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acalex wrote:

Just disinstalled Kinsky from iPad...it really is a rubbish piece of software.  It is a shame that Linn didn't come up with a state of the art controller, especially considering the price tag of the DS range. 

I just installed Lumin (which is free btw) which was developed by a Linn competitor but it works a treat and it has a much better look. Considering is not around from long time is already a great step-up. It also allows the rescan of the entire library in case you add something on the NAS.

It has a research by artist/song/album/genre/year, it works with playlist. Not sure if the radio is implemented yet but I am sure it will be just a matter of time

Here the link on the Linn forum: http://forums.linn.co.uk/bb/showthread.php?tid=19429

A bit of instructions of needed: http://www.luminmusic.com/app.html

What was it in particular that you didn't like about Kinsky? I find it to be a little clunky at times but not that bad?

I think that most of the problems come from Twonky rather than Kinsky. It certainly would be much better if it had a search function though.

I assume that you are now using Minimserv with the Lumin app? I have started using it and have found it quite good. Do have Lumin but not tried it much yet, did seem pretty buggy though?

One good thing about Mininserv is that you can set up your own custom file/tagging structures. If you play around with this a bit I'm thinking that you will find Kinsky more user friendly.

Maybe you should try Chorus. Give the free demo on your PC a go to see if the interface is to your liking. At least they give you an opportunity to try before spending any money. There do seem to be quite a few people over on the Linn site that love it.

Another option that I haven't looked into is Asset with JRiver. I'm a Mac user so these wouldn't be native for me. Apparently they do offer a good degree of flexibilty though if your technical.

Question. When you browse your music do you look at it by file or by tag? I now have a MASSIVE amount of music sitting on my NAS drive & I haven't been very good with tagging. I'm just wondering if I could be bothered going through the task of adding uniform tagging to clean it all up. But I don't find browsing by file to be all that bad. Still have some work to do on the structuring, but it's sort of like looking through my CD collection on the book shelf.

Is tagging worth the effort?

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RE: The Linn DS / DSM thread

Neuphonix wrote:

acalex wrote:

Just disinstalled Kinsky from iPad...it really is a rubbish piece of software.  It is a shame that Linn didn't come up with a state of the art controller, especially considering the price tag of the DS range. 

I just installed Lumin (which is free btw) which was developed by a Linn competitor but it works a treat and it has a much better look. Considering is not around from long time is already a great step-up. It also allows the rescan of the entire library in case you add something on the NAS.

It has a research by artist/song/album/genre/year, it works with playlist. Not sure if the radio is implemented yet but I am sure it will be just a matter of time

Here the link on the Linn forum: http://forums.linn.co.uk/bb/showthread.php?tid=19429

A bit of instructions of needed: http://www.luminmusic.com/app.html

What was it in particular that you didn't like about Kinsky? I find it to be a little clunky at times but not that bad?

I think that most of the problems come from Twonky rather than Kinsky. It certainly would be much better if it had a search function though.

I assume that you are now using Minimserv with the Lumin app? I have started using it and have found it quite good. Do have Lumin but not tried it much yet, did seem pretty buggy though?

One good thing about Mininserv is that you can set up your own custom file/tagging structures. If you play around with this a bit I'm thinking that you will find Kinsky more user friendly.

Maybe you should try Chorus. Give the free demo on your PC a go to see if the interface is to your liking. At least they give you an opportunity to try before spending any money. There do seem to be quite a few people over on the Linn site that love it.

Another option that I haven't looked into is Asset with JRiver. I'm a Mac user so these wouldn't be native for me. Apparently they do offer a good degree of flexibilty though if your technical.

Question. When you browse your music do you look at it by file or by tag? I now have a MASSIVE amount of music sitting on my NAS drive & I haven't been very good with tagging. I'm just wondering if I could be bothered going through the task of adding uniform tagging to clean it all up. But I don't find browsing by file to be all that bad. Still have some work to do on the structuring, but it's sort of like looking through my CD collection on the book shelf.

Is tagging worth the effort?

When I browse my music I definitely use tags: album and artist, but especially album. I do thing tagging is worth the effort but I understand that if you have a lot of music it might be a bit unappealing as a task.

Don't find Kinsky very user friendly and also visually not very appealing. Can't see too much effort being this software...plus it is quite slow (I have last generation iPad) and it gets stuck more than I expected. It is quite disappointing for being a software supposed to drive a 15k euro unit, not?

Still have to try the right version of Miniserv which work on my Netgear ReadyNas Ultra 2. For now I am still using Logitech Media Server...

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acalex wrote:

Definitely ) and 9 from Damien Rice sound fuller and more solid. Not sure this is due to the speaker cable only or the speaker cable and the TQ ultraBlack interconnects I have on...I might switch back to the Linn and check. But I am really enjoying this configuration now...

