Glasgow, Scotland: Linn is demonstrating its commitment to the continued development and improvement of analogue sources with the introduction of the Kandid moving-coil, reference standard cartridge.
Kandid represents an extensive and detailed development into cartridges at Linn. A completely bespoke Linn product, the focus in developing the new cartridge has been to collectively reduce resonance, lower distortion and increase output when compared to Kandid’s already exceptional predecessor – Akiva.
The first and most obvious change is the removal of the front housing as a potential source of resonance within the cartridge. Another immediately visible update is the change in material used for the front yoke screw – now plastic instead of metal. A plastic screw provides two major advantages: it eliminates any magnetic interference to the delicate coils and reduces the weight of the cartridge overall allowing the counterweight to be moved closer to the bearing point to give a quicker reaction to changes in the vinyl.
The angle of the mechanical body and the tracking angle of the cantilever have also been moved from 23° to 20° with the result that when placed under tracking force on the LP surface, the flux lines remain symmetrical ensuring that forces on the coils and iron core remain equal in all directions, avoiding any deformation.
Kandid uses the finest nude diamond, micro-ridge stylus and benefits from a ceramic boron cantilever for ultra low mass and extremely high rigidity. The suspension mechanism supports hand-wound coils secured in a high-precision rigid assembly, terminated with gold contacts on flying leads for superb signal transmission. The coils in the Kandid also feature an extra winding to increase output.
The assembly structure of the Kandid has been designed to perfectly partner with the Linn Ekos SE tonearm. It is constructed around a machined-from-solid, 7075 aluminium alloy body for complete rigidity and includes the company’s unique triple-point mounting system to ensure a more rigid and accurate coupling.
The new Kandid cartridge represents Linn engineering at its finest and shows how a process of original thinking and continual refinement can bring an ever greater enjoyment of music.
Launched in March and priced at £2,960, Kandid is available from Linn turntable specialists.
Cartridge type: Low output moving coil
Stylus and cantilever: Slot mounted, 3um x 70um nude line contact diamond in boron cantilever
Vertical tracking angle: 20 degrees
Tracking force: 1.72g - 1.77g (1.75g preferred)
Pin connection type: Flying wire with termination clips
Recommended load: 70Ω ~ 1kΩ (determine optimum by listening)
Separation at 1kHz: Better than 35 dB
Channel balance at 1 kHz: +/- 0.5 dB
Output at 1 kHz @3.45 cm/s: 0.4 mv
Weight: 5.7 g (without stylus cover)