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Linn Sondek LP12 Power Supplies

Linn, Just Listen.... 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.

 

 

The power supply is critically important to turntable performance. Low noise, both mechanical and electromagnetic, from the motor is essential.

Speed accuracy is critical for optimum audio quality under any load conditions encountered during the playing of an album. This is so there will be no adverse effects on the low-level cartridge signals being generated and fed to the phonostage. Below are a range of Linn Sondek LP12 power supplies which are perfect upgrades to your Linn Sondek LP12.

Linn Radikal Power Supply


 Linn Radikal Power Supply

Linn, after much research on the subject of DC motors for the Linn Sondek LP12, released the Linn Radikal power supply in 2009. Immediately, the Linn Radikal received huge praise and acclaim as, quite simply, any Linn Sondek LP12 upgraded with the Radikal, had an absolutely massive lift in sound quality. This was an improvement much larger than other upgrades such as tonearm, cartridge or even the sub-chassis.

No matter how well engineered, a synchronous AC motor produces some degree of electromagnetic noise, which can cause pickup effects on the cartridge. Although there were other DC motor solutions available for the Linn Sondek LP12, in our opinion they never really worked musically, and it is really only with Linn’s own Radikal power supply and motor that we believe you really hear what the Linn Sondek  LP12 is capable of achieving.

Just as many owners were coming to terms with just how good the Linn Radikal was, Linn found a way of improving its performance still further. The Linn Dynamik power supply upgrade to the Linn Radikal’s own power supply within its box was immediately introduced into Radikal production. Linn’s care and attention to existing Sondek LP12 owners was again amply demonstrated, as the Linn Dynamik power upgrade was made available to all existing Linn Radikal owners, thus allowing them to upgrade to the latest specification should they wish to gain another leap in performance.

The Linn Radikal is the best power supply for your LP12. There are two casework versions: the Akurate (above left) and the Klimax (above right). Both are available in black or silver to blend in cosmetically with your existing system.

Linn Lingo Series Power Supplies


Linn Lingo 4 – Introduced 2018

Linn Lingo 4 Power SupplyThe Linn Lingo power supply 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 Linn Radikal power supply.

The Linn Lingo 4 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, Linn Lingo is the first improvement to make to your LP12, providing a clear upgrade from the internal Majik power supply and previous Linn Lingo models.

 

Lingo 3 – Discontinued 2018

The Linn Lingo 3 received new and improved Akurate casework and, although the circuit board is the same as the Lingo 2, there are some sonic improvements due to mounting it within the better Akurate casework. Whether bought new or second-hand, the LinnLingo 3 represents a sound investment for many LP12s.

 

Lingo 2 – Discontinued 2010

The LinnLingo 2 is identified by the fact that it’s housed in Linn’s LK-sized box and, although the very first Lingo 2s employed the same circuit board as the Lingo 1, the vast majority of Lingo 2s have an improved surface-mount component board inside. This was introduced very shortly after the Lingo 2 was brought into circulation. As with the Linn Valhalla, second-hand Lingo 1s and 2s represent great value for money when upgrading or starting with an Sondek LP12 on a budget. Please ask for details on second-hand units as we very frequently have traded-in units from owners who are upgrading to a Radikal power supply and DC motor (as detailed above).

Lingo 1 – Discontinued 2001

The Linn Lingo 1 was first launched in 1990 and is an outboard power supply housed in a slim rectangular box. There are many sonic benefits in using a Linn Lingo over a Linn Valhalla power supply. Two very low noise crystal oscillators are used, one for 33 rpm and one for 45 rpm, the output of which is fed into a synchronous counter to produce a 50 Hz or 67.5 Hz square wave for 33 rpm and 45 rpm respectively. A precision filter is employed in the Linn Lingo to remove harmonics from the square wave leaving only a pure sinusoidal waveform, this allows the Sondek LP12 AC motor to run at its quietest, hence why it sounds better than a Linn Valhalla. The Lingo 1 was discontinued in 2001 and replaced with the Linn Lingo 2.

Linn Valhalla – Discontinued 2004


Way back in 1973 when the first Linn Sondek LP12s were produced, the power supply feeding the motor was very simple, but in 1982 the first of the upgraded power supplies, the Linn Valhalla, was produced. This is an inboard power supply designed to isolate the rotation of the turntable motor from variations in the mains supply. The circuit board operates by using a crystal oscillator, dividing it down to 50 Hz, filtering it to form a pure sine wave, then amplifying this signal to a level which drives the motor.

You might ask, why write about this power supply given that it was discontinued back in 2004? Well, you may be interested to know that it is still possible to have the Linn Valhalla serviced! Class A in Sheffield undertake this work for us and it means there is a very cheap and simple solution to power the motor if you are looking to minimise the cost of buying a Sondek LP12 or just keeping an existing Sondek LP12 spinning nicely. Ask for details on our service exchange facility for Valhallas, or a serviced second-hand one.