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    Majik DS/1
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    Linn Classik Musik
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    Linn Kisto, AV5103
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    C5100, Klouts (x2)
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  1. There are plenty of records from other time periods which are indeed excellent, and not quite rubbish - but as a whole, if one casts a wide and deep net into the music recorded, produced, and sold during the 1970's, there is so much more of it that is good, than bad (my personal opinion of course) because the competition back then was hardcore. And, it was a worldwide phenomena. It brought out the best in talent as a result. Nowadays, with everyone being able to make beats on a computer fairly easily, the competition is lacking because people care less and less about musicianship any longer it seems, with rare exception. I read an article by Bill Bruford on The Absolute Sound (I know, a trash rag* but a decent writeup nonetheless) that sort of touched on this recently: https://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/absent-without-leave And I highly agree with @Ian H's assessment of OP's question. *I say this somewhat jokingly, but the fact is as much as I am not a huge fan of Stereophile, I am less a fan of Absolute Sound. Great for thumbing through the latest high-gloss ads, though.
  2. Isn't it already remotely upgradeable? Or am I missing something? I thought the entire benefit of owning a Linn was that the processing is happening upstream in an FPGA so as to tailor the digital audio stream data to the specific DAC. The DAC's firmware is thus the firmware for the specific DSM in use, as it instructs the downstream DAC how to operate. I mean, personally I've experienced noticeable improvements in performance with a Majik DS simply because of firmware updates. Why would Organik be any different? We've all experienced improvements to Space Optimisation - that's an improvement to the DAC, and Linn is still not done with what SOv2 has to offer, as far as I am aware. I think any prospective Linn owner should be confident that Linn improves their DSM product line, and has the track record to prove it, via free software and firmware updates. I don't think they are changing this at all with Organik.
  3. Most musicians don't care much for typical domestic audio equipment, but I have known many who are very much what they consider "audiophiles". They are just obsessed with different things, things like pedals, loop machines, reverbs, gates, compressors, microphones, preamps, DIs, guitar, bass, and other instrument amps, synthesizers, consoles, etc. - and that is just on the electronics side of things, not even mentioning instruments and such. It is simply a different level of appreciation for the same thing, music. Some of them do own nice stereos, but most are used to studio equipment which can and does often perform better at similar price points to domestic gear. I have heard of some big names who own expensive domestic kit but I always wonder how good it actually sounds. I highly doubt many of these names take the time (or have allowed someone else to take the time) to implement their "high end" products properly, unlike the engineers they hire for the studios they record in, which have very specific requirements in terms of noise transmission and control, acoustics, etc.
  4. It seems that attempting to put into words how a particular audio component performs has always been a vocabulary problem. I think Linn tried to help us with the idea of "tune" as a primary descriptor of what an audio component does, to a greater or lesser extent (a.k.a. "pitch accuracy").
  5. I could be wrong but I think this was a rumor that began as a dinner conversation and became wildly blown out of proportion. Just my comprehension of this particular topic, it's hard to say what they are working on next given the fact they make full systems as opposed to only being a speaker company, for example.
  6. I think a more thorough analysis of his approach and the article as a whole is warranted in order to make this claim. His test is flawed by comparing two entirely different protocols (HDMI/SPDIF) and encapsulation methods in the first place. Not to mention the different system bus architectures the audio signal he is generating is traveling through. Of course there will be differences. Also, if you read his article carefully I find it highly suspect that he uses asynchronous USB to generate his SPDIF output to his measurement device, using a Berkeley Alpha USB no less. My guess is that he may have initially tried the SPDIF output on his computer and it didn't work to his liking, if at all, with the capture device he was using. To extrapolate from his mostly pointless exercise that HDMI somehow degrades sound quality merely by it's presence in a component is taking a mental leap that isn't actually supported by the information he provides, especially given the mostly confusing way he went about his graphs and tests to begin with. I can find a number of immediate flaws in his comparison which makes the test mostly a moot point.
  7. You can make an XLR>RCA cable using Linn Silver as outlined above without any gain issues, since the cold pin is connected to the collar/ground of the RCA, thus the pin is shorted and not carrying the additional voltage (gain) of the XLR connection. It would be best to keep everything XLR in this case if possible, would only recommend the XLR>RCA option as a temporary fix until the 4200's can be swapped for XLR input versions. Or upgraded to Twins or Solos
  8. You should be able to de-solder the XLR or RCA from a Linn Silver on one end and make an XLR>RCA cable using the Linn Silver. I remember doing this a couple of times in the past. If memory serves, you just need to ensure that the hot pin on the XLR end is connected to the same lead as the conductor pin on the RCA end, and you can connect the other conductor lead (Silver is a balanced cable) as well as the neutral/ground (shield) to the collar of the RCA. It takes a bit of work and a soldering iron but have done this with a couple of setups in the past and it worked just fine.
