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LP12 makes front cover of Stereophile

Discussion in 'audio' started by Tony L, May 16, 2022.

  1. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    A cover pic and subjective review by Herb Reichert of the full ‘Klimax’ (whoever thinks of these names at Linn please stop) spec LP12 in the June 22 issue of Stereophile. A really nice proper fluted wood plinth too, not sure of the finish, but it certainly looks great (seems lighter than afro or walnut).

    Herb certainly seems to like it and I was pleased to see him refer to Fremer’s usual stuff as “1000lbs oligarch tables”, nit that this Linn is in any way a budget offering. Pictured on the cover with a what looks like a UK 1st press of Blue Nile’s ‘A Walk Across The Rooftops’, and that much I do have. I’m sure the review will be online at some point, I’m still a paper subscriber so the hard copy hit the doormat earlier.
  2. Amber Audio

    Amber Audio This is the Day

    Good spot on the LP :)

    I have an online sub, works well on the iPad, think I paid $15 under £13 for 24 issues, link to pricing:**A02S

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  3. Mr Pig

    Mr Pig Trade: ^'- -'^

    I hardly ever buy mag these days, they are a waste of time, but I must admit that I'm far more likely to buy one if it has a turntable on the cover. They are still the most interesting Hi-Fi components.

    I won't be buying that one though. Linn's pricing is ridiculous these days and there is nothing about that turntable that interests me. While I'm sure it will sound very nice, I find it hard to believe that it can't be equaled for far less money, either using aftermarket LP12 parts or a different deck altogether. I guess if you don't need to ask the price but I couldn't bring myself to buy it even if I could. I'd feel like too much of a mug.
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  4. Weecrackpot

    Weecrackpot Frank made me do it.

    For me the LP12 is the best looking turntable ever, Oracle is a close 2nd.
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  5. Jag Audio

    Jag Audio Jag

    They are both handsome in their own ways but I think the Oracle Delphi is a tad prettier and I have several of both with intentions of same arm on each.
  6. Weecrackpot

    Weecrackpot Frank made me do it.

    Yep, and it was the first susser I came across back in the day (a mk2) that didn’t bounce all over the place.
  7. daytona600

    daytona600 Registered User

    Owned both at the same time no one ever remarked on the LP12, Oracle thats lovely " what is it "
  8. rn82497

    rn82497 pfm Member

    My bias - BUT I think my Stack Audio Soprano / SUPAtrac LP12 is quietly stunning in a stealth sort of way.
  9. The Bish

    The Bish pfm Member

    sounds good, got a pic?
  10. Weecrackpot

    Weecrackpot Frank made me do it.

    Shame to say I was sheep back then, only wanted a Linn,
    but I do like the proportions of the whole package and I only like the fluted plinth,
    the Delphi really came of age from MK IV onwards, beautiful.
  11. Weecrackpot

    Weecrackpot Frank made me do it.

    Ditto, love to see it.
  12. notevenclose

    notevenclose pfm Member

    I'd probably agree. They had it pretty well sorted technically and aesthetically by then.

    Brings to mind a good quote from Paul Rand.

    "I have two goals.

    The first is that everything I do as a designer must have an idea, it cannot just look nice.

    The second is, it has to look nice."
  13. Mr Pig

    Mr Pig Trade: ^'- -'^

    I wanted Linn and Naim before I'd heard any of it. Thankfully, I do actually like the noise the LP12 makes and I do like the looks. It's not flashy, unless you know what it is it doesn't draw any attention to itself, and feels solid and tactile in use. I prefer un-fluted which is ironic considering my last two decks have been fluted.
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  14. John R

    John R pfm Member

    I've a mid 80's fluted afro with lovely figured diagonal grain and a mid 80's un-fluted rosewood, also with lovely grain. Both are by Greaves and both have the black painted lower plinth relief.
    I'd be hard pressed to choose between them aesthetically. Sound wise at the moment it's the afro LP12 with Rega arm that wins on sonics.
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  15. John R

    John R pfm Member

    What's the old saying? If it looks right then it is right!
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  16. Zombie

    Zombie pfm Member

    I like the looks of my LP12. It looks like a record player not like a lunar module.
    Alvarado, Dave J, Joolzdee and 6 others like this.
  17. tpetsch

    tpetsch pfm Member

    I agree, for me it was the rare, then discontinued "Rosewood" plinth, not to be confused with the Rosenut, that I personally gravitated to sound wise. And I have to agree with most here, the LP12 was, and still is a fine looking deck.
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  18. Woodface

    Woodface pfm Member

    LP12 just looks right to me. Lovely to use & sounds pretty fine. Still not done the Karousel/Kore upgrade, keep putting it off.
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  19. Nero

    Nero Don’t call me Bud

    Ah we’ve been groomed to like the looks of the LP12. Fluted for me too, but I’m getting used to the looks of an intruder in da house.
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  20. vinylslug

    vinylslug pfm Member

    I love the look of the Lp12 - it’s timeless in many respects. It’s also not as difficult to setup as the dissenters would have you believe. Good looking hifi adds to the enjoyment for me.
    Musicman19 and Weecrackpot like this.

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