Linn, based in Glasgow, Scotland, was founded in 1973 by Ivor Tiefenbrun. They are world leaders in digital streaming products as well as speakers, amplification and, of course, turntables, with the iconic LP12.
As part of its mission to create audiophile analogue perfection, Linn have created a number of stunning cartridges over the years such as the Troika, the Akiva (both now discontinued) and the current day Linn Kandid. Linn’s rich history in audio replay has given life to their current range of cartridges.
The Kandid marks 40 years of the Linn Sondek LP12 and is the new flagship in Linn’s cartridge range. The Kandid comes in to replace the Akiva, which had been at the pinnacle of cartridge technology for the past 10 years. One of the key performance improvements of the Kandid over the Akiva comes as a result of removing the cartridge housing.
More accurate audio reproduction is achieved thanks to the repositioning of the stylus and cantilever within the body of the cartridge. The angle of the magnets and coil in the front pole piece has been off-set so that they are parallel when the record is playing, ensuring perfect alignment for accurate movement on the record. The Kandid is the perfect cartridge for a top-flight Linn Sondek LP12.
Two years in development, Krystal uses the design principles of Linn’s 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 uses a 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.
The Linn Krystal cartridge is kept on demonstration here at Cymbiosis and can be fitted to any of our demonstration Linn Sondek LP12s
Unlike all the other cartridges listed above, the Linn Adikt is a high-quality moving magnet cartridge. This is where a tiny magnet, connected to the cantilever, moves relative to fixed coils in the cartridge body to generate the signal; this allows it to have the advantage of a user-replaceable stylus.
Other features of the Adikt include a rigid body and positioning lugs for easy mounting into a Linn arm. The Linn Adikt is an ideal starting point for a quality vinyl play back system, particularly when used on the Linn Sondek LP12 turntable.
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