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  1. Enthusiastic reports from reviewers and new owners of the new Klimax System Hub are not helping to assuage my impatience waiting for mine! My 2018 variant is doing a great job, outshining its Akurate predecessor, of course, but still... Disturbing reports about aluminium shortages and other possible hold-ups (Covid related?) Is anyone receiving their units? How many are Linn supplying to dealers? Will the quoted wait times be extended? Frustrating lack of news. In the days of the old Forum Linn fans were better informed, I think.
  2. Now in week 7 of the quoted 10 - 12 week wait, and almost salivating. Mind you, the Klimax Hub (2018) is delivering some amazing sounds in its stand-in role. I'm taking on trust the reports of how much better the NGKDSM is of course, not being able to demo it. But then, over the years, Linn's claims, supported by Forum members' reports have always delivered for me. Exciting!
  3. You're not helping me keep my excitable level of anticipation under control Eldarboy! I'm only in week 5 of the quoted 10 to 12 weeks wait for the delivery of mine! Talk about Uncle Karl's commodity fetishism!
  4. I meant physically too big for my room. I think anything bigger than my beautiful new matt-black integrated Akubariks would be a little over the top. On your next move decision, I think I'd go source first and get the Klimax. When I swapped my Akurate Hub for the Klimax (into 242s) the improvement was significant, to say the least. If I were up for a holiday at the moment, Serbia would be high on my list of places to visit. I hear that it's beautiful. Vic
  5. Yep, I'm in the queue for the new Klimax System Hub and not a little frustrated at the waiting time. But, hey ho, anticipation, they say, is part of the fun. And my temporary old-style (2018) Klimax Hub is still generating the tingle-factor every time the system is fired up. I wonder if Linn prioritises certain products on its production line, or if the single-station-build system produces items in order of orders received, so to speak? And if Linn has a list of favoured dealerships who get priority? Who knows? Still, as life's inconveniences go, having to wait for a great piece of kit hardly counts as hardship. And there's always that cable spaghetti to sort out, as Paul says.
  6. I'm intrigued by your upgrading path Nikola, side-stepping "source first" in favour of what will be top of the range speaker set-up. Or are you not done yet? I considered 350s for my system but thought them too big for my room. I'm wondering if Organik boards will be available for my Akubariks down the line, and when/if they are, it would certainly be interesting to compare systems. (Not that I can get to Serbia to do it!) Happy listening. Vic.
  7. I thought I would post my reactions to a recent upgrade (as it's others' reactions to theirs that I enjoy reading here.) As I reported above, I am now listening to new integrated Akubariks fed by a Klimax System Hub (2018 version) - the latter to be replaced by the New Generation Klimax when it's built. Unfortunately, quoted delivery time for it is 10-12 weeks. Mind you, I was quoted 4 weeks for the Akubariks and they were built, delivered and installed in 9 days! The system is exceeding expectations by a considerable margin, and while I'll try not to gush (again) I'm finding it quite addictive. The Qobuz subscription is certainly proving its value a few times over. What's impressing is sheer vivid realism, demanding attention and focus on each of the aspects we individualise when we try to describe sound in words. For me, it's that concert-hall experience of noticing instrument placement and their contribution, while being flooded with the effect of their "orchestrated" whole. It's that "being in the room" experience. I remember in my teaching days, observing a cellist from the CBSO holding the attention of a small hall of pupils. She drew the bow across the strings, then plucked a sting and asked them to listen to the sounds then to their respective decays. The effect widened eyes. When your system does that for the music you are listening to, you have a system indeed. Of course, I'm waiting for this stage to pass, and try to tell myself, "It's the music, stupid" not the sounds it's making. It's coming, and I am one happy bunny.
  8. Further to the above, my new Klimax/Akubariks system shifted up a gear last night with a playing of Mahler’s “Resurrection” symphony (Vladimir Jurowski with the London Philharmonic Orchestra on Decca.) I thought it worth sharing because this music would put any system to the test. While the music won’t appeal to all tastes, its variety, its use of the interplay between different sections of the huge orchestra, competing, contrasting and complimenting in turns, reveals how well, with this level of complexity, a system can recreate the realism of a good seat in an ideal concert hall. This listener’s benchmark, anyway. Using music you know well (and love) as a test piece provokes the challenge of avoiding getting swept along with the music rather than keeping focus on how well the system is performing its challenge to reproduce convincingly when dealing with such acoustic extremes. In this instance, it blew my socks off. This is mighty music, with crashing extremes and the subtlest of subdued harmonies. As a primer for identifying and valuing the various contributions of sections of the orchestra by turns it could hardly be bettered. With a sound-stage which is a real credit to the recording engineers, the second violins and the wind section are clearly individualised. And when you can place the oboes in relations to the bassoons, you’re in a very rare league indeed, in my opinion. It’s taken most of my adult lifetime, and it’s been a fascinating journey though some very careful upgrading paths, but with the closing bars of this music I have a sense of arrival. Cheers Linn, and Hidden Systems.
