Linn has taken the wraps off its next-generation flagship Klimax DSM music streamer, the unique of which kickstarted the British firm’s profitable journey into hi-fi streaming approach again in 2007.
In line with Linn, the all-new Klimax DSM represents “a whole reimagining” of its prime of the road streamer. That is largely all the way down to its Organik DAC, the primary ever all-Linn digital to analogue converter, manufactured solely in-house. Organik combines FPGA processing (which makes use of customized algorithms to extend upsampling and guarantee exact quantity management) with a discrete conversion stage that advantages from a brand new ultra-low jitter oscillator and clock distribution community. This mixture – carried out in a double-sided circuit design to cut back sign paths – has allowed Linn to have management over each stage of the conversion course of.
Linn says Organik measures higher than something the corporate has achieved earlier than, providing considerably decrease noise and distortion and its “most pure sound ever”.
It feeds a plethora of digital inputs – USB-typeB (24-bit/384khz, DSD256), optical and coaxial. They’re complemented by analogue RCA and XLR inputs, which ought to profit from an all-new ADC design that has its personal circuit board with devoted energy provide, in addition to wi-fi, Bluetooth and Airplay for a spread of streaming wants. Linn’s devoted Exakt Hyperlink ports allow direct hook-up of an LP12 turntable with Urika II phono stage, too.
A house cinema variant of the streamer, the Klimax DSM (AV), expands that connectivity record with HDMI socketry (4 ins, one eARC-compatible out).
Each variations are housed in a brand new chassis, which is machined from stable, special-grade aluminium and takes on an aesthetic that’s in step with each the most recent Majik DSM and Selekt DSM in addition to the Klimax DS heritage.
To that finish, you’ll discover diamond-cut circles on the higher floor, stainless-steel buttons and a mirror-screen frontage, not forgetting the gorgeous, customized, precision-cut glass management dial with 100 standing lights. Every unit may also be signed by the Linn engineer who constructed it from begin to end.
The sheer weight of the machine, coupled with inside damping, helps isolate the Klimax DSM from vibration within the room, whereas a variety of pockets and partitions separate the analogue, digital and energy phases in an effort to cut back interference.
The Linn Klimax DSM (both the ‘Audio’ or ‘AV’ variant) prices £30,000.
Linn can be taking this chance to supply an Organik DAC improve for its Klimax 350 audio system and Klimax Exaktbox, costing £10,800 and £5400 respectively. New orders of the 350 and Exactbox, priced £57,500 and £15,000, will include Organik as normal.
Lastly, there’s the Klimax System Hub (£15,000), which is for anybody “looking for the very best efficiency from a whole Linn system”. Designed to be used in a Linn system with Exakt know-how, the System Hub is housed in the identical new enclosure because the Klimax DSM. It additionally makes use of the corporate’s newest ADC design, and options the identical inputs because the Klimax DSM (AV) variant – together with the choice to improve with encompass 7.1-channel functionality.
The top pairing is, Linn says, between the Klimax System Hub and the Klimax 350 audio system or Klimax Exaktbox, each with the brand new Organik DAC onboard. A powerful system, little question.
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