Ekstatik – All-new, flagship moving coil cartridge
In order to make Linn’s best cartridge ever, the LP12 creators went back to the drawing board, researching all aspects of cartridge design and construction. Extensive experiments were conducted; auditioning different materials and configurations for the body, inserts, cantilever, suspension, windings and leads. The result is Ekstatik – the new jewel in the crown of the Linn cartridge range.
- Linn’s highest-performance cartridge
- Aluminium-bronze inserts
- Micro-ridge stylus on sapphire cantilever
- Machined honeycomb 7075 aluminium body
- Triple-point mounting system for accurate geometry
- Diamond-like Carbon (DLC) coated chassis
Ekstatik sets a new bar for arm/cartridge synergy; it’s unique construction forges a harmonious synergy with Ekos SE; wicking away more unwanted resonances along the arm and out through the sub-chassis.
Linn’s experimentation with materials led to the implementation of aluminium-bronze inserts. Now a feature of Ekstatik, these inserts reap the sonic benefits Linn found this alloy to possess.
With a bespoke honeycomb cut into the cartridge body, Ekstatik is skeletonised so that overall mass is reduced to Linn’s preferred sweet spot of close to 7g.
A micro-ridge stylus on a sapphire cantilever makes for an extraordinarily responsive cartridge. The sapphire cantilever is far stiffer than boron or aluminium, resulting in less loss between the stylus and the generator.
The overall result is an agile, responsive cartridge with the added performance yielded from specifying these materials; masterfully matched in unique configurations.