark worldwide for all other turntables on the market. 

Over 40 years' worth of research and development has gone into this latest evolution of the turntable that turned the hi-fi industry on its head back at the beginning of Linn's journey to make better sound. Each precision-engineered upgrade has uncovered more music from the depths of the record groove. 
It includes the best of Linn's precision-engineered upgrades, and because it's modular, you can update it whenever we release a new upgrade. 

A Klimax LP12 is an investment that will amaze and reward you for years to come.

  • Sondek LP12 turntable
  • Keel machined sub-chassis and armboard
  • Radikal motor control unit & power supply
  • Brushed DC motor in acoustically isolated housing
  • Ekos SE precision tonearm
  • Kandid moving coil (MC) cartridge
  • Urika II Moving Coil phono stage built-in to suspended base

AKURATE LP12

Re-ignite your passion for music with a turntable that offers elegant design and exceptional performance. 

Loaded with upgrades including a separate dedicated power supply, machined armboard, Krystal cartridge and Linn Akito tonearm, this deck delivers a stunningly musical performance that will get more from your favourite vinyl records. 

Partner the Akurate LP12 with the Linn Uphorik dedicated external phono stage for best performance, or connect it to the built-in phono stage in Akurate DSM.

  • Sondek LP12 turntable
  • Kore sub-chassis and machined armboard
  • Lingo power supply and motor control unit
  • AC motor
  • Akito tonearm
  • Krystal moving coil (MC) cartridge

Majik LP12

The ideal first step into high performance vinyl playback, Majik LP12 uses carefully selected Linn-engineered components to let you experience the iconic LP12 in an affordable package. 

It includes Linn’s latest sandwich-construction aluminium sub-chassis, patented single point bearing, and internal low noise power supply. Linn’s Majik tonearm and Adikt moving magnet cartridge complete the deck.

  • Sondek LP12 turntable
  • Aluminium Sub-Chassis and Laminate Armboard
  • Solid Aluminium Base Board
  • Internal Majik LP12 power supply
  • Majik tonearm
  • Adikt moving magnet (MM) cartridge
  • 45 rpm adaptor
  • T-Kable Phono tonearm cable

Components and Upgrades

BASEBOARDS

 

TRAMPOLIN

 

Made from high quality aluminium, the Trampolin base board is the best performance choice and can be fixed directly to the wooden plinth of your turntable. 

Its expertly-designed suspended feet provide any Sondek LP12 turntable with additional isolation from vibration, using acoustic dampening material to minimise interference for improved audio performance. 

Build up your own custom-spec deck using this base board as a foundation, or upgrade your existing Sondek LP12 - even if it’s an original from 1973! 

 

  • Aluminium base board
  • Suspended feet isolate deck from vibration
  • Retro-fittable to any LP12

SOLID BASE

 

The Solid Base provides a fixed, rigid platform for your deck and comes as standard on our introductory level Majik LP12 turntable. 

If your turntable is placed on a cabinet or shelf that provides its own isolation from vibrations, then this is the perfect base board for you. Alternatively, choose the Trampolin base board to benefit from the integrated vibration isolation this provides to the LP12. 

Manufactured from high quality aluminium and fixed directly to the wooden plinth of the turntable, the Solid Base can be specified on all new Sondek LP12 turntables and can also be used to upgrade your existing Sondek LP12 if it has an older non-aluminium base. 

 

  • Aluminium base board
  • Fixed feet for mounting on solid surface or suspended shelf
  • Retro-fittable to any LP12

SUB-CHASSIS

 

Keel

 

Choose Keel - the integrated sub-chassis, armboard and tonearm collar - to give your turntable a significant leap in performance, helping to retrieve even more music from your vinyl records. 

Machined from a solid piece of aluminium, Keel provides extremely rigid support to the tonearm and platter. Plus eliminated screws, fixings and joins between each component so that virtually all vibration is removed, providing you with a more faithful reproduction of your music collection. 

And to ensure that the Keel is integrated seamlessly with the suspension system of every Sondek LP12 turntable, it has been engineered to maintain the same mass and centre of gravity as achieved with a separate sub-chassis, armboard and collar. 

 

  • Machined from solid aluminium
  • Integrated armboard and tonearm collar
  • Varying 'pocket' depths for consistent centre of gravity
  • Available for Ekos SE, Ekos, Ittok tonearms

KORE

 

Following the same design philosophy as the flagship Keel, the Kore sub-chassis and armboard is an essential upgrade step for anyone looking to improve their LP12 and bring it up to Akurate-level performance. 

Strengthened by a multi-layer, box construction of 1.5mm thick aluminium, the Kore’s sub-chassis is designed for extra rigidity and removal of unwanted damping, ensuring a more faithful reproduction of your vinyl. Three layers are bonded together using a unique Linn-specified adhesive to form an incredibly stiff structure, while keeping the weight low. 

