(Linn at Promusica)

About Linn

Linn Products Ltd produces high fidelity audio equipment for home use, as well as bespoke equipment for studio recording and mastering. Through its "Linn Records" subsidiary the company also publishes, produces and distributes a wide range of musical genres. Linn has been recognised for its contribution to British manufacturing with a Queen's Award for Enterprise and an MBE for its founder, Ivor Tiefenbrun, for "service to the electronics industry."

On the cusp of the 1970s, Ivor Tiefenbrun began making record players at the family engineering business, Castle Precision Engineering (which supplies the aerospace, defence, and petroleum industries; customers including Rolls Royce and BAE Systems). In 1973, Ivor founded Linn (named after nearby Linn Park) and devoted himself to making hi fi full time. Castle Precision Engineering remained closely involved, and still produces many crucial parts for Linn.

 
Linn Akubariks, Exakt, piano black

Linn speakers, featuring patented "3K Array." Finish: special order, 'piano.'

With a series of game changing, sometimes patented products, and a 'no BS' "if it sounds better, it is better" attitude, Linn gradually acquired a reputation for genuine high fidelity. The notion that folks should use their own ears to assess musical quality (rather than relying on technical specifications and 'expert' reviewers) resonated with music lovers, but it didn't please everyone within the hi fi industry, especially those accustomed to telling folks what to buy.

Ivor has commented extensively, and sometimes controversially, on the subjects of music; people's innate musicality; how to choose a hi fi system; and appearance vs. substance. The basis of the Linn ethos has always been a fervent rejection of snobbery, dogma and the superficial, while affirming music's unique ability to elevate, inspire and restore. In regards to the effect of music on the individual, much of what Ivor first talked about in the 1970s is now supported by independent research in the fields of neuroplasticity and cognitive psychology. Music does make you smarter, and healthier - it's a scientific fact.

Over the years, many things have changed at Linn: network music players have replaced CD players; power amplifiers are increasingly regarded as 'should be heard and not seen' and the technicians and artisans now apply their craft in an airy, Richard Rogers designed facility in the beautiful, sometimes wild countryside of Eaglesham, Scotland (near Glasgow).

Meanwhile, Ivor - the once reviled enfant terrible of the British hi fi industry - has been given some charm lessons (which I'm afraid didn't take), and his son, Gilad, has been given the day-to-day running of what is still regarded by many as the best place to work in Britain.

However, some things have not changed. Linn still prefers to hire key staff from among the cream of manufacturing and tertiary education; at least one applicable degree AND a strong musical instinct are minimum requirements for certain jobs at Linn.

Product development is still steered by the 'blind comparison' - an uncompromising method borrowed from orchestra directors: the purpose being to eliminate the effects of both sub-concious bias and concious pre-conception. It's not enough that a candidate product measures well; no matter how passionate an engineer might be about a new design, it must pass the blind comparison stage if it is to eventually bear the Linn logo.

On more superficial matters, Linn continues to eschew ostentation and fashionable 'bling,' instead applying a more modest style that is intended to stand the test of time in the same way that the engineering is designed to. [Note: some of the speakers can be 'blinged' by special order.]

 
Linn hi fi system on custom made rack

Sondek LP12 record player.

Oh, and the product that kicked it all off - the Sondek LP12 record player - not only does Linn still make them, but they have continued to research and develop this area, and they provide retrofitable upgrade support for any LP12, regardless of age.

About Promusica

[No affiliation with any like named entity.]

Founded by Craig Salter and John Huey, and co-financed by private clients, Promusica is entirely biased and prejudiced... It's ALL about the music - making it better, and better. Whether that be achieved with the help of better studio monitor systems, or better replay in the home; whether it be using hand built, bespoke electronics and speakers, or upgraded legacy systems, or using the finest in cost-no-object, brand name solutions (EG, Linn). There are no 'sound bars' here, no buzz word slogans, and no snake-oil anointed 'audio-phoolery' of any kind. Above all, there are no salesmen here, and there never will be. Let the customer's ears decide, and let the chips fall where they may. (Blind listening comparison is available and is encouraged).

In addition, this is a full service dealer. Your new system, or component, will provide better results in your home or venue because Promusica does not simply ship boxes - what counts most is the actual, achieved result in your home or venue.