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  1. Indeed interesting topic. Fortunat for my listening pleasure and unfortunate for my financials, my pandemic upgrades look like this: June 2020 - MSDM/3 to ADSM/3 July 2020 - Naim Fraim rack Sept 2020 - upgrade stands for Majik 140 Sept 2020 - Majik LP12 (with Tramp.2 & Akito 2B) to full Akurate LP12 spec. (new Kore, Lingo 4 and Krystal) induced by free Karousel upg. Jan 2021 - Majik 109 stands (for my AV system) April 2021 - Majik 140 to Klimax 350A (M140 went to my AV system as fronts) May 2021 - a pair of (8m long) Silver balanced interconnets Sep 2021 - Klimax 350A to Klimax Exakt 350 Organik Oct 2021 - ADSM/3 to (next gen) Klimax DSM/3 system hub When I look back on my list, its obvious these upgrades should stretch for at least 3 to 5 years. Pandemic has greatly accelerated my upgrade path...
  2. from this graph you can notice red line which - without SO, green line with automatic SO. Blue and orange lines are measurements after I played with SO1 manually, hitting that 34,7 peak only. SO2 automatics are hitting all frequencies below 65Hz - like a kind of bass shelf - that could be clearly seen from the graph above. I think the results of manually applied filters couldn’t be matched by any automatics, unfortunately.
  3. This is REW measurement of the response without any SO. Waterfall graph clearly shows powerful peak at 34,7Hz which decay very little after 300ms. This peak literally shakes my room like an earthquake when I play a song which has low tones at the level of this peak. Without SO it’s not audible at all, walls are shaking as my Klimax 350A are extremely powerful. But SO makes miracles here
  4. Very interesting work indeed! Congrats!!! I’ll try this out as soon as I return home from my summer holiday. I have started to experiment with manual measurements using UMIK-1 microphone with REW software, and manual inputs into SO1 according to actual measurement results. Real measures revealed automatic SO1 and SO2 formulas are not fully accurate when e.g. my measured room mode peaks were different from automatic models. E.g. SO automatically found (extremely problematic +20dB peak at 37Hz, whilst REW measured peak at 34,7Hz. Automatic setting with wider bandwidth will tackle this peak also, but I think actual mic measurements and manual inputs are far more accurate.
  5. interesting explanation on balanced vs unbalanced topic on KDSM and ADSMs.
  6. It looks very much like STST Motus II to me https://anamightysound.com/shop/turntables/stst/stst-motus-ii-dq-spring-loaded/
  7. To be honest, I have been searhing for used active Akubariks (with or without Katalyst) ... when my dealer from Germany informed me he recieved extremely good loking and relatively "young" pair of active 350s as a trade-in. The price was more than fair and tempting. At the time Organik has been introduced I realised those 350s, despite being an old model, could be upgraded to the latest spec with Organik dacs. That fact made them a kind of futureproof and I decided to overjump Akubariks. There are also other practical reasons - active 350s could be paired with any 3rd party preamp, which maks them more easy to sell, if I decide to part with them ... especialy in Serbia, with unfortunately modest hifi market. Of course if I would decide to follow the path to Organik, this will change their marketability, as they'll become only Linn compatible. My immediat next step will probably not be to upgrade 350s to Organik, but to upgrade my DSM from Akurate Katalyst to old Klimax DSM Katalyst. Then my Akurate LP12 should receive an upgrade too... and only then I should think of Organik 350s. Regarding your concern about 350s being to powerful for smaller rooms, I would just say that Space optimisatuon makes wonders My listening room is cca 25sqm, almost sqare, but 350s "shine bright like a diamond" Btw its more easy to get to Serbia than peaple usualy think P.S. I have compared directly my 350s with D&D 8c (which I seriously considered to acquire) in my listening room ... and 350s blow them away with ease.
  8. Congrats! I have recently upgraded my speakers/amp section jumping from Majik 140/Majik 2100 to Klimax 350A. I'm more than happy with 350A! They are much more powerful than I expected, a true demonstration of power when played loud. On the other hand side, at lower volumes they peform efortless and relaxed. Yet when dynamic part of a song demands power, they delivere it with ease! They are ideal for large orcestra, my eyes often fill with tears, honestly... unbeleivable emotional experiance when large orcestra pieces with powerful parts played loud. My idea is to further upgrade 350 to Organik spec... but that will wait a bit now :) Cheers! NL
  9. Definitely Linn has produced new "Organik class" ADC to match Organik DAC, do doubt about it. As Urika 2 = Urika 1 + "Katalyst class" ADC, analog Urika 1 doesn't have ADC at all, its just an analog phonostage. So connected to the "Organic class" ADC within DSM, Urika 1 could sound better, as you suggested... but I think we shall have to wait and hear both and than to judge...
