Kendo MC


Launched in June 2022, Kendo MC moving coil cartridge is already proving to be an absolute gem.

Benefitting from technologies and lessons trickled down from the development of Linn’s reference Ekstatik cartridge, Kendo delivers superlative performance, a massive step up from Linn’s Krystal MC and when paired with Arko tonearm, the design synergy of the two squeezes out even more information and performance from your LP12. Outstanding.

As with all Linn LP12 upgrades and components, this must be fitted by a qualified LP12 Specialist Retailer (Loud & Clear!). Get in touch to discuss.

In-store purchase only, please call 0141 221 0221 or email glasgow@loud-clear.co.uk to reserve/enquire.

Elite moving coil cartridge
Kendo is a modern martial art form; translated from the Japanese it means “way of the sword”. At Linn however, the word has unique connotations. This sword is forged of boron, with a super-fine-line diamond tip. The armour is nickel-coated, 7075-grade aluminium. Kendo is the eager apprentice to its master, Ekstatik; sharing the same values, and picking up many of its traits along the way.

Kendo is the outcome of Linn engineers’ efforts to capitalise on the elements of Ekstatik which work so well; using tried-and-true, trickle-down development methodology to produce a more affordable, high-performance cartridge which retains the same core design principles and acoustic fingerprint.

Kendo possesses a rigid, nickel-coated 7075-grade aluminium body. This specific grade of aluminium matches that of Arko tonearm, for which Kendo was designed to be the perfect partner. This facilitates superb material synergy throughout the tonearm system, and effectively banishes unwanted resonances away from the delicate generator, along the arm, and out through the sub-chassis.


Linn Kendo on Arko


Linn Kendo on Arko

Technical Specifications

Stylus Type: Super Fine Line
Cantilever: Boron
Coil Wire: Copper 4N
Pin Connection Type: 1.2mm gold pin
Mounting Points: 3
Coil Wire: Copper 4N
Output Voltage: 0.45mV @3.54cm/s
Channel Balance at 1 kHz: < 1dB
Channel Separation at 1kHz: > 28dB
Load Resistance: 100 Ω
Load Capacitance: 1nF
Tracking Force: 2.0g
Cartridge Mass: 7.6g

Linn Ekstatik MC cartridge on Klimax LP12

Linn Ekstatik MC cartridge on Klimax LP12