Linn Sondek LP-12
The marriage between Naim Audio and Linn has been well recognized over the years.
The sound of a good quality record player is often a lot more pleasurable than that of a CD player. There is no voodoo or magic secret to getting a Linn LP-12 sounding its best. However there are procedures to follow and in a certain order. I have had the good fortune to be trained by someone who had many years of experience with these turntables and have also had training from Linn and their distributors.
There are many options available for Linn LP-12 upgrades, but if it is an older model, the Cirkus kit is probably the most beneficial. It offers a new bearing housing, new inner platter, new belt and all new suspension. Depending on the arm (and the budget), I fit Ortofon, Linn, Dynavector or Lyra cartridges. Just like any electronic power supply the Valhalla board should also be recapped if fitted.
I have found that replacing the older arm leads with a Nordost armlead makes a considerable improvement as the dielectric insulator breaks down and becomes brittle over the years. Not to mention that the Nordost equivalent is of a higher quality to begin with. Other cosmetic upgrades can be performed like painting the plinth a satin black and replacing the lid with a newer clear one.
My LP-12 Turntable Restoration:
- supplied and installed refurbished power supply
- recomended, found and installed linn ettok LV II
- recommended, supplied and installed dynovector cartiridge
- sanded and re-sprayed base in satin black
- supplied and installed new clear lid
- martin logan ethos speakers, audio research valve preamp with onboard turntable pre pre amp, naim audio nap 250 poweramp.
The linn sondek LP12 has a suburb clear, bright, open and very detailed sound. Very detailed bottom end, The setup of the turntable is such that almost no static is produced and yet the musical detail is far greater than i have heard from this turntable.
It sets a fantastic 3D soundstage.
I would highly recommend Andrew ... For any work on your musical equipment and as such my father ( avantegarde speakers, clarke audio valve pre-amp and valve poweramp), is so impressed with Andrew that he is getting his Linn Sondek LP12 upgraded, painted and setup by HiFi Restorations.