I now own a Linn Classik and i find it to be very musical and great sounding. I demoed the Linn against the Arcam Solo as i was getting rid of my Rotel system and getting a one box solution.
I have to say that the Linn Classik wipes the floor with the Arcam and also my Rotel seperates(which suprised me). The sound of the Arcam was lame and dull in my opinion whereas the Linn was a sheer delight, making me enjoy my cd collection again.The treble of the Classik was more brighter therfore i found it to have more detail in the high ranges but not the extent i found it to be fatiguing.. The bass and all round detail was where the Linn really shone and won me over. The bass is tight - even tighter where paired with an power amp and the detail is as good as MOST seperates under £1500. The Arcam did produce more power as it has a more powerfuil amp than the Linn. I therefore would reccommend a power amp to compliment the Classik (it sounds great without) and give it more grunt.
The Arcam to me felt cheap with the front button. They felt tacky and were loose. This just added to my disappointment. However the Arcam delivered very good DAB radio - I only wish the Classik had DAB.
I am glad i bought the Linn Classik. Yes it has been around for ages but there is a reason why. Its not called a classik for nothing.
Linn Classik was paired with B&W 705 speakers and QED Silver Anniversary xt wire.
Are there any more Linn classik fans about??????
Is anyone suprised about my findings???