Linn LP 12 Sondek
Belt driven turntable with sprung subchassis and A/C synchronous motor.
Linns top of the range turntable, steadily improved since its introduction in 1973.
Basik - simple phase-shift power supply 33.3rpm only
Valhalla - quartz oscillator power supply 33.3rpm only
Lingo - high precision, direct-coupled power supply 33.3/45rpm
Nirvana - improved suspension and material quality
Trampolin - suspended baseboard
Cirkus - improved bearing and subchassis
Keel - one piece aluminium subchassis and armboard
The LP12 was found to excel in its ability to retain the timing, tempo and rhythm and pitch of complex percussive sections; a mild upper bass richness with marginally 'loud' and forward midband; not the best as regards isolation or acoustic breakthrough; pre-eminent ranking in its price category - £374 HiFi Choice 1983
When fed clear, stable 50Hz, the LP12 motor generates less vibration and mains harmonic components, attaining a near perfect pulley speed stability over both the long and sort term - Valhalla LP12 £408 HiFi Choice 1984
The classic reference is transformed (at a price) by the Lingo but character remains the same - not as detailed or neutral as the best - £1168 HiFi Choice 1992
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Very relax and musical turntable ! The sweetness of its presentation is hard to beat but bass may be too gentle for some music. Perfect for Hi Fi dreamer !
8/10 by kennethyuen
9/10 by zenalpine