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Kendo is a modern martial art form; translated from the Japanese it means “way of the sword”. At Linn however, the word has unique connotations. Our sword is forged of boron, with a super-fine-line diamond tip. Our armour is nickel-coated, 7075-grade aluminium. Kendo is the eager apprentice to its master, Ekstatik; sharing the same values, and picking up many of its traits along the way.

Kendo is the outcome of our engineers’ efforts to capitalise on the elements of Ekstatik which work so well; using our tried-and-true, trickle-down development methodology to produce a more affordable, high-performance cartridge which retains the same core design principles and acoustic fingerprint.

Kendo possesses a rigid, nickel-coated 7075-grade aluminium body. This specific grade of aluminium matches that of our Arko tonearm, for which Kendo was designed to be the perfect partner. This facilitates superb material synergy throughout the tonearm system, and effectively banishes unwanted resonances away from the delicate generator, along the arm, and out through the sub-chassis.

Technical Specifications

High-performance moving coil cartridge

Stylus TypeSuper Fine Line
Coil WireCopper 4N
Pin Connection Type1.2mm gold pin
Mounting Points3
Output Voltage0.45mV @3.54cm/s
Channel Balance at 1 kHz<1dB
Channel Separation at 1kHzBetter than 28dB
Load Resistance100Ω
Load Capacitance`1nF
Tracking Force2.0g
Cartridge Mass7.6 g
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