  9. Day 11 – Tuesday morning, and no, I hadn’t dreamt it: there they are, a Klimax System Hub next to all black (mat) Akubariks, in front of which last evening a life-long pursuit of musical nirvana achieved something of a sense of arrival. (Over the top? Hang in there.) Eleven days ago I was told that my order for integrated Akubariks to replace my 242s and stack of black boxes would take around four weeks. Then last Friday, James at Hidden Systems told me that much to his surprise, my ordered speakers had arrived and could they be delivered and installed next Monday? Reader, I’ll leave you to imagine my reaction. As always, the installation and set-up had that sense of conjured alchemy, as the most esoteric of music (to my ears) guided the system set-up to its peak as Neil manipulated that incredible software that is Sound Optimisation. I have to say that as service goes, from build and supply at Linn, through delivery and set up by Hidden Systems, service doesn’t get much better that this. Thanks a million to everyone in that chain. In passing, I can’t see a name on the Akubariks, but I remember on my visit to Glasgow, seeing thank-you cards pinned up at individual work stations. There are a few hands at that place I’d like to shake, that’s for sure. Exciting as set-up is, it’s the period after clearing away packaging and coffee cups, and the hardly adequate expressions of parting thanks, that the day is really about. My test tracks now have their say. Brief blasts from the Berlin Philharmonic (Karajan); some small and some large scale choral music; Glen Gould and his humming accompaniment; Joan Armatrading, Ry Cooder and Fleetwood Mac, for samples. But then, as for the Klimax experience mentioned above, I turned to the Saint-Saens Organ Symphony, Louis Fremaux and the CBSO. I never find it easy to turn music into words: soundstage, imagery, “space around the instruments” and such, and the degrees to which they are achieved don’t quite get to the heart of the matter somehow. And anyway at this level ought to be taken for granted perhaps. To my ears, what this system does for a piece of music so familiar to me was summed up by my wife’s comment: it has a sense of easy, natural cohesion. (And she rarely comments while knitting away at my next sleeveless pullover.) What it does is create that sense of cohesion, of harmony and natural balance of musical forces and their interactions which just feel so right. It shifts attention from what the system is doing to the music, to what the music is doing to you. It is, to a most marked degree, the closest that I have experienced to being in my favourite seat at Symphony Hall Birmingham, that world class musical venue with its amazing acoustic (and aesthetic) properties. And when it comes down to it, isn’t that what our audio reproduction is really all about? As the light faded in our living room, a light blue haze appeared on the wall about the Akubariks. It looked for all the world like a halo. And (despite this writer’s rationalism) it felt so appropriate to an amazing musical experience from this remarkable kit.
  10. I'm confused. (It doesn't take much.) There seems to be four types of Klimax System Hubs available at four price levels. What's the difference - in simple terms?
  11. No, 'Troll. Four weeks quoted for the Akuraiks, six to eight for a new Klimax Hub. vic.
  12. I have just listened to the Saint-Saens Organ Symphony (Louis Fremaux CBSO) through a borrowed Klimax Hub into my 242s active with Exactbox and Akurate amps. I'll surpress the gush - but wow! I've known this music, and this version since my first piece of "hi-fi", but the Klimax produced something of an epiphany. (Okay, I gushed.) This is a serious bit of kit indeed, to my ears. It will feed active Akurariks when built and delivered (four week wait, I'm told.) Not sure what to expect from the Akubariks - more of the same but with a little more focus and detail prerhaps(?) Once again, great service from Hidden Systems (and Neil's set-up skills and advice.) Best wishes to Chris Fuller, who will hopefully soon be parking his super motorbike on my drive to tweak my Space Optimisation with his magic touch. Vic.
