In a perfect world, the arm should be free to move in both lateral and vertical planes without friction. It should not oscillate or resonate following a stylus movement.
Whilst there is a clear hierarchy to follow when specifying a turntable configuration, the tonearm has the important role to play of ensuring the stylus is able to track a record. The tonearm needs to react quickly to the minute movements both laterally and vertically as it supports the stylus tracking the record, so being both rigid and light is advantageous if not a little challenging for what is basically a pivoted lever with a counterbalance or a tensioned spring to attempt. We consider the following Linn tonearms among the best available at achieving these requirements.
Linn Ekos Super Evolution
Setting a new performance benchmark, Ekos SE features advanced materials carefully selected for their sound performance and low resonance properties. These minimise interference, resonance and microphony, meaning you’ll hear even more from your vinyl collection.
The arm tube is machined from titanium to reduce resonance and a stainless steel bearing housing ensures precision of movement.
Regardless of whether you are listening to the first track of the day or have been spinning records for hours, the ultra-low friction bearings and temperature-compensated precision-springs ensure that exceptional performance from the Ekos SE tonearm is maintained.
Every Ekos SE tonearm is precision-engineered to last and is hand-built to the highest quality standard, so that you can continue to enjoy your vinyl collection for decades to come.
The Ekos SE tonearm is the perfect partner for any cartridge. Specify Kandid, Linn’s reference moving coil cartridge for ultimate performance from your LP12 turntable.
Incorporating technologies developed for Linn’s class-leading Ekos SE, the Akito tonearm will get more from your vinyl collection.
Precision bearings, accurate static tracking and precision-spring bias adjustment protect your cherished vinyl recordings and maximise your enjoyment of the music.
A strong die-cast headshell is bonded to the main arm tube using advanced adhesives and together they provide a stable platform for supporting a wide range of cartridges.
The Akito tonearm is the perfect partner for Linn’s Krystal moving coil or Adikt moving magnet cartridges.
A performance upgrade for the original Majik LP12 turntable with the Project 9-cc tonearm or decks with other brand tonearms, Linn’s Majik tonearm is engineered to provide a high level of precision at a more accessible price point.
A static-balanced design featuring a one-point cross bearing arrangement, the CNC turned aluminium and brass construction creates a precise and rigid tonearm.
Bias force is provided by a calibrated spring mechanism, allowing adjustment for a range of values.
A die-cast headshell with 2 slot design makes it a perfect match for Linn’s Adikt Moving Magnet cartridge, however the open design means that it’s also compatible with many different cartridges.