We are in the fortunate position to have both a Linn Klimax LP12 and a Technics SL-1000R in our showroom, so we thought we’d have a bit of a shootout between them, as they’re theoretically in the same league.
The Linn Klimax LP12 has been a fixture in our showroom for some years, however the Technics SL-1000R is a new acquisition, following an impressive demonstration to us earlier in the year.
The Technics SL-1000R comes in a most impressive box (you can see our unpacking video here) however it still requires a headshell and cartridge, tone arm cable and phono stage to create a working system. In this case, after a little advice we chose the Ortofon LH-6000 headshell with the Cadenza Blue Moving Coil cartridge mounted in it. The initial tone-arm cable that would fit was an old Linn one from about 20 years ago, however this was swiftly changed for a Pro-Ject Connect-IT 5P-CC while we wait for the pure silver version to arrive.
The Phono stage we opted for here was the Lehmann Decade phono stage – this offers great flexibility to match with a wide range of cartridges. We’ve used the Black cube before, with superb results, so were wanting something with the same pedigree, but a bit better.
A few records later, and we’re seriously liking the SL-1000R. Fabulous dynamics, great balance and it has us reaching for record after record, which is always a good sign.
Swapping over to the LP12, and you can hear there is a subtle difference. No less in the way of dynamics or soundstage, but a slightly softer sound.
Both turntables offer superb performances with everything you’d expect for this level of turntable. I think we’ll have to listen to some more records to plum for a favourite – see you in a few days… or weeks!
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