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LINN: Exactly the way it happened folks: LP12 and a/b demonstrations

From and including the 1970s, Linn popularised the concept of the A-B demonstration. It was, on the face of it, a faultlessly logical ethos. It was adopted by reviewers and dealers alike, myself included. It was rumoured they had mystery shoppers in circulation, prepared to report back any deviation from the dogma. For a while […]

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LINN ETHOS REVIEWED: Beginning or end?

Linn’s Ivor Tiefenbrun famously suggested that if you can’t get the information off the vinyl disc in the first place then nothing else you do afterward matters. There’s much truth in what he said (though I have never agreed with the conclusion that some make that turntables are more important than speakers). But this thought […]

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LOGO MERIDIAN

MERIDIAN: Linn Isobaric PMS intervention

3 pairs of 105 power amps = 3 monos per channel. Crossover-less. An outstanding concept of having the frequency response of each pair matched to the characteristics of each pair of drivers with the upper frequency response very steeply rolled off with the lower response of the next pair taking over where the lower pair […]

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LINN: The sound is all there from top to bottom, and everything was very neat and tidy – nothing untoward, but somehow lacking realism and life

Have just been listening to a Linn-amped system in someone’s house and it reinforces my thoughts about the Linn sound. It was digitally based system and not cheap. The sound is all there from top to bottom, and everything was very neat and tidy – nothing untoward, but somehow lacking realism and life.  To my […]

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ORIGIN LIVE: Encounter on a Linn LP12 (updated in the light of a conversation with Mark Baker)

 From the archives I received an email  from Mark Baker (Origin Live) expressing disappointment re my observations re his entry level arm’s performance on a Linn LP12 as shown below. I phoned him, out of courtesy, to discuss this with him. I envisaged a bruising encounter (don’t ask!) but it turned out be cordial. As […]

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LINN: ‘we have our own way of walkin’ and talkin’ – circa 1983

Lacking the grace and calm agility of a latter-day Fred Astaire, it was beyond my ability to rise to my feet while foot-tapping, finger clicking and ……. head nodding – all at the same time! I just didn’t have the necessary co-ordination. Clearly some did though. Last night I received an amusing phone call from […]

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The inside track on the LNM (Linn Naim Mujahedeen), converting the PRaT Kafirs and foot-tapping finger-snapping staff who really should have known better.

Originally published here in 2009 Howard Popeck writes: I was in a particularly foul mood when CV emailed me this question a while back. My choice of language as shown here is not necessarily what I might use today. However, I stand by every word regarding the sentiment. Channa Vithana asked: Can you give an […]

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LINN: Source last…a tale of the LP12 vs a Radioshack

As some of you may know, in the last few years I have migrated from Naim 552/500/DBLs to some custom built speakers and tube amps and have never looked back. A friend of mine who was running DBLs actively with 3×500 did the same and also loved the final results. So, in an effort to […]

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LINN: Factory Tour, Access All Areas

Warren Day writes: Nestled in tranquil countryside, between two villages, is the light and spacious Sir Richard Rogers designed facility that’s home to Linn Products.  Home being the operative word.  This place is very special, as becomes increasingly apparent as you are escorted around this friendly modern mini-cathedral. Please click HERE to continue  

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LINN: Troika MC phono cartridge – test review. Stereophile Magazine.

“Some six or so years ago, the Linn Asak cartridge set new standards for imaging and soundstage reproduction. I can remember the first time I heard an Asak in a system using Quad ESL-63s—I had never experienced such depth of soundstage and solidity of imaging from anysystem, and that with Quad amplification! The Asak was relatively […]

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