The Strat (Fender) posted:
We really must nail this myth that a Linn LP12 has this golden synergy with Naim. It wasn’t true in the 80s and isn’t now. Of course it remains an excellent deck albeit completely different to its 70/80s forbears. But to all the disciples out there how many have conducted a meaningful comparison in recent years against the opposition?
Good point Lindsay.
Yes, okay, I confess. I'm a fan of the Linn LP12, having owned 2 of them over the years. Yet I preferred the Roksan Xerxes 20+ (at equivalent cost, an important consideration with versions of the LP12) when I made a back-to-back comparison using the same cartridge and Naim system.
A few years later the new baby Vertere turntable & arm sounded musically more rewarding to these cloth ears than my then top spec Xerxes.
The Well Tempered Versalex somehow manages to make music in a far more beguiling way than I would have thought possible, judging by looks alone. Yes, I rather like what it does, though not to the extent (or cost) of a high spec Xerxes or Vertere.
Finally, if you have the right support for it, the Rega 10 with Alpheta 2 (or even Aphaleon) represents tremendous value for money and plays captivating, proper music. Can it compare with an equivalently priced new LP12? No, it sounded better than that to me.
Have I actually heard these decks? Ummm, guilty m'Lord.
p.s. I still like the LP12 in most of its guises though!
Best regards, FT