Karousel, is Linn’s new precision-engineered single-point bearing, offers smoother rotation and greater stability for even better sound from your Sondek LP12.
The third evolution of Linn’s ground-breaking single-point bearing design raises the bar for vinyl reproduction yet again and is an essential upgrade for every Sondek LP12 turntable ever made.
This innovative new take on the original LP12 bearing design has been made possible by technological developments in material science, machining capabilities and mechanical engineering expertise gained from almost half a century of designing and manufacturing the world’s best turntable. That vital union between the platter, spindle, bearing and sub-chassis is now the strongest we’ve ever achieved.
A new diamond-like carbon coating inside the bearing reduces friction between the tip of the spindle and the base of the bearing itself. This reduces the ‘noise floor’ of the turntable, so improves musical reproduction.
The substantial lock-nut fastening on the stainless steel housing increases rigidity at the critical point where bearing and sub-chassis come together. Enhancements to the base of the bearing include a stronger housing for the thrust pad, combined with a smaller, stiffer coated form, to improve the critical area that supports the platter rotation and mass, meaning your vinyl reproduction is more accurate and detailed than ever before.
Diamond-like carbon coating for reduced friction
Innovative Stainless Steel Bearing design improves rigidity and stability. Retro-fittable to any LP12.
RRP £750 inc vat.
Available from The Sound Gallery store via Paypal or Credit/Debit card. price includes free fitting).
The Karousel bearing is supplied as part of this kit (pictured above) which also includes a new inner platter and service upgrade parts for the LP12*.
Bearing kit includes:
inner platter and spindle,
3 x springs,
3 x large grommets,
3 x small grommets,
3 x washers,
The new lock-nut fastening method means quicker and easier removal and replacement without the need for the sub-chassis to be removed, affecting suspension/tonearm setup.
In addition, the removable ‘thrust pad cap’ allows draining, cleaning and close inspection of the critical pad surface of the bearing for wear without removing it completely from the turntable.
Compatibility & Safety Notice
The Karousel bearing is physically compatible with all current and historic Linn turntable configurations, however it must cannot be used with Nirvana or Valhalla PSUs or 3rd party clones of these, as electrical safety protection issues can carry potential fatal risks.
With Karousel the reduction in friction means that not only will this critical component have a greater lifespan, but your LP12 will continue to give you incredibly accurate listening pleasure for longer than ever before.