Turntable Linn Sondek LP 12 SE + Radical + EKOS SE

The neverending story continues the LP 12: Linn incorporates a previously frowned upon DC motor and it lands a direct hit (total price 16400 EUR).

  1. Turntable Linn Sondek LP 12 SE + radical + EKOS SE
  2. stereoplay – Tip: The built-in phono stage Urika
  3. Data sheet

Sometimes you can not resist a smile as a tester. Now what happens when Linn announced the ‘next, biggest jump in performance’ their legendary turntable Sondek LP 12. Firstly, because this happens after two years (“leap” to the SE version with keel Subchassis). Secondly, because the demonization of you thought DC motors and circuits, especially in Glasgow, is still present and the new radical step includes exactly these components.

While Linn provides the engine electronics in two packages of choice. The radical update in the noble, milled from full aluminium version climax is 5895 euros, in a lighter aluminium folding 3295 euro. Where the Glasgow to say that to definitely same Board is and if anything is there, only minimal tonal differences due to better shielding and more stable housing. Unfortunately only the luxury version was available at the time of this test, so could form still no opinion the testers about the alternative.

The initial grin differs on closer inspection of the radical upgrades of but quickly interested voltage, as are the Scots apparently just considering the change. You have to use a very smooth DC motor with brushes, which nevertheless has more torque than the synchronous motor – still offered in cheaper versions – now. Another advantage is the much smaller field, that of radical engine spread.

But despite the smoothness the developer team to Ian Wilson the motor in soft, but still long time stable Poron foam within an acetal Plastic cylinders embedded, to keep as even the last vibration of the top plate is screwed to the motor.

Because DC motors with temperature drift and respond to load changes, it was decided at Linn to introduce two regulations. One responds to the counter-EMF of the motor, defines the direction of rotation and holds just the time. The other works in connection with an infrared detector. It takes the speed over a marker attached to the inner edge of the plate. The radical electronics then compared with a low-jitter clock signal (the same generator does service also in the DS network players) and regulates the voltage for the motor in small steps if necessary, after.

It is easy to imagine that this regulation, which provides only a pulse per revolution, working very slowly. It meets the Linngenieuren, because should they build on the mechanical qualities of the camp and the flywheel and the regulation guarantee mainly long term stability.

Excellent data showed that all this works very well in the test lab, why stereoplay measurements awarded the highest rating.

Since the radical is an upgrade, the other parts of the Sondek LP 12 SE remain unchanged. So the analog fan can look forward continued with a sub chassis milled from a cold, that decouples the tonearm and the platter from the surface with coil springs. A buyer who chooses a Sondek LP 12 SE with radical, do without the solid wooden frame with corner reinforcements and the stainless steel top plate.

The testers were the same device that since the test in the issue 3/07 as co reference is used for the hearing test and equipped it with the radical (and later with the installation Phonoteil Urika, see post “stereoplay – Tip: the built-in phono stage Urika”) so that the differences would not diluted by any inventory differences or settings of the Sub-chassis. Where in the rebuilt turntable still two more pickups like the Ortofon (3/03) place found wind field (test in this booklet) and the Linn Akiva. The first direct comparison was made with the reference scanner Lyra Titan i.

During the renovation, which was done quite quickly with the appropriate tools and just age table, the tension went up: how much would it affect sound? The first impression was that the notes earlier made a quieter underground. So, about the piano positions with Handel’s “Rinaldo” (Eterna Edition 821719-721) were significantly more exciting, because everything was hugging. Also the room was represented further and deeper, where the singer still tangible stood on the stage.

At this point radical drew even 12 SE LP even with the Brinkmann Oasis (1/09), which has set the standard in these properties. Which sounded in the keynote range somewhat schlackenfreier, what but also led that male voices lost some momentum, which radicalized LP 12 SE them thought to. Anyway you could conclude that the tones with the OASIS minimal sobriety at the Linn full, but also more natural affected something, because strings resounded with some more wood.

The greatest strength of the LP was but 12 SE with radical, complicated musical contexts such as when Eric Dolphys ‘out to lunch’ (Blue Note 84163) undoing on so of course that you meant to understand the intentions of the musicians or, vice versa said better could keep track of their interaction.

The old rule that you can re-discover old plates with a better turntable, confirmed “Beggars Banquet”. Then, marvelled the tester not only in memories of youth, but discovered a previously unrecognized emphasis on Mick Jagger’s voice, there some sounds when Keith Richards riffs, or just a new interplay of the five protagonists here.

Overall only a judgment in question was for the Linn: sole reference.

Also the new phono stage Urika shows that the Scots believe the concept of a turntable. You 2995 euros subsequently built, can be purchased with one of the two versions of the radical, which then brings a subsidy of EUR 800 – respectively 700 Euro for the variant of climax – with.

The radical Electronics is even a must-have for the Urika, because she takes their power supply. In addition, the Urika on a trampoline floor plate in the LP is their place, what Ultrashort phono cables 12 SE allows. The DoppelMono structure, in which two mirror-image boards for the two channels should be facing is exemplary. The circuit is built in contrast to the Linto (4/98) now with OPs. Equalization was actively realized in the feedback of the levels, so no capacitors in the signal way, which is why the last level of DC voltages filters.

For this test, the tester heard the Sondek LP 12 SE radical with Lyra Titan i, and Naim Superline phono stages reference + supercap (10/08) on the Urika built then and this compared with the previously included.

The Urika unable not only to compete, but was even on the same level. So impressed the Superline with known natural tones and deep pressure in the deep bass, the Urika however showed an again consistent interaction between of the musicians. minimum finer emphases in their interpretation and slightly more accurate tracking of individual instruments.

These impressions remained even after several changes. So the Urika is a very hot tip for LP-12-radical owner. With more musical momentum and more natural colors she distanced also clear the Linto (4/98).

Linn Sondek LP 12 SE + radical + EKOS SE

Manufacturer Linn
Price €16400.00
Rating 61.0 points
Test procedure 1.0

Technical data and test results

Dimensions (W x D x H) 44.0 x 16.0 x 34.5 cm
Weight: 11.4 kg
Measured values
Tracking rated 0.052%
Target velocity deviation 0.06%
Rumble noise (weighted)
Measuring record / coupler 74 / 85 dB
Short conclusion Linn has done a big favor with the radical update. The LP 12 SE thus playing in a League of its own and is the new reference in stereoplay with his expressive and natural sound.
Sound Absolute top class
Sound points
(maximum 70 points)
Measured values
(maximum 10 points)
Practice (max 15 points) 8
(maximum 10 points)
Overall rating (maximum 120 very good 88 points
Price / performance Very good
tested in issue: 6 / 09