The Kore armboard is precisely machined from solid aluminium and further strengthened with ribs on the underside to provide the ultimate rigidity. This is then bonded to the sub-chassis so that the assembly mirrors the valuable properties of a single piece; as the arm collar is bolted directly to the sub-chassis, the arm has a direct connection to the bearing. 

 

  • Aluminium subchassis
  • Machined-from-solid armboard
  • Compatible with Linn Ekos SE, Ekos, Akito, and Ittok tonearms
  • Versions also available for Rega, SME & Naim tonearms

MAJIK

 

Providing a solid and rigid platform for the LP12, the Majik Sub-chassis is fitted as standard to the Majik LP12 turntable. Also available separately as an upgrade, this latest design offers increased performance for any earlier deck that features the older 'standard' sub-chassis design. 

The multi-layer box construction of 1.5mm thick aluminium provides strength and rigidity and when 

teamed up with the LP12’s five-layer laminated armboard, creates a firm and acoustically damp platform for your tonearm. 

 

  • Aluminium subchassis
  • Used with 5-layer sandwich-construction laminated armboard
  • Versions available for Linn, Rega, SME & Naim tonearms

POWER SUPPLIES

 

RADIKAL

Klimax & Akurate Enclosures

 

Radikal is the highest performance motor control and power supply available for the Sondek LP12 turntable and comes complete with a brushed DC motor that replaces the standard LP12 AC motor. Radikal also powers the Urika internal phono stage for the LP12, where fitted. 

Radikal brings together several breakthrough technologies that enable a completely new and innovative approach to motor control in the LP12, significantly improving its performance. To ensure perfect timing, Radikal’s speed management system auto-calibrates the motor every time the Sondek LP12 is powered on. 

With radically reduced electromagnetic noise levels, the precious-metal brushed DC motor delivers a huge improvement in signal-to-noise ratio, getting you even closer to the music. 

Due to the unique design of both Radikal and the Urika phono stage, Radikal can be used on its own simply to power and control the motor, or in tandem with Urika, for a doubly impressive upgrade. 

Radikal is available in a Klimax chassis, machined from solid aluminium, or our standard Akurate-style chassis, so you can match it to your Linn system. 

 

  • External power supply for LP12 and Urika internal phono stage
  • Supplied with brushed DC motor
  • Speed management system checks speed on every rotation
  • Dual speed: 33/45 rpmAvailable in Klimax or Akurate chassis


Available colours : Black or Silver

LINGO

AC motor supply

 

Lingo has received a major upgrade to deliver even better sound from your vinyl, thanks to the addition of ground-breaking technology derived from the extraordinary Radikal power supply. 

New Lingo incorporates a motor speed management system and uses digital processing technology to make the platter spin more accurately and more consistently. What’s more, it auto-calibrates the motor when the Sondek LP12 is powered on to ensure this accuracy and consistency every time. That’s crucial for music, of course: even the slightest speed variation affects the pitch, and a turntable that isn’t accurate is like a musical instrument that hasn’t been tuned properly. 

With on-board circuitry that fits inside the deck and a new external slimline power supply which can be easily concealed, the new model is neater, more compact and cleverer than ever. 


The source of the audio source, Lingo is the first improvement to make to your LP12, providing a clear upgrade from the internal Majik power supply and previous Lingo models. 

 

  • Power supply for LP12 with on-board circuitry which is externally powered
  • Supplied with 12v AC motor for LP12
  • Speed management system checks speed on every rotation
  • Dual speed: 33/45 rpm

MAJIK

Internal power supply

 

The Majik LP12 Power Supply is a neat and reliable motor control solution which fits inside the Sondek LP12 supplying consistent, low-noise power. 

To guarantee high quality audio performance from your turntable, this power supply filters extraneous mains noise, reducing judder in the motor for stability of speed. 

As a great starting point for any LP12 set-up, the Majik LP12 Power Supply turns the platter at a constant 33.3 rpm. Speed can be changed using the optional 45 rpm adapter. 

 

  • Internal power supply for LP12
  • Single speed: 33 rpm
  • Speed changed using separate 45 rpm adapter

TONEARMS

 

Ekos SE

Flagship performance

 

Setting a new performance benchmark, Ekos SE features advanced materials carefully selected for their sound performance and low resonance properties. These minimise interference, resonance and microphony, meaning you’ll hear even more from your vinyl collection. 

The arm tube is machined from titanium to reduce resonance and a stainless steel bearing housing ensures precision of movement. 

Regardless of whether you are listening to the first track of the day or have been spinning records for hours, the ultra-low friction bearings and temperature-compensated precision-springs ensure that exceptional performance from the Ekos SE tonearm is maintained. 

