Linn is one of those products that is finicky about mixing and matching. You are better off staying with an all Linn system.
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Thank you all for your input.
When I searched this subject, I found a series of posts by "lugnut" several years ago. He had previously been using solely Linn gear running active, then inserted a tubed preamp and was quite taken by the degree in improvement. Initially w/ Audible Illusions, Cary(?) then Supratek. He was careful to match output voltages between the preamp & amps - Linn LK140's have 23.5V output voltage.
Given this was several years ago, I was wondering if anyone
had tried a tubed pre in a Linn system since, and could offer any suggestions. VTL 2.5 was offered as a good candidate ... any others ??
Appreciate all suggestions and responses - thank you !
I had a Kairn and 2 Klouts but not active and actually used just one.
I had someone come by to buy a pair of Klipsch Lascala's and he brought a vintage tube amp. Shocking!
Dead quiet tube amp.
The problem is Linn uses dirt cheap parts in the crossovers. I had 5140's.
Almost afterthought parts quality. Maybe to make the jump to acktiv better?
You can try vintage tube pre or integrated on the cheap?
I sold my Kairn phono and and still have the vintage tube amp heavily modded though, but still have Linn sources LP12 and Karik/Numerik.