Introduced in 1972, the Sondek LP12 is designed to be completely modular and upgradeable and is available as a separate deck, to which customers can add their preferred sub-chassis, base, motor control, tonearm and cartridge. The Sondek LP12 is available in a choice of high-quality real wood finishes. Standard finishes are Black Ash, Cherry, Oak, Rosenut and Walnut. For a truly bespoke LP12, you can even ask for a quote on a custom wood finish of your choice.
The Sondek LP12 is available in three package levels from Linn..
The Majik LP12 provides the ideal first step on your vinyl journey. Using carefully selected components, Majik LP12 lets you experience the iconic LP12’s performance in an affordable package. The Majik LP12 comprises of: Sondek LP12 turntable, Standard Sub-Chassis, Solid Base Board, Majik LP12 powers supply & 45 adaptor kit, Linn Adikt Cartridge & Pro-ject 9cc Tonearm.
Akurate level, the LP12 delivers an even more musical performance, with four key upgrades on board over the entry-level Majik LP12. With a machined armboard, dedicated external power supply, Linn tonearm, and a moving coil cartridge.
The complete Akurate LP12 turntable comprises of: Sondek LP12 turntable, Kore sub-chassis and armboard, Lingo power supply and motor control unit for the AC motor, Akito tonearm & Krystal moving coil cartridge.
Klimax LP12 is the result of a relentless pursuit of musical excellence that has continued for over 40 years and represents the pinnacle of vinyl reproduction today. The complete Klimax LP12 turntable comprises of: Sondek LP12 turntable, Keel machined sub-chassis and armboard, Radikal motor control unit, DC motor and power supply, Urika internal phono stage, Ekos SE precision tonearm & Kandid moving coil cartridge.
The Sound Gallery stock all the parts or for the Linn Sondek LP12!
This external unit provides a clear upgrade from the internal Majik power supply. The role of the Lingo is to ensure that the LP12’s platter revolves at the correct speed, 33.3 or 45 rpm, at all times. It also ensures that no noise is issued from the turntable’s motor – a vital factor in extracting the maximum amount of information from every record. Lingo is available in a choice of silver or black finish.
Linn’s highest performance motor control and power supply available for the Sondek LP12 and comes complete with a brushed DC motor that replaces the standard LP12 AC motor. Radikal also powers the Urika's internal phono stage for 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. Radikal’s speed management system auto-calibrates the motor every time the Sondek LP12 is powered on, ensuring perfect timing every time you use it.
Linn’s flagship tonearm. Featuring a titanium arm tube and ultra-low friction bearings, it’s designed to extract the maximum information from your vinyl collection. Ultra-low friction bearings and temperature-compensated precision-springs ensure that the exceptional performance of the Ekos SE tonearm is maintained regardless of whether you are listening to your first track of the day or have been spinning records for hours.
Greatly improved since its introduction, the latest Akito benefited from the development of Ekos SE to produce a highly precise, smooth and quiet platform for your cartridge. 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.
Keel is an integrated sub-chassis, armboard and tonearm collar, machined from a solid piece of aluminium to provide extremely rigid support to the tonearm and platter. Eliminating screws, fixings and joins between each component removes virtually all vibration, resulting in more accurate music reproduction. Adding Keel to any LP12 offers a significant leap in performance.
The kore sub-chassis and armboard is designed for extra rigidity, and removal of unwanted damping, making it a perfect performance upgrade for your Sondek LP12 turntable. It follows the design philosophies of the Keel (see above). The sub-chassis is strengthened by a multi-layer, box construction, using 1.5mm thick aluminium. Three parts are bonded together using a special Linn-specified adhesive together to form an incredibly stiff structure, whilst keeping the weight low.
Sub-Chassis (the new basic) provides a solid and rigid platform for your LP12's platter and tonearm. The sub-chassis is strengthened by a multi-layer box construction, using 1.5mm thick aluminium. This makes it the ideal platform to get started with your first LP12, and also a good upgrade for customers with older LP12s, which will benefit from the increased rigidity of this latest design. The Standard LP12 Sub-Chassis is used together with the LP12’s standard five-layer sandwich-construction laminated armboard.
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.
Adikt has been designed to retrieve a class-leading level of musical detail from the groove of a record, using 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 more 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 and Basik plus.
Kandid is Linn’s best moving coil cartridge, designed to extract as much musical detail from your vinyl recordings 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. Linn Have 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.
Trampolin II is designed to provide the Sondek LP12 with additional isolation from vibration, the Trampolin’s feet use acoustic dampening material to minimise interference for improved audio performance. Trampolin is manufactured from high quality aluminium and is fixed directly to the wooden plinth of the turntable. The Trampolin base board can be specified on all new Sondek LP12 turntables and can also be used to upgrade your existing Sondek LP12.
Solid Base as supplied as standard on the Majik LP12. The Solid Base is manufactured from high quality aluminium and is fixed directly to the wooden plinth of the turntable. The Solid Base provides a fixed, rigid platform for the turntable. This is often preferred on set-ups where the turntable is placed on a cabinet or shelf that provides its own isolation from vibrations.
As a life long music fan, Glyn has been setting up turntables all his life. In the mid eighties he started work with The Sound Gallery as our Linn turntable engineer, and has unbelievably kept a record of every LP12 that we have had through our front door.
Drop him a line and he will even call you back..