Linn Karousel bearing upgrade from Basil Audio

Karousel Upgrade or Spare Part Kit


Linn Karousel Bearing Upgrade

Innovations in design combined with new material selection in critical parts of the bearing result in smoother rotation for better sound. The spindle is better supported thanks to improved tolerances of the bearing liners, and the Diamond-Like Carbon coating on the thrust pad provides reduced friction, together improving the ‘noise floor’ of the turntable and in turn, musical reproduction.

A stronger coupling has been achieved between the platter, spindle, bearing housing and sub-chassis, thanks to the Stainless Steel material chosen and the new design implemented. 

A key part of this new design is the substantial lock-nut fastening which increases rigidity at what was previously the weakest point. 

A stronger housing for the thrust pad, combined with a smaller, stiffer form and the new coating improves the critical area that supports the platter rotation and mass. These changes combined lead to the reduction of noise for more accurate vinyl reproduction. 

Karousel’s reduction in friction means that it will last longer and continue to give incredibly accurate listening pleasure to the very highest standard for longer than ever before. 

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Product Description

The unique single-point bearing, combined with the acoustic isolation of the turntable design, were the foundations on which Linn was established in 1973, the bearing design even providing the inspiration for the Linn logo. 

Testament to its ground-breaking design, the basic principles of the bearing have remained and Karousel is only the third evolution of this design in almost 50 years. 

This innovative take on the design for 2020 has been made possible by technological developments around the material science, machining capabilities and mechanical engineering expertise gained from almost half a century of designing and manufacturing the world’s best turntable.