Every Ekos SE tonearm is precision-engineered to last and is hand-built to the highest quality standard, so that you can continue to enjoy your vinyl collection for decades to come. 


The Ekos SE tonearm is the perfect partner for any cartridge. Specify Kandid, Linn’s reference moving coil cartridge for ultimate performance from your LP12 turntable. 

 

  • Machined titanium arm tube
  • Ultra-low friction bearings
  • Stainless steel bearing housing
  • Temperature-compensated springs
  • Long headshell accommodates almost any cartridge

AKITO

Smooth, quiet, precise

 

Incorporating technologies developed for Linn’s class-leading Ekos SE, the Akito tonearm will get more from your vinyl collection. 

Precision bearings, accurate static tracking and precision-spring bias adjustment protect your cherished vinyl recordings and maximise your enjoyment of the music. 

A strong die-cast headshell is bonded to the main arm tube using advanced adhesives and together they provide a stable platform for supporting a wide range of cartridges. 

The Akito tonearm is the perfect partner for Linn’s Krystal moving coil or Adikt moving magnet cartridges. 

 

  • Aluminium arm tube
  • Precision bearings
  • Die-cast rigid headshell

MAJIK

Static-balanced tonearm

 

A performance upgrade for the original Majik LP12 turntable with the Project 9-cc tonearm or decks with other brand tonearms, Linn’s Majik tonearm is engineered to provide a high level of precision at a more accessible price point. 

A static-balanced design featuring a one-point cross bearing arrangement, the CNC turned aluminium and brass construction creates a precise and rigid tonearm. 

Bias force is provided by a calibrated spring mechanism, allowing adjustment for a range of values. 

A die-cast headshell with 2 slot design makes it a perfect match for Linn’s Adikt Moving Magnet cartridge, however the open design means that it’s also compatible with many different cartridges. 

 

  • Static-balanced tonearm design
  • One-point cross bearing arrangement
  • CNC turned aluminium and brass construction, black anodised finish
  • Bias force provided by calibrated spring mechanism
  • Die-cast headshell with 2 slot design

CARTRIDGES

 

KANDID

Flagship moving coil

 

Kandid is Linn's best moving coil (MC) cartridge yet, designed to extract as much musical detail from your vinyl records as possible. 

The first thing you’ll notice about Kandid is that the motor housing is exposed. With no cartridge housing potential sources of resonance are removed, resulting in purer, cleaner sound, making all your vinyl sound better than ever. 

 


They’ve also kept the weight of the cartridge down by using a plastic front yoke screw rather than metal. As well as allowing the counterweight to be moved closer to the bearing point which gives a quicker reaction to changes in the vinyl, using a plastic screw eliminates any magnetic interference to the delicate coils in the cartridge. 

Another notable innovation in Kandid is the angle of the mechanical body and the tracking angle of the cantilever which have also been moved from 23° to 20°. This means that when it’s placed under tracking force on the LP surface, the flux lines remain symmetrical, ensuring that mechanical forces on the coils and iron core remain equal in all directions, avoiding any deformation. 

Kandid uses the finest nude diamond Line Contact stylus and benefits from a ceramic boron cantilever for ultra low mass and extremely high rigidity. The suspension mechanism supports hand-wound coils secured in a high-precision rigid assembly, terminated with gold contacts on flying leads for superb signal transmission. The coils in the Kandid also feature an extra winding to increase output. 

Kandid’s assembly structure has been designed to perfectly partner with the Linn Ekos SE tonearm. It is constructed around a machined-from-solid, 7075 aluminium alloy body for complete rigidity and includes our unique triple-point mounting system to ensure a more rigid and accurate coupling. 

 

  • Linn's highest performing cartridge
  • Moving coil (MC)
  • Low mass housing and cantilever
  • Precision machined 7075 aluminium body
  • Triple-point mounting system
  • Nude diamond Line Contact stylus

KRYSTAL

Moving coil

 

Two years in development, Krystal uses the design principles of the leading moving coil cartridge Kandid to capture the minute changes in the record groove, letting you hear every musical detail. 

Krystal features a similar approach to minimising mass as Kandid, using a nude design to give the cartridge less inertia so it can react more quickly to the changes in the groove. It also uses the triple-point mounting system for a solid connection to the tonearm headshell, while the aircraft grade 7075 aluminium chassis provides a lightweight, stiff and stable platform for the generator. 

Even the adhesive used on Krystal was painstakingly selected to provide the most rigid bond possible to avoid any dampening effects. 

Whether you specify Krystal on your current turntable or buy it as part of an Akurate LP12, you're guaranteed to enjoy a more musical performance from all your vinyl. 

