Linn LK1 Vintage Preamplifier with Dual Phono Inputs (MM/MC)


Solid performer capable of connecting MM/MC turntables in addition to most other sources (Moving-Coil and Moving Magnet).

The matching Linn LK280 amp is available here.

Tested in our listening room with a full Linn system and working properly.

We can supply proper cables if needed, please reach out before placing your order to confirm your system setup.

Otherwise your purchase includes the Linn LK1 preamplifier as pictured and a power cable. Nothing else is included that is not shown in our photos or specifically called out above.

Click below to add our recommended matching cables from Kimber Kable, all brand new as SkyFi is an official Kimber dealer.

Kimber Kable - XLR Interconnects

Kimber Kable - Phono Interconnects

Kimber Kable - Power Cords

From Stereophile:

Exquisitely made but unusually styled, Linn's LK1 and LK280 can be used as stand-alone pre and power amplifiers. I imagine, however, that they will almost always be used as a pair, due to the idiosyncratic XLR connectors, the '280's low input impedance, and, last but not least, the fact that they do appear to form a musically synergistic partnership.

As Len Feldman said in the April 1989 Audio, perhaps the LK1 and LK280 should be regarded as a two-chassis integrated amplifier. But at $2545 total, this is one expensive integrated amplifier, and it is fair to point out that the hairshirt audiophile can achieve better performance in at least one of the separate areas of sound reproduction by carefully choosing separate, "universal" preamps and power amps. (Use Stereophile's biannual "Recommended Components" listings as a starting point.)

Achieving greatness in one area of reproduction at the expense of others is not necessarily the best way of achieving musical satisfaction, however, and the LK1/LK280 scores in its ability to present a satisfyingly whole sound. The combination is not so much intended for audioholics who need to mix'n'match components on a monthly basis, but for music lovers who require "Fit and Forget" high-quality amplification.

Linn LK1: Solid-state preamplifier with two phono inputs (MM/MC), four line-level inputs, including two tape loops, 256-step digitally switched volume control, and optional IR remote control. Specifications: Input impedance: 50k ohms (phono MM), 150 ohms (phono MC), 10k ohms (line). Nominal output level: 500mV. Phono Sensitivity: 5.0mV (MM), 150µV (MC). Line sensitivity: 500mV RMS. S/N Ratio: not specified.

Dimensions: 10.24" (260mm) W by 10.43" (265mm) D by 2.95" (75mm) H (preamplifier), 2.75" (70mm) W by 4.8" (122mm) D by 1.8" (46mm) H (remote control). Weight: 9.9 lbs (4.5kg).



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