Linn has announced updated versions of its DS Series of network music players that utilize a new clocking architecture and improved audio circuitry layouts, and they incorporate Linn's SPACE Optimisation technology, which is adapted from the optimisation technology developed in the company's Exakt systems. Now shipping, the Klimax DS (shown here) is priced at $21,250, the Akurate DS at $7,600, the Majik DS at $3,500 and the Majik DSM at $4,750.
In 2007 Linn launched the Klimax DS, bringing 24-bit music into the living room for the first time and revolutionizing the way music could be listened to in the home.
Quickly following this, Linn released the Akurate DS, Majik DS and Sneaky DS in 2008.
Building on their pioneering approach, Linn today introduces a huge leap forward in audio performance that re-defines the DS category.
These significant enhancements are delivered in the new Klimax DS, Akurate DS, Majik DS and Majik DSM players by an innovative new approach to clocking architecture and improved audio circuitry layouts, leading to a reduction in the number of components, shorter signal paths and reduced jitter.
From March 16th, every Linn DS player will feature SPACE OPTIMISATION technology (Speaker, Placement and Custom Environment Optimisation). Adapted from the optimisation technology developed in their Exakt systems, this innovative technology builds an acoustic model of the complete listening environment based on the choice of loudspeaker, the placement of the speakers and the unique characteristics of the listening room, regardless of the speaker manufacturer and type.
Using this model, performance is optimised, revealing the true sound of the music and offering an unparalleled level of personalisation.
Every speaker is unique. The characteristics of the enclosure, drive units, ports and layout all influence the sound that is heard. Space Optimisation models the speakers based on all of these elements, to understand how the sound from the speakers interacts with the room. Whichever speaker a customer chooses to use, their Linn DS player will optimise the sound.
The physical placement of speakers has a profound effect on what is heard. This is why Linn Specialists establish the ideal position through careful listening - the Tune Dem method. However, this ideal position is not always practical for everyone in the family. Space Optimisation enables a Linn DS to emulate the sound of the ideal speaker position from the preferred, practical location. Now Linn DS owners can place their speakers wherever they choose and still enjoy great performance.
Every room impacts the sound of a music system. As sound waves reflect off the walls, ceiling and floor, they interact, leading to peaks of increased energy at specific low frequencies. These peaks sound artificially loud, and because their increased energy takes longer to decay, they mask the music that follows. Space Optimisation enables Linn DS players to optimise the sound for a room by identifying these peaks and reducing their energy to reveal the music that would otherwise be hidden.
The furnishing and construction of a room also affect the sound. Hard surfaces like glass or concrete reflect more sound energy back into the room than absorbent surfaces like curtains or partition walls. Space Optimisation provides Linn Specialists with fine-grained control to optimise the system for a room's unique characteristics.
Now Linn DS owners can enjoy better sound without having to change the room.
With the ability to optimise for a customer's speakers, their position, and their unique home environment, Space Optimisation ensures that every Linn DS player delivers a truly musical performance, personalised for every customer.
Every Linn DS player is Exakt-Ready
Linn has always been committed to offering tailored and flexible upgrade paths to the latest levels of performance for all customers. All Linn DS and Linn DSM players now have Exakt Links to support future upgrade to the ground-breaking performance of Exakt, the ultimate destination for every customer seeking the best performance from their system.
Exakt Support for Bowers & Wilkins 802 Diamond
Further demonstrating that Exakt technology's ground-breaking performance can be delivered to loudspeakers from any manufacturer, Linn launches Exaktbox support for the Bowers & Wilkins 802 Diamond model.
Exakt enables a wide range of performance- and personalisation-enhancing capabilities in design, in manufacture and in the home. Sources of noise and distortion that exist in the traditional analogue hi-fi chain are eliminated, so what is heard is a more faithful reproduction of the music as it was recorded.
In a system using Akurate Exaktbox, the loudspeakers are run actively, with separate amplifiers for each drive unit. The original analogue crossover in the loudspeaker is bypassed and instead, the Akurate Exaktbox performs the crossover digitally, while applying Linn's Exakt technology to eliminate distortion, correct for drive unit variation and optimise the loudspeaker's performance for the room. Linn's class-leading digital-to-analogue conversion then ensures each amplifier is fed the highest precision signal.
Products and pricing
Available now, the Klimax DS is priced at $21,250, the Akurate DS is $7,600, the Majik DS is $3,500 and the Majik DSM is $4,750.
• Linn Introduces New Technology with Exakt Loudspeaker at HomeTheaterReview.com.
• Get more details on the Linn DS players from the company's website.