Linn Krystal Phono Cartridge


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Moving coil cartridge

Krystal benefits from the same design principles inherent to Linn’s premium moving coil Kandid cartridge, allowing it to accurately track the minute modulations of a record groove.

Applying a similar approach to minimising mass as we took with Kandid, Krystal features a 'nude' design. The resultant decrease in inertia of the cartridge allows Krystal to react quickly to the topography of a vinyl record. It uses the triple-point mounting system for a solid connection to the tonearm headshell, while its aluminium chassis provides a lightweight, stiff and stable platform for the generator. Even the adhesive used on Krystal was painstakingly selected to provide the most rigid bond possible to avoid any dampening effects.

Krystal sits at the centre of Linn’s cartridge range, beneath Kendo. Its highly musical presentation and increased agility offers marked sonic improvements over Adikt or Koil; providing the next step of the Sondek LP12 owner's journey towards vinyl playback perfection.


  • Stylus Type: Vital Fine Line
  • Cantilever: Aluminium tube
  • Armature: Cross
  • Pin Connection Type: 1.2 mm gold pin
  • Mounting Points: 3
  • Coil Wire: Copper
  • Output Voltage: 0.5mV @ 5cm/s
  • Channel Balance at 1 kHz: ±1dB
  • Channel Separation at 1kHz: Better than 30dB
  • Load Resistance: 50–200 Ω
  • Load Capacitance: 100–1000 pF
  • Tracking Force: 1.5–2.0 g
  • Cartridge Mass: 7.0 g

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