Linn LP12 Upgrades

Every one knows how revered is the Sondek, it is basically a well made well designed deck that plays your LP’s to a fairly high standard. It can be upgraded in performance to a level unimagined by most owners, there are two routes to this end, the most cost effective comes from Origin Live.

Stage 1. The very well documented Origin Live replacement platter mat.

Stage 2. To augment the effects of the platter mat add the platter gasket set, this will reduce background noise and surface noise to a new low level thereby allowing previously unheard detail it will also improve the stereo imaging and take the sound away from the speakers, with well recorded records it allows a certain delicacy to vocals that makes you believe you are listening to a person.

Stage 3. Add the cartridge enabler between the cartrige and headshell again this is well documented. This really builds on what has gone before. All these upgrades are very cost effective combined cost of £33 + £25 + £19 = £77.00 The sonic gains are out of all proportion to the cost.

Stage 4. To tie all your improvements together, improve speed, timing, stability and add easy button control to switch between 33/3 and 45 fit the ubiquitous Origin Live DC motor kit, the documentation on this upgrade is quite extensive, the benefits in terms of pure performance
far outweigh the cost.

Stage 5. Add an Originlive record weight to the system and be just staggered. Any of these upgrades can be fitted singly and easily removed, if on the other hand you bite the bullet and install all five, you will be guarenteed a big shock as to how good your music can sound, quite extensive tests have been carried out using a variety of cartridges and a very wide selection of music, the noted improvements in percieved sound quality just have to heard to be believed.

DC Motor Kit

There are a number of ways to dramatically improve the performance of virtually any deck – whether you have a Linn Sondek LP12, vpi, thorens or rega. The LP12 is probably the world’s most popular deck and as such is capable of producing outstanding results given a little extra care and attention. There are a number of excellent upgrades available. Our motor kit makes a great start to increase the performance of your turntable.

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If your current tonearm is a Linn Ekos, Ittock, Akito, Basic, SMEV, Naim Arrow, Graham etc – it is well worth upgrading to one of our own arms to improve performance very significantly. We offer a variety of arms depending on your budget. It is worth mentioning that although standard Rega arms do not work particularly well on the Linn, the case for Origin Live modified arms or the Silver arm series is an entirely different story. – we supply new predrilled arm boards so that this can be easily carried out.

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Upgrade Belt

Belt Upgrade

These belts contain a very special rubber not found in normal belts. The performance increase over all conventional flat belts is dramatic due to increased grip and reduced transmission of motor vibration.

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Platter Mat

This platter mat is deservedly popular and works on all decks (even those with Acrylic platters) to give more warmth, depth, transparency and accurate tonal balance.

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Turntable Oil

After researching countless oils on the market we stumbled across this amazing oil that betters everything we are aware of on the market.

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Origin Live Black Cartridge Enabler

Cartridge Enabler

The “Cartridge Enabler” “enables” your cartridge to operate much more effectively. Consisting of a thin material which you fit between the cartridge and headshell, this simple device is one of the most cost effective upgrades you will come across. You will immediately notice improved bass fullness with added textures. Voices especially take on a tangible quality which sounds more natural and realistic.

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Platter Gasket Set

This is a wonderfull upgrade fopr the LP12 and consists of 2 gaskets made of the same material as the platter mat. To install, simply remove the LP12 Platter and place the gasket ring on the sub-platter as shown in photo and put the other gasket disc over the to of the sub-platter (this acts as a support surface for the platter mat. Lastly raise your tonearm by 1mm to compensate for the slight height increase of your platter.

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Cartridges are a sure fire way of upgrading your deck but bear in mind that the tonearm is more important. We offer and recommend a large range of cartridges along with performance ratings.

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Phono Stage

The phono stage can easily make or break a vinyl based system. This stage of amplification is absolutely crucial – more so than the pre-amp or amplifier stage – if you have any doubts about this we urge you to get a demonstration of something like the gram phono stages.

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