Linn unveiled its flagship next-generation music streamer Klimax DSM, the original of which kicked off the British company’s successful journey into hi-fi streaming in 2007.
According to Linn, the all-new Klimax DSM represents “a complete reinvention” of its premium banner. Much of this is due to its Organik DAC, the very first fully Linn digital-to-analog converter, completely manufactured in-house. Organik combines FPGA processing (which uses custom algorithms to increase oversampling and provide precise volume control) with a discrete conversion step that benefits from a new ultra-low jitter oscillator and distribution network. clock. This combination – implemented in a double-sided circuit design to reduce signal paths – allowed Linn to have control over every step of the conversion process.
It powers a plethora of digital inputs – USBB type (24 bit / 384khz, DSD256), optical and coaxial. They are complemented by RCA and XLR analog inputs, which should benefit from an all-new ADC design that has its own PCB with dedicated power, as well as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Airplay for a range of needs. streaming. Linn’s dedicated Exakt Link ports also allow direct connection of an LP12 turntable with a Urika II phono stage.
A home cinema variant of the streamer, the Klimax DSM (AV), extends this list of connectivity with an HDMI socket (four inputs, one eARC compatible output).
Both versions are housed in a new chassis, which is machined from special grade solid aluminum and adopts an aesthetic in line with the latest Majik DSM and Selekt DSM as well as the Klimax DS heritage.
To that end, you’ll find diamond-cut circles on the top surface, stainless steel buttons and a mirror-screen front, not to mention the beautiful, precision-cut, custom-designed glass control dial with 100 status lights. . Each unit will also be signed by Engineer Linn who built it from start to finish.
The weight of the machine, combined with internal damping, isolates the Klimax DSM from vibrations in the room, while a number of pockets and partitions separate the analog, digital and power stages to reduce interference. .
The Linn Klimax DSM (either the ‘Audio’ or ‘AV’ variant) costs £ 30,000.
Linn is also taking this opportunity to offer an Organik DAC upgrade for its Klimax 350 and Klimax Exaktbox speakers, costing £ 10,800 and £ 5,400 respectively. New orders for the 350 and the Exactbox, priced at £ 57,500 and £ 15,000, will ship with Organik as standard.
Finally, there’s the Klimax System Hub (£ 15,000), which is for anyone “looking for the highest performance from a complete Linn system”. Designed for use in a Linn system with Exakt technology, the System Hub is housed in the same new housing as the Klimax DSM. It also uses the company’s latest ADC design and has the same inputs as the Klimax DSM (AV) variant, including the ability to upgrade with 7.1-channel surround capability.
The pairing par excellence is, according to Linn, between the Klimax System Hub and the Klimax 350 or Klimax Exaktbox loudspeakers, both equipped with the new DAC Organik. An impressive system, without a doubt.
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