If you could "DR" an LP12, would it sound like this...

This morning I had the pleasure of seeing and listening to Mike’s new Stiletto. I deliberately say ‘seeing’ because in the flesh it looks fabulous. The black finish would be a perfect complement to Naim’s 500 series, it’s that good.

So what did I make of the performance?

We sampled a variety of stuff, all of which I’m familiar with. Playing Seal’s first album I was immediately struck by how much bigger the soundstage seemed. Both deeper and wider. The placement of vocalist, instruments was easier. Next impression was the low-end performance. I’ve always thought Mike’s set-up has excelled at the bottom end but it has now taken a big leap forward. Bass guitar and drums were palpable. The performance reaching down much deeper than before and yet with excellent control. This was very obvious on LZ’s Since I’ve Been Loving You.

But as well as the bottom end there was extra detail and subtlety coming through across-the-board.

Some AC/DC again showed these characteristics and at this stage in our session I also become aware of the significant reduce in surface noise. As a long-time CD convert, I’m particularly sensitised to vinyl’s inherent surface noise so the Stiletto’s benefit in this respect was particular striking for me.

For a conclusion to our listening session we listened to Floyd’s live performance on One Of These Days from Pulse. Did I say conclusion? Perhaps it would be better to describe it as ‘climax’ because, bl**dy hell, this performance was simply stunning!

Was I impressed? Just a bit. I’ve not hear better vinyl reproduction, ever. Ok, I’m not hugely experienced in the vinyl field but ……..I’ve previously heard Linn’s top LP12 set up in-store. It was good, as it should be for the price, but it didn’t touch me like Mike’s new Stiletto. So, you LP12 junkies out there beware: listen to a Stiletto at your peril!

Mike

Happy Listener posted:
bluedog posted:

Each to his own and all that.  It would be interesting to compare your "Franken-Linn" to a thoroughbred LP12 of equivalent value using the "tune-dem" approach advocated by Linn themselves.  IMHO if one buys a Rolls Royce there is little to be gained by adding Lexus parts to it.  Purely a personal view of course.

Bluedog - I'm not sure this is the right way round. Per most dealers/owners (many who post here), the level of mods from after-market providers is now driving out much enhanced performance from the LP12 (as a generic moniker). IIRC, there was a time when the steel top-plate and the flex it allowed, was said to benefit the sound - that seems to have been well & truly de-bunked some time back.

Staying with the car analogies, I think a standard high-spec Linn LP12 is now being given the (Merc) AMG treatment by others. You listen with your ears and you pays your money as you see fit.

To add some variables in to this, per trusted views from friends, I understand some of the non-Linn plinths can adversely affect the sound, so it's not a one-way street.

Staying with the car analogies, isn't the aftermarket LP12 products more like the aftermarket products for older Mercedes-AMG? I know a really cool one of those that really makes an facelift for an older AMG and it won't cost you very much either! It's those small stickers that looks like you got bullet holes on your car, great stuff! 

-Or maybe not.

MDS posted:

This morning I had the pleasure of seeing and listening to Mike’s new Stiletto. I deliberately say ‘seeing’ because in the flesh it looks fabulous. The black finish would be a perfect complement to Naim’s 500 series, it’s that good.

So what did I make of the performance?

We sampled a variety of stuff, all of which I’m familiar with. Playing Seal’s first album I was immediately struck by how much bigger the soundstage seemed. Both deeper and wider. The placement of vocalist, instruments was easier. Next impression was the low-end performance. I’ve always thought Mike’s set-up has excelled at the bottom end but it has now taken a big leap forward. Bass guitar and drums were palpable. The performance reaching down much deeper than before and yet with excellent control. This was very obvious on LZ’s Since I’ve Been Loving You.

But as well as the bottom end there was extra detail and subtlety coming through across-the-board.

Some AC/DC again showed these characteristics and at this stage in our session I also become aware of the significant reduce in surface noise. As a long-time CD convert, I’m particularly sensitised to vinyl’s inherent surface noise so the Stiletto’s benefit in this respect was particular striking for me.

For a conclusion to our listening session we listened to Floyd’s live performance on One Of These Days from Pulse. Did I say conclusion? Perhaps it would be better to describe it as ‘climax’ because, bl**dy hell, this performance was simply stunning!

Was I impressed? Just a bit. I’ve not hear better vinyl reproduction, ever. Ok, I’m not hugely experienced in the vinyl field but ……..I’ve previously heard Linn’s top LP12 set up in-store. It was good, as it should be for the price, but it didn’t touch me like Mike’s new Stiletto. So, you LP12 junkies out there beware: listen to a Stiletto at your peril!

Mike

Hi Mike 

 

Thanks for coming over for a listen. I've been pretty amazed by the changes too, and have especially been enjoying a lot of Pink Floyd. I've given the rest of Pulse a spin now and it's pretty awesome. 

 

However, my final changes are now in. A Powerline on the Radikal, which was every bit worthwhile, and the pair of olive Hicaps powering the 82 have just been superceded by a lovely olive Supercap with its' own Powerline. 

 

It's only been in for half an hour, and I've only just had a quick AB with the Karik, but certainly takes that to a different level. Maybe you should pop back over soon for another listen?

 

Mike

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