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. The sword is forged of boron, with a super-fine-line diamond tip. The 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 Linn’s engineers’ efforts to capitalise on the elements of Ekstatik which work so well; using the 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.