Over thirty years ago Linn was born out of a simple truth; the more accurately a system reproduces sound, the greater the impact it will have on the listener.
The better the sound, the greater the benefit.
Ever since then, our goal has been to produce music and movie systems capable of delivering the full emotion of a live performance in your home.
The best sound systems can change your life. Only music and movies reproduced to the highest standards can bring you lasting pleasure, so at Linn accurate reproduction always comes first.
Start with the Music
To us, music in your life is a necessity and quality reproduction essential. The unique, pure sound of Linn is the most accurate sound possible, delivering the most involving music and the most absorbing cinema.
“We believe our approach is the best, but the way to judge us is to listen to our products.” – Ivor Tiefenbrun MBE
Linn Products was established in 1972 by Ivor Tiefenbrun. Born in Glasgow, he was passionate about two things – engineering and listening to music.
When he couldn’t buy a hi-fi good enough to satisfy his needs he decided to make one himself.
In 1972 Linn introduced the Sondek LP12 turntable. The longest-lived hi-fi product still in production anywhere in the world, and still the benchmark by which all turntables are judged. The remarkable ability of the Sondek LP12 turntable to extract more music information from records led to the understanding that retrieving and protecting the source signal carefully was what mattered most.
The Linn Sondek LP12 turntable revolutionised the hi-fi industry proving categorically that the source of the music is the most important component in the hi-fi chain.
Linn then set out to make the other components in the hi-fi chain as revolutionary as the first, setting new standards for performance over the years with each new product.
Today, Linn is a substantial independent precision engineering company based in Glasgow, Scotland, uniquely focused on the design, manufacture and sale of complete music and home theatre systems for customers the world over who seek only the best.
What Linn Do?
“Linn are a precision engineering company and we make precision engineered sound and vision components. Our job is the application of measurement and making things work. The making things work bit is not at all well understood. It’s called engineering. It is the hard and gruelling part of delivering superior performance.” – Ivor Tiefenbrun MBE
Why they do it?
“If a system is not good enough to change your life, it is probably not worth buying. A good system should change the way you live and the way you feel for the better.” – Ivor Tiefenbrun MBE
Everyone has the ability to appreciate music. It can spark the imagination, help you relax and change your mood, as well as provide entertainment and pleasure.
The job of a sound system is to reproduce music. The better it does this, the better it sounds – the more benefit it offers.
The best sound systems can change your life.
Real hi-fi provides more accurate reproduction than standard mass-produced products, and makes it easy to respond naturally to recorded music. The better the music reproduction you have at home, the more pleasure your sound system will bring and the more you’ll enjoy an ever-widening variety of music.
All Linn products are designed to deliver exceptional audio performance and to bring you the ultimate music and movie experience.
Precision engineering, attention to detail and a keen understanding of customer needs shape every component, from the most complex home theatre solution to the most discreet music system.
How Linn Are Different
You know how much pleasure music brings to your life. It can pick you up. It can calm you down. It can move your feet and stimulate your mind.
Because Linn believe in being true to the music, the focus has always been on developing systems that reproduce sound as faithfully as possible to the original recording. Over the decades our experience has given us a clear understanding of how sound travels from recording to loudspeakers, and an appreciation that the sound reproduction process is only as strong as its weakest link.
Only music and movies reproduced to the highest standards can bring you lasting pleasure, so at Linn, accurate reproduction always comes first.
All you have to do is listen
Choosing a good system has nothing to do with specifications or complicated feature lists.
Linn has always believed the best way to select a system is by listening to the different options and letting your ears decide – if it sounds better, it is better.
Built to last
We know that once a customer buys a Linn hi-fi system, the longer they have it the more they appreciate it, the more their taste in music expands and the more prepared they are to invest in its maintenance and development. This is one of the reasons a Linn system retains so much more value and lasts so much longer than anything else. It is possible to enjoy music in a genre with which you are already familiar and which you have learned to appreciate, even on a pretty poor system, but that level of sound reproduction is not good enough to help a country music person enjoy opera or vice versa. A good system will enable the listener to make this kind of transition and expand their taste in many dramatic ways because all music has merit. Ivor Tiefenbrun
Linn’s philosophy of making systems that are modular, expandable and upgradeable ensures you can develop your system over a lifetime, gradually improving its performance.
Customers who love music have built our business, so we look after them. We continually improve our products and make it easy for them to upgrade their systems if they wish.
You can start with a system that is right for you today and, upgrading step by step, improve and expand your system to build up to the very best.
Because Linn have a commitment to progress through learning, simplification and improvement, we are continually looking for ways to further develop our products.
And always to the benefit of both our new and existing customers.
At Linn manufacturing is an integrated process, from product design, all the way through to after-sales service.
All aspects of Linn’s products are designed in-house. All the key processes, from casting molten metal and machining precision components to manufacturing advanced and complex electronic circuits, are controlled by Linn people.
The ability to design a module in the morning and test it in manufacturing in the afternoon enables swift problem resolution.
It means new breakthroughs or improvements can be implemented quickly across the product range.
The freedom and independence this creates have enabled Linn to make an astonishing commitment to sound quality. An organisation that puts customers first completes a truly integrated capability.
Attention to detail
Linn believe everything can be improved by human interest and attention to detail. So the same person builds, tests, and packs a complete product from start to finish.
This ensures a standard of construction and a sense of pride and involvement that is just not possible on a production line.
They take all the time necessary to ensure every detail is correct.
Only then will the person responsible for building the product personally sign their name on the back and pack it for despatch.
Every product can be tracked all the way from that individual to the customer, anywhere in the world.
A single-minded philosophy guaranteeing outstanding product performance.
If it sounds better – it is better
There are those who say that to choose a good sound system you have to understand the jargon and know all about power ratings and performance figures. In our opinion, this is nonsense. Because specifications don’t tell you what a good sound system actually sounds like.
Linn has always believed the best way to choose a good sound system is through product demonstration and comparison. By listening and comparing a Linn system with other similar systems to hear the difference for yourself.