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A Radikal Upgrade from Linn Products

Posted by November 29th, 2021

I thought it was about time to share some details and initial impressions about the new Radikal/2 upgrade which was launched by Linn Products Ltd at the end of October. All Radikals can be updated with this kit through a Linn retailer such as ourselves and we here at Cymbiosis have both versions set up on two otherwise identical Linn Sondek LP12s for clients to compare for themselves!

However, for those who can’t make it in for a demonstration, just briefly; the new /2 Radikal gives a far greater sense of musicality, a lower noise floor and consequently greater dynamic range. Everything just sounds even more realistic! It really is quite extraordinary how this upgrade has improved the sound!!

Here are a few excerpts from some of the emails I have been receiving back from clients in the last couple of weeks:

“New Linn upgrades are stunning and not even run in yet!”

And:
“Been spinning more great albums this afternoon – managed to get a part day leave in”.
“There is more to come in running in, I’m sure. But this setup has no business sounding this fantastic – source first at its most extreme”
“Thx for yesterday Peter. It sounds amazing, but I’ll let you know when it is run-in.”

If you would like to have your Radikal/1 upgraded, please contact us at the shop quoting your Radikal/1 serial number as these upgrades are ordered from Linn for you and will be specific for your Radikal, so we can upgrade it once the kit arrives. The kit is not an “off the peg/in stock item) FYI.

Best regards,

Peter

The upgrade kit as it comes to us...
The new motor left, now with a soft foam decoupling pad on the motor housing where it sits against the top plate and threaded inserts for the M3 fixings into the motor housing rather than threading direct into the housing. Much better IMHO.
The new /2 circuit board (dark blue) sitting next to the original /1 circuit board (light blue) for your visual comparison! Note the much larger processor and also if you look closely, we can now dim the front power LED by moving a small bridging link on the board ?
The replacement main circuit board electrostatically protected.

Phil Mulvaney

Phil has been involved in electronics retail for most of his life and has been a member of the Cymbiosis team since 1990. Phil specialises in digital streaming and networking solutions and is also one of the Cymbiosis webmasters.

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