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Turntable Essentials - Linn

Our range of turntable essentials and turntable accessoriesare designed to get the very best sound from your turntable set-up and record collection. We also sell a large range of turntablesphono cartridges and phono stages and also turntable wall shelves to get the very best sound from your record collection.


Linn is an iconic hi-fi manufacturer. Their current range spans from mid-level Sneaky and Majik systems, through to high-end Akurate and Klimax systems along with the iconic LP12 turntable and a variety of upgrades for enhanced music.

Founded in 1973, Linn all began with one very special product - Linn's debut - that turns heads and ears to this very day: the Linn Sondek LP12 turntable. A product so perfect, very little has changed about it in over 40 years. Linn have carried the same principles and methods of design and manufacture with them throughout, and their products are produced to the same high standards as the turntable that still outsells its competitors.

Linn now produce a range of power amplifiers, digital network streamers and loudspeakers all categorised in to entry level Majik and Selekt, mid-level Akurate or flagship Klimax series to suit your budget and personal taste. The range also includes digital crossovers and power supplies and in-wall or in-ceiling speakers.

Founder Ivor Tiefenbrun was unsatisfied with the performance of a hi-fi system that he had purchased in Glasgow in the very early 70s. Upon experimenting, he came to the conclusion that the sound produced by the turntable was being affected by sound pressure variations within the loudspeakers.

He worked as an engineer for his father at the time, and with his help alongside a few of their colleagues, they crafted a precision engineered LP record playing turntable that was immune to acoustic feedback from loudspeakers. This was the Linn Sondek LP12, and with it was born the now widely accepted 'source-first' notion.

The 'source-first' notion was a challenge to the conventional wisdom of the day, which held that the loudspeaker was the most important part of the hi-fi system, rather than the individual components making up the system. Fast forward to the present day and Linn are still masters of source-first.

To this end, they now produce and manufacture their own music under the record company aptly named 'Linn Records'! They understand that good music is the key to good hi-fi and carry this to the core, with hi-fi designed to deliver the best quality music the very best possible way.

Click the banner above to view our guide to Linn's product ranges or if you are an existing LP12 owner, find out how we can help service and upgrade your Linn LP12.

Many turntables include a dust cover, or offer a separate cover. This, as the name suggests, protects from dust and particles which can affect the playback of your vinyl records. Dust can get in the grooves of your record or on your cartridge’s stylus and cause issues with the sound you experience, manifested through pops and crackles, and potentially the loss of detail in your music. This is why protecting your turntable from dust and maintaining your stylus and records is essential in achieving the best possible performance.

A key component of any turntable is the platter – the disc on which the record is placed. Different materials have different sonic properties, and deal with resonance in a different manner. Many higher end models use higher-mass platters and a range of materials to truly isolate and decouple the platter from resonance, vibration and motor noise. Many manufacturers offer platter upgrades, allowing for you to upgrade your platter and improve the quality of your existing turntable. Acrylic, glass and aluminium platters are common upgrades which can increase the performance of your vinyl playback.

In order for the record to play continuously, the platter needs to rotate or spin. Turntables have two varying approaches to this. The typical manner of achieving this is a belt-drive design, where a rubber belt attaches to a motor and in turn round the platter and controls the speed at which the platter turns. This is the method employed by most turntables. The drive belt will need to be replaced from time to time, as a stretched or worn drive belt can affect playback speed and result in a record being too slow or fast. The other method is direct drive, in which a motor directly turns the platter. This is the manner many higher end turntables control speed, and presents a different consideration for designers as the motor vibrations need to be isolated and controlled differently as the motor is connected to the platter directly and thus can have a greater effect on playback.

The output signal from a phono cartridge is typically very low, even more so if your cartridge is Moving Coil (MC). For this reason, before you connect to an amplifier, the output signal needs to be boosted. This is typically done by a phono stage. A phono stage can be a separate standalone product or included on the turntable itself. Many integrated amplifiers also feature an internal phono stage, known as a “phono input”, allowing you to connect directly to this input and enjoy your record collection directly. If your turntable features a phono stage then it can be connected to any amplifier directly.

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