LINN Products have produced some remarkable products over the years. The company was founded in 1973 by Ivor Tiefenbrun to produce the Linn Sondek LP12 turntable.
Unsatisfied with the performance of the hi-fi system he purchased shortly after getting married, Ivor used resources at this fathers engineering company to make a turntable that fixed a lot of what he thought was wrong with the designs of the day.
The turntable, which he eventually named the Linn Sondek LP12, looked the same as most other turntables, but almost every component had a different purpose. Crucially, the suspension was optimised for acoustic isolation instead of shock resistance. With it, Ivor proved for the first time that a better turntable improved the sound of any hi-fi system.
Obvious in retrospect, and taken for granted today, the notion of “garbage in, garbage out” (also called “source-first”) in a hi-fi system was a challenge to the conventional wisdom of the day, which held that the loudspeaker was the most important part of the hi-fi system.
In time the company grew and manufactured more products, including tonearms and cartridges, loudspeakers and eventually amplification.
More recently LINN Products took a lead in the development of streaming products , with Ivor son Gilad Tiefenbrun, joining Linn as R&D Manager in 2003. They were one of the first companies to see the potential of streaming audio.
In 2007, Linn launched its first Linn DS network music player, the Klimax DS, taking as its input a digital stream over a home network rather than from a physical disc. This was its first product to support the playback of studio master quality recordings natively in up to 24bit resolution and 192kHz sampling frequency, significantly exceeding the specifications of the older Audio CD format (16bit / 44.1kHz).
Musicality and engineering excellence are hallmarks of LINN Products. LINN also have their own label and their website distributes music in High Definition.
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