5 March 2020 | New products
Karousel Bearing – the essential upgrade for all LP12 owners.
The Sondek LP12’s single-point bearing is one of the foundations on which Linn was established in 1973. There has only been two iterations of design in 50 years; Karousel is the third.
Karousel Bearing delivers refined motion, smoother rotation, greater stability and increased durability; made possible by technological developments in material science, machining capabilities and the mechanical engineering expertise gained from almost half a century of designing and manufacturing.
So why specifically is Karousel Bearing better?
Innovations in design combined with new material selection in critical parts of the bearing result in smoother rotation for better sound. The spindle is better supported thanks to improved tolerances of the bearing liners and the Diamond-like Carbon coating on the thrust pad provides reduced friction between the spindle tip and bearing base, together improving the ‘noise floor’ of the turntable and in turn, musical reproduction.
A stronger coupling has been achieved between the platter, spindle, bearing housing and sub-chassis, thanks to the stainless steel material chosen and the new design implemented. A key part of this new design is the substantial lock-nut fastening which increases rigidity at what was previously the weakest point.
A stronger housing for the thrust pad, combined with a smaller, stiffer form and the new coating improves the critical area that supports the platter rotation and mass. These changes combined lead to the reduction of noise for more accurate vinyl reproduction.
Longevity – Karousel’s reduced friction means less wear, so longer-lasting. It should see you through to the next bearing evolution, expected c. 2045 ?.
We’ll be hosting a launch event and LP Klinik for this; it’s that important. Details to follow, watch this space.