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RE: Linn DS model numbers??

Thanks for the head up Acalex.

I'm still not sure how I feel about the 'Renew' models, its as if they are a chop shop product made from lefts over parts!

What do you think about the price? £4,300 seems quite high?

Also, and sorry if this is a dumb question, I take it Klimax Renew owners can't upgrade to the new KDS/1 board, and create a second Renew from the existing board?

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Chewy wrote:

Thanks for the head up Acalex.

I'm still not sure how I feel about the 'Renew' models, its as if they are a chop shop product made from lefts over parts!

What do you think about the price? £4,300 seems quite high?

Also, and sorry if this is a dumb question, I take it Klimax Renew owners can't upgrade to the new KDS/1 board, and create a second Renew from the existing board?

Not at all, a Renew product is a Klimax which has been repackaged in another metal box and given again full Linn warranty (5 years).

The price is really not to bad especially if you can still knock these 300GBP off. 

As Cno said any Klimax will be better than any Akurate around....otherwise I just found a second hand Akurate here from 2011 at less than 2k euro if interested...black. 

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RE: Linn DS model numbers??

This might be useful... http://docs.linn.co.uk/wiki/index.php/Renew_DS

 

And this also: http://www.head-fi.org/t/562754/linn-klimax-renew-ds

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Chewy wrote:

Thanks for the head up Acalex.

I'm still not sure how I feel about the 'Renew' models, its as if they are a chop shop product made from lefts over parts!

What do you think about the price? £4,300 seems quite high?

Also, and sorry if this is a dumb question, I take it Klimax Renew owners can't upgrade to the new KDS/1 board, and create a second Renew from the existing board?

The Renew gives near enough the performance if the KDS/0 for a little over a third the price.....a full price ADS/1 is £4500 and not as good.

It is a little expensive (compared to what they first were), but word has got out how good they are.

Since Linn has done the chopping, it should be fine.

The initial cost of the Renew was less than it could be sold for, and was done for a limited time. I am fairly sure you can't renew the Renew.

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Sorry, duplicate post!

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That's Cno - I have been offered an Akurate DS/1 for £2,500 also, so I guess I have a bit of a decision to make!

Thanks to you both for all your advice.

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Chewy wrote:

That's Cno - I have been offered an Akurate DS/1 for £2,500 also, so I guess I have a bit of a decision to make!

Thanks to you both for all your advice.

Does it come with a warranty....which would make the difference for me.

Remember the ADS/1 gives stunning performance, and gets to (imo) about 80 - 85% of the KDS/0, which makes it the VFM choice.....unless you are the type of person who likes the best, and is prepared to pay a premium for it.

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Does it come with a warranty....which would make the difference for me.

It does (the Akurate that is, not sure on the Renew) until 2015.

CnoEvil wrote:

.....unless you are the type of person who likes the best, and is prepared to pay a premium for it.

Unfortunately you've just described me with that sentence - its something of a curse! Hence why I'm in a bit of a dilemma!

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I'm a happy Akurate owner, was able to do the same as Alex and pick up a demo for around 25% off.

When I was researching my purchase I started this thread over on the Linn site: http://forums.linn.co.uk/bb/showthread.php?tid=18244

But I'd be giving that Renew some very serious consideration! If your system is of a similar standard it should be worth it.

The guy who is selling it is a regular contributor on the Linn forums, he knows his stuff. I had a very brief conversation with him about a similar unit (possibly the same one). If I'd been over there and in a position to listen to it my decision may well have been to go that way. Get in contact with him, he has a shop online, I'm sure he'd be happy to talk to you.

PS, dont be put off by the aethetic difference. The LCD display on the front of the newer units is nice but honestly it serves no real purpose IMO. If you're controlling it from your PC or iPad thats all the visual imput you need.

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Chewy wrote:

Unfortunately you've just described me with that sentence - its something of a curse! Hence why I'm in a bit of a dilemma!

In which case, get the Renew, provided there is a reasonable balance left on the 5 year warranty.

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In which case, get the Renew, provided there is a reasonable balance left on the 5 year warranty.

Yep, warranty until July 2016! 

Needless to say, button pushed, bullet bitten - I am soon to become a Linn Klimax (Renew) owner!  Dirol

Thanks for your help guys, and good spot Acalex!

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CnoEvil wrote:

In which case, get the Renew, provided there is a reasonable balance left on the 5 year warranty.

Yep, warranty until July 2016! 

Needless to say, button pushed, bullet bitten - I am soon to become a Linn Klimax (Renew) owner!  Dirol

Thanks for your help guys, and good spot Acalex!

We expect a report on the DS thread, from our now new member!  :bounce:

I suspect it will exceed your expectations by some margin......hopefully.  :shifty:

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CnoEvil wrote:

Chewy wrote:

CnoEvil wrote:

In which case, get the Renew, provided there is a reasonable balance left on the 5 year warranty.

Yep, warranty until July 2016! 

Needless to say, button pushed, bullet bitten - I am soon to become a Linn Klimax (Renew) owner!  Dirol

Thanks for your help guys, and good spot Acalex!

We expect a report on the DS thread, from our now new member!  :bounce:

I suspect it will exceed your expectations by some margin......hopefully.  :shifty:

Wow! No mucking around there! look forward to hearing how it goes. Do you have a NAS drive yet?

Cno, do second hand sales still count towards your Christmas bonus?! Wink

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Cno, do second hand sales still count towards your Christmas bonus?! Wink

What do you think!  :shifty:

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