  13. Why is this site not taking off with the interest and variety of the old Linn forum? There was clearly a need for such a platform. I would have thought that by now we would be well on the way.
  14. In a few days it will be my turn to host three fairly far-flung friends on our rota to audition each others’ systems for the first time since the days of our callow-ish youth. The four of us have a lifetime of audio nirvana-chasing and although our quite infrequent get-togethers are in pursuit of real ale in authentic country pubs, not since our early days have we had listening sessions together. My three chums have broadly followed the Naim route so I’m the odd one out. But the most enlightened, obviously. In anticipation, as well as selecting bottles of ales acceptable to these beer obsessives, the need for a little tweeking was nagging at me. The memory of George Clegg tightening the 3K array when I first got the 242s via eBay popped into my head. That was a tweek I could do. But the point of all this is that I thought it was about time I got some Gunstig under my units. A short trip (and some excellent meat balls later) I was snipping away and fishing out magnets. Fired up and with the usual doubts around the very real issue of confirmation bias, on went the usual test tracks (thanks Paulsurround.) Well, I’m amazed at the gains across the music’s audible range. Others have described the specifics. My listening last night confirmed them for me. Icing on the cake doesn’t come in pennies very often in this game. The outcome of Thurday’s appraisal and appreciation is now just a little bit less in doubt. Strong cheddar rolls with onion, and some Duvel Triple Hop will do no harm to the session either. Late edit: I have just realised that the 3K array bolts all needed a full quarter turn (to reach my guess at the degree of tightness needed.) As I remembered George’s insistence that it made a big difference, I can only speculate as to the relative gain of each tweek. Anyway, two tips for some perhaps. Such snippets on the old Linn Forum made it an invaluable source for me over the years. Much missed.
  15. Tee Hee! Or it could be that there's a freer rip-off environment here in the UK. Some of them must be salivating at the opportunities coming their way soon.
  16. I have a lot of sympathy with this post. (With the exception of dealer experience. Perhaps I've been lucky to have been supported by first, the much-missed Bob Griffin, then for a while, Peter and his team in Leicester, and latterly by Chris at Hidden Systems.) But what helped me most over the years was my trust in the advice and experience of countless Linn users on the old forum. While my present Akturate system continues to impress and often amaze me, Linn as a company has gone down in my estimation with its shabby treatment of existing customers like me. It's not helped by the conviction that getting rid of the forum to save a few person-hours, Linn is losing its best selling pathway. Shooting itself in the foot, to use a current, and apt description of something else happening close to home at the moment. Like watching your library burnt down by people who can't read, as I saw it described on FB this morning! And, whilst I'm on, thanks to The Wam for this platform. But it's not the same, is it?
  17. Well, that worked well didn’t it? The closure of the Linn forum has all the hallmarks of the Brexit nonsense: cutting off the nose to spite the face. It’s lost us a wealth of knowledge and experience, of contact with fellow Linn users, of trusted advice and insights unavailable elsewhere. It’s an insulting stab in the back for brand loyalty, which was a hallmark of the lost forum. And for what? We can’t know of course, but it smacks of hubris, a throwing of toys out of the pram, of inflated ego and paranoia. I can’t believe that anyone at Linn HQ thinks this is a sensible development, that it will do anything but harm Linn in the longer term. It has damaged respect for the brand, lost the kind of information many of us use for upgrading decisions, and can only encourage looking elsewhere for other routes to audio excellence. Angry, yes, but also saddened and disappointed, with a sense that our contributions to the forum, in the eyes of the Dear Leader, are worth nothing.
  18. From the Linn forum via the Lejonklou forum to here, and hoping for a continuation of the support and advice I got from so many Linn users over the years. Linn no doubt feel that they had to take this step, but speaking personally, I think it a most short-sighted "saving". How many of us have been inspired and enthused by the personal responses of those who took expensive plunges and posted vested-interest-free reports? The vast majority of my equipment purchases and upgrades (and there have been a lot)!) were directly inspired by contributions and advice from forum users. I always waited for a consensus to build up before taking Linn's or dealers' advice on directions of travel - and I am a proud and very happy user of my Exakt Katalysed Akurate set-up. Am I going to take Linn marketing's advice on my next step? I don't think so. Here's hoping for Linn users moving en-masse to this site and re-creating the interesting and invaluable commentary on a truly great set of products. However, I will spend some time investigating the Naim forum, just to test the water, so to speak.
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