The Source Is In The Speakers, apparently...
Exciting times, but being a Klimax it'll be beyond the likes of you and me, no doubt.
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Yes, but will there be a 40th anniversary version with speaker cabinets made from old Buckfast barrels?
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So I wonder if this is the big Linn secret that we've been discussing on that other thread? Hope not.
Had a quick look at the videos, lovely marketing spiel, but I couldn't work out exactly what they were proposing. Am I missing something?
Is it a Klimax DS feeing straight into an active speaker or something?
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Apparently, it's going to cost £50K in total.
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What is it? An active speaker with built in streamer and dsp room correction?
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At the moment it is a digital transport/source switch called the Exakt DSM which then feeds a digital signal to the speaker which has built into it a digital receiver that digitally splits the signal for each speaker drive unit. Each of these signals is then converted by a separate DAC into an analogue signal that feeds a separate power amplifier which then drives each drive unit of the speaker.
Perhaps easiest to think of it as a current Linn DS/DSM with the DAC removed and placed in a truly active speaker with a digital crossover.
One side effect of all of this is that if you are using an analogue source then the signal from it will be converted to digital first.
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So the source isn't in the speakers then.
Linn would argue that it is for digital music as the speaker should contain an Exact copy of the original digital music data. It is only in the speaker that this digital data is processed and converted to analogue. For an analogue source then the Linn statement is not true.
So the music in the speakers then. They didn't think this one through really...
A bit like the Meridian dsp speakers then. I think a set of DSP8000 may start to look like good value.
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I read 50k somewhere, but it'll be interesting to see the idea (which appears a good one) trickle down to affordable tech. Proprietary connections though, which is a mistake IMO.
Yes, the tech seems to bear more than a passing resemblance to that introduced by Meridian a long time ago.
LP12 buyers don't watch the vids.
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Aren't AVI gang already claiming that the same tech is used in their speakers?
Sorry for the curtness, but unless they are going to sue Linn for patent theft (or whatever their complaint is) then it's just a couple of blokes muttering into their beer.
My understanding, based on the presentation by Linn's Technical Director at their 40th Aniiversary Celebrations, is that the differences between the AVI ADM 9's and 40's and the Linn Exakt system are that:
any analogue signals - eg from an Urika equipped LP12 - are converted to digital.
The active crossovers are digital
Digital equalisation is applied to the signal to counter room effects and speaker driver and port manufacturing tolerance effects
Digital phase correction is applied to the signal to take into account phase differences from the position of the various drivers relative to a given listening position
There are multiple DACs for each speaker. One for each driver. The DACs are placed after the active crossover and signal processing and just before the power amps.
The Linn Exakt system is software upgradeable. Also if the user changed his room or speakers or a speaker driver the system to could be reconfigured accordingly
In summary the Exakt system offers digital signal processing combined with digital active crossovers.
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