Sondek LP12-50 turntable marks the fiftieth anniversary of Scottish audio brand Linn designed in collaboration with Jony Ive and Marc Newson's company, LoveFrom. The sonic improvement comes by way of Linn's all-new Bedrok™ plinth technology; formed of orthogonal layers of beech placed under extreme pressure to create an entirely new, solid, and massive material. The consequent ultra-dense wood has negligible resonance and offers a superior isolating housing for the turntable's mechanism.
LoveFrom has applied their design expertise to the new, precision-machined power/speed control button and hinges—providing delightful and precise interaction with the turntable. Further aesthetic refinements to the classic Sondek LP12 form have been made with deep respect for the quality and integrity of the product.
Jony Ive explains:
This project has been so life-affirming and so joyful to work on… LoveFrom has worked together with brilliant, kind people at Linn who share our obsessiveness to make something wonderful and without compromise. And at the same time, we have been able to play a small part in celebrating fifty years of an icon.
The audio quality of the Sondek LP12-50 is undoubtedly matched by its design precision and aesthetics. A wonderful piece of hardware. If you can look past the hefty $60,000 price tag.