Linn Axis & Linn Basik Plus & AT95E


Novice Member
Hi - I have Linn Axis turntable, with basik plus arm and recently fitted AT95e cartridge.

I am having some issues with the sound that I can't resolve... It manifests itself as a distortion (possibly a resonance?) in and around the upper mid band in louder passages. Listening to the opening track on George Ezras Living at Tamaras, for instance, all sounds fine until the track picks up about a minute or so in, then whilst the vocals sounds ok the instrumentation in the background sounds distorted. I have checked with CD version, and the issue does not present itself so I am confident this is an issue with the turntable

I thought the cartridge angle maybe incorrect - but it looks bang on (checking stylus itself not body) according to my Ortofon protractor. Vertical angle bang on. I have played around with tracking weight with little effect currently at 1.8G.

Not sure what else I can check and will probably be taking it to dealer for service unless there is something obvious I may have missed?

Any suggestions?


Active Member
I have recently changed the AT95E on my turntable for the very same reason. It was producing a lot of distortion which sounded like mis-tracking, and it varied between start, middle and end of side. Also, the treble was dull, yet it also produced a lot of surface noise. I was careful to setup the cartridge alignment accurately using the Baerwald protractor, but it made minimal difference.

I have now changed to a Denon DL-110 high output MC cartridge and that is in a completely different league. Wonderfully smooth and detailed, tight bass, hardly any surface noise.

(My turntable is an original Technics SL-1210 Mk.2).


Standard Member
Thanks for your input on this. I've decided to take the turntable to a Linn specialist to try to diagnose the issue. I'll post to let you know how I got on!


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