  9. It's not an easy read because it mostly makes no sense It's entirely confusing and I take a number of issues with his approach, not least of which is that he lauds the Mark Levinson 502 preamp/processor as "the mother of all processors", which any self-respecting audio enthusiast wouldn't be squawking so loudly about in an assessment of HDMI performance if he actually knew what he was doing, or could hear for that matter. On that note it seems he hears with instruments and software we are simply expected to trust, instead of his ears. Quite frankly the flaws in his entire approach are obvious to anyone who has actually spent time with this stuff. The article is mostly a spurious and meaningless attempt to futilely compare apples and oranges. I'd question any and every assessment of anything Amir has recommended and reviewed after the few times I've bothered to read through his posts or watch a video. The guy is all over the place, and does more to confuse and muddy the waters than anything else. I don't find his content very enlightening, and hardly "scientific", despite the marketing attempt.
  10. This to me, has got to be one of the primary joys of owning a Linn system, or source component for that matter. There are precious few other sources which I've heard that even begin to come close to communicating the music so effortlessly that you'll enjoy listening to content you never thought you would enjoy. It also ignites a curiosity to explore, both entirely new artists and presentations as well as the old stand-bys you've listened to for many years. I thought I knew a lot about music when I was first introduced to Linn, time has proven I have merely scratched the surface and there is so much more to discover and rediscover. And I echo 'trolls and akamatsu's sentiment - refreshing to read a real review that's straightforward and to the point. Yes, and quite frankly it becomes mind-boggling. The sheer amount of music released during the 1970's is absolutely amazing, and now with things like Bandcamp, Soundcloud, etc. the amount of people creating their own music has increased exponentially. Of course, one must wade through some of the crap to find the gems, as there is no shortage of bad music out there; I think owning a Linn HiFi helps one appreciate the excellent things regardless of genre and facilitates the weeding out of the garbage. Hoping to someday own a NGKDSM myself, though that is likely not going to be anytime soon, so it's great to hear your experience.
  11. I was under the impression that this happened, but then someone recently corrected me and said that Alexa was working fine with their Linn equipment. I also stumbled across this page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07H59QD82/?ref-suffix=ss_copy And on the docs site it mentions being able to use Selekt DSM and Series 3 as Bluetooth speakers with Alexa: https://docs.linn.co.uk/wiki/index.php/FAQs#Can_I_control_the_Linn_DS.2FDSM_using_Alexa Are you sure that this no longer works?
  12. Hmm. That's changed since my last tour. Most are a bit hesitant to do so, at least that's been my experience. There are only a few power conditioning products I've heard/seen recommended with Linn. Many will recommend upgraded mains cables with non-current limiting power strips (the Cable Pro stuff from a number of years back was the rage, as an example) as a better way to go, and typically only recommend a conditioner for the auxiliary equipment such as cable boxes, network switches, etc. The Dynamik is already that good. Not saying it's not possible to improve with conditioning, just that I haven't found very many situations where a conditioner was necessary or offered an improvement over a slightly different approach. All AC (including the AC in your walls) will generate an EMI field that is roughly 12" to 18" in circumference from the center of each conductor. This is why crossing the AC cable at a perpendicular to anything carrying analog (real-time) audio should be performed as a best practice, since the AC is resonating at 60Hz (or 50Hz elsewhere) and a poorly designed passive interconnect can pick up the noise generated by the AC cable - which you can hear as 60 cycle hum. There is no way to entirely eliminate this EMI field (in fact any cable carrying a voltage will generate a small field around it) and if interconnect runs need to be parallel to AC then they should be anywhere from a foot to 18" away from the power run. A balanced and/or twisted pair geometry in interconnect and speaker cable is designed to alleviate the interference from the common AC field your interconnect and speaker cable must contend with, not to mention other sources of noise such as RF antennas, etc. and properly designed single-ended cables (including your TV cable wiring such as RG6) typically have an aluminum foil shield also designed to protect from this EMI field. While the potential is there, the fact is that voltage dips and swings occur so frequently that it's anyone's guess as to what your actual voltage is at any given moment. Operating range for a typical 120v power supply is anywhere from 110v to 130v (which is why you may hear some people refer to it as 110v). Same thing for 220 - range is anywhere from 210 - 240v. The Dynamik is able to more efficiently handle these voltage swings by sampling the power at a much higher frequency than 50/60Hz, and "grabbing" or "sipping" peak current coming off the AC line. Hence, no need for additional filtering as you mention, and why I have found only rare instances in which a power filter or in-line AC component made a difference, along with the power cables themselves. It's sort of trying to correct for something that doesn't necessarily require correcting. That being said I have and do recommend a line filter/power conditioner for any products one may have along with a Linn system that use wall warts, or are more or less poorly thought out (typically cable boxes, video streamers, computers, etc.) because noise generated by those power cables and power supplies can affect analog signals around them. In fact paying attention to the proximity of these types of devices to other equipment can affect sound. At the very least, I try to connect such equipment to an entirely different circuit just to keep them away from the HiFi kit if I am able to.
  13. As I am likely in a slightly younger age bracket than many of the others frequenting the forum, my first record was actually purchased as a collectible and it was a number of years before I even bothered to have a record player at home (when one works at a retailer with SME Model 30.2 and Linn LP12 on demo it is hard to find a record player good enough for home). I purchased this album in 2005 when the band was on tour. Quite an amazing live performance, and I believe I saw them two, perhaps three times afterwards. Produced by T. Bone Burnett, exceptional sounding for a shoegaze record:
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