  10. I think this is not the case. Neither Katalyst nor Organic DACs are handling analog to digital conversion. ADC is done via separate devices. We have seen the photos of Organic DAC and ADC, someone have post it earlier, they have the same Artix 7 FPGA chip, made most probably by Xilinx... but definately those are two different devices.
  11. Urika II does the analog to digital conversion, than sends digital signal do DSP (SO2), and that digital signal goes to Katalyst DAC, either in DSM or in speakers. Katalyst DAC and ADC are two separate devices.
  12. Indeed we should hear lots more about new ADC design. For many of us LP12 owners, this is equally important info. Analog signal from LP12 is digitalizing when enter new KDSM also and I assume there will be no analog bypass, so this ADC stage is critical. Following Linns’ “source first” philosophy and looking at the signal path, we can see ADC sits upstream, so it’s even more important than DAC... as any part of the quality information you lose upstream, you cannot restore downstream. That is the Linn mantra for many years. So we need the Organik ADC as well. I have been very close to Radikal/Urika 2 jump, but now I will wait a bit, as Urika 2 obviously needs to be improved.
  13. we could expect used Klimax DSM/2 to become more affordable after this new Klimax Organik DSM is born... and that is potentially good news for me
  14. ... so we will plugin LP12 directly to the speakers, and Radikal or Lingo should remain the only black boxes survived?
  15. Dear David, I wish you very fast, successful and complete recovery!!! Warm regards from Belgrade!
  16. Ah... many times I asked myself the same question... From one side, it looks logical to me the analog signal should be kept analog till it reaches the speakers. Following this logic, if I use LP12 as a source, analog signal should be preserved by using e.g. Urika 1 => Klimax Kontrol => Klimax Solos => passive Akubariks. Yet from the other side, by keeping analog from the source all the way to speakers, I can't use Space optimisation (which greatly improves sound in my listening room , particularly in bass area by removing boomy bass). @DavidHB and some other fellow Linnies claim to have excellent experience with digitising audio signal via ADC in the earliest possible stage (e.g. via Urika 2) and then going back to analog with Katalyst embedded Akubariks... that reportedly brings huge sound improvements.
  17. Signal sent via Toslink is digital. So when digital signal goes back to DSM via whatsoever digital connection, again DSMs' DAC should be engaged, right? If your like to engage 3rd party DAC, your signal should be sent from 3rd party DAC back to DSM via analog (RCA or XLR) connection. When analog signal comes to DSM, it could be again converted to digital using DSMs' DAC and sent further to Akubarics via exakt link. In my opinion there are at least two reasons why this is not possible because: 1. Already explained above. 2. It's not possible to bypass DACs embedded in Exakt Akubariks, as the exakt link happen to be a sort of digital connection too... so you need digital to analog conversion again prior your signal is fed to Akubariks power amps. Best Regards, NL.
  18. I consider to acquire something that will allow me to connect 5 boxes in 1 outlet. Thought about something like Ansuz Mainz8 X or Grahams Hydra. But I read Hydra is designed for Naim equipment. I'm curious what would make my Linn separates sound better... Could this power distributors make any kind of improvements at all? What kind of power distributors you use and do you hear any difference? What does Linn recommend?
  19. I have consulted Linn Docs now... it seems active 350s do have Chakra packed inside. So Solos are indeed a rare animal
  20. If I follow you correctly, Klimax Solo dosn't have Chakra topology inside? It looks like Klimax Twin is almost the same inside as A2200 with Chakra. What is the Solo then? Now I have noticed on the Linn site that Solo has Linn bipolar tehchnology inside... what does this mean? What type of aplification does Linn put in Klimax 350s ? Linn internet site doesn't reveal what is the type of 350s amplification... just indicate a massive power... is it Chakra, or bipolar, maybe class D, or perhaps a comination of thеse? NL.
  21. Hi Guys, Exploring possabilites of my Akurate DSM, today I have played an album which is in DSD 128 format. Kazoo app reads it as DSDDSF 5.6 MHz /1bit 11.3 Mbps. I have the same album also in flac 44kHz/16bit 1.4 Mbps. DSD sounds superb to flac - simply more natural and clearer, like flac compared to mp3... As my Majik DSM didnt have possability to read DSD files, this whole story is relatively new to me. I'm interested in your exiriances with music captured in DSD, is it comparable to some higher quality PCM? In other words, is it worth to further invest and explore DSDs? Best Regards, NL
  22. Strange that you couldn't find it... when I type "Hi on line" in TuneIn search, whole bunch of Hi on line is there and all working fine
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