Linn Klimax LP12 Record-Playing System Specifications

Sidebar 1: Specifications

Description: Linn Klimax LP12 two-speed (33.33 and 45rpm), belt-drive turntable with Karousel Bearing, sprung Keel subchassis, and separate Radikal power supply. Equipped as a package with the Linn Ekos SE tonearm, Ekstatik moving coil cartridge, and built-in Urika RIAA phono stage.
Dimensions: 17.4" (445mm) W × 5.5" (140mm) H × 14" (356mm) D (turntable); 13.8" (350mm) W × 2.3" (60mm) H × 13.9" (355mm) D (Radikal power supply).
Serial number of unit reviewed: 1546559. Manufactured in Scotland.
Price as tested: $30,120. Approximate number of US dealers: 30. Warranty: 5 years.
Manufacturer: Linn Products Ltd., Glasgow Road, Waterfoot, Eaglesham, Glasgow G76 0EQ, Scotland, UK. Tel: (44) (0)141 307-7777.

Linn Products Ltd.
Glasgow Road
Waterfoot, Eaglesham, Glasgow G76 0EQ
Scotland, UK
(44) (0)141 307-7777

volvic's picture

Own three LP12's and love them all. Gosh! I need that Argerich record.

daveyf's picture

For a Linn LP12 Klimax with the Tramp 2 base, I'm not sure why anyone would use the old 'Audiophile system's platform? You now have two systems designed to minimize vibration, probably working against each other!
The other question is how familiar Trei is with setting up the current LP12? Set up is quite crucial with the LP12, more so than ever in many respects!

Jim Austin's picture

... certainly no one in the NYC area, is more skilled and experienced with LP12 setup than Michael Trei. Indeed, Trei was Linn's choice for setting up this new LP12.

Jim Austin, Editor

shinri's picture

The Audiophile Systems Platform is not an "isolation platform" in the traditional sense. Audiophile Systems (who were the US Linn importer at the time when it was made) designed it to be the embodiment of the "lightweight rigid platform" that Linn has always promoted as the best support for an LP12. It is simply a rectangular hardwood board, with an adjustable spike foot in each corner, making it essentially a tabletop equivalent of something like a Sound Organisation, Archidee, or AudioTech stand. It has no damping, absorbent anything, squishy feet, springs, or anything else in it to provide isolation. It just rigidly couples the deck to the underlying cabinet, on a surface with a minimum amount of mass that can store energy.
While its performance is certainly less effective on a Trampolin equipped LP12, it will in no way interfere with the Trampolin's own functioning or effectiveness.

jfogden's picture


daveyf's picture

The Tramp 2 and the old 'audiophile systems' platform, which probably counter acted each other! The Tramp 2 is designed to work alone with no further assistance from isolation, which i discovered myself by making this very same mistake. Luckily, it is easy to rectify.

otaku's picture

Literally jumped? Was there something wrong with the suspension?

Glotz's picture

and once again, honest observations were tantamount to all else.

Thank you Herb.