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    Audiophile Style Podcast: Episode 11 | Linn Interview

    Episode 11 is up and being delivered to all the podcast platforms right now. In this episode I talk with Gilad, Steve, and Joe of Linn about the past present and future of the company, including the original Linn turntables, Linn's journey to introduce the first true high end streamer, the original Klimax DS, and Linn's use of digital signal processing, among many other things. The show finishes with an album recommendation and a round of bonus questions where there are no wrong answers. 

     

     

    Purchase the album recommendation here:

     

    Minnie Riperton's Perfect Angel - https://audiophile.style/minnie

     

    More information about Linn - https://www.linn.co.uk

     

    Listen via the embedded player below or subscribe on any platform.

     


    Current Podcast Setup.jpgAs much as I'd love to deliver this show to everyone in lossless high resolution audio, the podcast platforms only accept MP3. So, I record everything as lossless WAV files using a Neumann TLM 103 transformerless cardioid condenser microphone, then convert to 320 Kbps MP3 to give everyone the best quality currently possible. Given that I'm using a Merging Technologies Anubis analog to digital converter to record, I technically could do everything at DXD (384 kHz) or DSD256, but that's a bit over the top, even for me.

     

    A big thanks to David Chesky for allowing me to use the track East Harlem, from the album The Body Acoustic. The album can be purchased and downloaded at 24/96 from the Chesky Records site here

     

    All AS Podcast episodes can be found here, or you can find / subscribe on every podcast platform known to man. If I missed a platform some people use, just let me know. Here are links to the most popular platforms.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    It would have been interesting to cover their history with Naim.  Linn & Naim used to be a matched made in heaven before parting ways.

     

    Also, I do not agree that Linn was the pioneer in high end streamer.  They may have been the first to charge high end price for a streamer.  But as far as I am concerned, Slim Devices invented the network audio client/server genre with their squeezeboxes.  Sean Adams was the genius who made a user friendly system for streaming audio over the ethernet viable.

     

    Many audiophiles saw the potential and hot rodded the squeezeboxes.  And subsequently convinced Sean Adams to come up with a audiophile grade streamer called the Transporter.  As I recall it was priced at $1,999, which was audiophile pricing but not quite Linn pricing.

     

    Linn's Klimax DS came a couple years after the Transporter.  I remember bringing my Transporter to a Linn dealer to compare with the Klimax DS, my friend and I could not convince ourselves that the Klimax DS was 20X better, or if it was even better.

     

    Anyway, to me Linn's forte is still their venerable LP12, may be I am old school.  For digital my go to marque is dCS.

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    I am very glad I bought the venerable Sneaky DS more than 10 years ago. It still serves me well as a streamer, and once served me as a small streamer/amp integrated. It continues to be supported and upgraded by Linn. Not many companies display this kind of commitment to their legacy products.

     

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    Listening now...

     

    I worked at a very popular coffee shop when I was in undergrad. The big draw wasn't only the great coffee, but we had a fully manual espresso machine. Customers would request certain Baristas to make their drinks.

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