Fifteen months ago I moved overseas with a Linn Majik I integrated amp and a Meridian 551 integrated & Meridian 504 tuner. I since sold the Meridian gear and kept the Linn Majik I (the older shoe box sized integrated). I now have an opportunity to pick up a Linn LK85 and use the Majik as a preamp.
I do not believe the LK85 has the Activ cards installed and I’m not looking to purchase Linn speakers either. I’m a little worried about using the Majik as a stand alone preamp, since as an integrated, it has its own amplification circuitry inside.
Would a stand alone Linn preamp (Linn Karin or Kolector) be better than using a Linn Majik as a preamp, or is this splitting hairs and they are virtually the same?
Lastly, the LK85 uses the Deltron plugs, whereas my Linn Majik does not. I use banana plugs. Are banana plugs better, worse, or the same as the Deltron plugs?
Thank you so much for your insight.
Rest of system:
Monitor Audio R700 MD
Ariston RD 80 SL / Jelco arm / Grado ZC+
Audiolab 6000 CDT
Bluesound Node 2i
AudioGd NFS-1C DAC