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Upgrade from Majik DSM to Akurate DSM - pros and cons

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Hi guys,

I'm seriously considering this step.

Should I wait a little bit? ... as Akurate DSM has been around for a while now, and maybe its upgrade/new version waits just around the corner.

On the other hand, I'm not attracted at all by Select DSM... and the Klimax is to advnaced compared to the rest of my setup, which consists of Majik 2100 power amp, M140, M109, M112, M126 speakers, Majik LP12, Naim CD5 XS (and Arcam AVR550 for AV content). But following Linns "source first" philosophy, perhaps Klimax DSM would not be overkill?

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NL

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Buy a 2 year old one - as long as it has Katalyst it will be pretty much up to date (not withstanding the ongoing debate about old style boards vs new style boards caused by changes in the production equipment).  It will still have a 3 year transferrable warranty.

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You need to find a way to listen to the alternatives, and decide which of them are most worth their price to you. We get to be very boring, saying this all the time, but we say it because it's true.

That said,  the Akurate DSM is your obvious starting point. By Linn standards, the model is not all that old, and with its Katalyst technology is a major step up from your MDSM. The Klimax DSM is a wonderful piece of kit, but it is hugely expensive, and it has fewer connections than the ADSM, and no front panel controls.

Sunbeam's advice to buy second hand has merit, but I don't know what the market is like in Serbia. I'd strongly advise against buying sight unseen on the Internet, unless you really know what you are doing. Perhaps there is a dealer local to you who can offer, for example, an ex demonstration model.

David

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I’ve been pondering the same idea. I’m sure even an Adsm/1 will be an upgrade to my mdsm/1.

It makes sense to buy a used one but I wonder if the Adsm/1 makes more sense than the Adsm/2 as the katalyst upgrade from what I understand brings both players to newest spec for the same cost.


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9 hours ago, NL. said:

and the Klimax is to advnaced compared to the rest of my setup, which consists of Majik 2100 power amp, M140, M109, M112, M126 speakers, Majik LP12, Naim CD5 XS (and Arcam AVR550 for AV content). But following Linns "source first" philosophy, perhaps Klimax DSM would not be overkill?

I run Klimax DS/KK into Majik-level amps & speakers. I know my system is a little unbalanced, and that I’m not hearing the best that the Klimax-level kit can produce, but don’t underestimate your M140’s.

Boy, does this system sound good! I would strike for the Klimax, budget and features allowing.

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On ebay you have a right to return for two weeks if you buy the item on a buy it now basis. Sometimes this can be 30 days but it is at least two weeks. We encourage our customers to usr this feature to try kit out in their own system. The only cost you will have is the cost of shipping the item back to the seller. If it does not work in anyway or the physical condition is not as described in the advert then even the return shipping cost is paid for by the seller. You have more protection buying this way than from a shop.

As to an Akurate DSM then if you can't afford a second hand Katalyst version about £3800. Then look for the cheapest non-Katalyst version about £2300. The upgrade cost is £1800 but this needs to be done via an official Linn dealer.

Both are good value at these prices.

CJ

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Not sure if this is  de rigueur - especially for a first post, but I have an ADSM/1 for sale at a whopping fiver under CJ's suggested price point. More details on the Lejonklou for sale board. It will shortly be making an appearance on eBay once I've photographed it.

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8 hours ago, zee9 said:

I wonder if the Adsm/1 makes more sense than the Adsm/2 as the katalyst upgrade from what I understand brings both players to newest spec for the same cost.

That is correct. In fact the only difference between the ADSM/1 and the ADSM/2 is that the latter has the HDMI 2.0 board. If HDMI is of no interest, the two versions are to all intents and purposes identical. Any model of ADSM can be upgraded to the current /3 (Katalyst) specification, and the upgrade is very well worth the cost.

David

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The upgrade to Katalyst also gets you a 'free' HDMI 2.0 board. In the UK the upgrade costs £1800.

CJ

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Interesting video about buying used, and the demise of the dealerships:

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1 hour ago, CJ1045 said:

The upgrade to Katalyst also gets you a 'free' HDMI 2.0 board. In the UK the upgrade costs £1800.

CJ

You get a new five year warranty too.  I bought my ADSM/2 at about two years old with a view to upgrading and some point, though in any case it’ll be better than a Majik. The best value is probably to get a /1 and then buy the Katalyst upgrade at your expense  

By the time I’ve saved up, there will probably be another generation of DAC architecture, but that is another story!

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We’ll panic finally kicked in NYC and my wife made me use all our savings to buy chicken broth and flu medicines :(


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5 hours ago, CJ1045 said:

As to an Akurate DSM then if you can't afford a second hand Katalyst version about £3800

That would be nice. I can't find a secondhand ADSM with Katalyst for less than £4,900 currently.

Mike.

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19 minutes ago, SnapperMike said:

That would be nice. I can't find a secondhand ADSM with Katalyst for less than £4,900 currently.

Apparently, all you have to do is ask CJ nicely ... :) 

David

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Sorry, you are correct, I was £1000 out on my prices!!! Duh!!!

I have adjusted the original post.

CJ

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