Linn Akurate DSM in the Test

Linn Akurate DSM in the Test

Linn Akurate DSM reaches highest HiFi Summit virtually single-handedly.

The term compact PBX would be known, not for decades it would have to invent him for Linn Akurate DSM. With the bulky music chests, which once claimed this term, and where HiFi elements often dubious quality rather fought each other as amended, the highly integrated devices of the Scots have but very little to do.

Already the network player amplifier Majik DSI offer new models for DSM Akurate and Klimax DSM synergy pur: Here comes together what belongs together technically, and the combined benefit is more of the potency of individual functions as their sum.

Precise synchronous systems over the network

The DSM accepts analog, digital, classic music via HDMI or via the network, and it comes out at the same time again all the way: his three analog outputs (XLR plus twice RCA) DSM controlled power amplifier or active speakers, network he goes through, where appropriate, all signals to other DS players.

For example an LP via the phono input of the speling, is running in the living room of the sneaky DS in the bedroom can engage at any time. The whole thing is called Songcast, is of course also with high level and network sources, and answered the question by the way according to a precise Synchronized sound of multiple rooms – party fashion a la Linn.

You can make any computer with current Mac or Windows operating system to Songcast channels by installing a small, programmed by Linn of Additional software . You uses the entire audio output of the computer and sends it via network to the DS, as if he were a ultra high quality sound card.

Airplay or NetAux?

Everything, what reception and is playable on the PC or Mac can be so conditioned to the hear – no USB is, from and to any location within your home network. Is interesting music on an iPhone – imported possibly from a visitor – or iPad, and found also an elegant way to the Linn system: DS player is the Apple waffles automatically as Airplay devices offer. The airplay icon on the touch screen touch (which only appears if appropriate partners in the network are), the Linn choose – already streams the iPhone via the system.

The speech is never officially by airplay at Linn. The Scots only discreetly refer to him as “NetAux”. Despite (or because of?) the speling and DS brothers are the only network player, which on the one hand offer airplay comfort without compromising basic basic functions on the other hand.

Not a serious music fan would without in favor of airplay around the interruption-free playback (gapless play) in the normal, more important and potentially sound better Streaming operation. And but all other Airplayable streamer this just for album listeners hardly reasonable stigma haunts. Its currently unique both as also the Linn developers get only, because they write the software completely even for their streamer. What besides plunges them into the enviable situation, to be able to implement other new features, rather than to annoy around long, expensive and ultimately often fruitlessly with contractors just ad-hoc.

Impressive in the listening room

When a device such as the DSM, where analog and digital signals of all kinds meet, the value of this development flexibility particularly evident. So that no misconceptions arise: you can also just connect an ordinary Hi-Fi source, such a SACD Player, to the Akurate DSM, hang on an amplifier or a pair of active speakers and rejoice about a really first-class stereo preamplifier. She massively brought even the listening room swashbuckling Ayre K-5XE in distress because she drew just clearer in the treble and overall still neutral worked. Equally impressive were the experiments with the built-in, MM and MC-capable Phonoteil: elegant, grit-free and low noise like an expensive separate phono pre the Linn reinforced the signals of the listening room Transrotor Rondino.

The Phonoplatine is well known. It comes directly from the Akurate Kontrol (AUDIO 10/11), the preamp-brother of the DSM. Of course this Acurate controlsounds, fired by the Akurate DS (1/11) as a player, still a touch bass potent and samtiger as the DSM, which combines for little more than the half the price the functions of both devices. And the skills puts on it where the solo devices must simply fit.

SACD-friends about will therefore prefer the DSM because he unlike his purist brother has HDMI inputs and thus accepted Super Audio tone of modern universal players and digital. There’s enough about the 500-euro-Yamaha BD-A 1010 completely out: the player expects the DSD traces in PCM signals with 176.4 kHz / 24 bit resolution around, it sends over HDMI to the speling, converts it according to all rules of art – with sound fantastic result, as comparisons with the analog outputs of the same player, but also which showed significantly more expensive players.

Though the speling is a pure stereo device, he compromised thanks to HDMI also elegantly with surround-sound systems, by selectively attacks the front channels, if necessary LFE from an incoming multi channel PCM signal and mixes to center channel and volume-controlled passes the rest on to the downstream waiting A/V receiver.

Differences in streaming mode

For all the ways that confuse even hardened tester for a short time, it’s almost a treat to return to the familiar Network player part which also sound effortlessly dominated all other digital modes. The gap is not surprising, because an important feature of the DS platform only in real Streaming mode full carrying: your entire architecture is designed to grant sole clock Highness the oscillator on the converters. You could listen to the difference by the same piece of music commissioned the internal network player and a sneaky DS digital connected via coaxial cable and then switched between the two versions.

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On the detour via the S/PDIF cable , the technically almost identical Streamingabteilung of the sneaky lost a part of their charm. The external player had something loud and intense, but also rough, less differentiated and slightly uncomfortable in dense Pasagen. The Akurate player followed, however, that fine line between elegance and precision, voluptuous tones and crisp timing, brutal Dynamics and graceful swing, which is the unobtrusive trademark of all DS models.

When it comes to take full advantage of the sound potential of the speling DSM, choosing so am best the classical way: taking in the comfortable “playlist” mode on a UPnP Media Server , which, for example, on a network storage system (NAS) runs and clean structured selection provides the digital music collection. What there exactly for disks rotate, which manufacturer builds the NAS, all the network cables are as long or expensive, whether the data packets must pass routers and switches on the road more or less or back at all stages of the power line, has no effect on the tonal result.

Stable and free of interruptions the network however should work, and provide a reliable Wi-FI for the control. If you then with an iPad, an iPod touch, an Android tablet, a MacBook, PC laptop, or otherwise for any computer in the music library browsing is left to the individual taste – there now for each platform in a wide selection are suitable apps and programs that fully support the special abilities of the Linn.

 

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