I’m heading towards a Linn deck and I’d like to know general or even more specific thoughts about the specifications of the LP12 I’m auditioning soon.
Brief recent context: I bought an Ortofon Cadenza Red MC for my Roksan 5 about a year ago, and I thought it was an excellent step up from my Golding 2400 MM. I also purchased shortly after that a Vertere Phono 1 preamp. Superb addition.
More recently I’ve home demoed a VPI Prime & a MoFi Ultra Deck (the former with my Cadenza, the latter with Master Tracker MM). Both decent but not such an improvement on the Radius 5.
The Roksan is going to a family member soon, and I have decided, perhaps rather rashly, to go with an LP12. It’s going to have the Basik arm, the Hercules power supply and the Trampolin upgrade. . . so far!
I’ll be asking the dealer to fit the Cadenza cart and then, for now, that’s it.
I have a budget to make some modifications quite soon, but obviously, I’m only going to do so once I’ve got it home and I’ve had a while to set a base line for performance, and in comparison to the Radius 5.
Hi Charles, If the arm is the LV-X as posted by IanRobertM, then IIRC it was roughly as good as the Rega RB250 of the day. In other words, decent. Your dealer should be able to check it for sticking bearings.
As you perhaps know from your reading, Linn lore has it that the arm and cart are the least important parts of the record player. And that the competence of the person doing the set up is probably most important factor of all.
Thanks. Yes, I would say your Cadenza is the least important part of this. There is so much more that can be done first, starting with the bearing and the power supply. But your dealer will be checking the condition of both and advising appropriately.
Hopefully, new springs, grommets, belt, maybe a motor are all included.
As you clearly like your Vertere phono stage, have you thought about their DG1 deck? Rega must also be worth a look, the Planar 8 is a similar price to those you mention. I don’t recall where you live but if it’s the UK there is someone selling a Planar 10 with Apheta 3, both with only 20 hours use, for only £2,700, which is an amazing bargain.
@Charles64 - the Ortofon Cadenza appears to be a c.£1k cartridge… I think…?
As others have said, Linn Lore advises against such combo’s. If you are set on running your Cadenza, I suggest you should be aiming much higher in the arm stakes. In Linn, a good used Ittok would be appropriate.