Here is a review of Siltech and Cardas, unfortunately its the cheaper Siltech and the dearer Cardas, but it may still prove useful: http://www.synergisticresearch.com/sophic/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/TAS...

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Hi all,

Just read the WHF review of the Linn DSM. Can understand the 4 star rating for lack of cdp and also the lack of usb input but I believe the criticism of the 'analytical sonic balance' is a little harsh. I auditioned a Naim streamer with the Linn and found the latter to be far more engaging. It certainly reveals a great amount of detail but not without emotion. There is also scant mention of the Majik's excellent ability to stream Itunes wirelessly from a laptop/ipad/phone etc. This was the deal clincher for my wife back in August.

Really enjoying the Majik although must admit to still feeding it through my faithful Roksan LIII power amp!

Pedro

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Pedro2 wrote:

Hi all,

Just read the WHF review of the Linn DSM. Can understand the 4 star rating for lack of cdp and also the lack of usb input but I believe the criticism of the 'analytical sonic balance' is a little harsh. I auditioned a Naim streamer with the Linn and found the latter to be far more engaging. It certainly reveals a great amount of detail but not without emotion. There is also scant mention of the Majik's excellent ability to stream Itunes wirelessly from a laptop/ipad/phone etc. This was the deal clincher for my wife back in August.

Really enjoying the Majik although must admit to still feeding it through my faithful Roksan LIII power amp!

Pedro

Glad you are enjoying it.

IMO. The Linn streamers are 5*.......but their amps 4* (hence you prefer the Roksan).

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RE: The Linn DS / DSM thread

In addition to the recent Sekrit DSM ... looks like there is another new addition to the family ... Sneaky DSM

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tino wrote:

In addition to the recent Sekrit DSM ... looks like there is another new addition to the family ... Sneaky DSM

Good catch........I hadn't seen that!

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RE: The Linn DS / DSM thread

I picked up my new MDSM yesterday. I want to demo new speakers and need a short list to source. I have a budget of about £1k and don't have any preferences between floorsstanders and stand mounts. I want speakers with exceptional soundstage and imaging. Thanks 

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Soundstage and imaging are aided by speakers having the tweeter positioned within the woofer. I would suggest for your budget demoing the Kef R100, R300, LS50, and Tannoy  DC6, DC6SE or whichever other tannoy models fit within budget. 

I have not heard either with the Linn integrated so its only a suggestion  Smile

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CraigDS wrote:

I picked up my new MDSM yesterday. I want to demo new speakers and need a short list to source. I have a budget of about £1k and don't have any preferences between floorsstanders and stand mounts. I want speakers with exceptional soundstage and imaging. Thanks 

I'm with Greg. Kef R Series and Tannoy are a good shout (imo). Linn's own speakers are worth trying, as well as Spendor and the new Sonus Faber Venere range.

Let us know how it goes.

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RE: The Linn DS / DSM thread

hello, new to the forum....

just ordered two Majik DS, replacing a series of (5) Arcam Solo Neos (wanted two) that were.......nossogood.

plan to run them as source through a Rotel RA-1312 (couldn't find a 1412) and RA-913, to ELAC 310 Jet CEs. Possibly a bit underspeakered, but as bookshelvers they're v.v. good.

Also bidding on a Rotel (Class AB) RA-2030, 'cos it looks fun.

Anyone else using a Linn DS on top of 70's vintage amps?

ETA - what's the output voltage on the Majik DS as a line out source? - shopping for interconnects and checking if i need attenuated cables. The Rotels' input sensitivity is 800mV and 1000mV for the 913 and 1312 respectively...

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linleyw wrote:

hello, new to the forum....

just ordered two Majik DS, replacing a series of (5) Arcam Solo Neos (wanted two) that were.......nossogood.

plan to run them as source through a Rotel RA-1312 (couldn't find a 1412) and RA-913, to ELAC 310 Jet CEs. Possibly a bit underspeakered, but as bookshelvers they're v.v. good.

Also bidding on a Rotel (Class AB) RA-2030, 'cos it looks fun.

Anyone else using a Linn DS on top of 70's vintage amps?

Welcome to the forum..........and welcome to the Linn DS thread.

Please keep us abreast of your story and how it unfolds.

Cno

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Thanks CnoE

will do.... should be interesting, hopefully more satisfying than the Arcam fiasco...

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Hello,

anybody knows how to install a previous versio of firmware? Cannot back easy intructions on Linn forum...

Thanks

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acalex wrote:

Hello,

anybody knows how to install a previous versio of firmware? Cannot back easy intructions on Linn forum...

Thanks

Do you prefer a previous version?

Is it access to the particular version, or is it the installation of it?...........maybe the dealer can help.

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