I'd have to think that the integrated amp with the extra power would be better for driving the Dyns, particularly if you're thinking about going to the contours eventually. They have a fairly low sensitivity so are going to appreciate the extra power are they not?
Apart from the phono stage, if you're not going to use the additional inputs you'd have to think buying a sneaky and a separate phono stage with one of the integrated amps CNO listed would be the better option.
Not the minimal one box solution, but if you're going to look at a wicked set of speakers like that you want to be able to get the most out of them.
I get you there, but speaker upgrade will be only in two years time, and thats a fact!
And when the time comes i'll be looking as well for a power amp.
My AV is a old ( 2004) Yamaha RX V750 with no HDMI, at the moment I've a 2.1 configuration, i really don't care to much for suround at the present, the DTS and Dolby will be decoded in BRP.
So with the Majik DSM i'll be killing 4 birds with one stone, phono, streamer, amp and AV.
Well definitely the DSM is appealing if you're actually going to make use of the HDMI inputs for sure, sorry I didn't pick up on that aspect.
Sounds like it could be a pretty good solution for you then, absolutley.
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After a LOOOONG demo at my home of the Linn Majik DSM here are some of my findings, sorry for the lack of vocabulary, as English is not my language of birth.
Linn Majik DSM it is not easy to set up, even with my Synology NAS, Majik DSM requires a personal PC to do all the tunnings and did not played some of my Hi-Res content...
He IOS App did work like a charm, as my DS Audio app, so no big news here...
Regardering SQ and pairing with my Dynaudios Excite X12:
- My suspicions were rigth on!
Linn Majik DSM did beneficiate from the sparkle of the X12, and they did apreciate the extra power, expecialy in the low frequences, showing a more controled bass and not so extended in some tracks. Upper treble were sooth and enjoyable. I was really happy to ear the dyns playing with such poise and refinement.
The sound stage is more present, intruments are placed differently that Rega Brio/DAC combo and played with more accuracy. Ok Rega Brio R and DAC costs 1200€ give or take, so no miracles are expected!
Phono stage is very good, Linn background was showed here! Compared with the built in phono stage in the Brio R the Majik's phono input revealed more detail, control and accurancy.
- HDMI pass through
it was tested with cable HD TV and BRP in 2.1 configuration.
It sounds like you had a good day. I'm not surprised the Linn/Dynaudio combo worked well. From memory, the Majik DSM is fairly analytical in presentation, but can also give a big soundstage. Again from memory, the Dynaudios would have some good airiness at the top and a nice rich bottom end.
Are you able to demo Cyrus? I heard a Cyrus/Dynaudio combo a few months ago and thought it rather fine.
What classical music are you listening to?
Linn Majik DSM presentation is very similar to Rega, music first, and I did felt Linn Majik DSM like an extention of my Rega System but with more control, thats why I want so much to ear Rega Elicit R.
Cyrus is dificult to demo in Portugal, and to be honest don't like the look of Cyrus gear...
Bottom line in Linn Majik deparment I was expeting a bit more...
I now that my Rega/Dynaudio combo is not the last botle of water in the desert, but offers me every day pure pleasure when I listen to music!
Lets move down the list, still to come Naim UnitiQute 2, Musical Fidelity M6i and Rega Elicit R.
I now what i'm after, and I'll now when I ear it...
From memory, the Majik DSM is fairly analytical in presentation, but can also give a big soundstage. Again from memory, the Dynaudios would have some good airiness at the top and a nice rich bottom end.
I had previously found the same as you with Linn amps in general (and said so many times on here), but have recently had to eat my words having heard them paired with most of the R Series and Blades.
Just goes to show that nothing should be ruled out, as the right synergy is often out there waiting to be discovered.
"Everything has been said before, but since nobody listens we have to keep going back and beginning all over again." André Gide
Yes, and I noticed you were even positive about a system including a Cyrus amp in a recent post.
It'll be Naim next, followed by Class D amplification and Focal speakers.
Frankly this is doing my head in. Please can we have the old Cno back!
It's always good to challenge one's own prejudices.....and somewhat cathartic.
Even better when you can break down these habbits with some one else's money!!!
You're on form tonight.
Sorry mate, you know I have nothing but the utmost respect for you opinions and the balanced advice you give
I'm just floating along on a happy cloud of new hifi goodness at the moment & the odd bit of cheek just pops out
Been checking out the pics of your system on the other section, very nice. I didn't realise that you had the big centre speaker. I might have to get off my a** and post some pics myself.
Have you heard the new OTT single yet: http://www.theuntz.com/ott-baby-robot-ep-exclusive-premiere
I'm not in the least put out..........If you give it, you have to take it.......and I do my fair share of taking the Mick.
I'm delighted that you are enjoying your system so much......it really is a good mix.
Now you have the same (only better) system to me, try "Take Five" from the "Time Out" album, with a bit of volume......fantastic,,,,tell me if you agree.
I had the small 202/2c first, but got a great price to change.
Haven't heard the OTT single.....but I enjoy the albums that I have.
A merry Christmas to all you lucky Linnsters. On a rival forum a poster confidently stated that the Majik, Akurate and Klimax streamers are identical the only difference being the DACs. If this is the case would a better (external) DAC bring greater improvement to my Majik DSM than a new power amp?
I have messed about with DACs on my DS, including a DCS Debussy and an Audio Note 2.1x Signature, and in every case, I preferred the MDS.
My hunch would be that a power amp (not necessarily Linn), would be the way to go. If you want to improve the source, I think I'd go further up the Linn DS food chain.
If you're right (and you probably are) which 100 watt + amp would you recommend?
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