 

  • Moving coil (MC)
  • Precision machined 7075 aluminium body
  • Triple-point mounting system
  • Nude diamond stylus

ADIKT

Moving magnet

 

Designed to retrieve an incredible level of musical detail from the groove of a record, Adikt uses an efficient and affordable moving magnet (MM) configuration. This makes it an ideal starting point for any quality vinyl playback system and its performance is more than a match for many expensive moving coil (MC) designs. 

The Adikt cartridge features a rigid body and Gyger II replaceable stylus, both of which help to achieve a finely detailed and dynamic sound. It is easily mounted on a wide range of tonearms, including Linn’s Akito. 
Adikt is fitted as standard to the Majik LP12. 

 

  • Moving magnet (MM)
  • Gyger II replaceable stylus

PHONO STAGES

 

URIKA II

A breakthrough in phono stage design

 

Using cutting-edge digital signal processing technology, Urika II now carries out the key process of implementing the RIAA curve in the digital domain. This brings you lower distortion, lower noise and more music.

Transported over Exakt Link, the musical information that Urika II delivers is perfectly preserved until the moment it reaches your ears, delivering a musical experience like never before. 


That’s not all. They take the same approach with Urika II that they do with the Exakt-enabled loudspeakers. This means they can optimise each and every individual device, correcting the variations inherent in the analogue stage to ensure outstanding performance every time. 

Urika II can be optimised to work with your preferred cartridge load values. Simply choose from the list of popular cartridges or enter your own, and easily change when you next upgrade your cartridge. 

Urika II is powered by our extraordinary Radikal power supply and is mounted on the integrated Trampolin base board within the plinth of your Sondek LP12 to maintain phono stage isolation and improve deck suspension. 

The perfect upgrade from Urika, the Urika II has been tested in incredible detail to measure the difference it makes, and most importantly of all ears were used to listen. 

 

  • Moving coil (MC) internal phono stage for LP12
  • The most precise implementation of the RIAA curve
  • Converts music signal to digital at the earliest point possible
  • Lossless digital output over Exakt Link (requires an Exakt-enabled Linn DS or Linn DSM player in the system)
  • Component manufacturing tolerances measured and corrected
  • Optimised for your chosen cartridge


Supported Cartridges : 

Linn : Aktiva, Kandid, Klyde, Krystal 

Non-Linn : Benz Micro Ace S, Denon DL103, Dynavector DV20x, Dynavector XV1S, Dynavector XX2 Mk2, EMT JSD 5, EMT TSD 15 SFL, Lyra Argo, Lyra Delos, Sumiko Celebration Pearlwood II, Van den Hul ‘The Frog’

URIKA

Internally mounted for superior performance

 

This unique moving coil phono stage fits snugly inside the Sondek LP12 turntable and works with the Radikal motor control to deliver the best performance possible when you use an analogue pre-amplifier. 

Urika delivers an impressive level of clarity and detail thanks to its location within the plinth itself which brings it as close as possible to the tonearm, minimising cable length and therefore signal loss and noise. Mounted on its own integrated Trampolin base board, the phono stage is also isolated from unwanted vibrations. 

To ensure consistent and faithful reproduction of the music, Urika features a dual mono design that banishes any potential crosstalk. 

Direct-coupled RCA and transformer-coupled XLR outputs allow you to choose the best connection option for your system and guarantee exceptional performance in all conditions. 


Powered by Radikal, which also powers and controls the LP12's top of the range DC motor, Urika is a transformative upgrade, letting you experience an exceptional performance from your LP12 turntable. 

 

  • Moving coil (MC) internal phono stage for LP12
  • Differential arm cable (T-Kable) with full screening
  • Independent dual mono channel circuitry
  • Mounted on integrated Trampolin for phono stage isolation and improved deck suspension
  • Powered by Linn Radikal

UPHORIK

Universal phono stage.

 

Get more from your vinyl collection as you fine-tune your turntable system with the Linn Uphorik phono stage. 


Sharing the same dual mono topology and fully screened differential input as with Urika, the Uphorik phono stage offers both versatility and exceptional performance. 

As the most flexible phono stage available, the Uphorik features separate dedicated inputs and circuits for moving magnet (MM) and moving coil (MC) cartridges, and has a full range of adjustments which allows you to easily optimise its settings to any cartridge, should you wish to upgrade in the future. 

Uphorik's flexibility also extends to connections. With a choice of balanced or unbalanced outputs, and RCA or XLR inputs, Uphorik is guaranteed to always meet your requirements, no matter how the rest of your system evolves. 

 

  • Moving coil (MC) & moving magnet (MM) dedicated phono stage pre-amplifier
  • Configurable load and gain switches for every cartridge combination
  • Dual mono channel separation with internal shielding
  • Balanced and unbalanced connections
  • Linn Dynamik Switch Mode Power Supply (SMPS)


Available colours : Black or Silver

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