Incredibly good, highest world class affordable!
One thing to come straight away: with Linn Krystal, Linn has succeeded in producing a phenomenally good MC pickup: Technically perfect, sonically captivating, attractively priced - measured by what is offered. One thing you can not expect from him is that he turns a mediocre player into a superplayer.
Linn plays a special role in the pickup market: The Scottish manufacturer offers samplers in all (at least all upscale) price ranges, but at every opportunity suggests that the pickup should really be the last one to improve on its turntable.
When asked about the new MC system Krystal, a Linn consultant would thus try to talk this idea out of the reach of most interested parties, first examining the existing player, his drive and drive mechanics, the motor, its power supply, and finally the tonearm in the last instance, pay attention to the pickup system.
This hierarchy of phonetic relevance, which has been established by the brand for decades, is not without controversy and also not free of exceptions and special cases. In any case, it is honest and in the best interest of the customer, whose investment focus is directed by the perishable consumer pickups on more sustainable, stable value purchases: A good tonearm lasts a lifetime and can then be inherited.
The same applies to high-quality drives, the Linn-own players show for over 40 years every day again. Pickups on the other hand, no matter what the original price, are inexorably sliding from the first page towards an inglorious end, which sometimes overtakes them within a few hours (for example, by cats, children and other disasters) and rarely farther than 2000 hours away.
Two years in development, Krystal uses the design principles of our leading moving coil cartridge.
Krystal features a similar approach to minimizing the candidate, using a nude design to give the cartridge less inertia so it can react quickly to the changes in the groove.
It also uses the triple-point mounting system for a solid connection to the tonearm headshell, while the aircraft grade 7075 aluminum chassis provides a lightweight, stiff and stable platform for the generator. Even the adhesive used on Krystal what painstakingly selected to provide the most rigid bond possible to avoid any dampening effects.
- Moving coil (MC)
- Precision machined 7075 aluminum body
- Triple-point mounting system
- Nude diamond stylus
Excerpt Test Stereoplay:
86 of 100 points
"Judging by the more than twice as expensive top sampler from Linn (stereoplay 10 / 2015), the Krystal is a first-rate value-for-money monster. There's not much left to think about with this creamy particle! "
QUOTATION Semper Audio:
After all, the developers in Glasgow spent two whole years working on this MC pickup system, as the new Linn Krystal had to do even more with details from the record groove than it was possible with its predecessor, Linn Klyde the promise of the manufacturer.
In the development one took advantage of the experiences, which one won with the conception of the current flagship Linn candidate, whereby one sat directly on the here selected design approach. This concerns in particular the approach of the smallest possible mass, so that one opted for an open design concept, and thus renounced a housing. The manufacturer even speaks of a "nude design". Thus, the cartridge should have a particularly low inertia, and thus more precisely and immediately respond to any minimal change in the "groove", and thus can represent any detail.
The very solid base is a limited to the essentials construction of aluminum dar. The manufacturer speaks here of Aircraft grade 7075 aluminum as a material for the chassis. In addition, a so-called triple-point mounting system is to be used in order to ensure the best possible connection between the pickup system and the headshell of the tonearm. Even with details such as the splices, there was an intense search for the most optimal solution to avoid any unwanted cushioning effect, says Linn Products Limited about the immense effort that the new Linn Krystal achieved for ultimately the best possible results.
As already mentioned, the new Linn Krystal is an MC pickup system with the so-called Vital Fine Line stylus, an aluminum needle carrier and of course gold-plated connection pins. The Linn Krystal brings according to the data sheet a mass of 7 grams on the scales.
The manufacturer states for the new Linn Krystal a recommended terminating resistor from 50 to 200 Ohm and a capacity from 100 to 1.000 pF. According to Linn's recommendation, the print run should be in the range between 1,5 and 2 grams.