Linn DS, the next generation of digital music at home
Linn have a proud history of innovation.
From the first Linn Sondek turntable this has continued through Isobarik speakers, heavy cables, electronic switching on amplifiers, quality multi-room music, hard disk music storage, and even includes something as simple as spikes on speaker stands!
This has always set them apart as a company with supreme engineering skills and the desire to explore the limits of what is possible.
Their latest radical move is the digital streaming series of products, DS.
You rip your music collection to a hard drive which can sit either beside your hifi or beside your computer. This connects by a network to the DS box which sits beside your hifi system.
The amazing demonstration we can do is:
1 you bring in some favourite cds
2 we rip them to our server
3 compare playing the original on a cd player to our ripped version through a DS.
4 The DS is clearly better in every way!
5 Buy the level that suits your system and your pocket
It's too long to type out a full explanation of why this is happens, bring in your cd and I'll do it then
DS comes in 3 quality levels following Linn’s philosophy of good, better, best,
Majik, Akurate, Klimax.
A Linn Majik DS can either be stand-alone to plug into your existing amplifier at £ 1880 or come built-in to a Linn Majik I amplifier , the DSM at £ 2990. In addition to the 100wpc and inputs of the majik I the DSM adds 4 HDMI inputs.
The Akurate DS is £ 4500, with a DSM version including HDMI inputs and a preamplifier at a bargain £ 5850
Klimax DS is £ 12000, the ultimate. Again there is a DSM version with a preamplifier and HDMI inputs at only £ 15995
At each jump in level and price the improvement in clarity is immediate and obvious. Linn don't get these things wrong!
There are also two unusual DS models called Sneaky DS and SNEAKY DSM. These were originally used for multi-room Linn DS systems but are equally at home as a complete sound system at low cost, for Linn that is. Sneaky DS gives you a streamer and amplifier for only £ 999. A Linn for under £1000? Whats the catch? Well it is a streaming only product, no inputs for anything else, so you have your music library, Spotify, and radio only, no line inputs at all. Also the amplifier is very punchy sounding but low power so we have to be careful matching speakers and you're not going to run a dance club from it. Having said that you can achieve a fantastic sound for very reasonable money, and with a Linn badge it must be good, it is good.
The more powerful version with extra inputs, Sneaky DSM at £ 1750, is another Linn bargain. Simple box, no controls as you use your iphone/ipad/pc/notebook, 50Wpc, great streaming, great sound, and also HDMI inputs for connecting your blu ray and tv
The Sneaky can be used vertically or horizontally, we pictured it vertically just to look different!
You will also need some ancillaries with all DS variants, hard drive, control, which we can discuss with you.
The Linn is very flexible, iphone, ipad, ipod touch, KindleHD or a laptop, mac or windows, can all be used
While the original disk server, the Kivor, pointed the way to digital storage future the DS systems have taken a leap forward in performance above anything else on the market.
We stock various other streaming devices, Sonos, Arcam, Cyrus, Rega, Naim, the Linn has a clear demonstrable advantage bringing you closer to the music, and the performance.
To find out more send us an email with any questions or call in for a chat and a listen. To hear a particular model it is best to give us a call so we can have it set up ready to go.